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Issue No. 406, July 13, 2007
In this issue

GM Ian Rogers Retires

ACF Events
Australian Championships 2007-2008
Events 2008-2009

Late Edwin Malitis

World Youth and Asian Junior – management

Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix
Coming Events
Geelong Open 2007
ANU Open (ANU Chess Festival)
Completed Events
Gold Coast Open

Other Completed Events

News in Brief


Ian Rogers contemplates his next move.

Grandmaster Ian Rogers stunned the audience at the prize-giving ceremony for the Lidums Checkmate Open by announcing his retirement from all tournament chess, effective immediately. His retirement was forced upon him by medical advice that was too positive to ignore. Ian had just won the event so at least he was able to retire on a winning note.

Australian chess players will miss Ian on the tournament scene. Fortunately, he will still be able to write and coach, two activities that helped to create his reputation as arguably the most influential chess player Australia has produced.

Ian is best known for his playing, having been Australia's strongest player for more than 25 years. He was Australian Junior Champion in 1976 and by 1980 had won the Australian Championship which he won a further 4 times. He also won the Australian Open Championship in 1993 and the Australian Grand Prix 7 times, the first in 1989 and the most recent in 2004. His “premier event” was the Doeberl Cup which he won 12 times from 1980 to 2007. Ian also was awarded the ACF Steiner Medal as Player of the Year on 5 occasions and the Purdy Medal for chess journalism, which can be won only once, in 1989.

Ian's contribution as a coach will be well-known to many young players as. in recent years, he has made a great contribution to the coaching of junior players in groups such as the ACF Ergas Junior Development Squad. Squad.

On behalf of the ACF and all Australian chess players, we wish Ian the very best for the future.

The ACF Council, on19 June, passed the following motion:

"That a final call for bids for the 2007/2008 Australian Championship is placed in the up coming newsletter with a closing date of 20th July and that we offer to cover any losses in the event up to an amount of $2000 with any profits from the event going totally to the organisers."

Bids should contain the information required by the By-laws for ACF Tournaments, by-laws 19 and 20 which are at . A prepared form covering the matters in those by-laws is available from me .

Prospective bidders should also refer to ACF By-law No.1 at It contains qualification requirements for the Australian Championship and associated events. It is also customary to hold the Australian Seniors Championship at the same time.

ACF EVENTS 2008-2009

The ACF is also inviting expressions of interest from State Associations and others wishing to conduct one or more of the following events on behalf of the ACF:

-       2008/9 Australian Open Championship - normally late December/early January;

-       2009 Australian Junior Championship - normally in January.
-       Note: the Australian Schools Teams Championships will be held in South Australia as agreed in Canberra last December.

Submission of Bids/Expressions of Interest for all the above

Bids or expressions of interest, as the case may be, should be submitted to the ACF Secretary Jey Hoole at with a copy to ACF President Gary Wastell at .

Deadlines are 20 July 2007 for the 2007-2008 event, as indicated in the motion and 27 July 2007 for the 2008-2009 events. A full formal bid for the latter is not necessary at this stage but will need to be provided in due course.


The ACF Constitution provides that non-elected ACF office bearers are to retire from office at the Council meeting next following 30 June each year. That Council meeting this year will be held on 23 July 2007. Most of the Office bearers are willing to be re-appointed but there will be several vacancies. the positions concerned are:

  • Publicity Director
  • Editor Email Newsletter (content)
  • Olympiad Appeal Coordinator
  • Ergas Training Squad Coordinator
  • Selections Coordinator (Juniors)

The Publicity Director position has been vacant for the whole of 2006-2007. I have decided not to seek re-appointment as Newsletter Editor for personal reasons now that the Newsletter seems to be going reasonably well. The other positions are held by Brett Tindall who likewise does not wish to continue. They are not related and each may be occupied by a different person.

The ACF is seeking expressions of interest from anyone wishing to fill any of those positions. Please contact ACF Secretary, Jey Hoole or or ACF president, Gary Wastell  as soon as possible if you are interested.


Edwin Malitis.

Since our last issue news has come to us of the death of Edwin Malitis, a long-time stalwart of chess in Victoria, on 21 June 2007.

The following notes were provided by Edwin's family.

Edwin was born on the 12th of November 1929 in Rîga, the capital city of Latvia, to Arvîds and Zelma Mâlîtis.. He had an elder sister - Zigrîda.

Edwin’s father owned the well known book publishing firm “A. Gulbis” which had been founded by his uncle Ansis Gulbis. The happy life in independent Latvia came to an end with the beginning of the second World War. Edwin had just finished primary school in Rîga when the family had to flee from the advancing Communist Army. At the end of the war they found refuge in a Displaced Persons'  Camp in Kassel, in Germany. Edwin was able to complete his high school education there.

Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union and it was not possible to return home, so the Malitis family, like many other Latvians, had to look for opportunities to start a new life elsewhere. They decided to emigrate to Australia. Edwin and his sister Zigrîda arrived here on board the migrant ship "Nea Helas" in 1949.  His parents followed in 1950. All migrants had to sign a 2-year contract to work for the Australian Government. Edwin was sent to Millicent, in South Australia, to work in a saw mill. At the end of his 2 years he moved to Melbourne where he studied by correspondence and qualified as an accountant.

For about 30 years Edwin was the accountant for McLaren, Troedel and Cooper, a packaging company which was later sold to an English company – DRG Packaging. When the company closed its Melbourne office, Edwin opened a bread shop in Eastland, and later a supermarket in Kilmore.

He was a very caring and dedicated family man and he took particular pride in his grandchildren.

Edwin’s main hobby was chess. He was an active member of the Melbourne Chess Club and was an International Arbiter. He loved cooking, music, operas, concerts and ballet.

In 2005 and again in 2006 he visited Latvia to retrace the steps of his youth and to get to know his wife's relatives. In 2006 Edwin and Rita celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.

He died peacefully in Epworth Eastern Hospital (Box Hill) after a battle with cancer. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Rita, family - Ilze, Roy, Mara, Geoffrey, Laima and George. He is remembered as the adored grandpa of Sasha, Danae, Briony, Andrew, Charlton, Costa, Kristin, Alexander and Natasha.  


In our previous issue I asked for expressions of interest in the organisation of the teams going to the World Youth Chapionships and Asian Junior Chapionships respectively. Ideally, there would be a management team but at least a Team Manager is needed. There have not been any responses. I'd be grateful if anyone interested, presumably parents of the contestants, would let me know urgently if they are interested. My e-mail address is .


Coming Events

Event Place Class Start Finish Contact
Geelong Open Geelong, Vic 3 21/7/07 22/7/07  
NSW July Weekender Parramatta, NSW 2 21/7/07 22/7/07
ANU Open Canberra, ACT 4 28/7/07 29/7/07
Mackay Open Mackay, Qld 1 4/8/07 5/8/07
Hunter Valley Open Newcastle, NSW 1 4/8/07 5/8/07
Best in the West Melbourne, Vic 1 4/8/07 5/8/07
Townsville Open Townsville, Qld 1 11/8/07 12/8/07
Bundaberg Weekender Bundaberg, Qld 2 25/8/07 26/8/07
1st Blayney Open Blayney, NSW 1 8/9/07 9/9/07
Hobart Weekender Hobart, Tas 1 15/9/07 16/9/07
Nell van de Graaf Classic Gold Coast, Qld 4 22/9/07 23/9/07
Ryde-Eastwood Open Sydney, NSW 4 29/9/07 1/10/07
Labour Day Weekender Adelaide, SA 1 29/9/07 1/10/07

ANU OPEN -Category 4 Grand Prix Event

The Australian National University (ANU) wishes to invite entries for the 15th ANU Open Championship 2007 and ANU Minor (Under 1600) Championship 2007.

We are very pleased that GM Ian Rogers will be playing in this tournament.

Fenner Hall: 210 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT 2612
T: 02 6125 9100 F: 02 6125 9555
Free parking on Saturday and Sunday.

8:30am – 9:30am Saturday 28th July

Saturday 28th July Sunday 29th July
9:45am Open Ceremony
10:00am Round 1 9:30am Round 5
12:30pm Round 2 12:00pm Round 6
3:00pm Round 3 2:30pm Round 7
5:30pm Round 4 5:15pm Presentations

60 minutes a side plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Fischer)

$75 Adult; $50 Juniors and Concessions.
$10 discount for entries received before Friday 20th July
Entry is free for GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs.
Entries close at 9:30am on Saturday 28th July.

Director of Play : IA Charles Zworestine

Open Section Minor Section
First prize: $1000 $400
Second prize: $500 $250
Third Prize: $250 $150
1800-1999 1st $200 1200-1399 1st $100
1600-1799 1st $150 1000-1199 1st $100 Under 1000 1st $100
Best ANU Player $100

Players are eligible for only one prize. In the event of a tie for the trophy, the winner will be decided on a count back of scores. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are guaranteed. All other prizes are dependent upon the number of entries received.

Accommodation suggestions within easy reach of Fenner Hall include the following:

Canberra City YHA
7 Akuna Street
Canberra City 2601
Phone: (02) 6248 9155
Fax: (02) 6249 1731

City Walk Hotel
2 Mort St, Canberra City ACT
T: 02 6257 0124 F: 02 6257 0116

Paul Dunn,
20 Richmond St,
Macquarie ACT 2614
T: 02 6251 1360
F: 02 6125 3144 (C/- Shun Ikeda)
E: or
For early entry, register by Friday 20th July 2007.
(You may also pay at the registration desk on Saturday 28th July)

Please make cheques payable to: ANU Chess Festival

There are a number of other events in the ANU Chess festival. Please contact the organisers for an e-mail brochure and Entry Form.

Geelong Open 2007

Category 3 Australian Grand Prix Tournament

Format :                      5 Round Swiss
Date :                          21 - 22 July
Venue :                        Court House Building ( upstairs )
                                    Corner Little Malop St & Gheringhap St
                                    ( Geelong railway station is nearby )

Prizes :                        1st            $1,000            2nd            $600                3rd            $400
More information »


Completed Grand prix events

Gold Coast Open

Report by DOP Charles Zworestine

Inspired by a brilliant idea from Graeme Gardiner and Dr. Peter Haron, this year's Gold Coast Open may well have reclaimed its place as Australia's premier two-day weekender. The 111 players it attracted comprised 33 in the Open event, 33 in the Under 1600 and 45 in the new Under 1000 event – proving that the latter was definitely a success! Not only did it attract a lot of the juniors (42 out of the 45 players); it also encouraged more adults to play in the other two events (less risk of losing to those pesky juniors!). All three events were played at the standard weekender time controls of one hour plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Fischer). And they all produced lots of excitement; let's see how they went!

Open Event

Top seeds here on ACF rating were 1. GM Ian Rogers, 2. IM Stephen Solomon, 3. GM Dejan Antic, 4. IM David Smerdon, 5. IM Peter Froehlich and 6. Moulthun Ly. Two GMs, three IMs and Australia's Number 1 junior – not bad! Add to that two WIMs (Narelle Szuveges and Alex Jule), and we knew it would be a great tournament. No real upsets in the first two rounds, as the top two seeds all won both their first two games; although Antic was a bit lucky in Round 2, misplaying his advantageous position to a drawn rook and pawn ending in a blitz finish only to find his opponent, Tony Weller, swapping off rooks into a lost king and pawn endgame! Round 3 then saw the top seeds start meeting, and Moulthun held Rogers to a draw when his two bishops and time advantage were not enough to win. Jason Hu also had the two bishops, but knew it was not enough and had to accept David Smerdon's draw offer. Rob Hvistendahl drew an interesting game against Ben Lazarus, where tactics got him to an ending a pawn ahead but then it was Ben who had the advantage with more than enough compensation for the pawn – he feels that perhaps he should not have offered the draw at the end. Solomon beat Froehlich on time (the exchange for a pawn down, but with compensation), while Antic joined him as the only player on 3/3 by also winning.

Round 4 saw many exciting games, as fatigue, tension and the top players meeting combined to produce three thrillers! Smerdon beat Froehlich, but not before Peter's exchange sacrifice led to some danger for Smurf's king; in the end, ironically, it was Peter who got checkmated! Then Antic ground down Solo in a long endgame in another long and nerve-wracking game. Finally, Ben Lazarus produced heroics to survive all that Ian Rogers could throw at him – and a piece sacrifice and a complicated endgame later, he had drawn with a GM! So Antic was outright leader on 4/4 going into Sunday. But Smurf and Moulthun on 3.5 were pushing him; not to mention the dangerous players lurking on 3/4 (e.g. GM Ian Rogers)...

Round 5 saw more thrillers, as Smurf survived an ending two pawns down to eventually draw rook, a pawn and c pawn against Antic. Meanwhile Moulthun won a pawn against Solo, who then  sacrificed a piece to get two connected passed pawns and some counterplay; but it was not enough, as Moulthun survived all Solo could throw at him to win and join Antic on 4.5/5 in the lead. Smurf, Rogers and Lazarus all won to get to 4/5. Then Antic won a quick game against Moulthun in Round 6 to reclaim the outright lead; but Rogers still had a chance just half a point behind after a superior opening led him to win a long game a pawn up with the two bishops against Smurf. Ben Lazarus joined him on 5/6 by winning again. We then had the dream all GM pairing in the last round, but Ian as Black could not crack Dejan (who always maintained a slight advantage), so Ian had to settle for a draw. As Moulthun also won in a long ending against Ben Lazarus, he and Rogers were equal second; but Dejan Antic was the new Gold Coast Open champion on 6/7!

Prize List: 1st Dejan Antic 6/7; = 2nd Moulthun Ly, Ian Rogers 5.5; = 4th Peter Froehlich, Ben Lazarus, David Smerdon 5; 1st U2000 Gene Nakauchi 4.5; = 2nd U2000 Alex Jule, Narelle Szuveges 4; Encouragement Awards Jonas Muller, Dusan Smrek 4.

I append below a few games from the event.

Smrek, Dusan (1266) - Jule, Alex (1705), 2007 Gold Coast Open Round 1 Board 16, 23/6/07
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bh4 dxc4 8.Bxc4 b5 9.Bd3 b4 10.Ne4 Be7 11.0–0 Bb7 12.Nxf6+ Nxf6 13.Qa4 a5 14.Ne5 Rc8 15.Rac1 Qd5 16.Nxc6 Bxc6 17.Rxc6 0–0 18.Rfc1 Rxc6 19.Rxc6 Qh5 20.Bg3 Rd8 21.Qc2 Qd5 22.b3 Nh5 23.Be4 Qg5 24.Rc8 Nxg3 25.Rxd8+ Bxd8 26.hxg3 Qg4 27.Bf3 Qg5 28.Qc6 Qe7 29.Be4 Qc7 30.Qe8# 1–0

Solomon, S (2476) - Antic, D (2471), 2007 Gold Coast Open Round 4 Board 1, 23/06/2007
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.Bd3 c5 6.dxc5 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Nxe4 8.Bxe4 Qxd1+ 9.Kxd1 Bxc5 10.Ke2 Nd7 11.Be3 Ke7 12.Rhd1 Bxe3 13.Kxe3 Nf6 14.Ne5 Nxe4 15.Kxe4 f6 16.Nc4 Bd7 17.f4 Bc6+ 18.Ke3 Rac8 19.Nd6 Rcd8 20.Ne4 h6 21.g3 g5 22.c4 Rhg8 23.Nc3 gxf4+ 24.gxf4 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Rg4 26.b4 Rh4 27.b5 Rh3+ 28.Kd4 Be8 29.Re1 Rf3 30.Ne2 Rf2 31.a4 Rxh2 32.c5 h5 33.Nc3 Rh4 34.Ke3 Rh3+ 35.Kd2 Bg6 36.Nd5+ Kf7 37.Ne3 Be4 38.Nc4 Bd5 39.Ne3 Bf3 40.f5 Rh2+ 41.Kd3 e5 42.Rc1 Rh1 43.Rc3 Ke7 44.Nc4 h4 45.Kd2 Bd5 46.Ne3 Bf3 47.c6 bxc6 48.bxc6 Kd8 49.c7+ Kc8 50.Nc4 Rd1+ 51.Kc2 Rd4 52.Nxe5 Be4+ 53.Kb2 fxe5 54.f6 Bg6 55.Re3 Rd6 56.Rxe5 Rxf6 57.Ra5 a6 58.Rc5 Bf5 59.Kc3 h3 60.Kd4 h2 61.Ke5 Rh6 0–1

Lazarus, B (2034) - Rogers, I (2624), 2007 Gold Coast Open Round 4 Board 2, 23/06/2007
1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 0–0-0 6. Be3 Nf6 7.0–0 Qh5 8.h3 e5 9.Nbd2 Bd6 10.hxg4 Nxg4 11.Ne4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 exd4 13.Nxd6+ Rxd6 14.Nh4 f5 15.Bxg4 fxg4 16.g3 Rf8 17.f3 Qc5 18.Qd3 g5 19.fxg4 Rxf1+ 20.Rxf1 gxh4 21.Rf8+ Kd7 22.gxh4 Kc6 23.Rf5 Qb4 24.b3 a6 25.Kg2 Kb6 26.a4 Re6 27.Rf4 c5 28.Re4 Rc6 29.Re7 h6 30.g5 hxg5 31.hxg5 Ka5 32.Re5 Qc3 33.Qxc3+ dxc3 34.Re4 b5 35.axb5 axb5 36.Kf3 c4 37.bxc4 b4 38.Ke3 b3 39.Re5+ Ka4 40.cxb3+ Kxb3 41.Rb5+ Kxc4 42.Rb1 c2 43.Rc1 Kb3 44.Ke4 Kb2 45.Rxc2+ Rxc2 ½–½

Ly, M (2267) – Lazarus, B (2034), 2007 Gold Coast Open Round 7 Board 2, 24/06/2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Nde2 Nf6 10.0–0 0–0 11.f3 Qd8 12.Be3 Qa5 13.Rc1 Rac8 14.b3 Rfd8 15.Qd2 Rd7 16.Rfd1 Rcd8 17.Kh1 e6 18.Bg5 Ne7 19.Qf4 Qe5 20.Qh4 h6 21.Bxh6 Bxh6 22.Qxh6 d5 23.cxd5 exd5 24.f4 Ng4 25.Qh4 Qh5 26.Qxh5 gxh5 27.Rd4 dxe4 28.Rxd7 Rxd7 29.Nxe4 f5 30.N4c3 Rd2 31.Kg1 Kf7 32.Rd1 Rb2 33.h3 Nf6 34.Rd4 Nc6 35.Rc4 Ke6 36.Kf2 Nd5 37.Nxd5 Kxd5 38.Kf3 a6 39.Rc1 Nd4+ 40.Nxd4 Kxd4 41.Rd1+ Kc5 42.Rd7 b5 43.Rf7 Kb4 44.Rxf5 h4 45.Re5 Rxa2 46.f5 Rd2 47.Re3 a5 48.g4 hxg3 49.Kxg3 a4 50.bxa4 bxa4 51.f6 Rd8 52.Kf4 a3 53.Re7 a2 54.Ra7 Kb3 55.Ke5 Rh8 56.f7 Kb2 57.Ke6 a1Q 58.Rxa1 Kxa1 59.Ke7 Kb2 60.f8Q Rxh3 and White won 1–0

Gold Coast Under 1600

This event also had 33 players, with 8 over 1500. Top seed Michael Olsen drew his first two games, and was never really in contention. Indeed the event was dominated by third seed Nenad Chelebichanin, who got the only picket fence score (7/7) of all three events! He was versatile, too, winning in Round 2 with a mating attack but also winning many games methodically, grinding opponents down with superior positional play. He was alone in the lead by Round 4, where he ended up a piece ahead in an endgame against Mike Duffin; and he never relinquished this lead, beating second seed Ian Dickson in Round 5 (winning pawns on the queenside) and showing no mercy with a decisive opening advantage after only 12 moves against Yi Liu in the last round. He won by 1.5 points from Mike Duffin, who also played well; while the juniors also did well, claiming many prizes as usual. One of them, Sarah Anton, won the nice fighting game below; pretty impressive when you can win an opposite coloured bishop ending from a pawn down!

Stewart, C (1527) - Anton, S (1228), 2007 Gold Coast Under 1600 Round 5 Board 4, 24/6/07
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 c6 8.Qd2 cxd5 9.Nxd5 Nxd5 10.Qxd5 Qc7 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Qd2 Nc6 13.Bd3 f5 14.Ne2 f4 15.Bf2 Kh8 16.Nc3 Qe7 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.cxd5 Nb8 19.0–0 b6 20.Rc2 Nd7 21.Rc7 Rfc8 22.Rfc1 Qd8 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Ba6 Rxc1+ 25.Qxc1 Nc5 26.Bb5 a5 27.a3 a4 28.Bxc5 dxc5 29.Bxa4 Bf8 30.Qe1 Bd6 31.Qf1 Qc8 32.Qb5 Qd8 33.g3 g5 34.Kg2 Kg7 35.Qc6 h5 36.Qd7+ Qxd7 37.Bxd7 Kf6 38.Kf2 Be7 39.Ke2 Bd6 40.Kd3 Ke7 41.Bf5 Kd8 42.Kc4 Kc7 43.Kb5 Be7 44.a4 Bd6 45.a5 bxa5 46.Kxa5 Be7 47.Kb5 Bd6 48.h4 fxg3 49.Bh3 gxh4 50.Kc4 Kd8 51.Kd3 Ke7 52.Ke2 Kf6 53.Kf1 Kg5 54.Kg2 Kf4 55.Be6 c4 56.Bd7 Ke3 57.Be6 Kd3 58.Bf5 Kc2 0–1

Prize List: 1st Nenad Chelebichanin 7/7; 2nd Mike Duffin 5.5; = 3rd Daniel Ford, Peter Booy, Kieton Beilby 5; 1st U1300 John Matheson 4.5; = 2nd U1300 Sarah Anton, Alex O’Flynn 4.

Gold Coast Under 1000

A more detailed report on this one - let's give the kids some air time for a change! Top seed Alex Buciu lost his first game, so he was quickly off the top boards. Ryan Brockwell’s Round 1 mate in one upset win over Alan Lam (see game below) tells you something about the style of game in this event! Round 2 saw another top board upset when Robbie Peck (732) drew with Rhys Davies (932); Robbie won the exchange but did not make enough of it, and Rhys was happy to accept when Rob offered the draw (see game below). More upsets this round, as Darren Ooi shocked Tomo Onoda; and Jenny Yum scored her second in a row by beating Allan Foster. Alex Buciu was already out of contention; he lost again, this time to Nicholas Coundouris.

Brockwell, Ryan - Lam, Alan, 2007 Gold Coast Under 1000 Round 1 Board 10, 23/06/2007
1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 e6 3.Nf3 Nd7 4.e3 c5 5.Bb5 Qb6 6.Nc3 Ngf6 7.0–0 Be7 8.Bg5 0–0 9.Bxf6 Nxf6 10.Re1 Rd8 11.Bd3 Qxb2 12.Qd2 a6 13.e4 b5 14.e5 Ne4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Bxe4 cxd4 17.Ng5 Bb4 18.Bxh7+ Kh8 19.Q7d3 Bxe1 20.Nxf7# 1–0

Davies, R (942) - Peck, R (732), 2007 Gold Coast Under 1000 Round 2 Board 1, 23/06/2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qf6 5.Be3 Bd6 6.Nxc6 dxc6 7.Nc3 Be6 8.Qd2 h6 9.0–0–0 0–0–0 10.Bd3 Ne7 11.f4 Bb4 12.e5 Qh4 13.Rhg1 Bf5 14.Qe2 Bg4 15.Qf2 Bxd1 16.Rxd1 Bxc3 17.bxc3 g5 18.Bxa7 Rd7 ½–½

More upsets on the top boards saw four joint leaders on 3/3 after Round 3: Curtis Jack, Oliver McCarthy, Alex Arase and Zane Weitenberg. The latter upset Keith Chan on top board, while Alex’s win over Alex Miles was also an upset. Martin Jack drew a queen and pawn ending against Danielle Kinder, as these two missed the chance to join Rhys Davies and Nicholas Coundouris as the only players on 2.5/3. Among others to beat higher rated opponents were Bradley Begaud (defeated Alan Lam), Calvin Zhang (beat Stephen Gillingham) and John Atherton. The latter’s win against Allan Foster illustrated the sudden reversals that can occur in such an event: his losing eighth move turned into a winning one when his opponent made the wrong knight capture!

While Curtis Jack took care of Zane Weitenberg a little more convincingly, Oliver McCarthy was more than a little bit lucky to join him as the only two players on 4/4 by beating Alex Arase! Having blundered the exchange by letting his rook get trapped, Oliver then generated some sort of an attack as counterplay; but just when nice tactics had forced the queen swap leaving Oliver with an unpleasant ending the exchange for a pawn down to defend, Alex had an illusion and resigned his possibly won position instead! Rhys Davies was alone on 3.5/4 after beating Nick Coundouris, while a swag of 7 players on 3/4 were still in contention. These included John Atherton, who upset Alex Miles; and Calvin Zhang, another upset winner over Steve Charalambous.

Oliver was much more convincing in Round 5, a double edged opening leading to a crushing win over Curtis Jack after the latter neglected to take a key d pawn, leaving Oliver (Black) with two connected passed pawns in the middle of the board! From there it was a cushion ride to 5/5 and the sole lead for Oliver, who first won a piece to a pawn fork and then a queen to a pin (see game below). Rhys Davies also won a piece to a tactic (discovered attack) to defeat Keith Chan (see game below), leaving him breathing down Oliver’s neck on 4.5/5. Of the five players on 4/5, Calvin Zhang scored the most significant upset, beating Danielle Kinder. More upsets as Elliott Richards (528) continued the miserable tournament of Alex Buciu (953); and little Wilbert Tan (rated just 104) stunned Stephen Gillingham (708).

Jack, C (874) - McCarthy, O (820), 2007 Gold Coast Under 1000 Round 5 Board 1, 24/6/07
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.b3 Nc6 6.Ba3 cxd4 7.Bxf8 dxc3 8.Bxg7 Rg8 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.Rc1 d4 11.Nf3 e5 12.h3 Bf5 13.Bd3 e4 14.g4 Bg6 15.Be2 exf3 16.Bxf3 d3 17.Bxc6+ Qxc6 18.0–0 h5 19.Rxc3 hxg4 20.Qxg4 Bh7 0–1

Chan, K (934) - Davies, R (942), 2007 Gold Coast Under 1000 Round 5 Board 2, 24/06/2007
1.d4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 Bf5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 e6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 h6 9.Bh4 Nbd7 10.0–0 Qb6 11.b3 a6 12.Rfc1 0–0 13.Ne5 Qc7 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.Ne2 Rac8 16.Rc2 Rfe8 17.Rac1 Ba3 18.Rb1 Be7 19.cxd5 cxd5 20.Rbc1 Rxc2 21.Rxc2 Rc8 22.Qd2 Ne4 23.Qc1 Rxc2 24.Qxc2 Bxh4 25.g3 Be7 26.Nf4 Qc6 27.Qxc6 bxc6 28.f3 Nc3 29.a4 Nd1 30.e4 a5 31.Kf1 Ne3+ 32.Ke2 Nc2 33.Kd3 Nb4+ 34.Kc3 Kf8 35.exd5 exd5 36.Nd3 Nxd3 37.Kxd3 Bd6 38.f4 Ke7 39.Ke3 Ke6 40.h3 h5 41.Kf3 f6 42.h4 Kf5 43.Ke3 Kg4 44.Kf2 Bb4 45.Kg2 Bc3 0–1

The top board game in Round 6 was a sad one for Oliver, as he conceded his first point when he walked into two forks: first a pawn fork costing a piece, then a knight fork costing the exchange! A whole rook down, he conceded to give his opponent Rhys Davies the outright lead on 5.5/6. But he was still in with a chance on 5/6, where he was joined by Curtis Jack beat Calvin Zhang), Alex Arase (defeated Bradley Begaud) and Zane Weitenberg (won pawns and a long ending to upset Tomotaka Onoda). Robbie Peck was the only player on 4.5/6 after his own upset win over Daniel Lapitan. Six players, all still in contention; an exciting finish was in prospect…

McCarthy, O (820) - Davies, R (942), 2007 Gold Coast Under 1000 Round 6 Board 1, 24/6/07
1.d4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.Bf4 e6 6.e3 Bd6 7.Bxd6 Qxd6 8.c5 Qc7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nbd7 11.0–0 h6 12.Rac1 0–0 13.h3 Rac8 14.Rfe1 Rfe8 15.b4 e5 16.a4 e4 17.Qe2 exf3 18.Qxf3 b6 19.b5 bxc5 20.dxc5 Nxc5 21.bxc6 Nd3 22.Red1 Nxc1 23.Rxc1 Qxc6 24.Qd1 Ne4 25.Ne2 Qd7 26.Rb1 Nc3 27.Nxc3 Rxc3 28.Rb5 Qc7 29.Rb1 Rc8 30.Qxd5 Rc1+ 31.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 32.Kh2 Qc7+ 33.Kh1 Qb8 34.Qd1 Rd8 35.Qc2 Qd6 36.Qb3 Qd1+ 0–1

But in the end outright victory belonged to Rhys Davies on 6.5/7, who got superior activity out of the opening and won pawns and soon the house to beat Curtis Jack on Board 1. Amazingly, we then had outright first, second and third in this event! Second was Zane Weitenberg on 6/7, after he beat Alex Arase on Board 2; and third went to Robbie Peck on 5.5/7, who made it an unfortunate finish for Oliver McCarthy after he scored an upset victory in their Board 3 game.

Prize List: 1st Rhys Davies 6.5/7; 2nd Zane Weitenberg 6; 3rd Robbie Peck 5.5; = 1st U800 Alex Arase, Allan Foster, Darren Ooi 5; = 1st U650 Elliott Richards, Calvin Zhang 5; = 1st Unrated Elijah Begaud, Ryan Brockwell, Blair Carey, Nicholas Coundouris, James Cronin, Jack Weitenberg 3.

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