GM Kengis Top Seed in Australian Open

by Peter Parr (SMH 27/12/04)

Grandmaster Edvins Kengis, many times champion of Latvia,will start as firm favorite in the Lidums Australian Open Championship commencing tomorrow.

Kengis,E (2586) - Ezat,M (2410) [A34] ADCF Masters Abu Dhabi (1), 16.08.2003 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nxc3 7.Qxc3 Nc6 8.e4 Bg4 9.Bb5 Rc8 10.0-0 a6 11.Ba4 b5 12.Bb3 e6 13.Bg5 Qb6 14.Rac1 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Qb8 16.Rfd1 Bd6 17.Qxg7 Bxh2+ 18.Kh1 Be5 19.Bf6 Bxf6 20.Qxf6 Rg8 21.Rd7 Kxd7 22.Qxf7+ Ne7 23.Bxe6+ Kd6 24.Rd1+ Kc6 25.Bxc8 Qxc8 26.Rc1+ Kd7 27.Rxc8 Rxc8 28.f4 Rc1+ 29.Kg2 Rc2 30.f5 1-0

The tournament, which continues the tradition of national championships dating back to 1885,will be held at the Mercure Grand Chalet Hotel,Mt Buller, Victoria(28th Dec 2004-9th Jan 2005). The venue nestled in Australia's most spectacular alpine playgrounds is a three hour drive from Melbourne. 75 players including 19 rated above 2000(but only 3 of Australia's top 15 rated active players) have so far entered the event.

The top ten seeds are:- GM Edvins Kengis (LAT) 2543 , GM Darryl Johansen (VIC) 2485, IM Carlo D'Amore (ITA) 2448, IM Elena Sedina (ITA) 2431,IM David Smerdon (VIC) 2431, IM Ennio Arlandi (ITA) 2429, Igor Bjelobrk (VIC) 2392, GM Hans-Joachim Hecht(GER) 2389, FM George Xie (NSW) 2351, FM Bill Jordan (VIC) 2348. The Australian Junior Championships will be held at the same venue(11th January - 21st January 2005). For more details see http://www.mtbullerchess.com/

Fourteen-year-old International Master Nguyen Ngoc Truongson of Vietnam (rated 2527) has scored his third and final International Grandmaster norm by winning outright the grandmaster round robin tournament in Budapest, Hungary last week.

Nguyen will become the second youngest grandmaster in the world. The youngest is GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway (born in Nov 1990).

Nguyen Ngoc,T (2527) - Karatorossian,D (2384) [A45] First Saturday GM December Budapest (2) 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Qb6 4.Nc3 Qxb2 5.Bd2 Qb6 6.e4 d6 7.f4 e5 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.Nf3 Bd6 10.Bc4 a6 11.0-0 Bg4 12.Qe1 Bxf3 13.Rxf3 Nbd7 14.Qg3 Rg8 15.Rb1 Qc7 16.a4 Nh5 17.Qh4 g6 18.g3 f6 19.Qh3 Rg7 20.Nd1 b6 21.Ne3 Kf8 22.Rf2 b5 23.Be2 Nf4 24.gxf4 exf4 25.Ng2 g5 26.Kh1 b4 27.Rg1 Ne5 28.Ne3 fxe3 29.Rxf6+ Nf7 30.Bxe3 Re8 31.Rxg5 Rxe4 32.Qh6 1-0.

Nguyen Van Huy (VIE) leads the Asian Junior in Bikaner,India with 4/4. GM Surya Ganguly retained his title of Champion of India in Visakhapatnam scoring 12/18 in the strong round robin event.

The Tigran Petrosian Memorial Internet Tournament(prize fund AUD $73,000)was won by China,the lowest rated team.China(Bu,Ni,Zhang,Wang)was undefeated in the six matches drawing 2-2 in each encounter with Russia(Svidler,Dreev,Khalifman,Zvjaginsev)and France and defeating Armenia 3.5-0.5 and 2.5-1.5. Final scores(24 games) China(2590) 14,France(2627) and Russia(2688) 13, Armenia(2626) 8

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