George Xie wins Masters

Peter Parr (26/12/06)

FIDE Master George Xie aged 21 of Sydney has won the Australian Masters in Melbourne scoring six out of six against Australian opponents,four draws against overseas players and one win on forfeit. This result should increase his world rating just above 2400 which will give Xie the International Master Title. Xie beat GM Johansen and drew with GM Antic in the event.

Australia will now have two Grandmasters (Rogers and Johansen) and 17 International Masters.

C.Gorka(ENG) v V.Smirnov(RUS) 1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. dxe5 Nxe5 4. Qd4 Nc6 5.

Qe3 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bd2 O-O 8. O-O-O Re8 9. Qg3 Rxe4 10. a3 Rg4 11. Qh3

Bxc3 12. Bxc3 d5 13. f3 Rd4 14. g4 Rxd1+ 15. Kxd1 d4 16. Bd2 Qd5 17. Qg2 Be6 18. g5 Nd7 19. h4 Nde5 20. h5 d3 21.g6 dxc2+ 22. Kc1 Bf5 23. gxh7+ Kxh7 24.

Qg5 Nd4 0-1

Final scores (12 players,11 rounds)FM G.Xie(AUS 2375) 9,GM D.Johansen(AUS

2458) 8,FM J.Sales(PHI 2347)7.5,GM D.Antic(SCG 2437),V.Smirnov(RUS 2281),FM I.Goldenberg(AUS 2358) all 7,D.Stojic(AUS 2204) 6,FM C.Depasquale (AUS 2283) 4.5,FM E.Levi (AUS 2236) 4,C.Gorka(ENG 2194) 3,D.Hacche(AUS 2173) 2,M.Dizdarevic (BIH 2110) 1/7. The Masters was the main event in the Dandenong International Chess Festival in Melbourne. The Masters reserves was won by Domagoj Dragicevic on 7/9

FIDE Master George Xie (NSW) won the Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix 2006,Grandmaster Ian Rogers(NSW) was second with IM David Smerdon(VIC) and FM Igor Goldenberg(VIC) third to fourth equal. Johny Bolens(NSW) was fifth.

Winners in the other divisions were - Women IWM Laura Moylan(NSW),Junior Dusan Stojic(VIC),Girls Jessica Kinder (QLD),Under 2000 Neil Wright(NSW) Under 1600 Andrew Brown(ACT),Unrated Ahmed Faris(NSW). There are 58 tournaments in the 2007 Grand Prix - 5 ACT,17 NSW,15 QLD,3 SA,5 TAS,8 VIC,5 WA

The Australian Open Championship(11 rounds) and supporting events at the Southern Cross Club,Tuggeranong,Canberra will be held from 28th December

2006 to 9th January 2007.

Matthew Koutnik of Newcastle has won the NSW Country Junior Championship,defeating two former winners,David Behne-Smith of Newcastle and Michal Tokarz of Wollongong. James Brodnik of Wollongong won the Under 12 title ahead of Jonathon Ginn of Newcastle. The championships were conducted in three preliminary divisions - in the north,west and south of the state - followed by finals in Sydney.

The NSW Junior Chess League will be holding three tournaments over the summer school holidays - a New Year Tournament (Wednesday to Friday 3-5 January,Summer One-Day Tournament(Wednesday 17 January)and Summer Two-Day Tournament (Wednesday - Thursday 24-25 January). For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills phone 9412 4579.

The European Rapid Championship held in Warsaw,Poland 16-17 December attracted 475 players including 108 titled(64 rated over 2400). The top sixteen players after eight rounds qualified for the finals. The event was won by GM Yuri Drozdovskij(UKR 2561) who defeated GM Vadim Malakhatko (UKR

2617) by 1.5 - 0.5 in the title match.


Kramnik-Topalov Rematch ?

Peter Parr
Veselin Topalov has challenged Vladimir Kramnik to a World Title Rematch in March or April 2007 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Patron of the Match will be the President of Bulgaria Georgi Purvanov. Kramnik the defending Champion will receive AUS $1.3 million and Topalov AUS $0.65 million. Topalov became World Champion by winning the 8 player double round robin in Argentina in October 2005 but lost a controversial world title match to Kramnik in Russia 6-6 (tie break 1.5-2.5) in October 2006.
Kramnik is considering the challenge made last Thursday.
The top 5 seeds in the Corus,Netherlands tournament next month are the top 4 rated players in the world - V.Topalov BUL 2813,V.Anand IND 2779,V.Kramnik RUS 2750,P.Svidler RUS 2750 and World no 7 L.Aronian ARM 2741 (currently on holiday at the Gold Coast,Queensland)
The title of Russian Champion was decided in the following tie-break rapid game in the Super-Final in Moscow with 21 year old Evgeny Alekseev of St Petersburg defeating 23 year old Dimitry Jakovenko.
E.Alekseev 2639 - D.Jakovenko 2671 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 Re8 10 d4 Bb7 11 Nbd2 Bf8 12 a4 h6 13 Bc2 exd4 14 cxd4 Nb4 15 Bb1 c5 16 d5 Nd7 17 Ra3 f5 18 Nh2 c4 19 Rg3 Nc5 20 exf5 Rxe1+ 21 Qxe1 Ncd3 22 Qd1 Bxd5 23 Ndf1 Nxc1 24 Qxc1 Kh8 25 Ng4 Nd3 26 Bxd3 cxd3 27 Qf4 Rc8 28 Rxd3 Rc4 29 Qg3 Be4 30 Ne5 Qf6 31 Nxc4 bxc4 32 Rd2 Bxf5 33 Qf4 Be6 34 Qxf6 gxf6 35 Ne3 f5 36 Rc2 Kg7 37 Nxc4 Kf6 38 Nd2 d5 39 Rc6 a5 40 Nb3 Ke7 41 Nxa5 Bd7 42 Ra6 Bg7 43 b4 d4 44 Nc6+ Ke8 45 Kf1 d3 46 b5 Be6 47 Ra8+ 1-0 
 Leading final scores (cat 15,av 2622,12 players,11 rounds) E.Alekseev 2639 and D.Jakovenko 2671  7.5, E.Inarkiev 2628  7, P.Svidler 2750  6.5. The two sixteen- year- olds IM IIdar Khairullin 2543 scored 5.5/11 perf rating 2629 and   Ian Nepomniachtchi IM 2545 scored 5/11 perf 2597 .         .
Many of the well known leading Russian grandmasters failed to qualify for the Super-final which was dominated by new stronger younger grandmasters. The three players aged over 23  - Rublevsky 32,Svidler 30,and Najer 29 all performed well below their ratings. The other nine players were all aged between sixteen and twenty-three.
India comfortably won the  Asian Games Chess Teams event in Doha,Qatar. Leading final scores (21 countries,27 games)`India 22.5 (gold), China 17.5 (silver) and Iran 16.5 (bronze), Kazakhstan,Indonesia 16 and Qatar 15. The Presentation Manager for chess in the Asian Games in Doha was International Arbiter Jason Lyons of Sydney. 
FIDE Master Jonathan Humphrey 2256 of Queensland scored 7.5/12 (performance 2374) in the Budapest International Master tournament last week.
FIDE Master George Xie of Sydney has drawn with GM D.Antic and V.Smirnov and defeated GM D.Johansen in the first three rounds of the Australian Masters in Melbourne. Leading scores after 3 rounds  (12 players,11 rounds) FM G.Xie,FM C.Depasquale,FM I.Goldenberg,D.Stojic 2,V.Smirnov and FM J.Sales 1.5/2. GM D.Johansen has 1.5/3 and GM D.Antic 0.5/2.
The top four seeds so far in the Australian Open Championship at the Southern Cross Club,Tuggeranong,Canberra 28th December 2006 to 9th January 2007 are GM Mark Bluvshtein of Canada  2541,GM Ian Rogers NSW 2526,GM D.Johansen (VIC) 2458 and GM D.Antic of Serbia 2437
The Australian Schools Teams Championships were held in Canberra last week. The most successful NSW team was North Sydney Girls High which easily retained the Secondary Girls title it won last year. Knox Grammar finished second on the Secondary Open division (Balwyn HS VIC 15.5,Knox Grammar NSW 11.5,St Peters College SA 11,Somerset College QLD 10,Radford College ACT 8,Applecross HS WA 4.  Summer Hill Public Schools teams came 3rd and 5th in the Primary Open and Primary Girls Divisions.


David Bronstein 1924-2006

Peter Parr

Grandmaster David Bronstein has died at the age of 82. He was Ukraine champion in 1939, USSR champion in 1948 and 1949, winner of the first interzonal in 1948 and won the world championship candidates in 1950 beating Isaac Boleslavsky in the final. Bronstein is survived by his wife Tatiana who is Boleslavsky's daughter.

Bronstein played a 24 game match for the world title against Mikhail Botvinnik in Moscow 1951. The score stood at 10-10 after 21 games. Bronstein won the following vital 22nd game in fine style.

D.Bronstein v M.Botvinnik A91 1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. e3 d5 7. Nge2 c6 8. b3 Ne4 9. O-O Nd7 10. Bb2 Ndf6 11. Qd3 g5 12. cxd5 exd5 13. f3 Nxc3 14. Bxc3 g4 15. fxg4 Nxg4 16. Bh3 Nh6 17. Nf4 Bd6 18. b4 a6 19. a4 Qe7 20. Rab1 b5 21. Bg2 Ng4 22. Bd2 Nf6 23. Rb2 Bd7 24. Ra1 Ne4 25. Be1 Rfe8 26. Qb3 Kh8 27. Rba2 Qf8 28. Nd3! Rab8 29. axb5 axb5 30. Ra7 Re7 31. Ne5 Be8 32. g4! fxg4 33. Bxe4 dxe4 34. Bh4 Rxe5 35. dxe5 Bxe5 36. Rf1 Qg8 37. Bg3! Bg7 38. Qxg8+ 1-0 Botvinnik won game 23 and game 24 was drawn. Final score 12-12 and Botvinnik retained his title.

D.Bronstein v E.Geller E27 Russian Champ 1961 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 O-O 6. f3 d5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. e3 Bf5 9. Ne2 Nbd7 10. Nf4 c5 11. Bd3 Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Re8 13. O-O Rc8 14. Rb1 Qa5 15. Rxb7 Nb6 16. g4 h6 17. h4 cxd4 18. g5 dxe3 19. gxf6 Rxc3 20. Qg6! 1-0

World Champion Vladimir Kramnik(Russia) lost 2-4 to Deep Fritz in his six game match in Bonn,Germany.

Dmitry Jakovenko rated 2671 leads the Russian Championship Super-Final(12 players,average 2622)with 4.5/6 in Moscow.

14-year-old Fabiano Caruana(IM 2474)tied for first place(rating perf 2590) with GM Michele Godena in the 66th Italian Championship,but lost the play-off match 1.5-2.5

FIDE Master Jonathan Humphrey(2256) of Queensland has scored one win and four draws after five rounds of the First Saturday International Master Tournament in Budapest,Hungary. He needs to score 9/12 for an IM result.

FIDE Master Ian Thompson ENG 2322 won the 35 player Vikings weekender in Canberra scoring 5.5/6 half a point ahead of Junta Ikeda on 5. The Australian Schools Teams Championship is taking place in Canberra today and tomorrow. The four teams representing NSW are: Secondary Open-Knox Grammar School,Girls-North Sydney Girls HS,Primary Open and Girls-Summer Hill PS.

The Australian Open Championship and supporting events will be held in Canberra from 28th December 2006 to 9th January 2007. The Australian Junior in four divisions (Under 18 Open,Under 18 Girls,Under 12 Open and Under 12 Girls) 14-26 January 2007 in Canberra has already attracted a record entry of 175 players with more to come.

Results of the NSW country teams championship held in Gosford - Gosford B 12/15, Gosford A 10.5, Ettalong A, Mingara 7.5, Dubbo 5.5, Ettalong 2. FIDE Master John Curtis scored 3.5/5 on top board of the winning team and NSW country champion Paul Broekhuyse scored 5/5 on board 2.


World Champion Blunders

Peter Parr (SMH 04/12/06)   

World Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia made the worst blunder ever by any world champion when he missed a one-move checkmate in an equal position with plenty of time left. Deep Fritz 10 v V.Kramnik game 2 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 b5 4. a4 c6 5. Nc3 b4 6. Na2 Nf6 7. e5 Nd5 8. Bxc4 e6 9. Nf3 a5 10. Bg5 Qb6 11. Nc1 Ba6 12. Qe2 h6 13. Be3 Bxc4 14. Qxc4 Nd7 15. Nb3 Be7 16. Rc1 O-O 17. O-O Rfc8 18. Qe2 c5 19. Nfd2 Qc6 20. Qh5 Qxa4 21. Nxc5 Nxc5 22. dxc5 Nxe3 23. fxe3 Bxc5 24. Qxf7+ Kh8 25. Qf3 Rf8 26. Qe4 Qd7 27. Nb3 Bb6 28. Rfd1 Qf7 29. Rf1 Qa7 30. Rxf8+ Rxf8 31. Nd4 a4 32. Nxe6 Bxe3+ 33. Kh1 Bxc1 34. Nxf8 Qe3 ???(34... Kg8 35. Ng6 Bxb2 36. Qd5+ Kh7 37. Nf8+ Kh8 38. Ng6+ is equal) 35. Qh7 mate 1-0. Games 1,3 and 4 were drawn so Kramnik needs to win the last two games to win the six game match in Bonn,Germany..

Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2741 won the Capablanca(World Champion Capa was never checkmated in his life in a tournament game) Memorial in Havana,Cuba half a point ahead of E.Bareev RUS 2683.

GM Nigel Short ENG 2677 retained his title of Commonwealth Champion by winning this year's event in Mumbai,India scoring 9 out of 10. GM C.Sandipan IND 2550 and IM M.Venkatesh IND 2466 tied for second place on 8 points. FIDE Master Lee Jones of Sydney 2139 representing Australia seeded 91st finished in 125th place scoring 4 points (performance rating 2030) in the 168 player field.

Grandmaster Ian Rogers of Sydney tied for third place scoring 5.5/8(including a third round win over former NSWCA President Malcolm Tredinnick -score 4.5) half a point behind the joint winners in the American Open in Los Angeles,USA.

The ACF has rated 233 tournaments (16724 games) in the last three months. Leading players December 2006 (29 of the top 60 are from NSW) GM I.Rogers NSW 2624 +11,IM Z.Zhao NSW 2498 +37,IM A.Wohl NSW 2479 +21,IM D.Smerdon VIC 2469 +27,GM D.Johansen VIC 2467 +12,IM G.Lane NSW 2442 +26,IM S.Solomon QLD 2428 +31,FM I.Bjelobrk NSW 2417 +51,IM P.Froelich QLD 2397 +25,FM I.Goldenberg VIC 2382 +37. Women - WM A.Caoili QLD 2196,IM I.Berezina-Feldman NSW 2192,WM N.Koshnitsky NSW 2114,I.Eriksson NSW 2110,WM L.Moylan NSW 2079,WM B.Dekic NSW 2075 Under 20-IM Z.Zhao NSW 2498,S.Chow VIC 2282,T.Rej NSW 2267. Under 18,16,14,12 - R.Song NSW 2253 also U18,U16-J.Obst SA 2185. U14-M.Illingworth NSW 2096. U12-J.Morris VIC 1927 U10-A.Stahnke QLD 1467 Girls U20-WM A.Caoili QLD 2196 Over 60-FM A.Flatow NSW 2223,S.Zaric SA 2192,FM M.Fuller NSW 2168,M.Wettstein NSW 2048. Over 70-H.Jens NSW 1995.Over 80-L.Fell NSW 1753. Most active J.Bolens NSW 57! M.Illingworth NSW 47 games.

Leading final scores in the NSW Lightning Championship (23 players, 11 rounds) FM G.Xie 9: J.Chan 8.5: J.Hu and V.Smirnov 8: M.Illingworth 7.The executive of the NSWCA was elected at the AGM last week. President - W.Gletsos, Vice-President- J.Hu, Secretary-T.Accola, Treasurer-N.Greenwood. St George defeated North Sydney 18.5 - 8.5 in the big board match last Tuesday. St George outrated their opponents on each of the 27 boards by an average of 165 rating points per board.

The popular annual 7 round St. George Leagues Club Summer Open tournament starts tomorrow evening.

Chess Anand wins lightning Peter Parr

Former World Champion Vishy Anand won the Tal Memorial five minute blitz tournament in Moscow a full two points ahead of second place. Eighteen players rated 2650 and above including 11 rated above 2700 took part in the double round robin event of 34 games. Anand did not lose a single mini-match against any of his 17 opponents.

Leading final scores: V.Anand (IND 2779) 23: L.Aronian (ARM 2741) 21, T.Radjabov (AZE 2729) & P.Svidler (RUS 2750) 20.5: R.Ponomariov (URK 2703) 19.5: A.Morozevich (RUS 2747), A.Grischuk (RUS 2710) and B.Gelfand (ISR 2733) 18: M.Carlsen (NOR 2698), A.Karpov (RUS 2668) 17.5.

Mikhail Tal,World Champion 1960-1961 was the most brilliant attacking player of all time. Here is one of his memorable games M.Tal(RUS) v GM G.Tringov(BUL) Amsterdam IZ 1964 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Nf3 c6 5. Bg5 Qb6 6. Qd2 Qxb2 7. Rb1 Qa3 8. Bc4 Qa5 9. O-O e6 10. Rfe1 a6 11. Bf4 e5 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Qd6 Qxc3 14. Red1 Nd7 15. Bxf7+ Kxf7 16. Ng5+ Ke8 17. Qe6+ 1-0

The Commonwealth Championship is in progress in the 120 foot Glass Pyramid in Borivali,a suburb of Mumbai, India. The defending champion,top seed, and President of the Commonwealth Chess Association GM Nigel Short ENG 2677 is in the joint lead with IM M.Venkatesh IND 2466 on 5.5/6. There are 148 players from India and 20 players from 11 other countries with a total of 13 GM and 8 WGM. Australia's representative FIDE Master Lee Jones of Sydney rated 2139 is seeded 91st and has recovered from 0/2 to 3/6.

World Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia drew a quiet first game in 47 moves in his six game match against a chess computer program in Bonn,Germany. The computer which examines over eight million positions per second will have the white pieces in the second game tonight.Kramnik is paid AUS $ 660,000 appearance money and a further AUS $ 660,000 if he wins the match.

Top seed Igor Bjelobrk won the Ralph Seberry Memorial Grand Prix Weekender at Norths defeating seeds 2, 3, 4 & 5 and drawing only with junior Max Illingworth. Johny Bolens drew with George Xie in the last round to share second place.

Leading final scores (40 players, 7 rounds) FM I.Bjelobrk 2366 6.5, FM G.Xie 2315 and J.Bolens 2031 5.5, A.Ayvazyan 2214, A.Mendes Da Costa 1940 and R.Morales 1579 5.

The 26th annual Fisher's Ghost Open at Campbelltown Catholic Club was won by FM George Xie 2315 scoring 7/7 followed by Johny Bolens 2031 on 5.5 and Jamie Boyce 1720 on 4.5.

Emeritus Prof Bernard Y Mills of Sydney will be presented with the Grote Reber Medal this afternoon at the University of Sydney,School of Physics,for his pioneering and lifetime contributions to radio astronomy including the "Mills Cross" in 1953. Mills,now aged 86,was one of Australia's best chess players in the 1950's and his grandfather Daniel Y Mills was 8 times Chess Champion of Scotland between 1885 and 1900.

Arianne Caoili,ranked first on the ACF female rating list,has reached the Grand Final of "Dancing with the Stars" on Channel 7 on Tuesday evening.

The NSW Country Teams Championship will be played at Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford 2-3 December.



Peter Parr

The Mikhail Tal Memorial in Moscow resulted in a triple tie for first place between Peter Leko,Ruslan Ponomariov and Levon Aronian. There were only 14 decisive and 31 drawn games in the event. The 5 games in the final round were drawn in 19,14,16,17 and 26 moves but most of the draws in earlier rounds were hard fought.

P.Svidler (2750) v A.Grischuk (2710)Rd 6 B 90 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bc1 Nf6 8. f3 Qb6 9. g4 Nc6 10. Nb3 e6 11. Bf4 Qc7 12. Qd2 Ne5! 13. Be2 Be7 14. Bg3 b5 15. g5 Nfd7 16. h4 Nb6 17. Qd4 O-O 18. O-O-O Rd8 19. a3 Nec4 20. Bxc4 bxc4! 21. Nd2 e5 22. Qe3 Be6 23. Kb1 Rab8 24. Ka1 Qc6 25. Rb1 Na4 26. Rhd1 Rd7! 27. f4 exf4 28. Bxf4 Rdb7 29. Nxa4 Qxa4 30. Qc3 g6 31. h5 gxh5 32. Rh1 Bf8 33. Rxh5 Bg7 34. e5 d5 35. Be3 Bf5 36. Bd4 Bxc2 37. e6 Bxb1 38. Nxb1 fxe6 0-1 Final scores (10 players av 2727,9 rounds) P.Leko HUN 2741,R.Ponomariov UKR 2703,L.Aronian ARM 2741 5.5,B.Gelfand ISR 2733 5,S.Mamedyarov AZE 2728,A.Grischuk RUS 2710,P.Svidler RUS 2750 4.5,A.Shirov ESP 2720,M.Carlsen NOR 2698 3.5,A.Morozevich RUS 2747 3

International Arbiter Jason Lyons of Sydney has arrived in Doha, Qatar as Presentation Manager for Chess in the 15th Asian Games.Two black and white knights decorate one of Doha sky-scrapers in front of the playing venue. Former World Womens Champion Zhu Chen of Qatar and former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan are among the competitors in the Rapid Individual and National Team tournaments lasting 16 days. Qualification started on Saturday and the main events are held 1-15 December. Chess was recognised by the International Olympic Committee in June 1999 giving chess official status as a sport and is making its Asian Games (with Olympic Medals) debut in Qatar. The Opening Ceremony budget is higher than Sydney's $70 million with the largest LED screen in history(5 times bigger than the one used by U2). 45 countries will be competing in 40 sports.

FIDE Master George Xie increased his lead in the Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix(Xie 117.83,GM I.Rogers 100.75) by winning the Coffs Harbour Open weekender conceding only half a point in the final round. Grandmaster Dejan Antic,the top seed lost to Xie,and juniors Max Illingworth (draw with Antic,loss to Xie) and Benjamin Harris both had excellent results.

Leading final scores (42 players,7 rounds) G.Xie 2315 6.5,M.Illingworth 1929,D.Antic 2478,B.Harris 1669 all 5.5

Dr Vladimir Smirnov won the Ford Memorial at Norths finishing well clear of the 51 player field scoring 8 wins and 1 draw in the 9 round event.

A Fundraising Dinner will be held at Parramatta RSL Club on Friday evening 24th November. Proceeds will go towards the Sydney International Open and Parramatta Chess Festival 10-14 April 2007. The NSW State Lightning Championship will be held at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club on Sunday 26th November starting at 11am and will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the NSWCA at 2.30pm

Leading final scores in the Victorian State Championship(11 players,10 games) Dusan Stojic and FM Igor Goldenberg 8,IM Leonid Sandler 7,Malcolm Pike 6.

Arianne Caoili,the favorite,has reached the last 3 in the Channel 7 "Dancing with the Stars" program on Tuesday evenings. Arianne is ranked number 1 on the Australian Chess Federation female rating list and has two Womens Grandmaster Results - one more needed for the Grandmaster Title.

Ponomariov leads in Moscow

Peter Parr

Former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov has taken the lead with four rounds to play in the Mikhail Tal Memorial Super-Grandmaster tournament in Moscow. The event is held in memory of Mikhail Tal 1936-1992 the greatest attacking player in history. Tal became the youngest World Champion(at that time) aged 23 by defeating Mikhail Botvinnik in 1960. Tal lost the return match in 1961 suffering from kidney problems and remained in poor health for the rest of his life. The ten players are all ranked in the top 21 in the world with an average rating of 2727 and the prize fund is AUS $ 134,000.

M.Carlsen(age 15) v B.Gelfand 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Nh4 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. g4 Bg6 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. e3 e6 11. Bxc4 Bb4 12. Bf1(N) Qd5 13. f3 Qa5 14. Bg2 c5 15. dxc5 Nc6 16. O-O O-O 17. f4 Qxc5 18. g5 Rfd8 19. Qe2 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Nd5 21. Qb5 Qxc3 22. Rb1 Ndb4 23. Qe2 Rac8 24. Be4 Na5 25. Bb2 Qc4 26. Qg2 Nb3 27. Bxb7 Rd2 28. Qf3 Rcd8 29. Be5 Nc5 30. Rbc1 Nc2 31. Bc6 a6 32. Rf2 Nb3 33. Rcf1 Nb4 34. Qe4 Qxc6 35. Qxb4 Rxf2 36. Rxf2 Qc1+ 37. Kg2 Qxe3 38. Qb7 Nd2 0-1

Progress scores after round 5 - R.Ponomariov UKR 2703 3.5,P.Svidler RUS 2750,P.Leko HUN 2741,L.Aronian ARM 2741 all 3,S.Mamedyarov AZE 2728,B.Gelfand ISR 2733 2.5,A.Shirov ESP 2720,M.Carlsen NOR 2698,A.Morozevich RUS 2747 2,A.Grischuk RUS 2710 1.5

The rapid chess festival on the French Island of Corsica with a prize fund of AUS $ 167,000 attracted 468 players. Sixteen leading grandmasters took part in the main event with two former World Champions meeting in the final when Rustam Kasimdzhanov UZB 2672 defeated the top seed Viswanathan Anand IND 2779 by 1.5-0.5

D.Stojic and I.Goldenberg share the lead on 7/9 with one round to play in the Victorian State Championship.

The Elwood,Melbourne 61 player Grand Prix weekender was won by 13-year-old Zhigen Wilson Lin(1881) who scored 6/7 with a performance rating over 2560. He played 3 International Masters beating Mirko Rujevic,Guy West and drawing with Stephen Solomon. Four players tied for second place - IM S.Solomon 2397,GM D.Johansen 2455,FM I.Goldenberg 2346 and IM G.West 2322 all on 5.5 points.

Thirty players from Picton, Bathurst, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and Sydney competed in the Gosford Open and NSW Country Championship weekend tournament. Johny Bolens of Sydney (seeded 2nd) was the overall winner scoring 6.5 points from 7 games. Paul Broekhuyse, the top seed, and 1982 Australian Junior Champion become the NSW Country Champion finishing outright second losing to Bolens in round 4 but winning the other six games. Zach Berry-Porter was third on 5.5 points with five wins a draw with Bolens and a loss to Broekhuyse.He won the Lloyd Fell Shield and the Junior Shield was won by Jonathan Ren.

The Ralph Seberry Memorial Grand Prix weekender organised by the NSW Chess Association will be held at Norths, Cammeray on 18th and 19th November. The seven round event has a prize fund of $2330 based on 64 players with a wide range of rating division and junior prizes in addition to the three main prizes. Details contact Brett Tindall on 8756 5974.

Radjabov wins Rapid

Peter Parr  (SMH 06/11/06) 

Teimour Radjabov(aged 19) of Azerbaijan beat Sergey Karjakin (aged 16) of Ukraine 1.5 -0.5 in the final(1st prize AUS $ 27000) of the seventh biennial Cap D'Agde Rapid Tournament in France. Semi-final results - S.Karjakin(UKR 2672) 1.5-0.5 M.Carlsen(NOR 2698),T.Radjabov(AZE 2729) 2 A.Volokitin (UKR 2645) 0. Former World Champion (1975-1985) Anatoly Karpov(RUS 2668) was knocked out in a preliminary group losing three times to chinese girl Zhao Xue(2467)and once to Indian girl Humpy Koneru(2545).

The following exciting game was played in round 6 T.Radjabov (2729) - A.Stefanova (2489) D10 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. e3 b5 5. a4 b4 6. Ne4 Qd5 7. Ng3 e5 8. Nf3 exd4 9. e4 Qa5 10. Bxc4 Ba6 11. Qxd4 Nf6 12. O-O Qc5 13. Bxa6 Nxa6 14. Qd3 Qa5 15. Qc4 Nc5 16. Be3 Qa6 17. Qc2 Ne6 18. h3 g6 19. Nd4 c5 20. Nxe6 Qxe6 21. f4 h5 22. f5 gxf5 23. Nxf5 Qxe4 24. Qd2 Qd5 25. Qe2 Qe6 26. Rad1 Nd7 27. Qf3 Rc8 28. Rd6 Qe5 29. Rd5 Qxb2 30. Bd4 cxd4 31. Ng7+ Kd8 32. Rxd7+ Kxd7 33. Qd5+ 1-0

IM Aleks Wohl(NSW 2427)lost to FM R.Salvador(PHI 2455)in the last round costing him a tie for first in the 108 player Arco Open in Italy.

The Mikhail Tal Memorial Super Grandmaster Tournament starts tonight in Moscow (cat 20,average rating 2727,10 players,9 rounds). The players are Aronian,Svidler,Leko,Shirov,Gelfand,Mamedyarov,Carlsen,Morozevich,Grischuk and Ponomariov.

FIDE Master Greg Canfell won his fifth NSW State Championship drawing with junior Max Illingworth in the last round. Ilija Ilic defeated Andrew Bird, the defending champion, to finish outright second and Patrick Halpin beat Simon Quick to tie for third.

Leading final scores (10 players,9 rounds) FM G.Canfell 8, I.Ilic 6.5, M.Illingworth (undefeated) and P.Halpin 6, A.Bird 4.

The Laurieton Grand Prix weekender was won on count-back by Mike Canfell the father of NSW Champion Greg. Leading final scores(28 players,7 rounds) M.Canfell,J.Bolens and D.Castor 5.5. Leading scores in the Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix - FM G.Xie(NSW) 104.5,GM I.Rogers(NSW) 100.75,D.Stojic(VIC) 76.75,IM D.Smerdon(VIC) 58.0

Dr Vladimir Smirnov leads the Ford Memorial at Norths with 7.5/8 and one round to play. The following tactical win was played in round 7 Adrian Chek - V.Smirnov 1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. d5 Nce7 4. d6 cxd6 5. c4 d5 6. cxd5 Ng6 7. Be3 Bb4+ 8. Nc3 Nf6 9. Bd3 O-O 10. Nge2 d6 11. O-O Ng4 12. Bd2 Bc5 13. h3 Nxf2 14. Rxf2 f5 15. Be1 f4 16. Kh2 Bxf2 17. Bxf2 f3 18. gxf3 Rxf3 19. Bg3 Qg5 20. Qa4 Bxh3 21. Kxh3 Nf4+ 22. Kh2 Qh5+ 23. Kg1 Qh3 24. Nxf4 Rxg3+ 25. Kf2 Rf8 26. Nce2 Rxd3 27. Rg1 exf4 28. Qc4 Qh4+ 0-1

The Metropolitan NSW Interleagues Premiership presentation night will be held on Wednesday evening at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.The joint winners were A.Flatow,A.Rose and E.Puzon - club winner was Canterbury.

The third annual Grand Prix Weekender at Coffs Harbour Catholic Club will be held on 11th and 12th November.Grandmaster Dejan Antic(SCG 2437) has entered. Prizes will be awarded to the top five players, rating divisions, senior, junior and cadet. Details contact former NSWCA President John Maddix Tel (02) 6653 5113


Peter Parr

Veselin Topalov,ranked World number 1,finished a distant third in the Crown Group in Essent,Hoogeveen,Netherlands. The four player event was won jointly by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2728 and Judith Polgar HUN 2710 on 4.5/6 ahead of Veselin Topalov BUL 2813 on 2.5 and Ivan Sokolov NED 2670 on 0.5. The winners both performed above 2900 rating level. Polgar,the best female player ever,beat Topalov in both games. Topalov lost his World Title Match 6-6 and 1.5-2.5 rapid play-off against Vladimir Kramnik(Russia) just over two weeks ago.

Four Australians competed in the Essent Open event. Australian Champion GM Ian Rogers(2526)seeded 12th finished 10th scoring 6/9(pr 2539),IM David Smerdon (2473)scored 5/9(pr 2358). Queensland Junior Moulthun Ly (2274) scored his second International Master result scoring 5/9 (performance rating 2462) and FM Manuel Weeks (2247)3.5 (pr 2153).

Moulthun Ly won the Australian Junior under 18 title in Jan 2005 at the age of 13 yrs and 2 months. He scored his first IM result(2450 pr needed) in the World Open in Philadelphia,USA in July 2006 with a 2497 pr. Ly needs one more similar result and a 2400 rating to gain the IM title.

IM Aleks Wohl of Wilsons Creek NSW seeded seventh in the 108 player Arco Open in Italy is in joint second place with one round to play. IM J.Aagaard SCO 2464 has 6.5/8,IM A.Wohl AUS 2427,GM D.Blagojevic SCG 2534,GM H.Teske GER 2514,FM R.Salvador PHI 2455 etc

Final scores of the sixteen Australian juniors competing in the World Youth Championship(794 players from 56 countries including 83 titled players) in Batumi Georgia- total score 78 points out of 176 games(44%). Each event was 11 rounds. U18 L.Wilson 4.5 U16 J.Obst 5 U14 A.Brown 5.5 U12 R.Song 7 U10 J.Lau 4.5 L.Matheson 4.5 A.Grossmann 4.5 O.Wang 3.5 U8 C.Koh 6.5 Girls U18 A.Jule 4.5 U16 J.Kinder 4 U14 WFM A.Song 4.5 U12 S.Yu 6.5 U10 M.Setiabudi 5 A.Byrne 4 C.Koh 4. The City of Sydney Mens Champion Raymond Song who has recently moved to Shanghai had the best result of the Australian players scoring 7/11 finishing fifteenth in the Under 12 division. India won 5 gold,2silver,3 bronze ahead of Georgia 2nd with two gold,silver and bronze.

Canberra junior Junta Ikeda finished equal first in the 30th Japan Open earlier this month defeating Ryosuke Nanjo (who played board 1 for Japan in the last Olympiad) in round 7. Lenier Dominguez CUB 2655 won the category 14 GM event in Barcelona scoring 8/9 (pr over 2900)well ahead of GM Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2741 on 6.5 points in second place.

FIDE Master Greg Canfell has won the NSW Championship Title for the fifth time - a record in the modern era.

IM Lajos Steiner won the title a record nine times between 1940 and 1958.Canfell won his first seven games in this year's event and agreed to a quick draw with Ilia Ilic in round 8 and is a full two points ahead of the field with only one game to play. The other leading results were M.Illingworth 0.5 A.Safarian 0.5, R.Kolln 0 P.Halpin 1.Leading scores (10 players, 9 rounds) G.Canfell 7.5/8, I.Ilic, M.Illingworth 5.5, P.Halpin 5.

The Gosford Open Grand Prix Weekend tournament will be held at Central Leagues Club, Gosford on 4th-5th November. Open prizes and under 1800, 1600, 1400 and 1200 rating prizes will be awarded in the seven round event as well as the title of NSW Country Champion.


Juniors in Batumi

Peter Parr

There are sixteen Australian Juniors competing in eleven of the twelve divisions of the World Youth Championship in Batumi,Georgia.Russia have sent no players. The Australian delegation including trainers and parents were held up for a number of hours with visa problems crossing the border by bus from Turkey to Georgia finally arriving at 5am. Australian players scores after round 3 (total 17.5/48) U18 L.Wilson 0.5,U16 J.Obst 1,U14 A.Brown 1,U12 R.Song 2,U10 J.Lau 2,L.Matheson 1,O.Wang 0.5,A.Grossmann 0 U 8 C.Koh 1 Girls U18 A.Jule 2(rating performance so far 2361),U16 J.Kinder 1,U14 WFM A.Song 1,U12 S.Yu 1.5,U10 A.Byrne 1.5,M.Setiabudi 1.5,C.Koh 0.

Raymond Song seeded 2nd in the under 12 tied for first in the World Under 10 in 2004 and became the City of Sydney(adult) Champion in April 2006 before moving to Shanghai,China with his family in June 2006.

Four Australians are competing in the Essent Open,Netherlands. Australian Champion GM Ian Rogers and Australian number 2 IM David Smerdon have each scored one out of two and FM Manuel Weeks 0.5. Moulthun Ly(2274) of Queensland beat Russian GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov(2587)and drew with J.Willemze(NED 2423) in the first two rounds.

Moulthun Ly became the youngest ever Australian under 18 Junior Champion in January 2005 at the age of 13 yrs and 2 months. He scored his first International Master result with a remarkable 2497 rating performance in July 2006 in the World Open in Philadelphia,USA.


Seventeen-year-old Zaven Andriasian of Armenia has won the World Junior Championship(U 20) held in Tigran Petrosian Chess House in his home city of Yerevan.He defeated his main rival in the following game in round 12 Vitiugov,N (2596) - Andriasian,Z (2463) [D46] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 Nbd7 6.00 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Bd6 8.Nc3 00 9.e4 e5 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bh4 Qe7 12.Re1 Re8 13.Bf1 exd4 14.Nxd4 Nf8 15.Nf3 Bg4 16.h3 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Be5 18.a3 Ng6 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Rad1 Rad8 21.Qe3 Be5 22.g3 Qf6 23.Kg2 Bd4 24.Qf3 Qg5 25.Kh1 Qc5 26.Rc1 Bxf2 27.Nd5 Qd4 28.Rcd1 Qxb2 29.Re2 Qe5 30.Rxf2 cxd5 31.exd5 Re7 32.Bg2 Qd6 33.Rc1 Rde8 34.Qc3 Nf8 35.Rcf1 Nd7 36.Rf4 Nf6 37.Qb4 Rd8 38.Rd1 Re3 39.Qxd6 Rxd6 40.Rf3 Rxd5 41.Rxe3 Rxd1+ 42.Kh2 b6 43.g4 Kf8 44.a4 Rd4 45.Bc6 Rxg4 01

Leading final scores (83 players including 11 GM and 22 IM) IM Z.Andriasian (ARM 2463) 9.5/13,IM N.Vitiugov(RUS 2596),GM L.Kryvoruchko(UKR 2581),GM L.Pantsulaia(GEO 2596) 9. Tomek Rej(AUS,Sydney 2257)seeded 67th was 63rd scoring 5.5(pr 2267) and Nick Chernih(AUS,Sydney 2062) seeded 81st was 79th scoring 4.5(pr 2026). Girls (57 players including 10 WGM,11 WIM) in count-back order WGM Y.Shen(CHN 2468),WFM Y.Hou(CHN 2481),WGM S.Melia(Geo 2395),WGM B.Mongontuul(MGL 2383) all 9/13. Twelve-year-old Yifan Hou is a great talent who also scored 11/13 pr 2596 in the recent Chess Olympiad in Turin.

WFM Shannon Oliver (AUS,Canberra 1918)seeded 53rd was 44th scoring 6/13 (pr 1974)

NSW Championship leading results round 7 - G.Canfell 1 G.Charles 0,P.Halpin 0 M.Illingworth 1,A.Safarian 0 I.Ilic 1. Leading scores (10 players,9 rounds) Canfell 7/7,Illingworth and Ilic 5,Halpin and Bird 4. Canfell plays Ilic and Illingworth in the last two rounds.

The next Grand Prix Weekender will be the Laurieton Spring Open 28- 29th October.

Peter Parr

Thirty-one year old Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) is the new undisputed World Champion. He defeated FIDE Champion Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) 2.5 -1.5 in the rapid tie-break after the 12 game unification match resulted 6-6 in Elista,Kalmykia,Russia.

Game 12 V.Kramnik 2743 - V.Topalov 2813 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 Bf5 5 Nc3 e6 6 Nh4 Bg6 7 Nxg6 hxg6 8 g3 Nbd7 9 Bd2 Bb4 10 Qb3 Bxc3 11 Bxc3 Ne4 12 Bg2 Nxc3 13 Qxc3 f5 A Stonewall set up but white stands slightly better with active play on the queenside.14 0-0 Qe7 15 cxd5 exd5 16 b4 Nf6 17 Rfc1 Ne4 18 Qb2 0-0 19 b5 Rac8 20 bxc6 bxc6 21 Qe2 g5 22 Rab1 Qd7 23 Rc2 Rf6 24 Rbc1 g4 25 Rb2 Rh6 26 Qa6 Rc7 27 Rb8+ Kh7 28 Qa3 Rb7 29 Qf8 Rxb8 30 Qxb8 Qf7 31 Qc8 Qh5 32 Kf1 Nd2+ 33 Ke1 Nc4 34 Bf1 Rf6 35 Bxc4 dxc4 36 Rxc4 Qxh2 37 Ke2 Qh1 38 Rc5 Qb1 39 Qa6 Qb2+ 40 Kf1 Qb1+ 41 Ke2 Qb2+ 42 Kf1 Rh6 43 Qd3 g6 44 Qb3 Rh1+ 45 Kg2 Rh2+ 46 Kxh2 Qxf2+ 47 Kh1 Qf1+ 0.5 - 0.5

Kramnik was born in Moscow on June 25th 1975,learned the moves at the age of 4 and was taught by Botvinnik and Kasparov at age 11. He won the World Under 18 title in 1991. He defeated Garry Kasparov (Russia) for the Classical World Title in November 2000 in London scoring 8.5-6.5(2 wins,13 draws,no losses)

Kramnik was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2005 requiring intense medical treatment and no tournaments for six months. He returned in much better health at the Turin Olympiad in May 2006 with the best performance rating of the 1307 players.

Three Russian teams - Tomsk 400(Morozevich 2747 scored 5/6 pr 2916),Ladya Kazan and Ural Sverdlovskaya(4 players over 2700) took the gold,silver and bronze medals in the European Club Cup in Fuegen,Austria(56 teams,406 players including 124 Grandmasters from 46 countries).

International Master Aleks Wohl of Wilsons Creek,NSW has spent the last month teaching children chess in Africa - Johannesburg,Soweto and Pretoria.

The World Junior Under 20 Championships are in progress in Yerevan,Armenia. Scores after round 11 - Boys (83 players,13 rounds) IM N.Vitiugov ( RUS 2596) 8.5,IM Z.Andriasian (ARM 2463) 8. Tomek Rej of Sydney rated 2257 and seeded 67th is in 59th place perf rating 2281 has scored 5, Nick Chernih of Sydney rated 2062 and seeded 81st is in 80th place perf rating 1972 has scored 3.5. Girls ( 57 players,13 rounds) WGM S.Melia (GEO 2395) 8/11. WFM Shannon Oliver of Canberra rated 1918 and seeded 53rd is in 49th place perf rating 1974 has scored 4.5

Australia has entered sixteen players(there are 12 divisions under 8,10,12,14,16,18 boys and girls) in the World Youth Championships from 18th -29th October in Batumi,Georgia.

FIDE Master Greg Canfell,four times NSW State Champion,has taken a full two point lead with three games to play in this year's title event.Leading results round 6 - M.Nanavati 0 G.Canfell 1, I.Ilic 1 P.Halpin 0, M.Illingworth R.Kolln . Leading scores (10 players, 9 rounds) G.Canfell 6, I.Ilic, M.Illingworth and P.Halpin 4.

The Berger Cup starts tonight at The Hakoah Club,Bondi and the Canterbury Open (contact Paul Sike 9533 1759) starts next Monday evening 23rd October.

Thirteen-year-old Max Illingworth has won the 2006 City of Sydney Junior Under 18 Championship. He was undefeated but conceded three draws in the eight round tournament,finishing a full point ahead of William Xu and Joshua Levin who shared second place. Adrian Chau achieved a similar result in the Under 15 Championship - but the Under 12's resulted in a tie between Pasan Perera and Cedric Koh. A play-off will be held for the Under 12 Title. Leading scores were - Under 18(14 players,8 rounds) M. Illingworth 6.5,W. Xu,J.Levin 5.5. Under 15 (31 players,8 rounds) A.Chau 6.5,A.Jung,D.Shi,B.Cheung,D.Shurapey,S.Kumar 5.5 each. Under 12(47 players,11 rounds) P.Perera,C.Koh 8.5,A.Pan,J.Qiao,E.Tsui 8 . THE NSW Junior League's Spring One-Day event attracted 245 players and was won by 16-year-old Anish Kumar with 7.5/8 ahead of C.Peng,J.Tse,J.Yuen,J.Nguyen and B.Encel 7


Kramnik 5.5 - Topalov 5.5

Peter Parr

The eleventh game of the World Championship Match between Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) was a fighting 66 move draw in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.

The final twelfth game starts tonight at 9.00pm Sydney time with the score at 5.5 - 5.5.

If the game is drawn the tie break will be played on Friday. This consists of four rapid-play games and if tied 2-2 two lightning games will follow.

If the score is still level the title of World Champion will be decided in a single decisive sudden death lightning game.


V.Kramnik - V.Topalov

Game 10 - E08

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Bf4 Nbd7 9. Qc2 a5!? (9b6 is more common here.) 10. Rd1 Nh5 11. Bc1!? (A strange looking retreat but probably the best square for the bishop) 11...b5 12. cxd5 cxd5 13. e4! (A good move that opens up the position and takes advantage of black's lack of development) 13...dxe4 (Otherwise white continues with e5) 14. Qxe4 Rb8 15. Qe2 Nhf6 (Not 15Bb7 because of 16.Ne5!) 16. Bf4 Rb6 17. Ne5 Nd5 18. Bxd5! exd5 19. Nc3 Nf6 20. Nxb5 Ba6 21. a4 Ne4 22. Rdc1 Qe8 23. Rc7 Bd8 24. Ra7 f6? (It was much better to head for an inferior ending with 24Bxb5!? Topalov's blunder loses immediately) 25. Nd7 Rf7 26. Nxb6 Rxa7 27. Nxd5 Rd7 28. Ndc3 Rxd4 29. Re1 (The simple 29.f3!? was even better) 29...f5 30. Qc2 Rb4 31. Nd5 Rxb5 32. axb5 Qxb5 33. Nc7 Qc4 34. Qd1 Bxc7 35. Qd7 h6 36. Qxc7 Qb4 37. Qb8+ Qxb8 38. Bxb8 Nd2 39. Ra1 g5 40. f4 Nb3 41. Ra3 Bc4 42. Bc7 g4 43. Bxa5 1-0

V.Topalov - V.Kramnik

Game 11 - D12

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8. Rb1(N) (A new move, the idea is for a quick queenside advance) 8...Nbd7 9. c5 a5 (This way black gets an open file once white plays a3-b4) 10. a3 e5! (The traditional way to respond to a flank attack, strike in the centre!) 11. b4 axb4 12. axb4 Qc7 13. f4 exf4 (13Nh5!? led to some interesting complications eg. 14.fxe5 Ng3 15.Rg1 Rxh2 16.Qf3 Be7 17.Bd3 Bh4 18.Kd1 and things are far from clear. Kramnik prefers a more solid approach and avoids the possibility that Topalov might have prepared these lines at home) 14. exf4 Be7 15. Be2 Nf8 (Better to regroup the knight before castling. Black's king for the time being is safer in the centre with both his rooks on open files) 16. O-O Ne6 17. g3 Qd7 18. Qd3 Ne4! (A good decision. The resulting ending is equal even with white having the bishop pair) 19. Nxe4 dxe4 20. Qxe4 Qxd4+ 21. Qxd4 Nxd4 22. Bc4 O-O 23. Kg2 Ra4 24. Rd1 Rd8 25. Be3 Bf6 26. g4 Kf8 27. Bf2 Ne6 28. Rxd8+ Bxd8 29. f5 (A risky move which attacks but leaves white with weaker pawns) 29...gxf5 30. gxf5 Nf4+ 31. Kf3 Nh5 32. Rb3 Bc7 33. h4 Nf6 34. Bd3 Nd7 35. Be4 Ne5+ 36. Kg2 Ra2 37. Bb1 Rd2 (White has over pressed and now probably stands slightly worse) 38. Kf1 Ng4 39. Bg1 Bh2 40. Ke1 Rd5 41. Bf2 Ke7 42. h5 Nxf2 43. Kxf2 Kf6 44. Kf3 Rd4 45. b5 Rc4 46. bxc6 bxc6 47. Rb6 Rxc5 48. Be4 Kg5 (Black will win a pawn but the presence of opposite colour bishops makes winning unlikely) 49. Rxc6 Ra5 (Exchanging rooks would make white's task easy) 50. Rb6 Ra3+ 51. Kg2 Bc7 52. Rb7 Rc3 53. Kf2 Kxh5 54. Bd5 f6 55. Ke2 Kg4 56. Be4 Kf4 57. Bd3 Rc5 58. Rb4+ Kg3 59. Rc4 Re5+ 60. Re4 Ra5 61. Re3+ Kg2 62. Be4+ Kh2 63. Rb3 Ra2+ 64. Kd3 Bf4 65. Kc4 Re2 66. Kd5 1/2-1/2 (Black can make no progress)


Topalov 5 Kramnik 5

Peter Parr

Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) after losing the eighth and ninth games to Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) fought back to win the tenth game in the World Championship Match in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.

V.Kramnik - V.Topalov

Game 8 - D47

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 (Topalov normally plays the a6 Slav) 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Be2 (More common here is 8.Bd3 but Kramnik prefers a more solid continuation) 8...Bb7 9. O-O b4 10. Na4 c5 11. dxc5 Nxc5 12. Bb5+ Ncd7 13. Ne5 Qc7 14. Qd4 Rd8 15. Bd2 Qa5!? (A new move) 16. Bc6 Be7 17. Rfc1 Bxc6 18. Nxc6 Qxa4 19. Nxd8 Bxd8 20. Qxb4 Qxb4 21. Bxb4 Nd5 22. Bd6 f5 23. Rc8 N5b6 24. Rc6 Be7 25. Rd1 Kf7 26. Rc7 Ra8 27. Rb7 Ke8 28. Bxe7 Kxe7 29. Rc1 a5 30. Rc6 Nd5 31. h4?! (This move allows black to open up a file later for his rook) 31...h6 32. a4 g5 33. hxg5 hxg5 34. Kf1 g4 35. Ke2 N5f6 36. b3 Ne8 37. f3 g3! (A good move that fixes the pawn structure. Now black can improve the position of his knights and then bring his rook in via the h-file. White is getting in real trouble now) 38. Rc1 Nef6 39. f4 (It's hard to know what white's best is here but the text creating holes that will be filled by the black's cavalry does not look very appealing) 39.Kd6 40. Kf3 Nd5 41. Kxg3? (A big mistake giving black active play with his rook. Better was 41.Rb5!? Although black still stands much better) 41... Nc5 42. Rg7 Rb8 43. Ra7 Rg8+ 44. Kf3 Ne4 (White now has to not only worry about losing his pawns but also mate threats) 45. Ra6+ Ke7 46. Rxa5 Rg3+ 47. Ke2 Rxe3+ 48. Kf1 Rxb3 49. Ra7+ Kf6 50. Ra8 Nxf4 51. Ra1 Rb2 52. a5 Rf2+ (Checkmate follows in a few moves) 0-1

V.Topalov - V.Kramnik

Game 9 - D12

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8. a3!? (This move has been rarely seen, more usual is 8.Bd2 or 8.g3) 8...Nbd7 9. g3 Be7 10. f4 (Setting up a Stonewall type structure) 10...dxc4 (Surrendering the centre but Kramnik probably was concerned about 11.c5 and getting smothered. But 10a5!? was possible as now 11.c5 can be answered with 11...b6!) 11. Bxc4 O-O 12. e4 b5 13. Be2 b4 14. axb4 Bxb4 15.Bf3 Qb6 (15...c5!? was probably better) 16. O-O e5 (Kramnik was relying on this move for counter play but white is still much better) 17. Be3 Rad8 (At first sight it looks like white's centre might collapse but after white's next move the pin is released and combined with the bishop pair white stands much better) 18. Na4 Qb8 (It's not clear where the best square for the queen is but 18Qb5!? might have been better) 19. Qc2 exf4 20. Bxf4 Qb7 21. Rad1 Rfe8 22. Bg5 Be7 23. Kh1 Nh7 (23Qb4!? deserved attention) 24. Be3 Bg5 25. Bg1 Nhf8 26. h4 Be7 27. e5 Nb8 28. Nc3 Bb4 29. Qg2 Qc8 30. Rc1 Bxc3? (Black is now in serious trouble. White's centre is very strong suppported by the bishop pair.) 31. bxc3 Ne6 32. Bg4 Qc7 33. Rcd1 Nd7 34. Qa2 Nb6 35. Rf3 Nf8 36. Rdf1 Re7 37. Be3 Nh7 (37Rd5 would have stopped white's next move but after 38.Bg5 black is still lost) 38. Rxf7! Nd5 39. R7f3 (39.Be6 was even better) 1-0

The match started with two wins to Kramnik followed by two draws.

Kramnik lost on forfeit in game 5 resulting in a bitter dispute lasting three days.

Games 6 and 7 were drawn leaving Kramnik still ahead 4-3. Topalov won the above two games and lost the tenth making the score 5-5.

If the 12 game match is tied 6-6 the winner will be decided by tie-break games on Friday.

Topalov 5   Kramnik  4

Peter Parr
Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) has won the eighth and ninth games in the World Championship Match against Vladimir Kramnik(Russia) and now leads 5-4 with three games left to play in Elista,Kalmykia,Russia. Kramnik started with 3/4 but has scored 1 point from the last 5. Topalov won on forfeit in round 5 and has now taken the lead for the first time. If the 12 game match is tied   6-6 the winner will  be decided by tie-break games on Friday.
Leading final scores in the Auckland,New Zealand IM tournament (10 players,9 rounds) IM S.Solomon AUS 2409 and   IM G.West AUS 2361 both 7,FM T.Reilly AUS 2273  6.5 , IM P.Froehlich GER 2365 and FM R.Smith NZL 2251  4.5.  Tim Reilly of Sydney scored his second International Master Result scoring over 72% for a 2462 performance rating (minimum 2450 required). Reilly scored his 1st IM norm in the LLoyds Bank Masters in London 1993 and needs a third IM result and a minimum 2400 rating to gain the IM Title.
  The World Junior (83 boys including 11 GM's and 22 IM's) is being held in Yerevan,Armenia. Australian players scores after 5 rounds -  57th seed Tomek Rej(NSW 2257)  1.5, 81st seed  Nick Chernih (NSW 2062) 1. Girls (57 players including 10 WGM's and 11 WIM's - 53rd seed  WFM Shannon Oliver (ACT 1918) 2.
   Leading players on the October 2006 World Rating List - V.Topalov BUL 2813,V.Anand IND 2779,V.Kramnik RUS 2750,P.Svidler RUS 2750,A.Morozevich RUS 2747,V.Ivanchuk UKR 2741,L.Aronian ARM 2741,P.Leko HUN 2741. Fifteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen NOR 2698 is in 21st place. Women- J.Polgar HUN 2710,H.Koneru IND 2545,A.Kosteniuk RUS 2534,P.Cramling SWE 2528,Y.Xu CHN 2517. Leading countries (average top 10) - Russia 2717,Ukraine 2656,USA 2627,Armenia 2625,China 2620. Australia 2440 is 55th,New Zealand 2329 is 76th out of 147 countries.
Leading Australians(403 rated) - GM I.Rogers 2526 world no 481,IM D.Smerdon 2473 world no 947,GM D.Johansen 2458,IM Z.Zhao 2455, IM A.Wohl 2427,T.Tao 2422,IM G.Lane 2421,IM J.Wallace 2418,IM S.Solomon 2416,IM M.Chapman 2388.  Women - IM I.Berezina 2258,WM A.Sorokina 2208,WM N.Phan-Koshnitsky 2168,WM A.Caoili 2153,WM B.Dekic 2138
 Leading final scores in the Ryde-Eastwood Open Grand Prix Weekender (72 players,7 rounds) IM A.Toth(HUN) 6.5 (beat top seed Rogers in 23 moves), FM G.Xie(NSW) 6,GM I.Rogers,FM G.Canfell,FM I.Bjelobrk(NSW) and A.Brown(ACT) all 5.5
The Rooty Hill RSL Club Championship starts tonight in round robin rating divisions. The 26th annual Fisher's Ghost Open (7 rounds) starts tonight at Campbelltown Catholic Club.  


The 2006 NSW Girls Championship has been won by thirteen-year-old Joanne Tan, who won the NSW Girls Under 12 title two years ago. This year's Girls Under 12 champion is Charmian Zhang. Both winners were undefeated, though each conceded two draws.


Leading final scores: Under 18 (10 players, 5 rounds): Joanne Tan 4, Shan-Shan Qiao 3.5, Penelope Hoey, Samantha Frerer, Karishma Kumar, Amy Cao each 3; Under 12 (22 players, 9 rounds): Charmian Zhang 8, Mirakla Mithran 6.5, Caroline Shan, Clarise Koh, Emily Washer, Aishwarya Venkatesan each 6.


The NSW Junior Chess League's Spring Two-Day Tournament, held concurrently with the NSW Girls Championships, attracted 211 players and produced a three-way tie for first place. The joint winners were Jeffrey Tse, Joseph Nguyen and Jonathan Yuen who each scored 8.5 out of 10.


The NSWJCL's Spring One-Day Tournament is being held today and the City of Sydney Junior Championships (in three divisions, Under 18, 15 and 12) will be held on Wednesday to Friday. Enquiries www.nswjcl.org.au or Margaret Cuckson, phone 9388 7940.


Kramnik 4 Topalov 3

Peter Parr

The seventh game of the World Championship Match between Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) resulted in a hard fought draw in 60 moves in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.

Topalov playing white (with the advantage of the first move) was once again unable to gain any advantage from the opening.

V.Topalov (2813) - V.Kramnik (2743)

Game 7 - QGA D27

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bd3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 c5 (by transposition we now have a Queen's Gambit Accepted) 7. O-O a6 8. Bb3 cxd4 9. exd4 Nc6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Re1 O-O 12. a4!? (More usual is 12.a3 or 12.Bg5 here) 12...Bd7 13. Ne5 Be8!? (Now white can't develop his bishop to the best square [g5] as he must defend his d-pawn) 14. Be3 Rc8 15. Rc1 Nb4 16. Qf3 Bc6 17. Qh3 Bd5 18. Nxd5 Nbxd5 19. Rcd1 Rc7! (Most commentators were expecting 19Qb6 or 19Bb4 here but Kramnik has a much deeper understanding of the position) 20. Bg5 Qc8 21. Qf3 Rd8 22. h4 h6 23. Bc1 Bb4 24. Rf1 Bd6 25. g3 (Most people including Kramnik were expecting Topalov to play 25.g4!? here with some attacking chances) 26...b6 26. Qe2 Ne7 27. Rfe1 Bxe5 28. dxe5 Rxd1 29. Qxd1 Nfd5 30. Bd2 (Normally the bishop pair would be strong on an open board but here black has anchored his knights in the centre and also controls the c-file. The position is about equal) 30...Rc5 31. Qg4 Nf5 32. Qe4 b5 33. h5 bxa4 34. Qxa4 Rb5 35. Rc1 Qb7 36. Bc2 Nb6 37. Qg4 (Topalov has sacrificed his b-pawn for the hope of some attacking chances but Kramnik's accurate play puts a stop to this and soon white is the one fighting for a draw) 37Rxb2 38. Be4 Qd7 39. Be1 Nd5 40. Bd3 Nb4 41. Bf1 Nd3 42. Qd1 Nxe5 43. Qxd7 Nxd7 44. Rc8+ Kh7 (44Nf8 is no better as after 45.Bxa6 the resulting 4 v 3 pawns is an easy draw) 45. Rc7 (Winning back one pawn. White's active rook combined with the bishop are just enough compensation for his missing pawn) 45...Rb1 46. Rxd7 Rxe1 47. Rxf7 a5 48. Kg2 Kg8 49. Ra7 Re5 50. g4 Nd6 51. Bd3 Kf8 52. Bg6 Rd5 53. f3 e5 54. Kf2 Rd2+ 55. Ke1 Rd5 56. Ke2 Rb5 57. Rd7 Rd5 58. Ra7 Rb5 59. Bd3 Rd5 60. Bg6 1/2-1/2 (Black can make no progress)

Kramnik has scorced two wins and four draws from the six games actually played. Kramnik has had the black pieces four times and white twice.

Topalov was awarded a point on forfeit in the highly controversial unplayed fifth game.

Kramnik continued playing under protest and still intends to take legal action against the World Chess Federation.

Fifteen minutes before the start of the seventh game Silvio Danailov the manager of Topalov once again accused Kramnik of using a computer program during his games. Danailov concluded that 78% of Kramnik's moves in the first half of the match were the first choice of a computer program.

The timing just before game 7 was again made to upset Kramnik just before the game and to influence the mass media.

After the seventh game Kramnik's manager Carsten Hensel sent a letter to the organisers expressing concern that a member of Topalov's team might try to place an electronic device in Kramnik's restroom or toilet to try and incriminate him.

He accuses Topalov's team of constant insults and unethical behaviour.

Before the match started both players were highly regarded by chess enthusiasts around the world.

Topalov has severely damaged his reputation in the last two weeks.


Kramnik 3.5 Topalov 2.5

Peter Parr

Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) leads 3.5-2.5 against Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) at the half way stage of the World Championship Match in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.

Kramnik led 3-1 after game 4.

Topalov made accusations against Kramnik and threatened to withdraw. The appeals committee decision angered Kramnik and three days of discussion took place.

Ilyumzhinov, President of Kalmykia and the World Chess Federation, agreed with two of Kramnik's three demands. A permanent restroom will be assigned to each player for the whole duration of the match and the rooms would be checked regularly. The members of the Match Appeals Committee, in helping find a solution to the conflict with Kramnik, all resigned . A new Committee will be appointed. Kramnik was very annoyed that Topalov had implied he was cheating by far too many visits to the toilet during his games. Kramnik had forfeited the fifth game claiming the game was invalid and the clocks should not have been started as the appeals committee had been incompetent and biased against him.

Kramnik insisted the score was 3-1 in his favour and Topalov insisted it was 3-2 to Kramnik after winning game 5 on forfeit. The deadlock lasted many meetings over three days. Finally a ruling on the deadlock was made by Ilyumzhinov after consulting Lawyers of the International Olympic Committee. Firstly the Chief Arbiter started the clock in game 5 - it was in progress. Kramnik was present but refused to play until his regular toilet was opened (he did not agree to use the alternate toilet as decided by the Appeals Committee). After one hour the Chief Arbiter awarded the game to Topalov. Kramnik did not submit an appeal concerning the result of the fifth game within the two hours of the end of the game, as required under the rules of the event. The match was to be resumed with the score 3-2 to Kramnik. Half an hour before the re-scheduled game 6 Kramnik said he will play under protest but conditional on a later clarification of the status of game 5. "I had to assess between personal interests and that of the entire chess world" he said.

The players shook hands before the sixth game.

V.Topalov (GM 2813) - V.Kramnik (GM 2743)

Game 6 - D17

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 c5 (The most popular reply here is 7...Bb4 8.e4 Bxe4 which leads to sharp complications. The text is less ambitious but leads to a solid position for black) 8. e4 Bg6 (More popular here is 8cxd4!? with sharp play. The text is a another solid move which leads to a slightly worse endgame) 9. Be3 cxd4 10. Qxd4 Qxd4 11. Bxd4 Nfd7 12. Nxd7 Nxd7 13. Bxc4 a6 14. Ke2 Rg8!? (At first sight a rather odd looking move but the rook on g8 protects g7 and allows black to complete his development. Kramnik had used very little time reaching this position, this would indicate that it was most likley prepared at home) 15. Rhd1 Rc8 16. b3 Bc5 17. a5 (17.Nb5!? is interesting if black takes the knight but the simple 17Ke7 is just equal) 17...Ke7 18. Na4 Bb4 19. Nb6 Nxb6 20. Bxb6 f6 21. Rd3 Rc6 22. h4 Rgc8 23. g4 Bc5 24. Rad1 Bxb6 (Not the passive 24.Be8?! as then 25.Bd8+ gives white some advantage) 25. Rd7+ Kf8 26. axb6 Rxb6 27. R1d6 Rxd6 28. Rxd6 Rc6 29. Rxc6 bxc6 30. b4 e5 31. Bxa6 1/2-1/2

Topalov will play with the white pieces (colours reversed for second half) in game 7 this evening (Wednesday).


World Title Stalemate

Peter Parr  (SMH 02/10/06) 
The World Championship Match between Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Vladimir Kramnik(Russia) in Elista,Kalmykia,Russia is in crisis and may be cancelled. The first four games of the scheduled twelve game match were all hard fought and exciting leaving Topalov trailing 1-3. Topalov, after being handed video recordings of Kramnik in his rest room (which Topalov  wanted made public) , lodged a very strongly worded letter(threatening to withdraw) after the fourth game complaining that his opponent was acting strangely and suspiciously by visiting the toilet (no audio or video surveillance) too often - 50 times during the six-hour game.
The three person Appeals Committee all Senior FIDE Officials decided against publication of the tapes (toiletgate) but agreed to open a common toilet for the two players and to close the separate rest rooms and toilets. Topalov protested the decision demanding the players be accompanied every time by an assistant arbiter when they
go to the bathroom. Topalov also announced he will not shake hands with Kramnik before the game (another insult). Kramnik accused the Appeals Committee of 'bias' and insisted they be replaced and the implication by Topalov of him cheating as disgraceful. The local police check the rest rooms and toilets daily before the game. Kramnik says he drinks a lot of water during the game (he was quite ill a few months ago) and often paces up and down between moves using the full space of the restroom and bathroom..
The fifth game was scheduled to start at 3pm Friday but delayed with the toilet issue still in dispute. The Chief Arbiter at 3.22 pm advised both players he was starting the clocks . Topalov agreed to play but Kramnik would not play until his toilet was opened. The Chief Arbiter announced at 5pm that Topalov had won the fifth game on forfeit and the match score now stood at Kramnik 3 Topalov 2.
The President of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who is also President of the World Chess Federation urgently left a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi and returned to Elista. This match was to end the schism in world chess and produce the undisputed world champion. The players,teams of 10 each,arbiters etc had all travelled with Ilyumzhinov on a charter flight to the remote City of Elista in good spirits and spent a week there before the match started. The prize fund to be equally shared on completion of the match was 1 million US Dollars (1.35 million AUS Dollars) for 12 games - an amazing prize for 12 games.
We can of course blame everyone - Topalov's appeal was over the top,Topalov should not have had access to the videos of Kramnik,the appeals committee could have reatained the original toilets with a guard if necessary,the Chief Arbiter could have postponed game 5,Kramnik should have played game 5 once the clock was started.
Ilyumzhinov accepted the proposal of the chief arbiter to postpone game 6.  Both parties are ready to continue the match,they are ready to play The President said. The biggest stumbling block is the score - is it 3-1 or 3-2. Ilyumzhinov said that a political decision can be taken on the result of game 5. He told Kramnik and Topalov that millions of fans all over the world are looking for more beautiful games and not for legal disputes. Ilyumzhinov told them he is always talking to substantial sponsors for chess events so how can the two most intelligent chess players in the world argue over a toilet ?    The score,the toilet,and other issues were still not resolved yesterday afternoon.
In my opinion Topalov's appeal was wrong but Kramnik should have played game 5 when the clocks were started. Further discussions could have been held after game 5 was played. If I were Topalov I would be very pleased that my opponent was always in the bathroom instead of sitting at the board studying the position. Any suggestion of computer assistance for Kramnik in the toilet is absolute nonsense.
The match will end now if the parties do not agree on the score. Kramnik led 3-1 the appeal was heard,a decision made,Kramnik refused to play when the clock was started in game 5 - a decision he may now regret. Ilyumzhinov wants the players to resolve the situation by compromising and talking to each other.
Leading scores in the Auckland International(10 players,9 rounds) IM G.West (AUS 2361) 6.5/8,IM S.Solomon(AUS 2409) 6,FM T.Reilly(AUS 2273) 5.5,IM P.Froehlich(GER 2365) 4.5
Results in rd 5 of the NSW Championships - G.Canfell 1 A.Bird 0, P.Halpin 1 G.Charles 0, M.Illingworth 1 S.Quick 0, A.Safarian 1/2 M.Nanavati 1/2, R.Kolln 0 I.Ilic 1.
Leading scores G.Canfell 5, P.Halpin 4, M.Illingworth 3.5, M.Nanavati and I.Ilic 3. There are 4 rounds to play.



Peter Parr

The third and fourth games of the World Championship Match between Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia have been drawn. Kramnik had taken the early lead winning the first two games. Topalov, the highest rated player in the World had tried too hard to win the first game and lost.

He missed a winning two-move tactic in game 2 and lost.

Kramnik held the initiative in game 3 below but when Topalov equalised he forced a draw by perpetual check.

Game 3

V. Kramnik - V. Topalov

Catalan Opening E02

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 Nc6 (In the first game Topalov played 5Bb4) 6. Qa4 Bd7 7. Qxc4 Na5 8. Qd3 c5 9. O-O Bc6 10. Nc3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Bc5 12. Rd1 Bxg2 13. Qb5+ (forcing the knight to the awkward d7 square) 13...Nd7 14. Kxg2 a6 15. Qd3 Rc8 (15Be7 was played in Tkachiev-Solozhenkin, France 2000. The text is a novelty.) 16. Bg5! Be7 (If 16.Qxg5 17.Nxe6! is very strong) 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. Rac1 Nc4 19. Na4 b5 20. b3 O-O 21. bxc4 bxa4 22. Nc6 Rxc6 23. Qxd7 Qc5 24. Rc3 g6 25. Rb1 h5 26. Rb7 e5 27. e4 Rf6 28. Rc2 Qa3 29. Qd1 Rd6 30. Rd2 Rfd8 31. Rd5 Rxd5 32. cxd5 (32.exd5!? was risky but might have been better but Kramnik was getting short of time and instead heads for a draw consolidating his 2 point lead) 32...Qxa2 33. Qf3 Rf8 34.Qd3 a3 35. Rb3 f5! 36. Qxa6 Qxb3 37. Qxg6+ Kh8 38. Qh6+ Kg8 1/2-1/2

Game 4

V.Topalov - V.Kramnik

Slav Defence D97

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. a3!? (The main lines here are 9.0-0 and 9.e4) 9b4 10. Ne4 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 bxa3 12. O-O Bd6 (In a rapid game against Ivanchuk, New York 1994 Kramnik accepted the pawn with 12axb2, although the game was drawn Kramnik decides on a more solid continuation.) 13. b3 Nf6 14. Nd2!? (A new move. 14.Bd3 was played in Vayser - Branding Corro 2004) 14...Qc7 15. Bf3 (Up to here Topalov had only used a few minutes which would indicate this was all home preparation) 15...Bxh2+ 16. Kh1 Bd6 17. Nc4 Be7 18. Bxa3 O-O 19. Bxe7 Qxe7 (Black is a pawn up but white's good central control combined with black's weak spots gives Topalov full compensation) 20. Ra5 Rfd8 21. Kg1!? c5! (Kramnik knows that waiting for white to build up his forces is not a good idea and immediately gives the pawn back for activity) 22. Rxc5 Ne4 23. Bxe4 Bxe4 24. Qg4 Bd3 25. Ra1 Rac8 26. Raa5 Rb8 27. Qd1 Be4 28. Qa1 Rb7 29. Nd2 Bg6 30. Qc3 h6 31. Ra6 Kh7 32. Nc4 Be4 33. f3 Bd5 34. Nd2 Rdb8 35. Qd3+ f5 36. Rc3 Qh4 37. Ra1 Qg3 38. Qc2 Rf7 39. Rf1 Qg6 40. Qd3 Qg3 41. Rfc1 Rfb7 42. Qc2 Qg5 43. Ra1 Qf6 44. Qd3 Rd7 45. Ra4 Rbd8 46. Rc5 Kg8 47. Nc4 Bxc4 48. Raxc4 f4! (A good move leading to exchanges and a draw) 49. Rc6 fxe3 50. Qxe3 Rxd4 51. Rxe6 Qh4 52. Rxd4 Qxd4 53. Re8+ Kh7 54. Qxd4 1/2-1/2

Topalov stood better for most of this game but Kramnik's accurate defence held.

Kramnik leads 3-1 with 8 games to play.

Topalov has settled down with two draws after an unfortunate start.

The match has a long way to go and he needs to continue in an aggressive manner.

Kramnik rarely loses and he my may try to draw his way to victory in the remaining games.


Kramnik 2 Topalov 0

Peter Parr

Vladimir Kramnik has taken a 2-0 lead in his twelve game World Championship Match against World Number One Veselin Topalov in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.

Topalov had a better position in game one but tried too hard to win making a serious mistake after six hours play and lost. Topalov came out fighting in the second game below. Topalov launched a strong attack on the kingside with Kramnik gaining counter-play on the "C" file. Neither player saw the forced two move win missed by Topalov on move 32. Kramnik was fortunate that white missed his last chance on move 55 (Kd7 draws) in the N+P v R+P ending.

The two games played so far have been very exciting. Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan (USA), a match commentator said he was completely exhausted and drained at the end of the six hour marathon game. "I cannot take much more excitement and shock. One shudders to think how the players are feeling".

V.Topalov (Bul 2813) v V.Kramnik (RUS 2743) - Game 2 Slav Defence D19

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.00 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Bg6 (This opening has been played before by both players) 10.e4 00 11.Bd3 Bh5 12.e5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qe3 Bg6 15.Ng5 (Petrosian played 15.Bxg6 against Smyslov, Bar 1980) 15...Re8 16.f4 Bxd3 (new move) 17.Qxd3 f5!? (A solid move trying to block the position) 18.Be3 Nf8 19.Kh1 Rc8 20.g4! (A good move opening up the kingside, Topalov is after the black king) 20...Qd7 21.Rg1 Be7 22.Nf3 Rc4 23.Rg2 fxg4 24.Rxg4 Rxa4 (24Rec8 seems stronger) 25.Rag1 g6 26.h4 Rb4 27.h5 Qb5 28.Qc2! Rxb2 29.hxg6!! h5 (The only move, taking the queen loses instantly to 30.fxh7+ with mate to follow.) 30.g7 hxg4 (Once again taking the queen leads to mate) 31.gxf8Q+ Bxf8? (Forced was 31...Kxf8) 32.Qg6+? (After 32.Rxg4+ Bg7 33.Qc7! Black would resign) 32...Bg7 33.f5 Re7 (Accurate defence by Kramnik) 34.f6 Qe2 35.Qxg4 Rf7 36.Rc1 (36.Qh5!? was better) 36..Rc2 37.Rxc2 Qd1+ 38.Kg2 Qxc2+ 39.Kg3 Qe4 40.Bf4 Qf5 41.Qxf5 exf5 42.Bg5 (42.fxg7 Rxg7+ leaves black with two outside connected passers, white's best chance now is to try and make something of his advanced pawns) 42...a5 43.Kf4 a4 44.Kxf5 a3 45.Bc1 Bf8 46.e6 Rc7 47.Bxa3 Bxa3 48.Ke5 Rc1 49.Ng5 Rf1 50.e7 Re1+ 51.Kxd5 Bxe7 52.fxe7 Rxe7 53.Kd6 Re1 (The only winning move was 53...Re3 according to GM Nunn and the computer tablebases) 54.d5 Kf8 55.Ne6+ (55.Kd7 is the only drawing move) 55...Ke8 56.Nc7+ Kd8 57.Ne6+ Kc8 58.Ke7 Rh1 59.Ng5 b5 60.d6 Rd1 61.Ne6 b4 62.Nc5 Re1+ 63.Kf6 Re3 01

After two games in the "Match of the Century" in 1972 Boris Spassky, the defending World Champion, had a 2-0 lead over Bobby Fischer but Bobby recovered scoring 7-3 in the next 10 games for an overall lead of 7-5. Topalov has the same fighting style of play. This match will be very interesting.


Kramnik Wins First Game

Peter Parr

Vladimir Kramnik has taken the early lead by winning the first game against World Number 1 Veselin Topalov in the twelve game World Championship match in Elista,Kalmykia,Russia. Kramnik had a slight opening advantage but Topalov played accurately to reach an interesting position at the first time control at move 40. Kramnik was a pawn ahead but Topalov had active play and he rejected a draw by repetition. Black was clearly better but Topalov tried too hard to win and lost by a very bad mistake on move 57.

V.Kramnik(RUS 2743) - V.Topalov(BUL 2813)1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 g3 dxc4 5 Bg2 Bb4+ 6 Bd2 a5 7 Qc2 Bxd2+ 8 Qxd2 c6 9 a4 b5 10 axb5 cxb5 11 Qg5 0-0 12 Qxb5 (Grischuk 2719-Moiseenko 2662 1-0 Sochi 2006)Ba6 (Novelty)13 Qa4 Qb6 14 0-0 Qxb2 15 Nbd2 Bb5 16 Nxc4 Bxa4 17 Nxb2 Bb5 18 Ne5 Ra7! 19 Bf3 Nbd7 20 Nec4 Rb8 21 Rfb1 g5 22 e3 g4 23 Bd1 Bc6 24 Rc1 Be4 25 Na4 Rb4 26 Nd6 Bf3 27 Bxf3 gxf3 28 Nc8 Ra8 29 Ne7+ Kg7 30 Nc6 Rb3 31 Nc5 Rb5 32 h3 Nxc5 33 Rxc5 Rb2 34 Rg5+ Kh6 35 Rgxa5 Rxa5 36 Nxa5 Ne4 37 Rf1 Nd2 38 Rc1 Ne4 39 Rf1 f6 40 Nc6 Nd2 41 Rd1 Ne4 42 Rf1 Kg6 43 Nd8 Rb6 44 Rc1 h5! 45 Ra1 h4?! 46 gxh4 Kh5 47 Ra2 Kxh4 48 Kh2 Kh5 49 Rc2 Kh6 50 Ra2 Kg6 51 Rc2 Kf5 52 Ra2 Rb5 53 Nc6 Rb7 54 Ra5+ Kg6 55 Ra2 Kh5 56 d5 e5 57 Ra4 f5?? 58 Nxe5 Rb2 59 Nd3 Rb7 60 Rd4 white has a winning advantage Rb6 61 d6 Nxd6 62 Kg3 Ne4+ 63 Kxf3 Kg5 64 h4+ Kf6 65 Rd5 Nc3 66 Rd8 Rb1 67 Rf8+ Ke6 68 Nf4+ Ke5 69 Re8+ Kf6 70 Nh5+ Kg6 71 Ng3 Rb2 72 h5+ Kf7 73 Re5 Nd1 74 Ne2 Kf6 75 Rd5 1-0

I will be publishing regular extra columns in the SMH covering the World Championship Match.

Leading final scores in the World Seniors(over 60)Championship in Arvier,Italy(124 players,11 rounds) - GM V.Korchnoi(SWI) 9,GM V.Jansa(CZE)8.5. Former World Title Challenger Viktor Korchnoi aged 75,the top seed and favorite, started with 7.5/8 and coasted to victory with three draws in the last three rounds. Scores of the five Australians Phillip Viner(NSW 2140) and Srboljub Zaric(SA 2241) 6,Slobodan Krstic(VIC 2062) 5.5,Frank Hutchings(NSW 2054) 5,Glen Gibbs(TAS 1800*) 4.5. WGM Ludmila Saunina(RUS) won the World Seniors Womens Title scoring 8.5/11.

International Master David Smerdon(AUS 2472 World no 948) playing on board 1 for Utrecht(NED) against Groningen(NED) drew with Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk(UKR 2734 World no 8) on Saturday. Smerdon had R and 3 pawns v B,N and 2 pawns in the final position when a draw was agreed.

Leading results in the first round of the Auckland International Tournament - IM S.Solomon(QLD 2409)1 IM P.Froehlich(GER 2365) 0,FM R.Smith(NZL 2254)0 IM G.West(VIC 2359) 1,FM T.Reilly (NSW 2293) 1 M.Steadman(NZL 2262)0

Nineteen-year-old Womens International Master Arianne Caoili,the highest rated female player on the Australian Rating List,appears on Channel Seven's "Dancing with the Stars" tomorrow evening.

Leading final scores in the Hakoah Club Open at Bondi - J.Bolens 9/9,Dr V.Zeldovich 7,B.Strous 6.5(lightning tonight).

The category 3 Grand Prix Ryde-Eastwood Open long weekend tournament organised by The NSWCA will be held on 30th September(3 rounds),1st and 2nd October(2 rounds each day). Australian Champion Grandmaster Ian Rogers will be the top seed. Details Brett Tindall tel 8756 5974


World Title Match
Peter Parr

The twelve game world championship match between Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) will be held in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia from 23rd September to 13th October. The winner ( a very close match is expected) is the player who first scores 6.5 points. If the score is 6-6 four rapid games will be played and if the score is still equal, two blitz games will follow, and after that a  sudden death blitz game. The one million US dollar (1,333,000 AUS dollars) prize found will be equally divided no matter what the result. The players and each of their ten member delegations arrived on Saturday evening by charter flight from Moscow and were met by The President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who is also President of the World Chess Federation.

Grandmaster Ernesto Inarkiev seeded 11th has won the 59th Russian Championship First League(58 players including 35 Grandmasters) scoring 6.5/9

A.Kornev (GM 2568)  v E.Inarkiev(GM 2625)  1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. c3 a6 6. Bb3 d6 7. O-O Ba7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. h3 Ne7 10. Re1 Ng6 11. Nf1 Re8 12. Ng3 b5 13. a4 Bb7 14. d4 h6 15. Bc2 Bb6 16. Bd3 d5 17. exd5 Qxd5 18. axb5 axb5 19. Rxa8 Bxa8 20. Ne4 Nd7 21. Ned2 Kf8 22. c4 bxc4 23. Bxc4 Qd6 24. Qb3 Re7 25. Qa2 Bb7 26. Ne4 Bxe4 27. Rxe4 Nf6 28. dxe5 Bxf2+ 29. Kh2 Bg3+ 0-1
Former World Title Challenger and top seed GM Nigel Short (ENG 2676) has won the European Union Championship played in the Gallery of Liverpool World Museum(England). Short scored 7.5/10 in the 85 player(including 18 GM's) event. He forgot to switch off his mobile phone for the first 90 minutes of round 1 and would have lost if his phone had rung. Youngsters Gawain Jones and Stephen Gordon scored Grandmaster norms with a round to spare.

IM S.Gordon(ENG 2443) v GM D.GormallyENG 2513 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. e3 c5 8. cxd5 cxd4 9. cxd4 Qxd5 10. Nf3 Nc6 11. Qa4 Bd7 12. Qb5 Qd6 13. Bg3 Qa3 14. Qd3 Qb2 15. Rb1 Qxa2 16. Rxb7 Qa5+ 17. Nd2 Rc8 18. Qa6 ? Nxd4 !19. Bc7 Qc3 20. exd4 Rxc7 21. Bc4 Rxb7 22. Qxb7 O-O 23. Qxd7 Qc1+ 0-1

IM David Smerdon(AUS 2472) seeded 4th has won the 56 player (including 2 GM,5 IM) OGD 20 minute rapidplay in Delft,Netherlands scoring 6.5/7(rating performance 2780).

Leading scores after round 6 in the World Senior (over 60) Championship in Arvier,Italy - GM V.Korchnoi(SUI 2600,aged 75) 5.5,GM E.Vasiukov(RUS 2505) and IM A.Donchenko(GER 2405) 5. Scores of the five Australians are S.Zaric(SA 2241) 3.5 (draw with IM V.Bukal CRO 2414), P.Viner(NSW 2140) 3 (Win v IM E.Piankov UKR 2324 and draw with IM A.Donchenko GER 2405), F.Hutchings(NSW 2054) 3, S.Krstic(VIC 2062) 2.5, G.Gibbs(TAS 1800*) 1.5. There are 5 rounds to play in the 124 player event.
The highest number of chess players in Australian history in one event at one place at one time was 1004 players last Wednesday at Carrara Basketball Stadium,Gold Coast,Queensland.The Gold Coast North,Central and South Zones of the Primary Schools Championships were divided into 9 grades with over 100 players in each grade in addition to the top grade of 12 teams of 4 won by Somerset College Primary retaining their title scoring 22.5/24.

NSW Championship results round 4: S.Quick 0 G.Canfell 1, A.Bird 1 A.Safarian 0, M.Nanavati 0 P.Halpin 1, G.Charles 0 R.Kolln 1, I.Ilic 0.5 M.Illingworth 0.5. Leading scores(10 players,9 rounds) - G.Canfell 4/4, P.Halpin 3, M.Illingworth, M.Nanavati, S.Quick 2.5, I.Ilic, A.Bird (defending  champion) 2. There are 5 rounds left to play.


Canfell sacrifices queen

Peter Parr

Greg Canfell,the top seed and 4 times NSW Champion,sacrificed his queen in the following game and won to take the sole lead in the NSW State Championship at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.   A.Safarian v G. Canfell Rd 3   1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5 7.Qd2 Nc6 8.Nge2 a6 9.Rd1 Qa5 10.a3 Rd8 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.Qxa5 Nxe3 13.Qb6 Nxd1 14.d5 Nxb2 15.dxc6 Be6 16.cxb7 Rab8 17.Qc7 Be5 18.f4 Nd3+ 19.Kd2 Nxf4 20.Nc3 Bd7 21.Nd5 Ne6 22.Qb6 Kf8 23.Qxa6 Nd4 24.Bd3 Bc6 25.Rb1 Rd7 26.a4 Rdxb7 27.Rxb7 Rxb7 28.a5 Rb2+ 29.Ke3 Bb7 30.Qb6 Rxb6 31.Nxb6 Nc6 0-1 

 Canfell obtained compensation for his sacrifice with active play as did the brilliant 1960 World Champion Mikhail Tal in the following  game with a very similar queen sacrifice in Varna,Bulgaria 1958 Students Olympiad.   M.Bobotsov(GM BUL) v M.Tal(RUS)  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Nge2 c5 7. Be3 Nbd7 8. Qd2 a6 9. O-O-O Qa5 10. Kb1 b5 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. Qxa5 Nxe3 13. Rc1 Nxc4 14. Rxc4 bxc4 15. Nc1 Rb8 16. Bxc4 Nb6 17. Bb3 Bxd4 18. Qd2 Bg7 19. Ne2 c4 20. Bc2 c3 21. Qd3 cxb2 22. Nd4 Bd7 23. Rd1 Rfc8 24. Bb3 Na4 25. Bxa4 Bxa4 26. Nb3 Rc3 27. Qxa6 Bxb3 28. axb3 Rbc8 29. Qa3 Rc1+ 30. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 0-1

The other round 3 results were I.Ilic 0.5 -S.Quick 0.5,M.Illingworth 0.5-G.Charles 0.5,R.Kolln 0 M.Nanavati 1,P.Halpin 1 A.Bird 0 (the defending champion).  NSW Championship leading scores after round 3 - G.Canfell 3,M.Nanavati and S.Quick 2.5,M.Illingworth 2

The NSWCA Grade Match Presentation of prizes will be held at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club on Wednesday evening. 

International Master David Smerdon (AUS 2472) tied for second place (performance rating 2471) in the nine round BDO Premier in Haarlem(near Amsterdam),Netherlands.The event was won by IM Sergey Kasparov(BLR 2491) who scored 6.5/9 one point ahead of Smerdon who is studying at the University of Amsterdam.
Peter Leko(HUN) beat former World Champion Anatoly Karpov(Russia) 4.5-3.5 in a rapid match in Miskolc,Hungary.

Leading scores in The 59th Russian Championship First League in Tomsk  (58 players including 35 Grandmasters,9 rounds) - V.Malakhov(GM 2690),E.Tomashevsky(GM 2594),E.Inarkiev(GM 2625) and N.Vitiugov(IM 2555) all 5/7 with 9 players on 4.5 points. Entry was by qualifying events or a minimum rating of 2575. The top seven will compete in the Russian Championship Super-Final with Russia's highest rated grandmasters.

The World Seniors(over 60) Championship starts tonight in Arvier,Italy. Former World Title Challenger Viktor Korchnoi(SUI) aged 75 is top seed. Srboljub Zaric(SA),Phillip Viner(NSW),Slobodan Krstic(VIC),Glen Gibbs(TAS) and Frank Hutchings(NSW) are competing in the eleven round tournament. Zaric is the highest rated Australian in the event. Krstic played for Hong Kong in the 1970 and 1972 Olympiads. Gibbs played for Hong Kong in the 1968 Olympiad. Frank Hutchings is a former NZ Schoolboys Champion and Victorian Champion who married IM Cecil (born 1906) Purdy's daughter Diana in 1960. Viner, aged 78, is a veteran of these senior events and represented Australia in the 1964 and 1968 Olympiads. His father William Viner won the Australian Championship in August 1906 - one hundred years ago.

Canfell and Quick lead
Peter Parr (SMH 04/09/06)

Greg Canfell and Simon Quick the top two seeds share the lead with two points after two rounds of the NSW State Championship at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.

Canfell, a four time NSW Champion, defeated former Sydney Champion Patrick Halpin in the following game in round 2.     
G.Canfell v P.Halpin   1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.Bc4 h6 6.Qe2 Be7 7.00 c6 8.a4 g5 9.Ba2 Rg8 10.Rd1 Qc7 11.a5 Nf8 12.Qc4 Rg7 13.a6 Ne6 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.axb7 Bxb7 16.b4 Nh5 17.Bb2 g4 18.Ne1 Nhf4 19.Nd3 Nxd3 20.Rxd3 Rd8 21.Rxd8+ Bxd8 22.Ne2 Bc8 23.Ng3 Ng5 24.Nh5 Rg6 25.Qd3 Qe7 26.b5 Bb6 27.Ba3 c5 28.Bd5 Ne6 29.Rd1 Nf4 30.Nxf4 exf4 31.Qc3 Qg5 32.Bxc5 g3 33.Bc6+ Rxc6 34.Qh8+ 1-0

The other second round results were S.Quick 1 A.Safarian 0, A.Bird 1 R.Koelln 0, M.Nanavati 0.5 M.Illingworth 0.5, G.Charles 0F I.Ilic 1F.Leading scores Canfell, Quick 2, Illingworth, Nanavati 1.5
Adrian Rose won the NSW Metropolitan Inter-Leagues Rapid-Play scoring 7.5/9 half a point ahead of N.Radev on 7 followed by J.Chan,L.Benson,H.Jens and E.Puzon 6.5 points. St George was the winning club one point ahead of Canterbury.

FIDE Master Haydn Barber has won his 14th WA Championship. Barber was also ACT Champion in 1978 and 1979 and NSW Champion in 1987.

The ACF has rated 266  tournaments ( 19013 games) in the last three months. Leading players September 2006 31 of the top 60 are from NSW ) -  GM  I.Rogers NSW 2613 +14,  IM Z.Zhao NSW 2461 =, IM A.Wohl  NSW 2458 =, GM D.Johansen VIC 2455 =, IM D.Smerdon VIC 2442  -12,  IM G.Lane NSW 2416 =, IM S.Solomon QLD 2397+ 17, IM  M.Chapman SA 2380  -25 , IM P.Froehlich QLD 2372  -7, FM I.Bjelobrk NSW 2366 -3.     Women - WIM A.Caoili  QLD 2166, IM I Berezina-Feldman  NSW 2160, WIM N.Koshnitsky  NSW 2081, I.Eriksson NSW 2079, WIM B.Dekic  NSW 2045,  WIM L.Moylan NSW 2044.   Seniors - over 80   L.Fell NSW  1718,   over 70  H.Jens NSW 1970,  over 60  FM A.Flatow NSW 2197, under 20 IM Z.Zhao NSW 2461,T.Rej NSW 2223, S.Chow VIC 2198    Under 18,under 16,under 14 and under 12 R.Song NSW 2190  Also Under 18 and under 16 M.Ly QLD  2180,Under 14 WFM A.Song NSW 1989, and under 12 J.Morris VIC   1850, Under 10 A.Stahnke Qld 1335 

The Malaysian Open (85 players, 11 rounds) resulted in a five way (85 players, 11 rounds) tie for first place between GM Dao Thien Hai (ViE 2549). IM O.Dimakiling (PHI 2463), GM Z.Rahman (BAN 2534), IM L.Darwin (PHI 2428) and  IM Wynn Zaw Htun (MYA 2572) on 8 points.
FM Jonathan Humphrey (QLD 2246) finished 25th on 6.5 points after drawing with GM Rogers in the last round. GM Ian Rogers (NSW 2548) seeded 4th scored 6 points, Christopher Wallis (VIC 2149) scored 4.5 and FM Brian Jones (NSW 2110) 4 points.

Carlsen,M (2675,age 15) - Nunn,J (2617,age 51) [B90] Rd 7  Amsterdam  Rising stars -experience team   1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bc4 00 9.00 Be6 10.Bb3 Nc6 11.Qe2 Na5 12.Rfd1 Nxb3 13.cxb3 Qe8 14.Ne1 h6 15.Nc2 Qd7 16.Nb4 Rfc8 17.f3 Bd8 18.Rd3 a5 19.Nbd5 Nxd5 20.Nxd5 a4 21.bxa4 Rxa4 22.b3 Ra6 23.Rad1 Ra5 24.Nb6 Bxb6 25.Bxb6 Ra6 26.Rxd6 Qe7 27.Qb2 Qg5 28.a4 h5 29.a5 h4 30.b4 Raa8 31.Qd2 Qxd2 32.R1xd2 Rc4 33.Bc5 Rc8 34.Rb6 Rc7 35.Kf2 Kh7 36.Bd6 Rd7 37.Ke3 f6 38.Bxe5 fxe5 39.Rxe6 Rxd2 40.Kxd2 Rxb4 41.Rxe5 Rb2+ 42.Kc3 Rxg2 43.Rh5+ Kg6 44.Rxh4 Ra2 45.Kb4 10
Peter Leko(HUN) leads  3.5-2.5  against ex World Champion Anatoly Karpov (Russia) in an 8 game rapid match in Miskolc,Hungary.

IM David Smerdon(AUS 2472) from Melbourne has scored 4.5 /8(performance 2440) in the nine round BDO Premier in Haarlem(near  Amsterdam)Netherlands.

Kasparov and Karpov Tie
Peter Parr

Garry Kasparov,World number 1 from 1985 - 2005,and Anatoly Karpov,World number 1 from 1975-1985,tied for first place in the chess legends blitz tournament in Zurich, Switzerland. The two games between them were both drawn.

Final scores (4 players, 6 rounds) G.Kasparov (RUS 2812) and A.Karpov (RUS 2668) 4.5, J.Polgar (Hun 2710) 2.5, V.Korchnoi (SWI 2600) 0.5.
Karpov beat Korchnoi 12.5-11.5 in 1974,16.5-15.5 in 1978 and 11-7 in 1981. Kasparov played  five World Title Matches against Karpov from 1984 - 1990 for an overall very narrow winning score of 73-71

The fourth Staunton Memorial was the strongest all play all GM tournament to have been held in London since 1986.
Sokolov (NED 2652) - D. Howell (ENG 2479)    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Qa4+ Qd7 8. Qb3 O-O 9. Nf3 b6 10. Be3 Bb7 11. Bd3 c5 12. O-O Nc6 13. Rad1 Na5 14. Qb1 cxd4 15. cxd4 e6 16. h4 f5 17. Bb5 Qd6 18. d5 exd5 19. e5 Bxe5 20. Nxe5 Qxe5 21. Bd4 Qe4 22. Qc1 Qxh4 23. Qc7 Rf7 24. Qe5 Re7 25. Qh8+ Kf7 26. Qg7+ Ke6 27. Rfe1+ Kd6 28. Be5+ Kc5 29. Bd4+ Kd6 30. Rxe7 Qxe7 31. Qh6 Bc6 32. Bc3 Kc7 33. Bb4 Qd7 34. Ba6 Bb5 35. Bxb5 Qxb5 36. Bxa5 Qxa5 37. Qxh7+ Kc6 38. Rc1+ Kb5 39. Qb7 Rh8 40. Rb1+ Kc4 41. Qc6+ Kd3 42. Rd1+ Ke4 43. Qe6+ Kf4 44. Rd4+ 1-0   Leading final scores (12 players,11 rounds) I.Sokolov(NED 2652) 9,J.Timman(NED 2594) and M.Adams(ENG 2732) 8.5,( all undefeated)   J.Werle (NED 2531) 7

Final scores of the 8 game rapid play matches in Mainz, Germany.  Anand 5 - Radjabov 3, Aronian 5-Svidler 3. Leading final scores in the 13th Ordix Open rapid in Mainz (632 players included 58 grandmasters).   Former world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB 2673) and World Junior Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE 2722) 9.5/11. WIM Arianne Caoili of Australia scored 6 points finishing 233rd.

GM Nguyen Anh Dung(VIE 2539) and IM O.Dimakiling(PHI 2463) share the lead with 7.5/10 in the 85 player Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. FM Jonathan Humphrey (2246) of Queensland seeded 43rd is in 27th place with a score of  6 points. GM Ian Rogers (2548)  of NSW seeded 4th is in 28th place on 5.5 points and plays Humphrey in the final round. Rogers started with 3.5/4 but lost to IM O.Dimakiling(2463),FM W.So(2330) and IM R.Bitoon(2433)  all from The Philippines. Christopher Wallis (2149) of Victoria seeded 57th is in 52nd place with 4.5 points and FM  Brian Jones(2110) of NSW seeded 63rd is in 83rd place on 3/10.

IM David Smerdon (AUS 2472) of Melbourne  tied for first place (rating performance 2562) with GM O.Korneev (RUS 2638), GM N.Miezis (LAT 2527) IM S.Ernst (NED 2504) and IM M.Senff (GER 2464) in the Tilburg, Netherlands weekender each scoring 5/6 in the 103 player event.

The NSW State Championship and supporting tournaments started last week at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club with a total of 47 players. The top seed and firm favorite in the title event (10 players, 9 rounds) is FIDE Master Greg Canfell (four time winner ACF rating 2276). None of the other top 20 NSW players entered in the event last year or this year.

Canfell and Bird are the only two to compete in 2005 and 2006. The Australian Under 12 Champion of 2004 Max Illingworth (1880) seeded last defeated Andrew Bird (2099) the defending champion in the first round.  Greg Canfell sacrificed his queen and won after chasing Rasmus Koelln's king across the board. Koelln is from Germany and does not yet have an ACF rating.
The other results were Gareth Charles (2062) 0 Simon Quick (2122) 1, Ilija Ilic (2065) 0 Minir Nanavati (2084) 1, Patrick Halpin (2059) postponed Alek Safarian (1941).

The popular (69 players last year) annual 9 round Ford Memorial FIDE rated open starts tomorrow evening 29th August at Norths (formerly North Sydney Leagues Club), Cammeray.

Kasparov Plays Tomorrow

Peter Parr

Kasparov,Karpov,Korchnoi and Polgar are playing a  blitz tournament on Tuesday followed by simultaneous exhibitions. Credit Suisse has brought the four chess legends to Zurich,Switzerland to mark the bank's 150th anniversary. Garry Kasparov born 1963 in Azerbaijan was ranked World number 1 for 20 years from 1985 until his retirement in March 2005. Anatoly Karpov born 1951 in Russia was World Champion from 1975 to 1985. Viktor Korchnoi born 1931 in Russia played two World title matches with Karpov and  at the age of 75 continues to take part in tournaments at the highest level representing Switzerland. Kasparov was only 19 when he first played Korchnoi then aged 51 at the Lucerne ,Switzerland, Olympiad in 1982. Kasparov is now a retiree while Korchnoi is still playing teenagers. Judith Polgar born 1976 in Hungary became a Grandmaster at the age of 15 and has been by far the strongest female player in the World since January 1990.

Scotland's third Grandmaster Jonathan Rowson aged 29 has won his third consecutive British Championship. This was the 93rd annual event with over 700 players in all divisions held this year at University of Wales,Swansea . The time control in the title event was 40 moves in two hours,followed by 20 moves in 1 hour then 30 minutes each to finish. Many tournaments around the world are played at a much quicker rate which of course lowers the standard of play.

 Gordon,S (2443) - Williams,Si (2473) [A85] Rd 6   1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qc2 Bb4 5.e3 00 6.Bd3 d6 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.00 Bxc3 9.Qxc3 e5 10.d5 Ne7 11.f4 Ng6 12.b3 Qe7 13.Ng3 Ng4 14.h3 Nxe3 15.Bxe3 exf4 16.Bxf4 Nxf4 17.Bxf5 Rxf5 18.Nxf5 Ne2+ 19.Kh2 Bxf5 20.Rae1 Bg6 21.g4 Re8 01

Pert,R (2445) - Knott,S (2387) [D87] Rd 9   1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 00 9.00 Nc6 10.Be3 Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8 12.Bf4 Qd7 13.dxc5 Qe8 14.Bd5 Bd7 15.Qd3 e6 16.Bb3 Na5 17.Bd6 Bb5 18.c4 Bc6 19.Qe3 e5 20.Nc3 Rac8 21.Rfd1 f5 22.exf5 gxf5 23.Nd5 Bxd5 24.cxd5 b6 25.Qg5 Qg6 26.Qxg6 hxg6 27.Be7 Nxb3 28.axb3 Rd7 29.c6 Rxe7 30.d6 Bf6 31.dxe7 Bxe7 32.Rd7 Kf8 33.Rxa7 Bc5 34.Kf1 e4 35.Rh7 Ke8 36.Ke2 Be7 37.Rc2 Rc7 38.Ra2 Rc8 39.Ra7 Bf8 40.Rab7 f4 41.c7 10

Leading final scores (62 players,11 rounds) - GM J.Rowson(SCO 2579) 8.5(first prize AUS $ 25,000),IM K.Arakhamia-Grant(GEO 2427) 8,GM D.Gormally(ENG 2513),GM M.Hebden(ENG 2532),IM G.Jones(ENG 2416),GM J.Parker(ENG 2509) 7.5.   Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant(winner of the 1991 Doeberl Cup in Canberra) will be one of the coaches of the Australian players in the World Youth Championships in Batumi,Georgia in October.

Russian GM Evgeny Gleizerov(2562) won the Predeal Open in Romania with a score of 6.5/9. Nur Yachou(2014) of Melbourne started with 3/4 but was heavily ourated in the last 5 rounds finishing with 3.5/9 in the 174 player event.

The 13th Ordix Open rapid-play in Mainz,Germany has started with 632 players including 177 FIDE title-holders of wich 58 are grandmasters. The 8 game rapid matches between Anand-Radjabov and Aronian-Svidler both stand at 3-3 after 6 games.

The NSWCA Teams Challenge 2 rapid play was won by Max's Sac Hackers - Neil Wright,Andrew Bird,Max Illingworth(7/7) and Minir Nanavati scoring 24.5/28 half a point ahead of Sydney University 1 on 24,followed by Sydney University 2 on 18 points.


Kramnik wins in Dortmund

Peter Parr

Vladimir Kramnik started the Super-Grandmaster Dortmund,Germany,Tournament  with five draws but won against Jobava and Leko in the final two rounds to take the trophy on count -back from four- time former Russian Champion Peter Svidler. Kramnik will play a World Title match against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria next month in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.

Six of the top ten players in the world competed in the Dortmund event. Levon Aronian the top seed started with four draws but lost his last three games.
Jobava,Ba (2651) - Svidler,P (2742) [D80] (R1) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.e3 Qd5 8.Be2 Bg7 9.Nf3 Nd7 10.00 Nb6 11.a4 a5 12.Nd2 Qc6 13.Qc2 e5 14.Bf3 Qe6 15.Ne4 00 16.Nc5 Qe8 17.Bxb7 Bxb7 18.Nxb7 Qc6 19.Nc5 Rfe8 20.Rab1 Nc8 21.Nb7 Nb6 22.Nc5 Nc8 23.Rfd1 Nd6 24.Bg3 h5 25.Qb2 Bf6 26.h3 Re7 27.Qa3 Nf5 28.d5 Qd6 29.Bh2 Ree8 30.e4 Ng7 31.Rd4 Rab8 32.Ra1 Be7 33.Rxc4 c6 34.Qa2 cxd5 35.Rd1 Qb6 36.Nd7 Qb7 37.Bxe5 dxc4 38.Bxb8 Rxb8 39.Nxb8 Qxb8 40.Qxc4 Ne6 41.Qb5 Qf4 42.Qe8+ Bf8 43.Rd7 h4 44.Ra7 Ng7 45.Qd8 Qxe4 46.Qd1 Qe5 47.Qd2 Nf5 48.Kf1 Kg7 49.Qd3 Qf4 50.Qf3 Qc4+ 51.Ke1 Nd4 52.Qd1 Qxc3+ 53.Kf1 Bc5 54.Rc7 Ne6 55.Rb7 Nf4 56.Kg1 Bxf2+ 01

Aronian,L (2761) - Svidler,P (2742) [D80] (R6) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.e3 Be6 8.Qb1 Qd5 9.Nf3 Nd7 10.Be2 Bf5 11.Qb2 Bg7 12.00 e5 13.Qb4 c5 14.Qxc4 Qxc4 15.Bxc4 Rc8 16.Bd5 Bd3 17.Rfd1 Ba6 18.Rab1 b6 19.Bg3 cxd4 20.exd4 Nf6 21.Bb3 Ne4 22.Re1 Nxc3 23.Rb2 e4 24.Ng5 Bc4 25.Nxe4 Nxe4 26.Rxe4+ Kd8 27.Bf4 Bxb3 28.Rxb3 Re8 29.Rxe8+ Kxe8 30.d5 Rc4 31.g3 Ra4 32.Re3+ Kd7 33.Re2 Bf8 34.Kf1 Bd6 35.Be3 Bc5 36.Bf4 Rd4 37.Rc2 Rxd5 38.Ke2 b5 39.g4 Kc6 40.Be3 Kb6 41.Rd2 Rxd2+ 42.Bxd2 b4 43.f3 Kb5 44.Kd3 Bd6 45.h3 Be5 46.Be3 a5 47.Bd2 a4 01

Kramnik,V (2743) - Leko,P (2738) [E32] (R7) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 00 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b6 7.Bg5 Bb7 8.f3 h6 9.Bh4 d5 10.e3 Nbd7 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Bxd8 Nxc3 13.Bh4 Nd5 14.Bf2 c5 15.e4 Ne7 16.Ne2 Rac8 17.Nc3 cxd4 18.Bxd4 Nc5 19.Rd1 Rfd8 20.Be3 Rxd1+ 21.Kxd1 e5 22.b4 Ne6 23.Kc2 Nc6 24.Kb2 Kf8 25.Bc4 Ncd4 26.Bxe6 Nxe6 27.Nb5 Ra8 28.a4 Ba6 29.Na3 Rc8 30.b5 Bb7 31.Rc1 Rxc1 32.Kxc1 Ke7 33.a5 bxa5 34.Bxa7 f5 35.exf5 Nf4 36.g3 Nh3 37.Nc4 Ng5 38.Nxa5 Bd5 39.b6 Nxf3 40.h3 Ng5 41.b7 Bxb7 42.Nxb7 Nxh3 43.Bb6 Kd7 44.Be3 Ke7 45.Nc5 g6 46.fxg6 Kf6 47.Bxh6 Kxg6 48.Be3 10

Final scores:- (cat 19, av 2720, 8 players, 7 rounds) V.Kramnik (RUS 2743) and P.Svidler (RUS 2742) 4.5, M.Adams (ENG 2732), P.Leko (HUN 2738) and B.Gelfand (ISR 2729) 4, A.Naiditsch (GER 2664) 3.5, L.Aronian (ARM 2761) 2, B.Jobava (GEO 2651) 1.5

A computer program won two international tournaments in Argentina last week scoring 20/23 (17 wins, 6 draws) performance rating 2735.

Leading final scores in the World Youth Under 16 Olympiad in Agri, Turkey - (24 teams,40 games)Ukraine 31,Georgia 29,China A 26,Hungary,Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan 25. Australia scored 50% finishing 9th with 20 points from 40 games. We played a strong field losing 0-4 to Georgia,Hungary and Ukraine and India 1-3,drawing 2-2 with Syria and defeating Turkmenistan(A) and Republic of South Africa 3-1,Switzerland and Tunisia 3.5-0.5 and Turkmenistan (B) 4-0
Results of the Australian team in board order was Zhigen Wilson Lin 6.5/10, Rukman Vijayakumar 4.5/9(plus 1/1 forfeit), Ben Harris 3.5/8(plus 0/2 forfeit), Derek Yu 4.5/10. All four Australians performed above their ratings.

Leading final scores in the 26 player, 7 round Coal City Open at Cardiff Panthers Club - James Morris (VIC, age 15) rated 1748 the fourth seed 6: J.Bolens, M.Illingworth 5.5, D.Behne-Smith 5, J.Escribano 4.5

The NSW Championship, major (Under 2000 rated) and minor (under 1600 rated) will be held over nine Sunday afternoons commencing at 2pm on 20th August at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.The championship division will be rated by the World Chess Federation.For further information contact Brett Tindall by telephone on 8756 5974


Lahno above 3 World Champions
Peter Parr (SMH 07/08/06)
Sixteen-year-old Kateryna Lahno(Ukraine) has won the North Urals Cup in Krasnoturinsk,Russia above three former Womens World Champions. Lahno scored 5 wins beating 5 times former World Champion Chiburdanidze in round 5 and four draws including former World Champions Zhu Chen and Stefanova. Lahno(WGM at age 13) was seeded last but finished first with a 2700 rating performance. Leading final scores(10 players,9 rounds) IM K.Lahno(UKR 2449) 7,GM Zhu Chen(QAT 2476) 6,IM N.Kosintseva(RUS 2472) 5.5,GM A.Stefanova(BUL 2520) and IM L.Mkrtchian( ARM  2459)   5
Alexander Morozevich scored seven wins,one draw and two losses to fifteen-year-old  Magnus Carlsen to win the Biel,Switzerland GM event with a 2853 performance rating. Carlsen continues to improve with a 2744 result.

Morozevich,A (2731) - Carlsen,M (2675) [B30] Rd 7 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Nd7 6.Bf4 g6 7.Qc1 Bg7 8.Bh6 Qa5+ 9.c3 Ne5 10.Nxe5 Bxe5 11.Nd2 Qa6 12.Qc2 Be6 13.f4 Bc7 14.00 f6 15.c4 000 16.a4 Rd7 17.a5 Rhd8 18.Ra3 Bxa5 19.f5 Bf7 20.fxg6 hxg6 21.e5 Be6 22.exf6 exf6 23.Nb3 Rxd3 24.Nxc5 Bb6 25.Rxa6 Bxc5+ 26.Kh1 bxa6 27.Bg7 Bg4 28.b4 Be3 29.h3 Rd1 30.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 31.Kh2 Bf4+ 32.g3 Rd2+ 33.Qxd2 Bxd2 34.hxg4 Bxb4 35.Bxf6 a5 36.Kg2 Kd7 37.Kf3 Bd6 38.Ke4 Bxg3 39.Kd3 Ke6 40.Bd4 a6 41.Kc2 a4 42.Kb1 Be5 43.Bf2 Kd6 44.Ka2 Bc3 45.Ka3 Ke5 46.Kxa4 Kf4 47.Bb6 Kxg4 48.Ba5 Bxa5 49.Kxa5 Kf4 50.Kb6 a5 01

Morozevich,A (2731) - Pelletier,Y (2583) [C10]Rd 9 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bd3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Bg5 c5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Nf3 h6 10.Bh4 00 11.Qd2 b6 12.000 Bb7 13.Rhe1 Be7 14.Ne5 Nd5 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.a3 Rad8 17.f4 Nf6 18.c4 Qc7 19.b4 Nd7 20.Kb2 Nxe5 21.fxe5 Kh8 22.Qe3 Rd7 23.g4 Rfd8 24.g5 hxg5 25.Qh3+ Kg8 26.Qh7+ Kf8 27.Re3 g4 28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.Qxg7 Bf3 30.Bg6 Rf8 31.Rxd7+ Qxd7 32.Rd3 Qc8 33.Qf6+ Ke8 34.Rd6 10

Leading final scores(6 players,10 rounds,cat 17,av 2674) A.Morovevich(RUS 2731) 7.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2675) and T.Radjabov(AZE 2728) 6,A.Volokitin(UKR 2662) and Y.Pelletier (SUI 2583) 4,L.Bruzon(CUB 2667) 2.5. Pia Cramling of Sweden won the Womens event. IM Aleks Wohl of Wilsons Creek,NSW seeded 29th finished 26th in the main Biel supporting event scoring 6.5/11 - losses to GM Arizmendi(ESP 2542),GM Atalik(TUR 2619) and GM Novikov(RUS 2546).
Progress scores in the Super GM tournament in Dortmund,Germany after 6 rounds(cat 19,av 2720,8 players,7 rounds) P.Leko(HUN 2738) and P.Svidler(RUS 2742) 4,M.Adams(ENG 2732) and V.Kramnik(RUS 2743) 3.5,B.Gelfand(ISR 2729) 3,A.Naiditsch(GER 2664) 2.5,L.Aronian(ARM 2761) 2,B.Jobava(GEO 2651) 1.5  Only 7 of the 24 games played so far have been decisive and the leading four  players are all undefeated.
The World Youth Under 16 Olympiad started last night in Agri,Turkey. The Australian team in board order is Zhigen Wilson Lin, Rukman Vijayakumar, Ben Harris and Derek Yu.

Grandmaster Ian Rogers won the NSWCA July weekender at Parramatta RSL by winning his first six games and playing a hard fought draw in 77 moves against FIDE Master George Xie in the last round. Leading final scores (51 players, 7 rounds) GM I.Rogers 6.5: R.Yu, FM G.Xie, I.Zvedeniouk, P.Broekhuyse 5.5  GP scores G.Xie 95.25,I.Rogers 95.00,D.Stojic 76.75,D.Smerdon 58.00

The NSW Teams Challenge 2 will be held at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club on Sunday 13th August from 11am - 7:30pm. The 7 round one day event is open to four players teams from clubs or schools. Details Brett Tindall Tel 8756 5974.

Correspondence Senior International Master Stephen Kerr of Sydney scored 7/14 in the category 13 Frank Parr (my father) Memorial International Grandmaster Correspondence tournament. Kerr missed his final result for the GM title by one point.

6 of the top 10 in Dortmund

Peter Parr
The category 19 Super-Grandmaster tournament with 6 of the top 10 players in the World competing(average rating 2720) started on Saturday evening in Dortmund(8 players,7 rounds). Results round 1 - M.Adams(ENG 2732 W no 8) 0.5 L.Aronian(ARM 2761 W no 3) 0.5,B.Gelfand(ISR 2729 W no 10) 0.5 V.Kramnik(RUS 2743 W no 4) 0.5,B.Jobava(GEO 2651) 0 P.Svidler(RUS 2742 W no 5) 1,P.Leko(HUN 2738 W no 6) 1 A.Naiditsch(GER 2665) 0
The popular annual chess festival in Biel,Switzerland is in progress. Radjabov,T (2728) - Volokitin,And (2662) [B96] GM Biel SUI (1), 24.07.2006  1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.g4 b5 10.Bxf6 Nxf6 11.g5 Nd7 12.000 b4 13.Nd5 exd5 14.exd5 Bb7 15.Qe4+ Be7 16.Nf5 Nc5 17.Nxg7+ Kf8 18.Qd4 Rg8 19.Nf5 b3 20.Bc4 bxc2 21.Rde1 Re8 22.Re2 Bc8 23.Nh6 Qb6 24.Qc3 Na4 25.Qxc2 Rxg5 26.fxg5 Bxg5+ 27.Kb1 Rxe2 28.Bxe2 Bd7 29.Bg4 Bb5 30.b3 Bxh6 31.Bf5 Bg7 32.Qc8+ Ke7 33.Rc1 Nc5 34.Qg8 Be5 35.Bxh7 Qa5 36.Qg5+ Kf8 37.Rxc5 dxc5 38.Qxe5 Qd2 39.Bc2 Bd3 10
Leading scores after round 5 A.Morozevich(RUS 2731) 4,T.Radjabov(AZE 2728) 3.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2675),A.Volokitin(UKR 2662) 2.  IM Aleks Wohl (AUS 2428) has scored 3.5/5 in the main supporting event and plays GM S.Atalik 2619 of Turkey in round 6.
GM Stanislav Novikov (RUS 2513) won the 406 player main event in Pardubice,Czech Republic scoring 7.5/9. FM Brett Tindall 2267 of Sydney seeded 273 finished 288th scoring 4/9(performance 2214). English Olympiad player Jessie Gilbert,aged only 19,plunged to her death from an eighth floor hotel window in Pardubice during the event. Jessie had suffered from sleepwalking but serious accusations against her father could have led to her  tragic death. Jessie had been a regular player for the last eight years and was undefeated in Pardubice after 5 rounds.

Tiviakov won the 86 player Amsterdam Open last week . Al- Modiahki,M (QAT 2564) - Tiviakov,S (NED 2668) [B01] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 a6 6.g3 Bg4 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bf4 Qd8 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Qxd4 11.00 e6 12.Rad1 Qb6 13.Na4 Qb5 14.b3 Nbd7 15.c4 Qa5 16.g4 h6 17.Qg3 Rc8 18.Qe3 Ra8 19.Qg3 Be7 20.Bc7 Qb4 21.Rd4 00 22.Rfd1 Nc5 23.Nb6 Rae8 24.f4 Nce4 25.Bxe4 Bc5 26.a3 Qxa3 27.Bc2 Rd8 28.Bxd8 Rxd8 29.Kg2 Rxd4 01

Leading final scores in the ANU Open Grand Prix weekender in Canberra   (78 players,7rounds)  GM I.Rogers (NSW 2599) 6.5 - a draw with Bjelobrk in rd 5, J.Bolens(NSW 1992) 6 -loss to Rogers but wins over Toth and Xie. IM A.Toth(HUN 2439) tied with Bolens on 6 points, FIDE Masters I.Bjelobrk(NSW 2369) and J.Sales (PHI 2385) tied for 4th-5th each scoring 5.5 points.
The next Grand Prix weekender the Coal City Open will be held over seven rounds on 5-6 August at Cardiff Panthers Club

Final scores of the New South Wales Chess Association Inter-club grade matches   Open - Ryde-Eastwood 22.5/32(FM I.Bjelobrk 6.5/8 on board 1),Sydney Chess Academy 20,Canterbury 16,Parramatta 11,North Sydney 10.5. St George won the open six times in the last seven years but did not defend their title in 2006. Under 2000 - Parramatta 23/36(N.Chernih 7.5/8,R.Hvistendahl 6/7),St George 21.5,Campbelltown 17,Manly 10.5. Under 1800 - North Sydney 19.5/32,St George 19,Wollongong 17,Ryde-Eastwood 14.5,Rooty Hill 10.  Under 1600 - Parramatta 26/36,North Sydney Grizzlies and St George 21.5(A.Keuning 8/9),North Sydney Brown Bears 20.5,Manly 17.5,Campbelltown and Rooty Hill 17,Ryde-Eastwood 16  Wollongong 13,Wests 10. Under 1400 - St George Dragons 22.5/36,Wests Tigers 20.5(J.Lau 6/7),North Sydney 20,Manly 19,Rooty Hill Knights and Rooty Hill Rooks 18.5,Canterbury 17.5,Parramatta 17,Ryde-Eastwood 14.5,St George Saints 12

Karjakin wins in Tomsk
Peter Parr
Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin,aged 16,has convincingly won the category 18(average rating 2686) super grandmaster rapid tournament in Tomsk,Western Siberia,Russia.Karjakin is the youngest player to earn a grandmaster title at the age of 12 and is now one of the world's strongest players.
Leading final scores (6 players,10 rounds) S.Karjakin(UKR 2679) 7,Russian Champion S.Rublevsky(RUS 2667) 5.5,Former World Champion R.Kasimdzhanov(UZB 2672) 5,A.Morozevich(RUS 2731) 4.5,Former World Champion R.Ponomariov(UKR 2721) and V.Bologan(MDA 2645) 4
86 players are competing in the Amsterdam Open with S.Tiviakov(NED 2668) and S.Halkias (GRE 2551) sharing the lead on 6.5/8
Van Ruitenburg,J (2315) - Timman,J (2594) [A45]  3rd ACT Amsterdam NED (1), 15.07.2006   1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bh4 g5 4.f3 gxh4 5.fxe4 c5 6.e3 Bh6 7.Nd2 d5 8.Qh5 Bxe3 9.000 cxd4 10.Ngf3 Be6 11.Ng5 Bxg5 12.Qxg5 Nc6 13.Nb3 dxe4 14.Qg7 Rf8 15.Nxd4 Qd6 16.Bb5 000 17.Nxc6 Qf4+ 18.Kb1 bxc6 19.Ba6+ Kb8 20.Qc3 Qc7 21.Qb4+ Ka8 22.Qxe4 h3 23.c4 Kb8 24.c5 hxg2 25.Rhe1 Bd5 26.Qb4+ Ka8 27.Rd3 Rb8 28.Qa4 Rg8 29.Rg1 Qxh2 30.Qd1 Be4 31.Ka1 Bxd3 32.Bxd3 Rbd8 01

Michiels,B (2455) - Schoorl,R (2289) [A34]  3rd ACT Amsterdam NED (4), 18.07.2006   1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nc7 6.Qa4+ Nd7 7.Nf3 g6 8.d4 Bg7 9.dxc5 00 10.Be3 Ne6 11.Qb4 b6 12.c6 a5 13.Qa3 Ndc5 14.00 Ba6 15.Rfd1 Qb8 16.Ng5 Nxg5 17.Bxg5 Ra7 18.Nd5 e6 19.Nxb6 Qxb6 20.Be3 Qxb2 21.Qxb2 Bxb2 22.Bxc5 Bxa1 23.Bxa7 Be5 24.Bb6 a4 25.f4 Bf6 26.c7 Rc8 27.Rd8+ Kg7 28.a3 e5 29.Bh3 Bxd8 30.cxd8Q Rxd8 31.Bxd8 exf4 32.gxf4 Bxe2 33.Bd7 Bd1 34.Kf2 f6 35.Ke3 h6 36.Kd4 g5 37.f5 h5 38.Kd5 h4 39.Ke6 Bb3+ 40.Ke7 g4 41.Bc7 10
GM Aleks Wojtkiewicz(USA),winner of the last 6 annual USCF Grand Prix series,died of a perforated intestine,and massive bleeding at the age of 43.The medical examiner said he would have lived if an ambulance was called earlier.

International Master Aleksandar Wohl of Wilsons Creek,NSW rated 2428 was seeded 18th in the Oberwart Open in Austria but finished 6th - 12th equal in the 158 player event scoring 6.5/9.
The Kincoppal Czeckeroos under 12 team(A.Tayeh,J.Sitch,S.Soltysik,J.Steyn) from Sydney scored 11.5/28 in the World Schoool Teams(U 16) Championship in Pardubice,Czech Republic. FIDE Trainer and FIDE Master Brett Tindall the team coach is now competing in the Pardubice Open with 1825 players from 46 countries. Tindall (2267) is seeded 273 in the 406 player main event which has 231 titled players including 58 GM's and 120 IM's. Tindall lost to IM Klimov(RUS 2481) and drew with Mukhlisov(RUS 2114) in the first two rounds. Top seed is GM David Navara (CZE 2719)
Results of the International Internet Match last week  North Carolina(U18) 13.5-10.5 and (U12) 20-4 against 24 youngsters from all states of Australia.
Leading final scores NSW Rapid (40 players,7 rounds) FM G.Xie 6, J.Hu,J.Bolens 5.5,N.Wright,P.Broekhuyse,K.O'Chee,A.Bird(NSW Champion),R.Hvistendahl 5
The Hakoah(Bondi) Championships start tonight. The NSWCA Grand Prix weekender  29-30 July will be held over 7 rounds at Parramatta RSL. The Rooty Hill RSL Open starts on 31st July. The new Penrith RSL Chess Club (tel 47313548)meets on Wednesdays -All welcome - Juniors to 6.30pm,seniors from 7.30pm.

Nguyen wins NSW Junior

Peter Parr

Fifteen-year-old Joseph Nguyen has won the NSW Junior Championship ahead of a large field. Joseph is the eldest of four brothers who have between them won many trophies in junior events. The Under 12 Championship has been won by ten-year-old Joshua Lau,another frequent prizewinner. Leading final scores: Under 18(50 players,9 rounds) Joseph Nguyen 8,Michael Morris 7,Max Illingworth and Justin Huang 6.5 each.  Under 12 (52 players,10 rounds) Joshua Lau 8,Pasan Perera and Jonathan Ren 7.5 each

Leading final scores in the Fischer Books over forty tournament (22 players,7 rounds) A.Rose(joint winner City of Sydney 1975) 6.5,P.Halpin (City of Sydney Champion 1980) 6,J.Bolens 5 .   The Universities Rapid Championship (27 players,9 rounds)was won by IM Zong Zhao (USYD 2427) 8.5 followed by Jason Hu (USYD 2090) 7,Tomek Rej(USYD 2175) and Gareth Oliver (ANU 1800) 6.5. 
 The 14th ANU Open Grand Prix weekender will be held over 7 rounds at Canberra School of Art,ANU,Acton ACT on 22nd and 23rd July. Grandmaster Ian Rogers of Sydney will be the top seed. Rogers won the Lidums Checkmate GP weekender in Adelaide scoring 6.5/7,FM Goldenberg 6.   Leading GP Scores  FM G.Xie(NSW) 89.77,D.Stojic(VIC) 74.5,IM D.Smerdon(VIC) 58.00,GM I.Rogers (NSW) 55.00,FM I Goldenberg(VIC) 53.00
The Hakoah Club Championship at Bondi (open and under 1700 rated events) will be held over 9 rounds commencing on Monday evening 24th July.
146 players competed in the 5th Dubai (UAE) Junior. IM Eltaj Safarli(AZE) was first with 8 /9. Four Australians competed  - Lin Zhigen Wilson was 3rd-5th equal on 7,E.Schon 6.5,D.Yu 6,S.Yu 5


.The Norwegian Championship resulted in a tie for first place between the top two seeds 15-year-old GM Magnus Carlsen 2673 and Simen Agdestein 2575 each scoring 7/9. Carlsen beat Agdestein,a former Soccer International for Norway,but lost in the last round. There will be a play-off match for the title.
The top rated Australian female  WIM Anastasia Sorokina played in the Women's Chess Cup (prize fund (AUS $ 25000)  in association with the Soccer World Cup in Dresden,Germany. One player was invited from each of the 32 countries and placed in the same 8 qualifying events followed by knockout from the last 16. Brazil and Croatia qualified from our group and Zsuzsa Polgar(USA) beat Elisabeth Pahtz(GER) in the final.
Grandmaster Alexander Wojtkiewicz (2562)  died last Friday evening at the age of 43 from liver problems caused by heavy drinking and chain smoking for many years. Here is a game from the 2005 National Open in Las Vegas  A.Kretchetov - A.Wojtkiewicz 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 Nf3 0-0 5 e4 c6 6 e5 Ne8 7 Bf4 d6 8 h3 Nd7 9 Qd2 dxe5 10 dex5 Qa5 11 Ne4 Qxd2+ 12 Kxd2 Nc7 13 Be2 Ne6 14 Bh2 Ndc5 15 Nxc5 Nxc5 16 Ke3 a5 17 Rad1 f6 18 Bf1 Bf5 19 g4 Bh6+ 20 Kd4 Na4 0-1
He was born in Latvia , became a chess master at 15,and spent two years in a Russian gulag for refusing to join the army. He moved from Riga to Warsaw twice winning the Polish title. He has won the United States Chess Federation Grand Prix six years in a row competing in hundreds of tournaments all over the USA as well as overseas(638 events since Jan 1991 in USA). Wojtkiewicz tied for first in the National Open(USA) in June and finished in a nine way tie for first place in the very strong World Open (USA) ealier this month and tied for first in the Columbus Open five days before his death.


Moulthun Ly scores IM result

Peter Parr

Fourteen-year-old Moulthun Ly of Queensland has scored his first International Master norm at the World Open at the Sheraton, Philadelphia, USA. Ly scored six wins and three losses(two against GM's rated over 2600) from nine games. Seven of his opponents had international titles including three grandmasters. His performance rating was 2497 which was well above the 2450 performance required for an IM norm. There were 237 players in the main event including 46 Grandmasters and 26 International Masters. Nine players tied for first place and former World Title Challenger Gata Kamsky(USA) won the tie-break. Ly finished one point behind the joint winners finishing in a tie for 20th to 40th place with all nineteen players above him being grandmasters. Ly had a FIDE rating of 2188 at the start of the event but in order to prevent too much prize-money going to overseas players he was given a 2288 rating. Ly tied for first in the Under 2300 division winning about AUS $10,000 !

 Moulthun Ly became the youngest ever Australian Under Eighteen Junior Champion in January 2005 at the age of thirteen years and two months. Ly won the 2006 Australian Rapid Play, finished half a point behind the winners in the 2006 Australian Junior but he was playing in The Australian Championship every afternoon (with a good 6/11 result) and the Junior every morning - too much chess.  Ly needs two more similar results to become an International Master and 2600 performance ratings for a Grandmaster Title.

 Parimarjan Negi of India has become the second youngest grandmaster of all time at the age of 13 years,3 months and 22 days(5 days younger than Norway's Magnus Carlsen in 2004). The youngest GM ever was Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine at the age of 12 years and 7 months in 2002. Negi became an International Master last year and scored his third and final grandmaster norm last week in Chelyabinsk,Russia. 

The National Chess Federation has purchased premises of 1000 sq metres for use by the Federation,a large playing area,a chess shop and teaching facilities near Central Station in the CBD in Ankara,Turkey.

  The 59 player CJS Purdy Centenary Grand Prix event at Norths was jointly won by FIDE Masters Igor Bjelobrk 2369 and George Xie each scoring 6/7 half a point ahead of Armen Ayvazyan 2194 and Patrick Halpin 2059. Halpin won the special prize for the best score by a player who had actually played Purdy (First World Correspondence Champion 1953-1958). Lloyd Fell who lost a match to Purdy 4-6 in 1948 scored 3 points. Fell,aged 87,is the fifth oldest player in the world (54941 rated players) with rated games in the last rating period. The Hakoah Cup at Bondi was won by J.Bolens on 7.5/9 followed by Dr V.Zeldovich 7.

  The Sydney University Chess Club(level 4,Wentworth Building) will be hosting the inaugural Australian Universities Rapid Championships on 12th and 13th July. Details Jenni Oliver tel 6253 2848 

The 7 round NSW Rapid Play will be held at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club from 11am to 7.30pm on Sunday 16th July.Details  Brett Tindall tel 8756 5974 

 The NSW Junior Chess League's two Winter tournaments have both been won by 13-year-old Max Illingworth, who conceded only one draw in 19 games. Leading final scores:

Winter One-Day Tournament (271 players, 8 rounds): Max Illingworth 8, Anish Kumar, Jamie Boyce, David Lam, Leo Kang, Albert Teo each 7;

Winter Two-Day Tournament (230 players 11 rounds): Max Illingworth 10.5, Jamie Boyce 9.5, Anish Kumar, George Guse each 9.

The NSW Junior Championships take place this week the Under 18 from Sunday to Friday and the Under 12 from Wednesday to Friday. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Margaret Cuckson, phone 9388 7940. At the conclusion of the championships at approximately midday on Friday, Grandmaster Ian Rogers will give a simul for competitors and other juniors. 

Rublevsky wins in Ukraine
Peter Parr (03/07/06)

Sergey Rublevsky,the current Champion of Russia, has won the Super Grandmaster Tournament held in the magnificent Kuznetsov Palace in Foros,Crimea,Ukraine. His last result was 2/5 on bottom board for Russia at the 2006 Turin Chess Olympiad.

Final scores (12 players, 11 rounds, av rating 2691) S.Rublevsky (RUS 2687) 7.5: V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2731) 7: V.Bologan (MDA 2666) 6.5:S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2699), A.Shirov (ESP 2699), A.Grischuk (RUS 2719) 6 ,  A.Areshchenko (UKR 2660),  L.Nisipeanu (ROM 2695) 5, S.Karjakin (UKR 2661) and former World Champion R.Ponomariov (UKR 2738) 4.5: A.Volokitin (UKR 2660), P.Harikrishna (IND 2680) 4.

Sergey Tiviakov has won the Dutch Championship scoring 9/11. Here is one of his best games from the event against  former World Title Challenger Jan Timman.

Tiviakov,S (2669) - Timman,J (2616) [B22] R10  1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 c4 7.Bc2 Qc7 8.Qe2 g5 9.h3 Bg7 10.00 Nxe5 11.Nxg5 d5 12.a4 h6 13.Nf3 Nbd7 14.Re1 Bf6 15.d4 cxd3 16.Bxd3 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Nc5 18.Qxd5 Be6 19.Qh5 Rd8 20.Nd4 ! Bxd4 21.cxd4 Nb3 22.Nc3 !! Nxa1 23.Rxe6 Nb3 24.Be3 Nxd4 25.Re4 Nc6 26.b4 Rd3 27.Nd5 Qd6 28.Nf4 Rxe3 29.fxe3 Nd8 30.Nd5 e6 31.Nf6+ Kf8 32.Rd4 Qc7 33.Rd7 Qc1+ 34.Kh2 Kg7 35.Qe5 10
Leading players on the July 2006 World Rating List - World Champion V.Topalov BUL 2813,V.Anand IND 2779,L.Aronian ARM 2761,V.Kramnik RUS 2743,P.Svidler RUS 2742,P.Leko HUN 2738,V.Ivanchuk UKR 2734,M.Adams ENG 2732,A.Morozevich RUS 2731,B.Gelfand ISR 2729.  Women  - J.Polgar HUN 2710,H.Koneru IND 2548,A.Kosteniuk RUS 2534
Juniors T.Radjabov AZE 2728,P.Harikrishna IND 2682,S.Karjakin UKR 2679,M.Carlsen NOR 2673.
  Leading countries (av top 10) - Russia 2713(156 GM,428 IM, 1599 titled),Ukraine 2661,Armenia 2627,USA 2624. Australia 2442 is in 56th place(-3),New Zealand 2334 is 76th,total 147 countries.
Leading Australian players GM I.Rogers 2548(-16) world no 325,IM D.Smerdon 2472(+12) world no 947,GM D.Johansen 2458(+6) world no 1102,IM Z.Zhao 2455(+3),IM A.Wohl 2428(-4),T.Tao 2422(=),IM G.Lane 2421(-19),IM J.Wallace 2419(+27),IM S.Solomon 2409(=),IM M.Chapman 2388(=).  Women - IM I.Berezina 2258(-23),WM A.Sorokina 2221(=),WM N.Phan-Koshnitsky 2168(-13),WM A.Caoili 2152(-17),WM B.Dekic 2138(+25)I.Eriksson 2106(=),WM L.Moylan 2092(-35)

Gold Coast Open leading final scores (26 players, 7 rounds) GM I.Rogers (NSW) 7, IM S.Solomon (QLD), D.Stojic (VIC), IM P.Froehlich (QLD) 5: FM J.Humphrey (QLD), S.Guo-Yuthok (ACT) 4.5 A further 56 players competed in the under 1600 rated event.
Leading scores after 4 rounds of the CJS Purdy Centenary at Norths,Cammeray - (59 players,7 rounds) T.Rej,A.Ayvazyan 4,I.Zirdum,FM I.Bjelobrk 3.5

The 7 round Fischerbooks Weekend tournament for players over the age of 40 will be held on 8th and 9th July at Norths, Abbot St, Cammeray. Details Brett Tindall Tel 8756 5974

The Terrey Shaw Shield for the Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament has been retained by Knox Grammar School despite a last round loss to Blue Mountains Grammar School. The Junior section(years 9 and below) was won by Sydney Grammar School for the sixth successive year. The tournament attracted 31 teams from 20 schools,including teams from as far away as Wagga Wagga and Nowra.
The event commemorates International Master Terrey Shaw,a Sydney barrister who represented Australia with distinction in nine consecutive Chess Olympiads and who died in 1997. The tournament is sponsored by Terrey Shaw's former colleagues in the legal profession and in the chess community.
The NSW Junior League's holiday events commence this week and include a one-day tournament on Wednesday and a two-day tournament on Thursday and Friday. These are followed the next week by the NSW Junior Championships. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Margaret Cuckson tel 9388 7940

Rublevsky wins five games
Peter Parr
Russian Champion Sergei Rublevsky has won five consecutive games and leads the Super-Grandmaster tournament in Crimea,Ukraine. Here are three games from the event.   A.Shirov (2699) - S.Karjakin (2661) [E15]  1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 00 12.00 Rc8 13.e4 b5 14.Re1 dxe4 15.Nxe4 bxc4 16.Qe2 Rb8 17.Bf1 Bb4 18.Qd2 Qa5 19.Bxb4 Qxb4 20.Qf4 Rbd8 21.Rab1 Qa3 22.bxc4 Nb6 23.Rbc1 Qa5 24.Nc5 Nd7 25.Nb3 Qxa2 26.Qe3 Rb8 27.Nd2 c5 28.Ra1 Qb2 29.Rxa6 cxd4 30.Qe2 d3 31.Qe3 Ne5 32.Qxe5 Qxd2 33.Qe3 Qxe3 34.Rxe3 d2 35.Rd3 10

P.Harikrishna(2680) - A.Grischuk (2719) [E21] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 00 5.g3 b6 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.00 Bxc3 8.bxc3 d6 9.Re1 h6 10.Bf1 Re8 11.a4 a5 12.Nh4 e5 13.dxe5 dxe5 14.Qxd8 Rxd8 15.Ba3 Nbd7 16.Nf5 g6 17.Ne3 Nc5 18.Bg2 e4 19.h4 h5 20.Bxc5 bxc5 21.Reb1 Bc6 22.Kf1 Rdb8 23.Rxb8+ Rxb8 24.Ke1 Kf8 25.Kd1 Rb2 26.Bh3 Ke7 27.Nc2 Ne8 28.Kc1 Rb3 29.Bf1 Rxc3 30.e3 Rb3 31.Na3 Rb4 32.Nb5 Bxb5 33.cxb5 Nf6 34.Be2 Nd5 35.Ra3 Kd6 36.Bd1 c4 37.Bc2 f5 38.Bd1 Kc5 39.Bc2 c6 40.bxc6 Kxc6 41.f3 Nf6 42.fxe4 fxe4 43.Kd2 Kd6 44.Ra1 Ke5 45.Rf1 Nd5 46.Rf8 c3+ 47.Kc1 Nxe3 48.Re8+ Kd5 49.Rd8+ Ke6 50.Ra8 Nxc2 51.Ra6+ Kf7 52.Ra7+ Kf6 01

S. Rublevsky (2687) - A.Volokitin  (2660) [B23] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nge2 Nf6 4.g3 b5 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.d4 b4 7.Nd5 Nbd7 8.00 e6 9.Nxf6+ Nxf6 10.d5 exd5 11.exd5 Be7 12.h3 00 13.g4 Nd7 14.Ng3 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Re1 Bf6 17.Rxe8+ Qxe8 18.Ne4 Be5 19.Qd2 f5 20.Ng5 Bxb2 21.Re1 Ne5 22.Qf4 Bc3 23.Re2 Ba6 24.Re3 Bd2 25.Ne6 Bxe3 26.Qxe3 Qf7 27.gxf5 gxf5 28.Bf4 Re8 29.Qg3+ Ng6 30.h4 Kh8 31.Bxd6 f4 32.Qg5 f3 33.Bh3 h6 34.Qxh6+ Qh7 35.Qg5 Rg8 36.h5 Nf4 37.Be5+ 10

Progress scores after round 7 (12 players,11 rounds,average rating 2691) S.Rublevsky(RUS 2687) 5.5,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2731) and V.Bologan(MDA 2666) 4.5,A.Grischuk(RUS 2719) 4,S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2699),A.Shirov(ESP 2699),A.Volokitin(UKR 2660) 3.5,A.Areshchenko(UKR 2660) 3,P.Harikrishna (IND 2680),L.Nisipeanu(ROM 2695),S.Karjakin(UKR 2661),and former World Champion and top seed R.Ponomariov(UKR 2738) 2.5.   Leading scores in the Dutch Championship in Hilversum -S.Tiviakov(GM 2669) 6/7,L.Van Wely (GM 2655) 5.5,I.Sokolov(GM 2676) 4.5,D.Stellwagen(GM 2543) 4

The World Chess Federation has announced that 243 Master Titles( 21 FIDE Master,15 Women's FIDE Master, 130 FIDE Candidate Master and 77 Women's FIDE Candidate Master) were achieved at the Chess Olympiad in Turin. Candidate Master titles were awarded to players scoring 50% and FIDE Master Titles to players scoring 66% upon payment of the Master title fees. These titles are awarded to any player from any country (minimum 7 games) regardless of their standard of play and regardless of the standard of the opposition. 

FIDE Master George Xie won the Wollongong Rapidplay(replacing the Wollongong Common Man event) on Saturday.  Progress scores in the NSWCA inter-club grade match competition Open - Ryde-Eastwood 10.5/16 (FM I.Bjelobrk FIDE 2404 has scored 3.5/4 on board 1),Canterbury 9,Sydney Chess Academy 8.5,North Sydney 7.5,Parramatta 4.5  Under 2000 Parramatta and St George 12/20,Campbelltown 9,Manly 7  Under 1800 North Sydney 10/16,Wollongong 9.5, Under 1600 Parramatta 16/20,St George 13 Under 1400 Canterbury and Rooty Hill Rooks 12.5/20,

The CJS Purdy Centenary Grand Prix weekend tournament organised by the NSW Chess Association will be held at  Norths, Abbott Street, Cammeray on July 1st and 2nd. The seven round event has a prize fund including rating prizes based on 75 players of $3900. A special prize of $300 will be awarded for the best result by a player who had played CJS Purdy. Details Brett Tindall Tel 8756 5974.  Purdy (1906-1979) first won the New Zealand Championship in 1924 and won four Australian Championships. He was the first World Correspondence Champion in 1953 and died of a heart attack in a winning position in his final game at the Chess Centre of NSW in 1979. 

George Xie wins NSW Open

Peter Parr

Twenty-year-old George Xie won every game in the NSW Open Grand Prix weekender at Hakoah Club,Bondi. Xie won the NSW Championships in 2002 and 2004 scoring 9/9 on each occassion. He was also Sydney Champion in 2004 and 2005. Xie has a World Rating of 2376 and he will be an International Master when his rating reaches 2400.   

Leading final scores (44 players,7 rounds) FM G.Xie 7,T.Rej,G.Charles,R.Song(aged 12,Sydney adult Champion,moved to Shanghai 4 days ago) and A.Mendes da Costa 5,N.Wright,FM I.Bjelobrk(last year's winner),J.Ikeda(ACT),A.Ayvazyan,G.Oliver(ACT) 4.5. The top seed IM Andras Toth(HUN 2439) scored 3.5 points. Under 1600(40 players,7 rounds) A.To and D.Lam 6. The overall entry of 84 was disappointing compared to last year's 114 players at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.

Leading scores at the half-way stage of the Myer-Tan Australian Chess Federation Grand Prix - FM G.Xie(NSW) 67.27,GM D.Johansen(VIC) 40.00,IM D.Smerdon(VIC) 35.5,FM I.Goldenberg (VIC) 33.00,IM P.Froehlich (VIC) 30.00,D.Stojic(VIC) 29.33

Grandmaster Ian Rogers(NSW) will be playing in the next Grand Prix event - The Gold Coast Open 24-25 June at the Carrara Community Centre.The annual Common Man weekender will also be held 24-25 June in Wollongong.

Brazilian Grandmaster Henrique Mecking(2554) won the 71 player Lodi,Italy International scoring 7/9 half a point ahead of Grandmasters S.Fedorchuk(UKR  2576),E.Postny(ISR 2572) and L.Vajda(ROM 2511). Australian Olympians IM Aleks Wohl(NSW 2432) scored 5.5 points and WIM Arianne Caoili (QLD 2169) 4.5 points - both improving their ratings.

World number 2 Viswanathan Anand(India) beat World Champion Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) 2.5-1.5 in the rapidplay final in Leon Spain.

The 12 player Aerosvit Super-Grandmaster Category 18 tournament(average rating 2691) started on Saturday evening 17th June in Foros,Crimea,Ukraine. Andrei Volokotin(UKR 2660) on the night before his twentieth birthday defeated the top seed former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov(UKR 2738) now aged 22. Viktor Bologan(MDA 2666) beat 16-year-old Sergey Karjakin(UKR 2661) ,the youngest GM in history at age 12.  The 1991 and 2005 Russian Champion Sergei Rublevsky lost the following exciting game to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov,the 2003 and 2005 World Junior Champion.

S.Rublevsky(RUS 2687)-S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2699) C48 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bb5 Nd4 5 Ba4 c6 6 Nxe5 d5 7 d3 Bd6 8 f4 Bc5 9 exd5 0-0 10 Ne4 Nxe4 11 dxe4 Qh4+ 12 g3 Qh3 13 Be3 Qg2 14 Rg1 Qxe4 15 Kf2 Re8 16 Qd3 Rxe5 17 fxe5 Qf3+ 18 Ke1 Bf5 19 Rf1 Bb4+ 20 c3 Bxd3 21 Rxf3 Nxf3+ 22 Kf2 Nxh2 23 cxb4 Ng4+ 24 Kf3 Nxe5+ 25 Kf4 Ng6+ 26 Kf3 cxd5 27 Rc1 Ne5+ 28 Kf4 Ng6+ 29 Kf3 b5 30 Bb3 Bc4 31 Bc2 Ne5+ 32 Kf4 f6 33 Rd1 Bxa2 34 b3 Rc8 35 Bc5 a5 36 Bf5 Bxb3 37 Rb1 Bc2 38 Be6+ Kh8 39 Ra1 Re8 40 bxa5 Nd3+ 41 Kf3 Nxc5 42 Bxd5 b4 43 a6 Nxa6 0-1

The games L.Nisipeanu(ROM 2695)-P.Harikrishna(IND 2680), A.Shirov(ESP 2699)-A.Grischuk(RUS 2719) and Ukrainian Champion A.Areshchenko two days after his twentieth birthday (UKR 2660)-V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2731) were drawn.
The event started exactly 100 years after the death(on 17th Jun  at age 33) of the brilliant Harry Nelson Pillsbury(1872-1906). Pillsbury learned to play chess at the age of 16 and gave simultaneous blindfold exhibitions over more than 20 boards against strong opposition. Pillsbury sensationally won Hastings 1895,one of the strongest events in history,scoring 16.5/21 above M.Chigorin 16,E.Lasker 15.5,S.Tarrasch 14,W.Steinitz 13.   Last Wednesday was the 125th anniversary of the birth of Sir George Thomas,British Chess and Badminton Champion, the only player I met who was at Hastings 1895(his mother won the Women's event).

Caoili and Wohl in Italy

Peter Parr
Arianne Caoili (Gold Coast,QLD) and Aleks Wohl (Wilsons Creek,NSW) are competing in the Lodi,Italy International held just after the Turin Olympiad in Italy.
Nineteen-year old Arianne was dancing salsa with World number three Levon Aronian of Armenia in a nightclub during the Olympiad when English Grandmaster Danny Gormally punched Aronian. Gormally,who had been drinking and was angry, admitted he was  jealous that Aronian was dancing with her ,and jealous of Aronian's success on the chessboard,apologised for his disgraceful behaviour, and returned to England immediately. Gormally(world no 283) had lost his last 3 games against lower rated opponents and says  that he may now retire from chess. Aronian and Caoili have accepted his apology. The international incident caused widespread media coverage.
 Aronian led his country Armenia to winning the Gold Medals in the Olympiad for the first time. The government of the Republic of Armenia awarded AUS $ 24,000 to each member and coach of the winning team and a new third monument was erected  last week in Yerevan (Petrosian Street) of the 9th World Champion Tigran Petrosian.
Caoili attended the Gold Coast Chess Club at the age of 5, played well in the 1996/7 Australian Open in Sydney and finshed third in the Australian Girls Under 18 at the age of 10 in Perth.Caoili played top board for The Philippines Womens Olympiad Team at the age of 13 and currently has one IM Norm (2450 performance) and two Womens Grandmaster Norms. Caoili needs only one more WGM Norm for the title. Caoili was rated 2309 in October 2002 but was largely inactive in 2004 and 2005.
Caoili lost to the top seed GM Fedorchuk 2576 in the first round in Lodi but won the following game in round 2. 
A.Caoili (2169) - D.Richards Jamaica (1922) [D15] rd 2  1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Bf5 6.Bf4 Nbd7 7.e3 e6 8.Be2 Be7 9.Nd2 b5 10.cxb6 Qxb6 11.Na4 Qa5 12.a3 00 13.b4 Qd8 14.Nb3 Ne4 15.Na5 Nb8 16.Bxb8 Qxb8 17.Nxc6 Qc7 18.Nxe7+ Qxe7 19.00 Rfb8 20.Nc5 Nc3 21.Qd2 Nxe2+ 22.Qxe2 a5 23.b5 a4 24.Rfc1 Qe8 25.Na6 Qxb5 26.Rc8+ 10

AleksWohl after scoring 7/8(87.5%) in Turin - the highest percentage score of any Australian in all our 21 Olympiads-won his first game as follows in Lodi.
A.Wohl (2432) - G.Finocchiaro Italy (1934) [B07] rd 1 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bg5 Qa5 5.Qd2 Nbd7 6.f4 b5 7.Bd3 h6 8.Bh4 b4 9.Nce2 e5 10.Nf3 exf4 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.Nxf4 c5 13.e5 dxe5 14.dxe5 Nd7 15.e6 Nb6 16.Ne5 Bb7 17.exf7+ Kd8 18.Bf5+ Ke7 19.Nfg6+ Kf6 20.00 10

Leading scores after round 8 (71 players,9 rounds) GM Henrique Mecking (BRA 2554) 6.5,GM S.Fedorchuk(UKR 2576),GM E.Postny(ISR 2572),GM L.Vajda (ROM 2511) all 6.  IM A.Wohl(AUS 2432) has 5 points and WIM A.Caoili (AUS 2169) has 4.5

 Progress scores in the NSWCA inter-club grade match competition - Open  Ryde-Eastwood 10/12,Canterbury 4.5/8,North Sydney 5.5/12,Sydney Chess Academy and Parramatta 2/8  U-2000 St George 7/12,U-1800 Wollongong 8/12,Under 1600 Parramatta 9.5/12,Under 1400 Rooty Hill Rooks 8.5/12
Twelve-year-old Raymond Song,the Men's Champion of Sydney, and his sister fourteen-year old Angela Song,the Australian Junior(Under 18) Champion,are moving to Shanghai with their parents for the next two years. 
Six players FM G.Xie(2316),T.Rej(2209),A.Ayvazyan (2194),B.Atzmon-Smith(2081),G.Charles(2062) and J.Bolens(1992) share the lead with 2/2 in the 7 round NSW Open,Queen's Birthday weekend Grand Prix event at Hakoah Club,Bondi.


Australia 4 Peru 0
Olympiad ends
Peter Parr

  Australia defeated Peru 4-0 in the final round of the Men's Olympiad in Turin, Italy. GM Rogers 2564 bt GM Granda 2631, IM Smerdon 2460 bt IM Cordova 2429, IM Zhao 2452 bt FM Pacheco 2331, IM Wohl 2432 bt FM Cruz 2225.  Australia had started the Olympiad well with 7/8 but after 11 rounds had scored 22.5/44 and were in 69th place in the 148 team event. Australia seeded 50th jumped 40 places in the final two rounds beating Faroe Islands seeded 80th 3.5-0.5 and Peru seeded 66th 4-0 finishing in 29th place with 30/52 half a point ahead of India seeded second. Nineteen countries scored more points but of the ten teams on thirty points we were last on countback having met a weaker field. We played 4 countries ranked above us and 9 ranked below us. The strongest team we played in the last 9 rounds was Scotland seeded 49th. Rogers had a good result on board one, Smerdon and Zhao both performed above their rating and at one time were both close to a 2600 GM result.Lane and Speck were out of form.
 Aleks Wohl scored the highest percentage 7/8  87.5% of any Australian (who played 3 or more games) in our 21 Olympiads. Michael Woodhams scored 86.1% in 1974 and IM Terrey Shaw 85.7% in 1968 both winning silver medals. IM Jamieson was 0.5 a point above the GM norm (rp 2654) in 1982 winning a bronze medal with Kasparov. Shaw also won a silver medal in 1972 and GM Browne won bronze in 1972.
  Wohl was very unfortunate not to win Australia's sixth Olympic medal and our first Gold. Wohl would have won Gold on boards 1, 2, 3, or 4 or bronze on board 6 but his 87.5% was on board 5 where FM Al-Qudaimi (Yemen 2396) scored 7/7. He was by far the highest rated Yemen player and should have been board 1. Yemen's unrated boards 2 and 3 scored 2/18 between them. Amer (Pakistan) scored 7.5/8 and two players scored 6.5/7. Wohl (rp 2649) also missed a 2600 GM result as his opponents were not rated high enough.

  Australian players final results GM I.Rogers 2564 5/8 rp 2619, IM D.Smerdon 2460 6.5/11 rp 2505, IM Z.Zhao 2452 7/11 rp 2495, IM G.Lane 2440 3.5/8 rp 2328, IM A.Wohl 2432 7/8 rp 2649, N.Speck 2389 1/6 rp 2084. Gillani (Pakistan) won the Gold medal on board 1 scoring 7/8 (87.5%)  rp 2316 - Wohl had the same score against much stronger opposition.

  The best performance ratings were V.Kramnik (RUS 6.5/9) 2847, Y.Wang (CHN 10/12) 2837, E.Bacrot (FRA 6/8) 2833,M.Carlsen (NOR 6/8) 2820, S.Karjakin (UKR 8.5/11) 2798, X.Bu (CHN 8/12) 2790, D.Navara (CZE 8.5/12) 2786, V.Akopian (ARM 9/12) 2778, L.Aronian (ARM 7/11) 2768.
  Leading results round 13 - Armenia 2 Hungary 2 (4 quick draws), China 2.5 Netherlands 1.5, Russia 1 Israel 3, Bulgaria 2.5 France 1.5, USA 3.5 Norway 0.5
  Leading final scores (148 teams, 52 games) Armenia 36, China 34, USA (bronze) and  Israel 33, Hungary 32.5, Russia (top seeds), France, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Spain 32
Australia 30 (29th place), New Zealand 24.5 (91st), Fiji 20 (139th), Papua New Guinea 19.5 (141st).
Australia (38) Moylan 0.5, Caoili 1, Phan-Koshnitsky 1 beat Ireland 2.5-0.5 in the last round of the Women's Olympiad.
  Australian players final results IM I.Berezina 2281 5/10 (includes 1 bye) rp 2130, WIM L.Moylan 2127 3.5/10 rp 1934, WIM A.Caoili 2169 4/9 rp 2023, WIM N.Phan-Koshnitsky 2181 7/10 rp 2180. We played 6 countries rated above us and 7 ranked below.
Leading final Women's scores (106 teams, 39 games) Ukraine 29.5, Russia 28, China 27.5, USA, Hungary, Georgia, Netherlands 24.5.  Australia seeded 38th finished 54th on 50% scoring 19.5/39 (9.5/10 against unrateds). New Zealand were 80th on 17.5 points, Fiji 95th on 14 points.
  724 titled players competed in the Turin Olympiad. White won 2241 games, 1735 were drawn and black won 1810.
The 2008 Olympiad will be held in Dresden, Germany and the 2010 Olympiad in Khanti Mansiysk, Siberia, Russia.

Armenia and Ukraine

Lead Olympiads
Peter Parr
Armenia has a 2.5 point lead in the Men's Olympiad (Ukraine defending champions) and Ukraine leads the Women's Olympiad with one round left to play.
Australia (50) lost 1.5-2.5 to Dominican Republic (88) in round 11.  Rogers drew with IM Mateo 2410, Smerdon who was in the running for a 2600 GM result lost to FM Munoz 2342 ,Zhao drew with Mazara  2189  and Lane drew against Infante 2163. Australia beat Faroe Islands (80) 3.5-0.5 in round 12. Rogers 1 Poulsen 2325,Smerdon 0.5 IM Rodgaard 2344,Zhao 1 Ziska 2306,Lane 1 Simonsen 2295
Australian players scores after round 12 - GM I. Rogers  4/7 rp 2558,  IM D.Smerdon  5.5/10 rp 2477, IM   Z.Zhao  6/10 rp 2471,  IM G.Lane   3.5/8 rp2328, IM A.Wohl  6/7 rp 2635, N.Speck 1/6 rp 2084. Wohl may win a medal for a high percentage score on board 5.
Best performance ratings  E.Bacrot(FRA) 5.5/7  2865, M.Carlsen(NOR) aged 16,  5.5/7  2851, V.Kramnik(RUS) 6.5/9  2847 ,Y.Wang(CHN) 9/11  2817, X.Bu (CHN) 7.5/11  2797, V.Akopian (ARM) 8.5/11  2793
Leading results round 11 - Armenia 3 Czech Republic 1,China 1.5 France 2.5 ,USA 2.5 Russia 1.5    Round 12 - France 2 Armenia 2, Czech Republic 1 China 3, Russia 3 Cuba 1 
Leading scores after round 12 (149 teams,48 games)  Armenia 34 , China 31.5, Russia 31, France,Hungary 30.5, Israel 30 .  Australia seeded 50th is in 51st place and plays Peru (66) in the final round. The team is Rogers,Smerdon,Zhao,Wohl.
Australia(38) (Berezina 0.5,Moylan 0.5,Phan-Koshnitsky 1) beat Tajikistan(83) by 2-1 in round 11 of the Women's Olympiad but lost  2-1  against Italy A (Moylan 0 IM Sedina 2373,Caoili 0 WGM Zimina 2404,Phan-Koshnitsky 1 WFM Ambrosi 2136 ) in round 12.
Australian players scores after round 12  - IM Berezina 5/10, WIM Moylan 3/9,,WIM Caoili 3/8 WIM Phan-Koshnitsky 6/9
Leading results round 11 - Bulgaria 0.5-Ukraine 2.5,Georgia 1 Russia 2,China 3 Greece 0    Round 12 - Ukraine 2.5 India  0-5 ,Russia  1.5 France 1.5 , USA  1.5 China  1.5   Best performance rating   IM Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) 9/11  2631      Leading scores in the Women's Olympiad after round 12 (108 teams,36 games)    Ukraine 28,Russia 26,China 25,USA 23,Armenia 22.5.  Australia (seeded 38th) is in   64th place  on  17 points and plays  Ireland seeded  82nd in the final round. The team is Moylan,Caoili,Phan-Koshnitsky.
The President of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was re-elected  as President of the World Chess Federation for the next four years.He defeated Dutch businessman Bessel Kok by 96 - 54 in a vote by 150 national chess federations.
The Australian Chess Federation has rated 180 tournaments (14070 games) since March 2006.  The top ten players on the June rating list are: GM I.Rogers (NSW) 2599 (-45), IM Z.Zhao (NSW) 2461 (-4), IM A.Wohl (NSW) 2458 (=),  GM D.Johansen (VIC) 2455 (+11), IM D.Smerdon (VIC) 2454 (-2), IM G.Lane (NSW) 2416 (-54), IM S.Solomon (QLD) 2399 (=), T.Tao (SA) 2375 (-43), IM P.Froehlich (QLD), 2373 (+3), FM I.Bjelobrk (NSW) 2369 (-14). Top females:- WIM A.Sorokina (VIC) 2184, WIM A.Caoili (QLD) 2166, IM I.Berezina-Feldman (NSW) 2160, WIM N.Koshnitsky (NSW) 2081, I.Eriksson (NSW) 2075, WIM L.Moylan (NSW) 2054, WIM B.Dekic (NSW) 2045.
The World Rated Norths Club Championship (11 players, 10 games) was won by B.Atzmon-Simon 7.5/9 followed by WIM B.Dekic and M.Tredinnick 6.5
Gareth Charles won the under 2100 weekender (27 players,6 rounds) scoring 5.5/6 half a point ahead of Max Illingworth at Mingara Club ,Tumbi Umbi.
The NSW Open Championship organised by the NSW Chess Association will be held over the long weekend 10th-12th June over 7 rounds at the Hakoah Club, Bondi. The NSWCA guarantees a minimum total prize fund of $7500 in the  tournaments - Open and Under 16000 rated events.
There are a wide range of prizes in all rating categories. Details Brett Tindall tel 8756 5974.

Australia 50% in Chess Olympiad
Peter Parr (SMH 02/06/06)

  The Australian Men's and Women's teams have scored a total of 35 points from 70 games after 10 rounds of the Chess Olympiad in Turin,Italy. Aleksandar  Wohl has scored a fighting 6/7 (performance rating 2666) and his 85.7% score is the 8th highest of the 880 players in the Men's Olympiad. Gold,Silver and Bronze Medals are awarded to the top three percentage scorers for each of the six boards.
  Australia (50) lost 1.5-2.5 to Egypt (56) in round 9 (Zhao 0.5 GM Adly 2452, Lane 0 IM El Taher 2468, Wohl 1 IM Abdelnabbi 2461, Speck 0 IM Ezat 2414).

I. Abdelnabbi (2461) - A.Wohl (2432)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 g6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 b6 6.Bg2 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Bb7 8.a4 Bg7 9.00 Nh6 10.Bd2 Nf5 11.Bc3 Nfd4 12.a5 Rc8 13.axb6 axb6 14.Ned2 00 15.Re1 Qc7 16.Nc4 Rfd8 17.Nxd4 cxd4 18.Bd2 e5 19.f4 f6 20.fxe5 fxe5 21.h4 Rf8 22.Be4 b5 23.Na3 Qb6 24.h5 Ne7 25.Bb4 Rf7 26.hxg6 Nxg6 27.Qg4 Re8 28.Rf1 Rc7 29.Rf2 Bh6 30.Kh2 Be3 31.Rf3 Rg7 32.Raf1 Nf4 33.Qh5 Re6 34.Bxb7 Rh6 35.Bd5+ Kh8 01

  Australia lost 1.5-2.5 to Scotland(49)in round 10. GM Rogers (2564 Australian Champion) drew with GM Rowson (2594 British Champion) on top board,Zhao lost to GM Colin McNab (2437),Wohl beat IM John Shaw (2439). Wohl was a pawn up in a rook and pawn endgame after a sharp tactical struggle and played accurately to force a win.  Speck rejected a draw by repetition and made an unsound exchange sacrifice losing to IM Jacob Aagaard (2447).
  Australian players scores after round 10 - GM I.Rogers 2.5/5 (pr 2568),IM D.Smerdon 5/8 (pr 2574),IM Z.Zhao 4.5/8 (pr 2485),IM G.Lane 2/6(pr 2287) IM A.Wohl 6/7 (pr 2666),N.Speck 1/6 (pr 2042). David Smerdon needs a performance rating of 2600 for a GM result - he has played 5 GM's and is undefeated in 8 games.  Wohl has played no Grandmasters (minimum 3 are required) and although he has a 2666 pr he cannot achieve a GM result.
  Leading results round 9 - Ukraine 1.5 Armenia 2.5,Russia 1.5 France 2.5,Georgia 0 China 4,USA 2 Czech Republic 2    Round 10- Armenia 2.5 China 1.5,France 2 USA 2,Ukraine 1 Russia 3,Czech Republic 3.5 Slovenia 0.5.
   Best performance ratings - Vladimir Akopian (ARM 7.5/9 pr 2849),Vladimir Kramnik(RUS 5/7 pr 2845),David Navara (CZE 7//9 pr 2836)
   Leading scores after round 10 (149 teams 40 games)  Armenia 29,China 27,Russia and Czech Republic 26.5,France 26,USA 25.5,Cuba and Uzbekistan 25. Australia is in 60th place on 21/40 and plays Dominican Republic (seeded 88th) in round 11.
   Australia(38) (Berezina 1,Moylan 0.5,Phan-Koshnitsky 1) beat Guatemala(66) by 2.5-0.5 in round 9 of the Women's Olympiad but lost (Berezina 0.5,Caoili 0,Phan-Koshnitsky 0) against Moldova(30) by 0.5-2.5 in round 10.
   Australian players scores after round 10 - IM Berezina 4.5/9,WIM Moylan 2.5/7,WIM Caoili 3/7,WIM Phan-Koshnitsky 4/7
   Leading results round 9 China 1.5-Russia 1.5,USA 0.5-Ukraine 2.5,Hungary 0.5 Georgia 2.5  Round 10 Ukraine 2 Georgia 1,Russia 2 Bulgaria 1,Armenia 1 China 2
   Best performance rating - Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS 8/9 pr 2709)
   Leading scores in the Women's Olympiad after round 10(108 teams,30 games) Ukraine 23,Russia 22.5,China 20.5,Georgia 20,Bulgaria,India and Greece 19.5
   Australia is in 65th place on 14/30 and plays Tajikistan(seeded 83rd) in round 11.
   All games are shown live on the Internet at http://www.chessolympiad-torino2006.org/
   Round 11 starts tonight Friday at 11pm (Sydney time).

Armenia increases lead in Olympiad
Peter Parr

  Armenia, seeded third, leads the Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy by two full points after eight rounds.
  Three players in the Armenian team are performing very well - Aronian 4/6  (pr 2781), Akopian 6/7 (pr 2864),Sargissian 7/8 (pr 2817).
Kramnik, top board of Russia, who has recovered from a lengthy illness, has scored 4/5 (pr 2914) and the best performance rating is 16 year-old Karjakin (Ukraine) 5.5/6 (pr 2927). 
  Leading results round 7 - Netherlands 1 Armenia 3, Russia 3 Belarus 1, India 1.5 Ukraine 2.5, USA 2 Sweden 2
Round 8 - Cuba 1 Armenia 3,Czech Republic 2 Russia 2 (David Navarra(CZE) beat Peter Svidler(RUS) on board 1), Uzbekistan 1.5 Georgia 2.5, Sweden 1 Ukraine 3.
  Australia (50) defeated Luxembourg (63) by 2.5-1.5 in round 7. GM Rogers drew with GM David (2580) on board 1, Smerdon missed a win and later reached a lost rook and pawn ending but escaped to draw with IM Bakalarz (2421), Zhao drew with IM Berend (2368) and Wohl beat Weber(2262)in a fine rook and pawn ending. Australia beat Qatar(52)in round 8 by 2.5-1.5. Smerdon playing black on top board was in trouble against GM Al-Modiahki (2579) but fought back to draw an opposite coloured bishop endgame a pawn down. Zhao won as follows on board 2. 

IM Al Sayed (2479)-IM Z.Zhao (2452)
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. Rb1 a5 6. a3 Nf6 7. b4 axb4 8. axb4 O-O 9. e3 e4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 Qe7 12. d3 Nxb4 13. Bd2 Na6 14. Ne2 d6 15. Bg2 Nc5 16. Bb4 Bf5 17. e4 Bg4 18. f3 Bd7 19. O-O Ne6 20. Qd2 Nd4 21. Nf4 c5 22. Nd5 Qd8 23. Bc3 Bc6 24. Kh1 Bxd5 25. cxd5 Qd7 26. Rb6 Ra3 27. Qb2 Qa4 28. Rxb7 Ra2 29. Qb1 Nc2 30. Rb2 Rxb2 31. Qxb2 Bxc3 32. Qxc3 Ra8 33. Qd2 Qb3 34. e5 dxe5 35. f4 exf4 36. Qxf4 Rf8 37. Be4 Nd4 38. Qf6 Qb7 39. h4 Qd7 40. Kg2 h5 41. Bxg6 Nc2 42. Rf5 Ne3+ 43. Kg1 1-0

  Gary Lane lost a rook and knight endgame against Zhu Chen the World Women's Champion 2001-2004. Zhu Chen, formerly of China, is married to Qatar top board GM Mohammed Al-Modiahki. Aleks Wohl chased IM Nezad's king to the centre of the board where Nezad (2345) resigned.
  Australian players scores after round 8- GM I.Rogers 2/4 (pr 2561), IM D.Smerdon 5/8 (pr 2574), IM Z.Zhao 4/6 (pr 2562), IM G.Lane 2/5 (pr 2335), IM A.Wohl 4/5 (pr 2546), N.Speck 1/4 (pr 2093).
   Smerdon and Zhao are both well in the running for a grandmaster result (2600 rating performance).
   Leading scores after round 8 (149 teams, 32 games) Armenia 24, Russia and Ukraine 22, China, Georgia, USA, France 21.5. Australia seeded 50th is in 46th place on 18 points and plays Egypt seeded 56th in round 9.
  Leading results in the Women's Olympiad  Round 7:- Slovakia 0 Russia 3, Ukraine 2.5 Romania 0.5, USA 2.5 India 0.5 Round 8 Russia 1.5 USA 1.5, Hungary 1 Ukraine 2,Georgia 1.5 Bulgaria 1.5
  Australia (Moylan, Caoili, Phan-Koshnitsky) lost to the much higher rated Vietnam 0-3 in round 7 and Australia (Berezina, Moylan, Caoili) lost 0-3 to Kyrgyzstan (45) in round 8. Australian players scores after round 8:- Berezina 3/6, Moylan 2/6, Caoili 3/6, Phan-Koshnitsky 3/5.
  Leading scores after round 8 (108 teams,24 games) Russia 19, Ukraine 18.5, China,USA 17, Georgia 16.5, Hungary, Bulgaria and Vietnam 16. Australia seeded 38th is in 65th place with 11/24 and plays Guatemala (66) in round 9.


Armenia leads Olympiad

Peter Parr

Armenia took the sole lead for the first time by defeating Uzbekistan 2.5-1.5 in the sixth round of the chess olympiad in Turin,Italy. Armenia,seeded third,drew their fifth round match 2-2 against top seeds Russia. Kramnik(RUS)beat World no 3 Aronian(ARM) on top board but Morozevich(RUS) lost to Sargissian(ARM) who has scored 5/6. Akopian(ARM) has 4.5/5 on second board. Netherlands seeded seventh beat Russia 2.5-1.5(win on board 4) in round 6 to move into second place.

Australia(50)beat South Africa(86)3.5-0.5 in round 5. GM Ian Rogers drew with IM Watu Kobese on board one. Smerdon won as follows on board two IM D.Smerdon(AUS 2460) -IM K.Solomon(RSA 2323) 1 e4 c5 2 c3 d5 3 exd5 Qxd5 4 d4 Nf6 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 Be3 cxd4 7 cxd4 e6 8 a3 Be7 9 Nc3 Qd6 10 Bd3 0-0 11 0-0 Rd8 12 Qe2 Bd7 13 Rad1 Be8 14 Bg5 g6 15 Rfe1 Nd5 16 Bc4 Nxc3 17 bxc3 Na5 18 Ba2 Ba4 19 Rb1 Bxg5 20 Nxg5 Bc6 21 Qd3 Qf4 22 Ne4 Bxe4 23 Rxe4 Qd6 24 c4 Rac8 25 Rh4 Nc6 26 Rd1 Ne5 27 Qe3 h5 28 c5 Qe7 29 Re4 Ng4 30 Qf3 b6 31 Rde1 Qc7 32 h3 Nh6 33 Rxe6 fxe6 34 Rxe6 Kh8 35 Rxg6 Qh7 36 Qf6+ 1-0 with Zhao and Wohl also winning on the lower boards.

Australia(50)without Rogers lost 1.5-2.5 to Albania(58)in round 6.Our top three boards all drew -Smerdon with GM Dervishi,Zhao against Shytaj and Lane with Mehmeti but Speck lost on bottom board to Rama.

Rogers has played only 3 games(rp 2555) scoring 1.5,Smerdon has played 6 consisting of 4 draws against grandmasters and two wins against others(rp 2605) and is well in the running to score his final GM result(rp 2600).Zhao has 2.5/4(rp 2536) and could make a GM result,Lane 2/4(rp 2401),Wohl 2/3 (rp 2405)and Speck 1/4 (rp 2093)

Leading scores after round 6(149 teams,24 games) Armenia 18,Netherlands 17.5,Russia,Belarus(Zhigalko 5/5) 17,Ukraine,USA,Sweden,India 16.5. Australia is in 54th place on 13 points and plays Luxembourg(seeded 63rd) in round 7.

Russia leads the Women's Olympiad with the Kosintseva sisters scoring 8.5/10 between them. Lahno(Ukraine) has scored 5/5.

Australia(38) Berezina,Moylan,Caoili lost 0-3 to Slovenia(17)in round 5 and Australia(Berezina,Moylan,Phan-Koshnitsky)beat Algeria(87) 3-0 in round 6.

Women's leading scores after round 6(108 teams,18 games) Russia 14.5,Ukraine 14,Slovakia 13.5. Australia(Berezina 3/6,Moylan 2/4,Caoili 3/4,Phan-Koshnitsky 3/4) is in 24th place on 11 points and plays Vietnam(23) in round 7.

Leading final scores of the St George Leagues Club weekender (54 players,7 rounds) FM G.Xie,J.Ikeda,N.Wright 6,G.Charles 5.5. Lloyd Fell,aged 87,scored 5 points. The first leg of the big boards match at Norths resulted in a tie Norths 25 St George 25 over 50 boards. Frank Rosser tel 4731-3548 is setting up a new chess club at Penrith RSL to meet on Wednesday evenings.


Caoili wins at Olympiad

Peter Parr

Women's International Master Arianne Caoili has scored 3/3 for Australia in the Women's Olympiad in Turin, Italy.

Caoili was a sensation at the 1996 US Open winning a prize at the age of 9 before competing in the World Under 10 in Spain. After winning the World Girls Rapid Youth Under 12 she represented the Philippines on board one (at the age of 13) in the Istanbul 2000 Olympiad. Caoili has an IM norm and two WGM norms.

I.Chelushkina (SCG-WGM 2320) v A.Caoili (AUS-WIM 2169) 1. g3 Nf6 2. Bg2 d5 3. Nf3 Bf5 4. d3 h6 5. Nbd2 e6 6. O-O Be7 7. Qe1 O-O 8. e4 Bh7 9. Qe2 c5 10. e5 Nfd7 11. Re1 Nc6 12. a3 Qc7 13. h4 b5 14. Nf1 Rab8 15. Bf4 b4 16. axb4 Nxb4 17. b3 c4 18. bxc4 dxc4 19. Rec1 Nb6 20. Ne3 cxd3 21. cxd3 Qd7 22. d4 Rfc8 23. h5 Na4 24. d5 Rxc1+ 25. Rxc1 Nd3 26. Rc4 Rb2 27. Nd2 Bb4 28. Nd1 Nxf4 29. Rxf4 Nc3 30. Qg4 Bf5 31. Rxf5 exf5 32. e6 fxe6 33. Qg6 Rxd2 34. Nxc3 Bxc3 35. dxe6 Qe7 36. Qxf5 Qf6 37. e7 Qxf5 38. e8=Q+ Qf8 39. Qe6+ Kh8 40. Kh2 Rxf2 41. Qe3 Bb4 42. Qxa7 Bc5 43. Qb7 Rf5 44. g4 Qd6+ 0-1

Australia beat Luxembourg (Berezina 0.5, Caoili 1, Phan-Koshnitsky 1) 2.5-0.5 in round 3 and defeated Serbia and Montenegro (Berezina 0.5 IM Maric 2415, Caoili 1, Phan-Koshnitsky 0.5)

Leading results:- Round 3: France 0.5 China 2.5, Lithuania 3 Latvia 0, Russia 3 Poland 0. Round 4: Russia 3 Lithuania 0, China 1 Ukraine 2, USA 2 Romania 1.

Leading women's scores (108 teams, 12 games) Russia 11.5 (Kosintseva 4/4), Ukraine 10 (Lahno 4/4), Bulgaria, USA, China 9.5.

Australia (seeded 38th) is in 25th place with 8 points and plays Slovenia in round 5.

Australia started with 7/8 in the Men's Olympiad (Macao 4-0 and Romania 3-1) but scored only 1 point from the next 8 games (Uzbekistan 0.5-3.5 and Denmark 0.5-3.5. David Smerdon scored the one point by drawing with former world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB) and GM Sune Hansen (DEN).

Zhao, Wohl and Speck lost against Uzbekistan and Rogers, Lane and Speck lost against Denmark. Our top 3 boards Rogers, Smerdon and Zhao are all performing above their ratings after the first four rounds.

Smerdon won his first round game and has drawn three games against three grandmasters with an average rating of 2589. Smerdon needs a 2600 performance rating over 9 games for his second grandmaster norm.

Leading results:- Round 3: Russia 2.5 Germany 1.5, Poland 1.5 Greece 2.5, Ukraine 3 Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey 1 Netherlands 3. Round 4: China 1 Russia 3, Uzbekistan 2 Ukraine 2, Netherlands 3 Greece 1, Bulgaria 2.5 Brazil 1.5, Armenia 4 Norway 0.

Leading scores (149 teams, 16 games): Russia (Grischuk 3/3), Armenia (Akopian 3/3), 13.5: Netherlands (Van Wely 3/3) 13: Uzbekistan (Garetev and Iuldachev 3/3) 12.5: Spain, Ukraine (Karjakin 3/3), Bulgaria, Sweden 12.

Australia is in 70th place on 8 points and plays South Africa (seeded 86th) in round 5.

Australia sixth equal in Chess Olympiad

Peter Parr

Australia won its first two matches against Macau 4-0 and Romania 3-1 in the men's chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy and is running sixth equal in the 149 team event.

Australia with Smerdon, Lane, Wohl and Speck outclassed Macau comfortably winning 4-0 in round 1.

Russia, the top seeds, beat Kazakhstan 4-0 but India ranked second were beaten 3-1 by Morocco seeded 74th. New Zealand (79) scored 1.5-2.5 (three draws) against USA (7) rated 300 points higher, and Azerbaijan (9) drew 2-2 with Mongolia (81).

The World Blind Champion IM Sergey Krylov (2387) drew with Vassily Ivanchuk (2731) the Ukrainian top board and defending gold medalists.

Australia had an excellent second round result crushing the all-grandmaster Romanian team (seeded 15th).

Ian Rogers won the following game in fine style on board 1.

I.Rogers (GM 2564) v A.Istratescu (GM 2621) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Qc7 7. Bd3 Nc6 8. Be3 Bb4 9. O-O Bxc3 10. bxc3 Ne5 11. Qe2 Neg4 12. f4 d6 13. Bd2 e5 14. h3 Qc5 15. hxg4 Nxg4 16. fxe5 dxe5 17. Be3 exd4 18. cxd4 Qe7 19. c5 O-O 20. Rf3 b6 21. cxb6 Qd6 22. Rf4 Nxe3 23. Qxe3 Qxb6 24. e5 Be6 25. Rh4 h6 26. Qe4 Rfd8 27. Rb1 Qa5 28. Qh7+ Kf8 29. Qh8+ Ke7 30. Qxg7 Rab8 31. Rf1 Rg8 32. Qf6+ Ke8 33. Be4 Qc3 34. Kh1 Rd8 35. Rxh6 Rxd4 36. Bf3 Kd7 37. Rh7 Kc8 38. Qh6 Qc5 39. Rc1 Rc4 40. Rxc4 Qxc4 41. Qe3 Rd8 42. Be2 Qc6 43. Rh4 Bd5 44. Qa7 Bxg2+ 45. Kh2 Re8 46.Rc4 1-0

IM Zhao (2452) won with a good knight against bad bishop endgame against GM Levente Vajda 2511 on board 3 and IM Smerdon drew with black against GM Mihail Marin 2538 on board 2 and Oceania Champion IM Lane drew with black against GM Mircea Parligras 2543 on board 4. All six Australians have scored one win each.

Russia have not yet used their top two players Kramnik and Svidler and lead alone after two matches. Leading scores- Russia 8/8, Poland, Greece, Serbia and Montenegro, Germany 7.5. Nine countries including Australia (seeded 50th) are 6th-14th equal on 7 points. Australia plays Uzbekistan (30) in round 3.

Australia defeated Libya 3-0 in the first round of the Women's Olympiad. IM Irina Berezina won on forfeit, IWM Laura Moylan delivered checkmate on move 13 after sacrificing her queen as follows L.Moylan (AUS)-Safa Elnami (LBA) 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 f6 4 Bc4 Bb4+ 5 c3 Bd6 6 0-0 Nge7 7 dxe5 fxe5 8 Ng5 Rf8 9 Nxh7 Rh8 10 Qh5+ g6 11 Nf6+ Kf8 12 Qh6+ Rxh6 13 Bxh6 mate 1-0. IWM A.Caoili won on board 3.

Australia lost 0.5-2.5 to Romania in round 2. Berezina 0 IM C.Peptan 2408 1, Moylan 0 IM C.Foisor 2392 1, Phan-Koshnitsky 0.5 WGM A.Bogza 2297 0.5. Leaders (108 teams) China, Latvia, France, Lithuania 6/6. Australia has scored 3.5 and plays Luxembourg in round 3.

Regular updates on the Chess Olympiad will appear in the SMH.

Final scores of the Mtel Masters in Sofia, Bulgaria - World Champion V.Topalov (BUL 2804) 6.5/10, G.Kamsky (2671 USA) 6, V.Anand (IND 2803) 5.5, P.Svidler (RUS 2743) 5, R.Ponomariov (UKR 2738) and E.Bacrot (FRA 2708) 3.5.

Chess Olympiad starts in Turin

Peter Parr

The Opening Ceremony of the 37th Chess Olympiad(20 May-4 June) was held on Saturday evening in Turin,Italy. There are a record 149 teams(including over 250 grandmasters) in the Mens Olympiad. The top ten teams are Russia 2730(Kramnik,Svidler,Grischuk,Morozevich,Bareev,Rublevsky),India 2688,Armenia 2682,Ukraine 2680(the defending champions),France 2665,Israel 2663,USA 2656,Netherlands 2646,Azerbaijan 2643,Bulgaria 2633. Australia(Rogers,Smerdon,Zhao,Lane,Wohl,Speck)2479 is seeded 50th.

There are a record 108 teams in the Womens Olympiad. The top six teams are Russia 2499,Ukraine 2441,Georgia 2430,Hungary 2426,USA 2414,China 2408(winners of the last 4 womens olympiads). Australia(Berezina,Moylan,Caoili,Phan-Koshnitsky)2210 is seeded 37th.The first chess olympiad was London 1927.The previous record entry was Bled 2002 with 135 mens teams and 91 womens teams.

The Oval playing area in Turin is over 21,000 square metres. More than 2300 players and officials are staying in the Olympic Village also used in the Turin Winter Olympics. All the games of the Chess Olympiad will be broadcast live on the internet www.chessolympiad-Torino2006.org to over 30 million fans.

World Champion Veselin Topalov has won his last three games in the Mtel Masters in Sofia,Bulgaria and shares the lead with Gata Kamsky half a point ahead of Viswanathan Anand before the last round. Here are Topalov's two wins over Kamsky.

V.Topalov(2804) v G.Kamsky(2671)Rd 5 D15 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. c5 Nbd7 6. Bf4 Nh5 7. Bd2 Nhf6 8. Rc1 g6 9. h3 Qc7 10. g3 Bg7 11. Bf4 Qd8 12. Bg2 Nh5 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bd2 O-O 15. e4 dxe4 16. Nxe4 Nhf6 17. Nc3 Re8 18. O-O Nf8 19. Qb3 Ne6 20. Be3 Nc7 21. Ne5 Nfd5 22. Nxd5 Nxd5 23. Bd2 Bxe5?! 24. dxe5 h5 25. Rfe1 Qc7 26. e6! Bxe6 27. Rxe6 fxe6 28. Re1 Qd7 29. Qd3 Kh7 30. Re5 Nf6 31. Qe3 Kg7 32. Be4 Kf7 33. Bc2 Rad8 34. Qh6! Rg8 35. Ba5 Qd4 36. Bc3! Qc4 37. Bb3 Qd3 38. Bxe6+ Ke8 39. Kg2 Rf8 40. Qg7 Rd5 41. Bf5 Rf7 42. Rxe7+! 1-0

G.Kamsky(2671) v V.Topalov(2804)Rd 9 B97 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Bg5 e6 7 f4 Qb6 8 Nb3 Be7 9 Qf3 Nbd7 10 0-0-0 Qc7 11 Bd3 b5 12 Rhe1 Bb7 13 Qh3 b4 14 Nb1 e5!(N) 15 N1d2 a5 16 Kb1 a4 17 Nc1 0-0 18 Ne2 Rfc8 19 Ng3 g6 20 Nc4 Ba6 21 b3 axb3 22 cxb3 Nc5 23 Ne2 Nfe4 24 Bxe7 Qxe7 25 Bxe4 Nxe4 26 Nb6 Qa7 27 Nxa8 Rxa8 28 a4 Bxe2 29 Rc1 Qf2 0-1

Scores after round 9 (6 players,10 rounds,av 2745) V.Topalov(BUL 2804),G.Kamsky(USA 2671)5.5,V.Anand(IND 2803) 5 P.Svidler(RUS 2743) 4.5,E.Bacrot(FRA 2708)3.5,R.Ponomariov(UKR 2738) 3. The last round pairings are Topalov-Bacrot,Svidler-Kamsky,Ponomariov-Anand.

Fifteen-year-old Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen(NOR 2646)tied for first place in the six player(av 2659)Sarajevo,Bosnia tournament. Carlsen was undefeated and his 5.5/10 score was a 2696 performance rating.

Leading final scores in the City of Sydney Lightning(26 players,11 rounds)FM G.Xie 10,V.Smirnov 9.5,J.Hu 8.5,N.Wright,J.Bolens 7.

There will be a weekend tournament 27-28 May at Mingara Recreation Club in Tumbi Umbi(NSW)for players rated below 2100.


8500 players in NSW schools event.

Peter Parr

The NSW Junior League's main primary and secondary schools teams competitions for 2006 have commenced. The primary schools is being held in 32 zones across the state with 1060 teams from 389 schools. In the secondary schools competition 275 teams from 85 schools are taking part in metropolitan areas while 146 schools(one team each) started in a separate country districts competition last school term.

Matches are held weekly in second and third terms with finals taking place in third and fourth terms. As each team consists of four players a total of nearly 6000 school students are competing each week. However,with the substitution of reserves during the season it is expected that approximately 8500 players will take part before the competitions have finished.

The Western Suburbs Premiership attracted 22 teams(Rooty Hill 7,Parramatta 5) from 8 clubs in 4 divisions.Presentation night is 17th May(Koala first) at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.The NSWCA inter-club Grade Match Competition starts on 22nd May with 34 teams(North Sydney and St George 5 each) from 11 clubs in 5 divisions. The NSWCA Teams Challenge(25 teams) was won by Team Maybe(B.Bjelbobrk,J.Tan,M.Yu,I.Zvedeniouk) scoring 20 points from 28 games.

The Laurieton Grand Prix weekender was won by Johny Bolens(trophy on countback) and David Castor each scoring 6.5/7 in the 26 player event. The next Grand Prix event(7 rounds) will be held at St George Leagues Club 20-21 May.

Former World Title Challenger Gata Kamsky(seeded last)has taken the early lead in the Mtel Masters in Sofia, Bulgaria.Kamsky gained the advantage against former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov in round one but drew in 64 moves. Kamsky won two very difficult rook and pawn endgames,against Etienne Bacrot(103 moves)in round two,and the following game against former World Champion Viswanathan Anand in round 3.

V.Anand(2803)-G.Kamsky(2671)C88 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 h3 Bb7 9 d3 d6 10 a3 Qd7 11 Nbd2 Nd8 12 c3 Ne6 13 d4 Rad8 14 d5 Nf4 15 Nf1 Ng6 16 Ng3 c6 17 Bg5 cxd5 18 Bxf6 Bxf6 19 Bxd5 Nf4 20 Bxb7 Qxb7 21 Qc2 g6 22 Rad1 d5 23 exd5 Rxd5 24 Rxd5 Qxd5 25 Rd1 Qe6 26 Qe4 Rb8 27 Ne2 Nxe2+ 28 Qxe2 Re8 29 Qe4 h6 30 g4 Bg5 31 Nxg5 hxg5 32 Qd5 Kg7 33 Qxe6 Rxe6 34 Rd7 Kf6 35 Kf1 Rc6 36 Ke2 Ke6 37 Rd8 e4 38 f3 exf3+ 39 Kxf3 Rd6 40 Re8+ Kd5 41 b3 Rf6+ 42 Kg2 Rc6 43 Re3 f5 44 gxf5 gxf5 45 Rg3 Ke4 46 a4 bxa4 47 bxa4 Kf4 48 Rf3+ Ke5 49 Re3+ Kf6 50 Rd3 f4 51 Kf3 Ke5 52 Kg4 Rd6 53 Rxd6 Kxd6 54 h4 gxh4 55 Kxh4 Kd5 56 Kh3 Ke4 57 Kg2 Ke3 0-1

Anand had earlier defeated the local hero World Champion Veselin Topalov in a tactical second round game.

Progress scores after round 3(six players,ten rounds) G.Kamsky(USA 2671) 2.5,V.Anand(IND 2803) and P.Svidler(RUS 2743) 2,V.Topalov(BUL 2804) and R.Ponomariov(UKR 2738) 1,E.Bacrot(FRA 2708)0.5


How Strong is Raymond Song?

Peter Parr

Twelve-year-old Raymond Song (born Jan 1994) has convincingly won the City of Sydney Championship above many of the best adult players in NSW.

Song scored 3 draws (with his sister Angela Song the Australian Under 18 Champion), International Women's Master Laura Moylan and Ben Ingram) and won his other 6 games. Song (rated 2085) beat the NSW Champion Andrew Bird (2173) and the top 3 seeds FM George Xie (2374), Tomek Rej (2264) and Patrick Halpin (2244).

Song needed only a draw in the final round against Tomek Rej who had recently won the Australian Young Masters in Canberra with 8.5/9. Song soon reached a winning position as follows..

Song v Rej 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bc5 8. Be3 Bd7 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. O-O O-O 11. f3 Ng5 12. f4 Ne4 13. Nd2 Bxd4 14. Bxd4 c5? (This appears to be a serious mistake even if it has been played before in international chess, much better is 14...Bf5 as in I.Rogers v J.Grochol, Vissingen HZ Open, 2005 and white's advantage is minimal) 15. Nxe4 dxe4 (15...cxd4 16.Nc5! is also very good for white) 16. Bxc5 (white is now a pawn up with a winning advantage even with the presence of opposite coloured bishops 1-0 (60).

Raymond Song tied for first place in the World Under 10 Championship in 2004 and will start as one of the favorites in the World Under 12 Championship in October 2006.

Leading final scores (23 players, 9 rounds) R.Song 7.5: G.Xie 6.5, P.Halpin, B.Ingram 6: L.Moylan, N.Chernih, I.Zirdum 5.5. The under 1700 rated event (24 players, 9 rounds) was won by Joshua Christensen scoring 7/9.

Song's rating performance of 2475 in winning the 11 week City of Sydney Championship is by far the best result ever achieved by a twelve-year-old in Australia. Former NSW Champion Kevin Harrison who has been one of Raymond's trainers is particularly impressed with his very exceptional tactical ability.

The City of Sydney Lightning Championship (5 minutes per player per game, 11 rounds) will be held at Norths (Cammeray) on Sunday 14th May commencing at 2pm.

Grandmasters S.Fedorchuk (UKR 2576),G.Sargissian (ARM 2612) and T.Petrosian (ARM 2571) tied for first place in the Dubai, UAE Open with 7/9. Dusan Stojic (VIC 2054) scored 5 points and Yachou Nur (VIC 2007) 3 points. IM Aleks Wohl (NSW 2432) scored 5/9 in Cutro, Italy.

54-year-old Jan Timman was first in Malmo,Sweden on Saturday evening scoring 7/9 against an average rating field of 2552,7 hour games.The Mtel Masters 9-21 May in Sofia,Bulgaria has 6 top players(double round)V.Topalov(World Champion),Anand,Svidler,Bacrot,Kamsky and Ponomariov.

Leading teams(provisional) in the Torino(Italy)Chess Olympiad 20 May- 4 June 2006 - Russia 2730,Armenia 2682,Ukraine 2680,France 2665,Israel 2663 - Australia is 45th 2479 and New Zealand 66th 2335(128 teams). Women-Russia 2500,Ukraine 2441,Poland 2431 - Australia is 33rd 2210 and New Zealand 77th 1648(97 teams).

Rej Wins Young Masters

Peter Parr (01/05/06)

Tomek Rej of Sydney won the Stratagem Australian Young Masters in Canberra scoring 8.5/9. Gareth Oliver was second on 5.5 followed by Junta Ikeda and Vincent Suttor on 5. Tristan Stevens won the Junior Masters and Jessica Kinder the Girls Masters.

The NSW Junior League's activities during the school holidays included its Autumn One and Two-Day tournamants. These attracted 268 and 269 players respectively,with ages ranging from 5 to 17. Leading final scores were One-Day -A.Miranda,J.Huang and J.Cohn 6.5/7. Two-Day- J.Boyce 9.5/11,M.Illingworth,J.Nguyen and D.Webster 9.

The top three games B.Ingram-R.Song,G.Xie-P.Halpin and L.Moylan-A.Song were all drawn in the eighth round of the City of Sydney Championship. Twelve-year-old Raymond Song leads with 6/8 a full point ahead of IWM L.Moylan,FM G.Xie and P.Halpin with one round to play(against Tomek Rej).

A weekend event will be held at Laurieton Services Club 6-7 May and The NSW Teams Challenge(4 players per team) will be held at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club on Sunday 7th May - details FM Brett Tindall 8756 5974

Meanwhile overseas Alek Safarian(Sydney) and FM Manuel Weeks(formerly Sydney) scored 4/9 in the 296 player Neckar(Germany) Open. IM Aleks Wohl(NSW)has scored 3.5/7 losing only to GM M.Drasko and IM S.Kasparov in Cutro,Italy. Dusan Stojic and Nur Yachou of Melbourne have each scored 3/7 in the Dubai Open,UAE. Grandmasters T.Petrosian(ARM 2571),G.Sargissian(ARM 2612) and S.Fedorchuk(UKR 2576) share the lead with 6/7.

Wolgang Unzicker, the strongest German Grandmaster from 1945 to 1970,has died at the age of 80.He won the German Championship 6 times from 1948 to 1963 and tied for first in 1965.Unzicker played in twelve chess Olympiads from 1950-1978 and was board one ten times. He had numerous tournament successes including Sochi 1965 where he tied for first place (+6 =9) with Boris Spassky.Unzicker had a classical style of play modeled after the German theorist Siegbert Tarrasch.

He still played first board for his club Tarrasch Munich until his death.Unzicker was one of the world's strongest amateur players choosing law as his profession and retired as a judge.

W.Unzicker v R.Fischer(1960 Buenos Aires) B98 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. O-O-O O-O 10. Bd3 Nc6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Qg3 h5 13. e5 dxe5 14. fxe5 Ng4 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Ne4 Qc7 17. h3 Nxe5 18. Nf6+ Kh8 19. Qg5 Nxd3+ 20. Rxd3 gxf6 21. Qxh5+ Kg7 22. Qg4+ 1-0

W.Unzicker v O.Sarapu(1970 Olympiad) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nxd5 exd5 6. d4 Nc6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qxd5 Qb6 9. Bc4 Bxf2+ 10. Ke2 O-O 11. Rf1 Bc5 12. Ng5 Nd4+ 13. Kd1 Ne6 14. Ne4 d6 15. exd6 Bxd6 16. Nxd6 Rd8 17. Bf4 Nxf4 18. Qxf7+ Kh8 19. Qg8+ 1-0


Goldenberg wins Doeberl Cup

Peter Parr

FIDE Master Igor Goldenberg won the Doeberl Cup Easter Weekend Tournament in Canberra on countback from GM Darryl Johansen and Dusan Stojic. Goldenberg won his first four games and in the last three rounds drew with GM Johansen,beat top seed GM Ian Rogers in round 6 and drew with IM Zong-Yuan Zhao in the final round. Johansen also scored five wins and two draws against Goldenberg and IM David Smerdon.Dusan Stojic(currently in the Dubai Open,UAE) lost in the first round to Goldenberg but won his last six games to tie for first place with his fellow Victorians.

Australian Champion GM Ian Rogers was clearly out of form scoring only 4.5 drawing with youngsters Tomek Rej,Moulthun Ly,Vincent Suttor and losing to Goldenberg.Rogers first won the Cup in 1980 and his name appears on the trophy 11 times(shared with IM A.Wohl last year). FM Max Fuller(1983 winner) and FM Goldenberg(2006)are the only two winners in the last 26 years who do not hold the GM or IM Titles. Oceania Champion IM Gary Lane was also out of form scoring 4.5/7 against a modest field.

G.Charles(NSW 2077) v D.Dragicevic(VIC 2104) 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 a6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Ne4 Nxe4 8. Bxe4 Bg4 9. O-O O-O-O 10. h3 Bh5 11. c3 e6 12. Qc2 Be7 13. Re1 Bf6 14. b4 Rdg8 15. a4 Bg6 16. b5 Nb8 17. bxa6 Qxa6 18. Bf4 Bxe4 19. Qxe4 Nc6 20. Bg3 g5 21. Nd2 h5 22. Qf3 Rg6 23. Ne4 Rhh6 24. Nc5 Qa7 25. Rab1 Nd8 26. a5 Be7 27. Rb5 c6 28. Rxb7 1-0

Leading final scores(76 players,7 rounds) FM I.Goldenberg(VIC 2315),GM D.Johansen(VIC 2444),D.Stojic(VIC 1998) 6, IM Z.Zhao(NSW 2465),IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2456) 5.5,M.Ly(QLD 2171),FM I.Bjelobrk(NSW 2383),A.Pecori(VIC 2056),G.Charles(NSW 2077),J.Obst(SA 2065) all 5

Arthur Huynh(NSW 1798) won the 53 player Major(Under 2000)event scoring 6/7 and the 83 player Minor(Under 1600) was won by Joshua Christensen(NSW 1365),Kenzo Selby(ACT 1512),Yi Yuan(ACT 1550) each scoring 6 points. David Lovejoy (QLD) won the 16 player inaugural Fischerbooks Seniors(over 50) with 6/7. The overall record entry was 228. Samuel Chow (VIC 2192)won the 68 player lightning scoring 8/9

IM Peter Froehlich(VIC 2370)won the 66 player Queensland Easter Open in Brisbane with 6.5/7.

Leading final scores in the Sydney Easter Cup (34 players, 7 rounds) J.Bolens and K.O'Chee 6.5, M.Ahmed 5, Junior A.Miranda 4.5, Under 1500 K.Art and F.Kresinger 4.5. J.Bolens won the lightning.

The recent Henry Greenfield Cup at Hakoah Club,Bondi was won by I.Zirdum half a point ahead of J.Bolens. A 15 minute allegro tournament will be held tonight and the annual Hakoah Cup over 9 rounds (open and under 1700) commences on 1st May. Details IM Vladimir Feldman 0414 798503.

GM Rogelio Antonio(PHI)won the 72 player Bangkok Open with 7.5/9. Sydney players scores - FM T.Reilly 6,M.Drummond 5.5,Watharow 5,J.Attwood 4.5

The gruelling Indian Championship was a 21 player(av 2442) round robin event. Leading final scores - GM S.Ganguly 2579(winner on countback),GM C.Sandipan(2522),D.Singh(2395) all 14/20.

World Title Match

Topalov - Kramnik

The World Championship Match between Veselin Topalov(Bulgaria) and Vladimir Kramnik(Russsia) will be played in Elista,Kalmykia,Russia from 21st September to 13th October 2006.The prize fund of AUS $1.4 million for the 12 game match is guaranteed by Kalmyk President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who is also President of the World Chess Federation.The FIDE Presidential Board Meeting in Al-Ain City UAE also awarded the next World Championship Tournament to Mexico City in October 2007 with a guaranteed prize fund of AUS $1.8 million. The World Youth Championships will be held in Batumi,Georgia from 20-31 October 2006

World Champion Topalov defeated the 2005 European Champion Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu(Romania) 3-1 in a four game match last week in Bucharest,Romania. The 2006 European Championship finished yesterday in Kusadasi,Turkey. GM Zdenko Kozul(CRO 2606)won the 138 player(85 GM's,27 above 2600,36 countries) event scoring 8.5/11(pr 2791). Kozul was World Under 16 Champion in 1982. Top seed GM Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR 2731)was second scoring 8/11. WGM Ekaterina Atalik(TUR 2393) won the Womens event(96 players,82 titled,27 countries) scoring 8.5/11 half a point ahead of IM Lanchava Bosboom(NED 2380)

V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729) v M.Turov(RUS 2539) E15 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 a5 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Nf3 b6 7. O-O Ba6 8. Qc2 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Nc3 Bb7 12. Rac1 h6 13. Bf4 c6 14. Ne5 Nfd7 15. Nf3 Nf6 16. Rfd1 Nbd7 17. Ne5 Nh5 18. Bd2 Nhf6 19. e4 dxe4 20. Nxe4 Nxe4 21. Qxe4 Nxe5 22. dxe5 Qc8 23. Be3 Rb8 24. Qa4 c5 25. Rd7 Bxg2 26. Kxg2 Rb7 27. Rcd1 b5 28. Qg4 Qc6+ 29. Kg1 h5 30. Qh3 Rxd7 31. Qxd7 Qf3 32. Re1 h4 33. Qxe7 h3 34. Kf1 Qd5 35. Qxc5 Qd3+ 36. Kg1 Qe4 37. Qxf8+ Kh7 38. Qxg7+ 1-0

GM Rogelio Antonio(PHI) leads the 72 player Bangkok Open with 7/8. Sydney players scores are FM T.Reilly 5,M.Drummond 4.5,J.Attwood 4.5,S.Watharow 4

Leading final scores in the City of Sydney Rapid Play (32 players,7 rounds) FM I.Bjelobrk 6,A.Ayvazyan 5.5,I.Zirdum,M.Illingworth,FM G.Xie,N.Wright 5.

There are a record 228 players in the 44th annual Doeberl Cup Easter Weekend Tournament in Canberra. Four of the top six seeds lost in round 2. IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2460) was beaten by NSW Champion A.Bird(NSW 2175),IM Z.Zhao(NSW 2452) lost to G.Oliver(ACT 2120),IM G.Lane(NSW 2440) was defeated by R.Farrell(ACT 1985)and I.Bjelobrk(NSW 2404)lost to A.Pecori(VIC 2107). Grandmaster Ian Rogers,the Australian Champion,drew with Tomek Rej(Aus Junior Champ 2003) in round 4. Leading scores in the 76 player title event after four rounds - GM D.Johansen(VIC 2452),FM I.Goldenberg(VIC 2328)4,GM I.Rogers(NSW 2564),T.Rej(NSW 2264),M.Ly,(Aus Junior champ 2005,Qld 2188) 3.5. IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2460),IM Z.Zhao(NSW 2452),and FM I.Bjelobrk(NSW 2404) have each scored 3/4 and IM G.Lane,Oceania Champion (NSW 2440) has scored 2/4.

No Song for Bird.

NSW Champion Andrew Bird was defeated by twelve-year-old Raymond Song in the seventh round of the City of Sydney Championship. Song tied for first place in the World Under-10 two years ago.Song prepares well for his games and manages his clock times much better than he did twelve months ago. He is clearly the strongest ever Australian player for his age.

Other leading round 7 results - P.Halpin 0.5 L.Moylan 0.5, N.Chernih 0 G.Xie 1, N.Wright 0 B.Ingram 1, R.Hvistendahl 0 A.Song 1. Leading scores(23 players,9 rounds) R.Song 6, IWM L.Moylan, P.Halpin, FM G.Xie 5. Round 8 will be on April 23rd.

The annual Sydney Easter Cup will be held at Cabra Vale Diggers Club over seven rounds in two days Easter Saturday 15th April and Easter Monday 17th April. Details from former NSWCA Secretary Ernest Dorn 0419 260 240

The NSW Junior League's school holiday activities this autumn include a coaching clinic on Wednesday 19th April,a one-day tournament on Thursday 20th April and a two-day tournament on Wednesday and Thursday 26-27 April. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills phone 9412 4579

There will also be the Queensland Open Easter Weekender over seven rounds in three days Sat 15 April to Mon 17 April in Brisbane. Details Garvin Gray 0422 993 062

Australia's largest Weekend Tournament will be the 44th Annual Doeberl Cup Easter Weekender in Canberra with a record prize fund of $10,800. The Australian Champion Grandmaster Ian Rogers of Sydney will be the top seed. This year for the first time there will be four events each of seven rounds held over four days 14th-17th April. The Premier event is restricted to players rated over 1600,The Major is for players rated below 2000,The Minor is for players rated below 1600 and the Fischerbooks Seniors is restricted to players aged over 50 years.

The 2006 Australian Interstate Junior Internet Championship was played on 12 boards. The two leading teams ACT and NSW drew 6-6 in round 3 but ACT won the event. Final scores (60 games) ACT 46.5,NSW 45,VIC 32.5,SA 24.5,QLD 21,TAS 10.5

Chris Fenwick from Melbourne has scored a Correspondence Grandmaster Norm in the David Parr Memorial Category 9 GM tournament with a game to spare. Australia now has three players with one GM norm. The other two are Gary Benson and Stephen Kerr both from Sydney.

The European Individual Championship is in progress in Kusadasi,Turkey with 138 players (including 85 Grandmasters) from 36 countries. There are 27 players rated above 2600.Eight players share the lead with 4/5 including the top two seeds Vassily Ivanchuk(UKR 2729) and Kiril Georgiev(BUL 2677). There are 96 players from 27 countries in the Women's Championship including 82 titled players led by top seed Former World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova(BUL 2502). Thirteen-year-old sensation WIM Mariya Muzychuk(UKR 2172)seeded 75th has taken the sole lead with 4.5/5. There are 128,000 members of the Turkish Chess Federation. World Champion Veselin Topalov(BUL 2801) leads 2-1 in his four game match against European Champion Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu(ROM 2693) in Bucharest,Romania.

Twelve-year-old leads City of Sydney
Peter Parr (SMH 03/04/06)

Raymond Song aged twelve has taken the sole lead in the City of Sydney Championship by defeating top seed FIDE Master George Xie in the sixth round. Xie stood better for most of the game but Song set a very neat trap in the endgame which forced Xie to resign. Women's IM Laura Moylan defeated NSW Champion Andrew Bird. Leading scores after round 6 (23 players,9 rounds)R.Song 5,L.Moylan and P.Halpin 4.5,A.Bird,G.Xie,K.Xie,N.Wright 4. Eighty-year old veteran Stephen Javor leads the supporting event with 5/6

Bill Egan of Canberra(1472)has won the 23 player Dubbo Open conceding only two draws with Bill Ross(1498)and Trevor Bemrose(1852)in the six round event. The City of Sydney Rapid Play will be held at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club on Sunday 9th April from 11am-7.30pm over seven rounds. Details Trent Parker 0419 469 764

Leading Australians on the April 2006 World Rating List - GM I.Rogers(NSW) 2564(World no 241),IM D.Smerdon(VIC)2460(World no 1062),GM D.Johansen(VIC) 2452,IM Z.Zhao(NSW) 2452,IM G.Lane(NSW) 2440,IM A.Wohl(NSW) 2432,T Tao(SA 2422),IM S.Solomon(QLD 2409) Women - IM I.Berezina(NSW 2281),WIM A.Sorokina(VIC 2221),WIM N.Phan-Koshnitsky (NSW 2181),WIM A.Caoili(QLD) 2169

There are 54191 rated players from 140 countries - World's Top - V.Topalov(World Champion BUL 2804),V.Anand(IND 2803),L.Aronian(ARM 2756),P.Svidler(RUS 2743),P.Leko(HUN 2738),R.Ponomariov (UKR 2738),A.Morozevich(RUS 2730),V.Kramnik(RUS 2729), B.Gelfand(ISR 2727),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2722). Leading countries (av top 10)- Russia 2716(156 GM),Ukraine 2663(53 GM),USA 2625(59 GM),France 2623(29 GM),Armenia 2616(17 GM).Australia is 53rd 2441(2 GM). Australia has 70 titled players compared to 58 from Armenia.

IM Aleks Wohl of Wilsons Creek NSW sacrificed a rook winning the following game in the sixth round of the Bad Worishofen(Germany)Open. Later lengthy computer analysis proved the soundness in all variations.

GM A.Kveinys(LIT 2517) v IM A.Wohl(AUS 2452)E32 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5 Bb7 8. e3 d6 9. Ne2 Nbd7 10. Qd3 e5 11. Nc3 exd4 12. exd4 Qe8+ 13. Be2 Ne4 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Qg3 f5 16. h4 Qf7 17. Bf4 Rae8 18. Kf1 Nf6 19. h5 Bxg2+ 20. Qxg2 Rxe2 21. Kxe2 Qxc4+ 22. Kf3 Qd3+ 23. Be3 f4 24. Kxf4 Nd5+ 25. Kg4 Qe2+ 26. Kh3 Nxe3 27. fxe3 Rf3+ 28. Kh2 Rf2 29. Rhg1 Qxe3 30. Qxf2 Qxf2+ 31. Kh3 Qxd4 32. Rae1 h6 33. Rg3 Qxb2 34. Re7 c5 35. Rf3 Qc1 36. Re8+ Kh7 37. Rff8 Qh1+ 38. Kg4 Qg2+ 39. Kf5 Qd5+ 0-1

Wohl drew with top seed GM V.Eingorn(UKR 2595) in round 7. Wohl achieved a better position against Russian GM V.Ikonnikov(2580)in round 8. A win in this game would have given Wohl 7/8 and a GM norm even if he lost the final ninth round game. Wohl lost a hard fought battle and he also lost the last round against P.Negi,India Leading final scores V.Ikonnikov(RUS) 2580 and V.Burmakin(RUS 2519) 7.5/9. Wohl scored 6.

Leading final scores in the Karpov Poikovsky tournament in Russia(10 players av rating 2681,9 rounds) A.Shirov(ESP 2709) 6,R.Ponomariov(UKR 2723),V.Zvjaginsev(RUS 2664),A.Dreev(RUS 2697),E.Bareev(RUS 2698) 5

Leading final scores in the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament in Monaco(AUS$360,000 prize fund,12 players av 2723 rating,22 rounds) Morozevich(9.5/11 in rapid) and Anand 14.5/22,Vallejo 12,Grischuk 11.5,Leko and World Champion Topalov 11,Aronian and Gelfand 10.5

Xu Yuhua Wins Womens World Title
Peter Parr

Xu Yuhua of China has won the 64 player Women's World Championship Match tournament in Ekaterinburg,Russia.Xu won 6 matches against Hoang(VIE),Ushenina(UKR) and 4 Russians Kosintseva,Kovalevskaya,Matveeva and Galliamova.

Alisa Galliamova who won the 1988 World Girls Junior in Adelaide but lost the 1999 World Title Match to Xie Jun(2nd-4th equal in Adelaide 1988) reached the final against Xu Yuhua.Xu won the first game,drew the second and won the following final game recovering from a losing position.
A.Galliamova(RUS 2467)-Xu Yuhua(CHN 2502)E13 1 d4 e6 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 b6 4 Nc3 Bb4 5 Qc2 Bb7 6 Bg5 h6 7 Bh4 c5 8 a3 Bxc3+ 9 Qxc3 cxd4 10 Nxd4 Ne4 11 Bxd8 Nxc3 12 Bc7 Na6 13 Bf4 Ne4 14 Nb5 g5 15 Be3 Ke7 16 Rd1 d5 17 f3 Nf6 18 Bd4 Rhd8 19 e3 Rd7 20 h4 Nc7 21 hxg5 hxg5 22 c5 a6 23 Nxc7 Rxc7 24 cxb6 Rc6 25 a4 Nd7 26 a5 Nc5 27 Bc3 Na4 28 Bb4+ Kf6 29 b3 Nc5 30 Rb1 Nd7 31 Be2 Rc2 32 Rh6+ Kg7 33 Rh5 Kf6 34 g3 Rac8 35 f4 gxf4 36 gxf4 Ra2 37 Rd1 Nc5 38 Bc3+ Ke7 39 f5?(Rh7) Ne4 40 Bb4+ Kf6 41 Bd3 Rg8 42 Rh6+ Ke5 43 Rh1 Rg3 44 Bxe4 Rxe3+ 45 Kf1 dxe4 46 fxe6 Kxe6 47 Rh6+ Kf5 48 Rd7 Rf3+ 49 Ke1 Rxb3 50 Bd2 e3 51 Bc1 Rb1 52 Rc7 Bf3 53 Rhc6 Bxc6 54 Rxc6 Raa1 55 Ke2 Rxa5 56 Bxe3 Rb2+ 57 Kf3 Rb3 58 Rc7 Re5 0-1

Xu Yuhua was born in Hangzhou in 1976 and joined the Chinese national team when she was twelve.Xu was dropped from the team by the Chinese Institute of Chess for her childish streak of frivolity. Xu developed later than others finally showing her talent finishing third in the 1996 World Girls Junior(winner Zhu Chen of China).Xu won the inaugural Women's World Cup in Shenyang,China in 2000 and defended that title successfully two years later in Hyderabad,India beating Stefanova in the final. Recent Women's World Champions are Xie Jun(CHN 1991-1996),Susan Polgar(HUN 1996-1999),Xie Jun(CHN 1999-2001),Zhu Chen(CHN 2001-2004),Antoeneta Stefanova(BUL 2004-2006) and the eleventh champion Xu Yuhua(CHN 2006- ) China have won the Gold Medals at the last four Women's Olympiads.

Leading scores in the Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament after round 14 in Monaco(12 players,22 rounds,av 2723.
A.Morozevich(RUS 2721) 9.5,V.Anand(IND 2792) 9,F.Vallejo Pons (ESP 2650) 8,P.Leko(HUN 2740) 7.5,A.Grischuk(RUS 2717),L.Van Wely (NED 2647) and World Champion V.Topalov(BUL 2801) all 7 Leading scores in the 7th Karpov Poikovsky(RUS) tournament(cat 18,av 2681,10 players,) after round 7- A.Dreev(RUS 2697) and A.Shirov(ESP 2709) 4.5,R.Ponomariov(UKR 2723) and V.Zvjaginsev(RUS 2664) 4

IM Aleks Wohl(2452) of Wilsons Creek NSW shared the lead in the 221 player,9 round Bad Worishofen(Germany) Open sacrificing a rook to defeat GM A.Kveinys(LIT 2517) in round 6. GM V.Eingorn(UKR 2595)the top seed from Odessa played well to draw a queen endgame with Wohl in round 7. Wohl lost the lead in round 8 by losing to the second seed Russian GM V.Ikonnikov(2580)and has scored 6/8.
WIM Anastasia Sorokina (VIC) has withdrawn from the Australian Olympiad team and is replaced by WIM Ngan Koshitsky (NSW).
FM George Xie defeated WIM Laura Moylan who was visibly unwell in the fifth round of the City of Sydney championship. NSW champion Andrew Bird won a long game against Australian Junior title-holder Angela Song and Raymond Song beat Robert Hvistendahl. Leading scores after round 5: R.Song (aged 12), G.Xie and A.Bird 4, L.Moylan, K.Xie, P.Halpin 3.5

Topalov at the top in Monaco
Peter Parr

World Champion Veselin Topalov,the top seed,is the sole leader with 2/2 topping the field in the 15th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament in Monaco. The twelve players competing for AUS $ 360,000 includes nine of the top eleven ranked players in the World. Topalov(BUL 2801) beat Ivanchuk(UKR 2729) 2-0,Anand(IND 2792)lost 0.5-1.5 to Morozevich(RUS 2721) and Aronian(ARM 2752) drew 1-1 with Van Wely(NED 2647)in the top three first round matches.

11 of the top 13 seeds have been eliminated in the World Women's Championship in Ekaterinburg,Russia.The event started with 64 players from 29 countries. IM Irina Berezina-Feldman(2285)of Sydney(Oceania Champion) lost 0.5-1.5 to WGM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi of India(2479)in round 1 and the defending World Champion Antoeneta Stefanova(BUL) was knocked out in round 2. Quarter final scores-Chiburdanidze 1-0 Cmilyte,Galliamova 1-0 Khurtsidze,Matveeva 0.5-0.5 Sebag and Kovalevskaya 0.5-0.5 Xu Yuhua.

Russian GM Ratmir Kholmov has died in Moscow at the age of 80. He played in 17 Soviet Championships sharing first with Spassky and Stein in 1963. He defeated Keres,Tal,Petrosian,Spassky,Fischer and Kasparov in his career.

Leading final scores in the Reykjavik, Iceland Open (103 players, 9 rounds) G.Sargissian (ARM 2603), A.Ahmed (EGY 2473), S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2709), I.Nataf (FRA 2553) and P.Harikrishna (IND 2673) all 7.
Grandmaster Ian Rogers of Sydney (2547) seeded 17th finished 10th-15th equal scoring 6 points (rating performance 2504) and FM Manuel Weeks(2273) also of Sydney scored 4 points (rp 2198).

John-Paul Wallace(IM AUS) v Jonathan P Levitt(GM ENG)NCL(ENG) Div 1 Round 8,Mar 2006 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 Ne4 5. Qg4 Nxc3 6. a3 Be7 7. bxc3 O-O 8. Bd3 d5 9. Qh5 g6 10. Qe2 c5 11. Nf3 Nc6 12. O-O Re8 13. Bb2 Bf6 14. Rad1 Qa5 15. Nd2 cxd4 16. cxd4 Bg7 17. f4 Qd8 18. Nf3 Bd7 19. h4 Rc8 20. h5 dxc4 21. Bxc4 Na5 22. Bd3 Ba4 23. Rde1 Qb6 24. Ba1 Qd6 25. Ng5 Qd5 26. hxg6 hxg6 27. Qf2 Bb5 28. e4 Qd7 29. Bxb5 Qxb5 30. Qh4 Nb3 31. Rb1 Qd3 32. Rxb3(The immediate 32. d5! also wins)Qxb3 33. d5 Qe3+ 34. Kh2 Rc3 35. Rf3 Qxf3 36. gxf3 Rc2+ 37. Kg3 e5 38. Qh7+ Kf8 39. Bxe5 Rxe5 40. fxe5 Bxe5+ 41. f4 1-0

Leading final scores in the Ballarat Begonia Open Weekender (116 players, 7 rounds) IM D.Smerdon (VIC 2456), IM L.Sandler (VIC 2306) and GM D.Johansen (VIC 2444) 6, IM G.West (VIC 2376), D.Stojic (VIC 1995) and P.Frost (VIC 1764) 5.5.
Top seed David Smerdon won his first five rounds but lost to second seed Darryl Johansen in round 6. Grandmaster Johansen has withdrawn from the Australian Olympiad Team(Torino,Italy May/June)due to work commitments and has been replaced by Nick Speck of Melbourne.

City of Sydney Championship leading results round 4 (IWM) L.Moylan 0.5 R.Song 0.5, P.Halpin 0.5 A.Bird 0.5, A.Song 1 J.Bolens 0, N.Chernih 0 N.Wright 1, A.Pickering 0 R.Hvistendahl 1.FM George Xie the top seed did not play and received half a point bye.Leading scores:- L.Moylan 3.5, G.Xie, A.Song, R.Song, A.Bird, N.Wright, R.Hvistendahl all 3.
The next Grand Prix event will be at Dubbo RSL on 25th and 26th March.

Peter Parr (SMH 06/03/06)

Twenty-three year old Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian(World no 5) has won the Morelia(Mexico) / Linares(Spain) Super Grandmaster tournament(prize fund AUS dollars $ 613,000) scoring 5 wins,2 losses and 7 draws(perf rating 2804). World Champion Veselin Topalov scored only 2.5/7 in the first half in Mexico but scored 5.5/7 in the second half to tie for second place with Teimour Radjabov(19th birthday yesterday). Peter Leko led for the first 13 rounds losing to Topalov in round 13. Aronian beat Leko in the following vital last round game.

P.Leko 2740 L.Aronian 2752 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 a4 b4 9 d3 d6 10 a5 Be6 11 Nbd2 Qc8 12 Nc4 Rb8 13 Bg5 Kh8 14 h3 Ng8 15 c3 bxc3 16 bxc3 f5 17 Ba4 fxe4 18 Bxc6 exf3 19 Bxe7 Nxe7 20 Bxf3 Ng6 21 Bg4 Nf4 22 Ra2 Qb7 23 Bf3 Qb3 24 Rc2 Nxd3 25 Qxd3 Qxc4 26 Qxc4 Bxc4 27 Bc6 Rb3 28 g3 g5 29 Re3 Ra3 30 Be4 Rxa5 31 g4 Bd5 32 f3 Bxe4 33 fxe4 Ra1+ 34 Kg2 Rff1 35 Ree2 Rg1+ 36 Kh2 Rh1+ 37 Kg3 Rag1+ 38 Rg2 Re1 39 Rgf2 Re3+ 40 Kg2 Rexh3 0-1

Aronian was World Under 12 Champion in 1994(above Ponomariov,Grischuk and Bacrot - all future World top 10 players).He became a GM in 2001 and World Junior(U20)Champion in 2002 and became a World top ten player in April 2005. Aronian won the World Cup in December 2005 remaining undefeated in all seven matches.

Final scores (8 players,14 games,average rating 2731,category 20)- L.Aronian(ARM 2752) 8.5,V.Topalov(BUL 2801),T.Radjabov(AZE 2700) 8,P.Leko(HUN 2740) 7.5,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729) and P.Svidler (RUS 2765) 6.5,E.Bacrot(FRA 2717) 6,F.Vallejo Pons(ESP 2650) 5

Grandmasters G.Sargissian(ARM 2603),T.Hillarp Persson(SWE 2548),P.Harikrishna(IND 2673) and H.Hamdouchi(MAR 2575) share the lead with 5/6 in the 102 player Reykjavik(Iceland) Open. GM Ian Rogers(2547)of Sydney has scored 4/6(perf 2475) and FM Manuel Weeks (2273)also of Sydney has scored 2.5/6(perf 2219) in the nine round event.

The 64 player Women's World Championship knock-out match tournament started on Saturday evening in Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Region, Russia. The prize fund is AUS dollars $616,000. IM Irina Berezina-Feldman(2285) of Sydney (Oceania Champion) lost her first round game in 75 moves to WGM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi of India (2479). Feldman must win her second game in the two game knock out match to force a tie-break.

Women's International Master Laura Moylan has taken the sole lead in the City of Sydney championship by defeating fourth seed Johny Bolens in the third round. NSW Champion Andrew Bird drew with top seed FM George Xie and the postponed game between Angela Song and Raymond Song was agreed drawn. Leading scores after round 3 (23 players, 9 rounds) L.Moylan 3, G.Xie, A.Bird, R.Song 2.5.

Senior International Correspondence Master Stephen Kerr of Sydney has advanced to a rating of 2610 (world number 62) on the March 2006 World ICCF active rating list - the only Australian in the top 200 of the 34,090 players from 130 countries. The number two Australian player is Chris Fenwick from Melbourne who is rated 2539 and ranked 283 in the world.

Leko Leads Linares
Peter Parr

Peter Leko leads the Linares(Spain) Super Grandmaster tournament half a point ahead of World Cup Winner Levon Aronian with five rounds to play. Leko started well with 3.5/4 in the first half of the tournament played in Morelia,Mexico and has maintained the lead with five consecutive draws. Peter Svidler also started with 3.5/4(draw with Leko)but has only scored one point from his next five games. World Champion and clear favorite Veselin Topalov scored only 2.5/7 in Mexico but won his first two games in Spain moving into joint third place on fifty per cent.

V.Ivanchuk v P.Svidler(Rd 6) D80 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 dxc4 7. e3 Be6 8. Qb1 c5(N) 9. Qxb7 Bd5 10. Qb5+ Nd7 11. Nf3 Rb8 12. Qa4 cxd4 13. cxd4 Qc8?! 14. Rc1 e6 15. Bxc4! Rb4 16. Qa6! Bb7 17. Qa5 f6 18. Nd2 Bxg2 19. Rg1 Qc6 20. Rxg2! Qxg2 21. Bxe6 Bd6 22. Rc8+ Ke7 23. Rxh8 Kxe6 24. Qd8 Qg1+ 25. Ke2 1-0

Progress scores after nine rounds(8 players,14 rounds,average rating 2732) P.Leko(HUN 2740) 6,L.Aronian(ARM 2752) 5.5,V.Topalov(BUL 2801),T.Radjabov(AZE 2700),P.Svidler(RUS 2765) all 4.5,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729),F.Vallejo Pons(ESP 2650) 4,E.Bacrot(FRA 2717) 3

St George Leagues Club,Sydney players Grandmaster Ian Rogers (Australian Champion 2547) is seeded 17th and FM Manuel Weeks (2273) is seeded 57th in the 100 player Reykjavik Open, Iceland which starts this evening. The top seed is World Junior champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE 2709).

The Australian Chess Federation has rated 75 tournaments (8216 games) since December 2005. March 2006 top 10 - GM I.Rogers NSW 2644 (+13), IM G.Lane NSW 2470 (-14), IM Z.Zhao NSW 2465 (-10), IM A.Wohl NSW 2458 (-80), IM D.Smerdon VIC 2456 (+51), GM D.Johansen VIC 2444 (-9), T.Tao SA 2418 (=), IM S.Solomon QLD 2399 (+8), FM I.Bjelobrk NSW 2383 (-25), IM G.West VIC 2376 (-2).
Top females WIM A.Sorokina (VIC) 2184, WFM A.Caoili (QLD) 2166, IM I.Berezina-Feldman(NSW)2160,WIM N.Koshnitsky(NSW) 2148,WIM L.Moylan(NSW)2103 Seniors over 80 L.Fell(NSW) 1752,Over 70 H.Jens(NSW)1935 Over 60 FM A.Flatow (NSW) 2203, FM M.Fuller (NSW) 2141 Juniors U18 M.Ly QLD 2171, R.Song NSW 2138(aged 12),V.Suttor(NSW) 2078. Girls A.Song(NSW) 1973

Leading scores in the Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix FM G.Xie(NSW) 26.67,A.Bird(NSW) 21.00 Junior-M.Illingworth(NSW) 33.00 Women-C.de Goede(VIC) 26.00 Girls-S.Frerer(NSW) 12.50,C.Zhang(NSW)12.50 Under 2000-M.Illingworth(NSW) 19.17 Under 1600-C.Beet(VIC) 18.00

The next major GP event will be the 40th annual 7 round Begonia Open in Ballarat,Victoria 11-13 March 2006. The Ballarat Chess Club was formed in 1856.

International Women's Master Laura Moylan defeated second seed Tomek Rej in the second round of the City of Sydney Championship. George Xie,the defending champion,beat Neil Wright and twelve-year-old Raymond Song defeated former Sydney title-holder Patrick Halpin.
Leading scores:- (23 players,9 rounds) FM G.Xie, A.Bird (NSW Champion), J.Bolens, IWM L.Moylan, R.Song all 2/2.


Olympiad Teams Selected
Peter Parr

The Australian Chess Federation has selected the following players for the Chess Olympiad in Torino,Italy 20 May-4 Jun.
Open Team in order - GM I.Rogers NSW 2547,IM D.Smerdon VIC 2421,GM D.Johansen VIC 2460,IM Z.Zhao NSW 2461,IM G.Lane NSW 2444,IM A.Wohl NSW 2452 reserves in order N.Speck VIC 2371,IM J-P Wallace NSW 2392,IM S.Solomon QLD 2415,FM G.Xie NSW 2374(ACF Player of the Year),FM I.Goldenberg VIC 2335. Our team with 4 players over the age of 40 is the oldest we have sent in 21 Olympiads.

Women in order - IM I.Berezina NSW 2285,WIM A.Sorokina VIC 2221,WIM L.Moylan NSW 2112,WIM A.Caoili QLD 2207 reserves in order WIM N.Koshnitsky NSW 2181,WFM A.Song NSW 1962,WIM B.Dekic NSW 2113

IM Irina Berezina (2285 and seeded 55th) will play WGM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman(INDIA 2479 and seeded tenth)in her first round-2 game knock out match in the 64 player World Womens Championship starting on 10th March in Ekaterinburg,Russia.
The World Youth Under 16 Olympiad will be held in Agri,Turkey 5-13th August.

Progress scores after round 6 of the Morelio,Mexico/Linares,Spain Super GM Tournament(8 players,7 rounds in Mexico,7 in Spain) P.Leko(HUN 2740) 4.5,P.Svidler(RUS 2765),L.Aronian (ARM 2752) 3.5,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729),T.Radjabov(AZE 2700) 3,F.Vallejo Pons(ESP 2650) 2.5,E.Bacrot(FRA 2717),World Champion V.Topalov(BUL 2801) 2
F.Vallejo Pons v P.Leko 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4 d5 6. e5 Ne4 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 c5 9. Bd3 Qa5 10. Ne2 cxd4 11. cxd5 exd5 12. f3 Nxc3 13. Nxd4 Ne4+ 14. Ke2 f5 15. Be3 Nc6 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. Rhc1 Rb8 18. Kd1 Rd8 19. Bd4 Be6 20. Rab1 Rxb1 21. Rxb1 c5 22. Rb5 Qxa3 23. Bb2 Qa2 24. Be2 Bd7 25. fxe4 Bxb5 26. Bxb5 Rb8 27. Bc6 Qxb2 28. Bxd5+ Kh8 29. Qxb2 Rxb2 30. exf5 Rb4 31. Kc2 Rd4 32. Bf7 Re4 33. e6 h5 34. Bxh5 Kg8 35. g4 Kf8 36. g5 Ke7 37. h3 a5 38. Bg4 a4 39. f6+ gxf6 40. g6 Kf8 0-1

Grandmaster Alexander Moiseenko(UKR 2657) won the 627 player(including 96 GM's and 9 WGM's)Capelle la Grande Open,France scoring 7.5/9(rating performance 2801).

The top six seeds Xie,Rej,Halpin,Bolens,Bird and Wright all won their first round games in the 23 player City of Sydney Championship at NSW Bridge Association in Goulburn St,Sydney. There are also 23 players in the under 1700 rated supporting event.
60 players are competing in 6 divisions at St George Leagues Club. The top two seeds FM George Xie 2374 and Vladimir Smirnov won their first round games in the World Rated Title event. The Cecil Purdy Centenary Tournament at Norths has attracted 57 players in 5 divisions.John Purdy(twice Australian Champion) is top seed. Purdy's father Cecil(1906-1979)was the first World Correspondence Champion(1953-1958)and four times Australian Champion. John Purdy's Grandfather Spencer Crakanthorp was also twice Australian Champion.

The Sydney Western Suburbs Premiership starts tonight with 22 teams from 8 clubs in 4 divisions.NSW defeated Tasmania 11-1 in the first round of the Australian Internet Junior Championship. ACT beat Qld 11-1 and Victoria leads SA 9-2

Linares starts in Morelia,Mexico
Peter Parr

The annual Linares Super Grandmaster tournament started yesterday in Morelia,Mexico.Eight of the World's leading players including World Champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria are competing for a prize fund of AUS $ 613,000. The first half of the double round robin finishes in Mexico on 26th February and the second half starts in Linares,Spain on 3rd March The players are V.Topalov(BUL 2801),P.Svidler(RUS 2765),L.Aronian(ARM 2752),P.Leko(HUN 2740),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729),E.Bacrot(FRA 2717),T.Radjabov(AZE 2700),F.Vallejo Pons(ESP 2650). Svidler is expected to beat Topalov in round one.

The Aeroflot Open Festival in Moscow consisted of four nine-round swiss tournaments with a total prize fund of AUS $ 237,000 for the 626 players. Here are some games from the main event(2550 minimum rating)

A.Moiseenko v B.Savchenko 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. cxd5 exd5 9. O-O c5 10. Ne5 Na6 11. Qf3 Nc7 12. Rad1 cxd4 13. exd4 Ne6 14. Be3 Bb4 15. Qh3 Bc8 16. Nc6 Qd6 17. Nxb4 Qxb4 18. Nxd5 1-0

N.Sedlak v P.Zhang 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb3 Nf6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Bd3 d6 8. O-O a6 9. Kh1 Qc7 10. f4 b5 11. Qe2 Bb7 12. Bd2 Be7 13. Rae1 O-O 14. Rf3 b4 15. Nd1 g6 16. Rh3 Rfd8 17. Nf2 a5 18. e5 Nd7 19. Ng4 Nf8 20. Qf2 a4 21. f5 exf5 22. Nh6+ Kg7 23. Nxf5+ gxf5 24. Qxf5 1-0

R.Markus v S.Mamedyarov 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. e4 Nb6 7. Be3 O-O 8. Bb5 a6 9. Be2 f5 10. Nf3 f4 11. Bc1 Nc6 12. d5 Ne5 13. Qb3 Qd6 14. O-O Nxf3+ 15. Bxf3 g5 16. e5 Bxe5 17. Ne4 Qg6 18. Nc5 Bd6 19. Ne6 Bxe6 20. dxe6 g4 21. Bxb7 Rab8 22. Bxa6 Qh5 23. Rd1 Nd7 24. Qc2 Ne5 25. Rd4 g3 26. h3 f3 27. Bf4 fxg2 0-1

E.Alekseev v Y.Kuzubov 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 b6 5. a3 Bxd2+ 6. Qxd2 Bb7 7. e3 O-O 8. Be2 d6 9. O-O Nbd7 10. b4 Ne4 11. Qc2 f5 12. Bb2 Qe7 13. Rad1 Rf6 14. d5 Rh6 15. g3 e5 16. Nh4 g6 17. f4 c6 18. Nf3 cxd5 19. cxd5 Rc8 20. Qb3 g5 21. fxe5 dxe5 22. d6+ Qe6 23. Qxe6+ Rxe6 24. Bb5 Rc6 25. Nxe5 Rc2 26. Bxd7 Rh6 27. Be6+ 1-0

Leading final scores(2550 plus,93 entrants including 88 grandmasters)- B.Jobava(GEO 2614 age 22),V.Bologan(MDA 2661 age 34),K.Sasikiran(IND 2670 age 25),S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2709 age 20,World Junior Champion) all 6.5/9 Twelve players shared first place with 6.5/9 in the 2400-2549 division(154 players including 55 grandmasters). Parimarjan Negi(born 9 Feb 1993) of Delhi,India missed his third and final Grandmaster norm(per rat 2600) by one point in this event(pr 2540)scoring 5/9.
The Capelle La Grande,France Open started last night with over 600 players including more than 100 grandmasters.

The Toukley White Knight Open weekender on the NSW Central Coast attracted 38 players in the 7 round event. Local Junior Jeffrey Young drew with top seed George Xie in round 1. Xie won the next 5 rounds and drew with Paul Broekhuyse in the last round. Leading final scores G.Xie 6,T.Rej 5.5,P.Broekhuyse,G.Charles,IWM L.Moylan and I Zvedeniouk 5

World Champion in Mexico
Peter Parr

World Champion Veselin Topalov(Bulgaria) is currently in Mexico City for a simultaneous exhibition and will compete in the very highly rated double round robin starting on Saturday 18th February in Morelia,Mexico and finishing in Linares,Spain.

The Young Masters in Cuernavaca,Mexico ended yesterday. Leading final scores(10 players,9 rounds) R.Ponomariov(UKR 2723,former World Champion) and F.Vallejo Pons(ESP 2650) 6.5,N.Nakamura(USA 2644) 6,L.Dominguez(CUB 2638) 5.5,L.Bruzon(CUB 2650) 5,A.Volokitin(UKR 2665) 4.5,I.Cheparinov(BUL 2625) 4,S.Karjakin(UKR 2660) 3.5

The following game was awarded the AUS $2400 best game prize in Gibraltar a few weeks ago. Z.Efimenko(UKR 2666) v M. Arizmendi(ESP 2534) A28 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 e4 5. Ng5 h6 6. d5 hxg5 7. dxc6 g4 8. cxb7 Bxb7 9. Bf4 e3 10. Bxe3 g3 11. fxg3 Ng4 12. Qd4 Nxe3 13. Qxe3+ Be7 14. Qd3 Rb8 15. e4 Bc6 16. Be2 Rxb2 17. O-O Bc5+ 18. Kh1 Qg5 19. Rf4 Bd6 20. Rg4 Rxh2+ 21. Kg1 Qc5+ 0-1 (if 22 Kxh2 Qh5+ 23 Rh4 Qxh4+ 24 Kg1 Bc5+ and mate follows).

Alexander Lastin won the 225 player Moscow Open Trophy with a 2810 performance rating. A.Lastin(2588) v D.Kryakvin(2479) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O O-O 9. f3 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 a6 11. h4 b5 12. Kb1 Qa5 13. Qd2 b4 14. Ne2 e5 15. Nc1 Be6 16. g4 Rfd8 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. g5 Be7 19. Bh3 Rac8 20. g6 Bxh3 21. gxf7+ Kh8 22. Rxh3 Qc7 23. Rh2 a5 24. h5 Bf8 25. f4 Qxf7 26. Nd3 Re8 27. fxe5 dxe5 28. Qg5 Qe7 29. Qg3 Rc4 30. Rf1 Rxe4 31. Qf3 Rd4 32. Nxe5 Qf6 33. Ng6+ Kg8 34. Qb3+ Re6 35. Qxe6+ 1-0

The Aeroflot Open(prize fund AUS $237,000) is in progress in Moscow.There are 225 players in the under 2200 rated tournament,154 in the 2200-2399 event,154(including 55 Grandmasters) in the 2400-2549 section and 93 players in the 2550 plus main event including 88 grandmasters and 40 players above 2600. Leading scores after round 4 - V.Akopian(ARM 2704),P.Eljanov(UKR 2655)and E.Alekseev(RUS 2634)3.5

FIDE Master George Xie,the top seed,won the 47 player(13 rated above 1800) Newcastle Open conceding only half a point in the final round to third seed FM Brett Tindall. Leading final scores G.Xie 6.5/7,A.Bird(NSW Champion) 6,B.Tindall and D.Castor 5.5

Leading final scores in the St George Leagues Club Summer Open tournament(50 players,7 rounds) I.Zirdum(2011)and A.Huynh(1800) 6,A.Rose(2092) 5.5. Lloyd Fell,aged 87,scored 3.5 J.Bolens won the 44 player lightning scoring 8/9

The popular City of Sydney Championship and supporting under 1700 rated event will be held over nine Sunday evenings commencing on 19th February at NSW Bridge Association,162 Goulburn Street Sydney CBD. This is one of the NSW Chess Association's largest and most important open events of the year. Details phone Trent Parker 0419 469 764.

Speck beats World Champion
Peter Parr

Nicholas Speck,a Melbourne school chess teacher,defeated Womens World Chess Champion Antoeneta Stefanova of Bulgaria in the seventh round of the Gibtelecom Masters in Gibraltar.Speck,playing black,was a queen ahead after move 66 when the Queen of Chess was forced to resign. Speck scored his third and final International Master result(over 2450 performance rating) in the tournament with a round to spare. Speck rated 2371 lost only to GM Gyimesi(HUN 2602),GM Sutovsky(ISR 2624) and GM Sandipan(IND 2522),drew with GM Kunte(IND 2551),IM Sundarajan(IND 2495)and Agdestein(NOR 2053)and defeated GM Ganguly(IND 2579),GM Stefanova(BUL 2499),Schramm(GER 2126) and Helin(SWE 1970)to finish with 5.5/10.Speck will become an IM when his rating reaches 2400. Leading final scores(126 players,10 rounds) K.Georgiev(BUL 2645) 8.5, N.Short(ENG 2676),E.Sutovsky(ISR 2624) 7.5

Stefanova will be defending her World Title next month in the 64 player Womens World Championship in Ekaterinburg,Sverdlovsk Region of Russia. International Master Irina Berezina-Feldman of Sydney,the Oceania Womens Champion will be competing in the event which has a prize fund of over AUS $600,000.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand won the trophy on count-back from World Champion Veselin Topalov after finishing equal first in the Wijk aan Zee(NED) Super Grandmaster Tournament.Topalov sacrificed two exchanges to win the following game against third seed Levon Aronian,winner of the recent World Cup.

V.Topalov(2801) v L.Aronian(2752)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. Bc3 d5 9. Ne5 Nfd7 10. Nxd7 Nxd7 11. Nd2 O-O 12. O-O Nf6 13. e4 b5 14. exd5 exd5 15. Re1 Rb8 16. c5 Bc8 17. Nf3 Ne4 18. Rxe4 dxe4 19. Ne5 Qd5 20. Qe1 Bf5 21. g4 Bg6 22. f3 b4 23. fxe4 Qe6 24. Bb2 Bf6 25. Nxc6 Qxc6 26. e5 Qa6 27. exf6 Rfe8 28. Qf1 Qe2 29. Qf2 Qxg4 30. h3 Qg5 31. Bc1 Qh5 32. Bf4 Rbd8 33. c6 Be4 34. c7 Rc8 35. Re1 Qg6 36. Rxe4 Rxe4 37. d5 Rce8 38. d6 Re1+ 39. Kh2 Qf5 40. Qg3 g6 41. Qg5 Qxg5 42. Bxg5 Rd1 43. Bc6 Re2+ 44. Kg3 1-0

Leading final scores (14 players,13 rounds,average rating 2716)- V.Anand(IND 2792),V.Topalov(BUL 2801) 9,M.Adams(ENG 2707),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729) 7.5,B.Gelfand(ISR 2723),S.Karjakin(UKR 2660,aged 16) 7,S.Tiviakov(NED 2669),P.Leko(HUN 2740),L.Aronian(ARM 2752) 6.5. A.Motylev(RUS 2638) and M.Carlsen(NOR 2625 aged 15) won the main supporting GM event scoring 9/13(performance 2741).

NSW Champion Andrew Bird(2105) beat higher seeds George Xie(2324)and Vladimir Smirnov(2237)to win the NSWCA Australia Day Weekender conceding only one draw in the last round. Leading final scores(76 players,7 rounds) A.Bird 6.5,G.Xie,J.Hu,K.O'Chee 6

A seven round Grand Prix weekend event will be held at Toukley RSL Club,Toukley(NSW) on Feb 11th(starting at 10am) and Feb 12th.
The City of Sydney Championship and under 1700 rated supporting tournament,organised by the New South Wales Chess Association,have returned to the Sydney CBD ensuring a much larger entry than in recent years. The nine round events open to all players from beginners to masters commence on Sunday evening 19th February at the very large NSW Bridge Association premises at 162 Goulburn St,Sydney. Details Trent Parker tel 0419 469 764

Topalov retains a half-point lead
by Peter Parr (SMH 06/02/06?)

World Champion Veselin Topalov drew his game in round 12 against former World Champion Viswanathan Anand retaining a lead of half a point with one round to play in the Wijk aan Zee,Netherlands Super Grandmaster Tournament.
Leading scores after round 12(14 players,13 rounds,category 19,average rating 2716)- V.Topalov(BUL 2801)8.5,V.Anand(IND 2792) 8,B.Gelfand(ISR 2723),S.Karjakin(UKR 2660,aged 16),M.Adams (ENG 2707) 7,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729)6.5,P.Leko(HUN 2740) 6 Leading scores in the main supporting GM event(av 2602)after Rd 12 - Z.Almasi(HUN 2646) 8.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2625,aged 15) and A.Motylev(RUS 2638) 8

International Master Parimarjan Negi,aged 12 of Delhi,India has scored his second Grandmaster result(over 2600 performance) in the Parsvanath International last week in New Delhi. Negi scored his first GM result earlier this month in Hastings,England and hopes to score his third and final GM result next month in Moscow.

Nicholas Speck(AUS 2371)is seeded 45th in Gibraltar. Speck has scored well (3.5/5) losing to GM Z.Gyimesi(HUN 2602)in round 1 but defeating GM S.Ganguly(IND 2579)yesterday in round 5.

45 year old Grandmaster Murray Chandler born in Wainuiomata,NZ has won the Queenstown Classic (prize fund over AUS $30,000 sponsored by Chandler)and the title of NZ Champion for the second time - 30 years after he won it last time. Chandler became an IM by winning the 1977 Asian Junior and earned the GM title in 1983 reaching a World ranking of 16 at his peak. He has competed in 9 Olympiads(3 for NZ and 6 for England). 84 year old IM Bob Wade born in Dunedin,who won the NZ Title in 1948,and moved to England, made his first trip to NZ for 56 years and drew with GM's Chandler and Hecht.
12 year old Raymond Song of Sydney(born in NZ)beat IM Russell Dive(NZ). IM David Smerdon who scored a GM result in Brisbane earlier this month had another excellent result finishing equal second with Australian Champion GM Ian Rogers.

Final scores:- (193 players from 5 continents including 4 GM's and 15 IM's,10 rounds)GM M.Chandler(ENG 2537) 8.5,GM I.Rogers(AUS 2547),IM D.Smerdon(AUS 2421) 8,IM Z.Zhao(AUS 2461),GM D.Sermek(SLO 2530),GM H.Hecht(GER 2397),A.Susilodinata(INA 2254),FM I.Bjelobrk(NZL 2396),FM S.Lukey (NZL 2279) T.Civin (CZE 2410),IM A.Ker(NZL 2330),FM M.Dougherty (CAN 2206) all 7.5 GM's Hecht and Sermek tied for first in the Rapid Play and IM Zhao won the Lightning.

The next ACF Grand Prix Weekender is the Newcastle Open at Cardiff Panthers Club. The seven round event will be held on 4th and 5th February and will be directed by George Lithgow.

The nine round Henry Greenfield Cup starts on Monday evening February 6th at Hakoah Club,Bondi.

The NSW Junior League's Summer three-day tournament continued the record-breaking run of the earlier one and two-day events by attracting 135 contestants,nearly twice as many as last year. Thirteen year old Max Illingworth won with a clean score of 9/9. Twelve year old Adrian Miranda and NSW Country Junior co-champion Michal Tokarz,aged fifteen were equal second on 7.5 points.

Topalov at the Top
Peter Parr

World Champion Veselin Topalov,aged 30,leads in Wijk aan Zee,Netherlands half a point ahead of Sergey Karjakin(seeded 13th) and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand. Topalov's fearless and uncompromising style of play is evident in the following game.

L.Van Wely(2647) v V.Topalov(2801)Rd 4 (D15) 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. a4 e6 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 dxc4 8. e3 b5 9. axb5 cxb5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Nxb5 axb5 12. Rxa8 Bb4+ 13. Ke2(new) Bb7 14. Ra1 f5 15. Ne5 Rg8 16. f4 Nc6 17. Nf3 Na5 18. Kf2 Nb3 19. Ra7 Be4 20. Ra2 e5!! 21. fxe5 f4 22. Be2 fxe3+ 23. Kxe3 Qd5 24. g3 Nxd4 25. Nxd4 Bxh1 26. Bf3 Qxe5+ 27. Kf2 Bc5 28. Bxh1 Bxd4+ 29. Kf1 Rg5 30. Bf3 Kf8 31. Kg2 Qe3 32. Kh3 Kg7 33. b3 cxb3 34. Ra3 b4 35. Rxb3 Bc3 36. Qe2 Qc5 37. Qd3 Qc8+ 38. Kg2 Ra5 39. Qc2 Qe6 40. Qb1 Ra1 41. Qc2 Bd4 42. Bd1 Qe1 43. Bf3 Qf1 mate 0-1

Sergey Karjakin was the youngest grandmaster ever at the age of 12 and he turned 16 on 12th January 2006.
Leading scores after round 7 (14 players, 13 rounds, category 19, average rating 2716) V.Topalov(BUL)2801 5,S.Karjakin(UKR 2660) and V.Anand(IND 2792)4.5,M.Adams(ENG 2707),B.Gelfand(ISR 2723),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729) 4,L.Van Wely(NED 2647) and P.Leko(HUN 2740) 3.5. Although 16-year-old Karjakin is performing at 2816 rating so far 15-year-old GM Magnus Carlsen (Norway)has scored 6/7(performance rating 2909)in the main supporting GM event(average rating 2602).

Nicholas Speck (2371) of Melbourne scored 6/9 in Seville Spain. Speck scored five out of five against non-grandmasters and one out of four against Grandmasters (average rating 2485).

Queenstown New Zealand Classic leading scores after round 7 (193 players, 10 rounds) GM M.Chandler (ENG 2537) 6.5, GM I.Rogers(NSW 2547),IM D.Smerdon(QLD 2421),FM I.Bjelobrk(NZL 2396) 6,IM A.Wohl(NSW 2452),GM D.Sermek(SLO 2530),IM S.Solomon(AUS 2415),GM H.Hecht(GER 2397),IM G.West(VIC 2356),T.Tomas(CZE 2410),IM H.Van Riemsdijk(BRA 2358) all 5.5 and 15 players on 5 points

The year has started well for the NSW Junior League with record attendances in its Summer tournaments. One-day event(217 players,8 rounds) J.Cronan 8,L.Kang,M.Illingworth,B.Mandia,D.Webster 7 Two-day event(218 players,11 Rounds) E.Wu,J.Nguyen,J.Tse 9.5,M.Illingworth,A.Kumar 9 A three day tournament will be held this Wednesday to Friday. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Margaret Cuckson phone 9388 7940

The NSW Chess Association Australia Day Weekender (category 2 Grand Prix event) will be held at Norths, 12 Abbott St, Cammeray, NSW 2062.

The seven round, two day event will be held on Saturday 28th and Saturday 29th January with prizes in numerous ratings divisions. Details Trent Parker 0419 469 764.

Top Seeds win in Wijk aan Zee
Peter Parr

The top two seeds Veselin Topalov(World Champion)and Viswanathan Anand(ex-World Champion) won their first round games in the category 19(average rating 2716) Super Grandmaster Tournament in Wijk aan Zee,Netherlands.

V.Topalov(BUL 2801) - G.Kamsky(USA 2686)B01 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6 3 Nf3 Nxd5 4 d4 Bf5 5 Bd3 Bxd3 6 Qxd3 e6 7 0-0 Nc6 8 c4 Nb6 9 Nc3 Be7 10 Bf4 g5(New) 11 Bg3 g4 12 Ne5 Nxd4 13 c5 Bxc5 14 Rad1 0-0 15 Ne4 Be7 16 Nxg4 c5 17 b4?(Be5) Nd5? 18 bxc5 Nf5 19 Qf3 Rc8 20 Bd6 Nxd6 21 cxd6 Bh4 22 d7 Rc6 23 Ne5 Rc7 24 Qg4+ Kh8 25 Nd6 1-0

S.Karjakin(UKR 2660) - V.Anand(IND 2792) B90 1 e4 c5 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be3 e5 7 Nb3 Be6 8 f3 Be7 9 Qd2 0-0 10 0-0-0 Nbd7 11 g4 b5 12 g5 b4 13 Ne2 Ne8 14 f4 a5 15 f5 a4 16 Nbd4 exd4 17 Nxd4 b3 18 Kb1 bxc2+ 19 Nxc2 Bb3 20 axb3 axb3 21 Na3 Ne5 22 h4 Ra5 23 Qc3(The usual 23 Qe2 is probably better) Qa8 24 Bg2 Nc7! 25 Qxc7 Rc8 26 Qxe7 Nc4 27 g6 hxg6 28 fxg6 Nxa3+ 29 bxa3 Rxa3 30 gxf7+ Kh7 31 f8N+ Rxf8 32 Qxf8 Ra1+ 33 Kb2 Ra2+! 34 Kc3 Qa5+!(forcing checkmate) 35 Kd3 Qb5+ 36 Kd4 Ra4+ 37 Kc3 Qc4+ 0-1

Levon Aronian(ARM 2752),winner of the recent World Cup,was defeated by Vassily Ivanchuk(UKR 2729) in the only other decisive game. Mamedyarov(AZE 2709)-Bacrot(FRA 2717),Gelfand(ISR 2723)-Leko(HUN 2740),Van Wely(NED 2647)-Sokolov(NED 2689) and Tiviakov(NED 2669)-Adams(ENG 2707)were all drawn in the 14 player round robin event.

There are two supporting Grandmaster events category 15(average 2602) and Category 9(average 2458) in addition to numerous amateur tournaments.

GM Valerij Neverov(UKR 2569)won in Hastings(ENG)scoring 8/10 and IM Parimarjan Negi of Delhi,India scored his first Grandmaster norm(2600+)result at the age of 12 years,10 months at Hastings. Negi needs two more similar results to become a Grandmaster. He is now competing in Delhi(14 GM's)followed by Moscow,Dubai and St Petersburg. S.Karjakin(UKR)was the youngest ever GM at 12 years,7 months in 2002,followed by M.Carlsen(NOR) at 13 years,3 months in 2004 and Bu Xiangzhi(CHN) at 13 years,10 months in 1999.

Nicholas Speck(VIC) has scored 6/8 with one round to play in the 31st Seville,Spain International Open(246 players).
Speck lost only to Grandmasters K.Movsziszian(ESP 2486) and D.Paunovic(SCG 2475)and won his other 6 games including a good win over GM J.Lopez Martinez(ESP 2518).Speck who is one point behind the leader plays GM A.Hoffman(ARG 2461)in the final round.

The top ten seeds in the 10 round,193 player Queenstown,New Zealand Classic which started last night are Australian Champion GM I.Rogers(NSW 2547),GM M.Chandler(ENG 2537),GM D.Sermek(SLO 2530),IM Z.Zhao(NSW 2461),IM A.Wohl(NSW 2452),IM G.Lane(NSW 2444),IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2421),IM S.Solomon(QLD 2415),T.Civin(CZE 2410),GM H.Hecht(GER 2397)

The Australian Chess Federation has awarded the Steiner Medal(player of the year 2005) to FM George Xie(NSW) and the Koshnitsky Medal(administrator of the year 2005) to Jennie Oliver(ACT).

GM Ian Rogers wins Australian Championship

International Grandmaster Ian Rogers has won the Xstrata Australian Championship in Brisbane scoring a very impressive seven wins and four draws(2677 performance) in the eleven round event.

Rogers first won the Australian Championship in Adelaide twenty-six years ago at the age of nineteen in convincing style starting with 9/10 and finishing on 10.5/13. Rogers has now won the event four times and Brisbane 2006 was by far the strongest with five grandmasters and five International Masters competing.

Rogers defeated five time Australian Champion GM Johansen in a long QvR+P endgame in round 10 and in round eleven Rogers won a closely fought rook and pawn endgame against eleven-year-old Raymond Song. Song was equal first in the World Under- 10 in 2004 and today is his twelfth birthday.

21-year-old IM David Smerdon had already scored a Grandmaster result after round 9 and won the following game in round 10 A.Wohl(IM 2439) v D.Smerdon(IM 2421) 1. a3 e5 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. d3 a5 5. Nd2 Bc5 6. e3 O-O 7. Ne2 Nc6 8. h3 a4 9. g4 h5 10. g5 Nh7 11. h4 Bg4 12. c4 dxc4 13. dxc4 Qe7 14. Qc2 Rfd8 15. Ng3 Nf8 16. Bd5 Na5 17. Qxa4 b5 18. Qc2 (18.Qxb5!? might have been a better try eg. 18...Bd7 19.Nf5! Bxf5 20.Bxa8 Rxa8 21.b4 Bd4!? 22. exd4 exd4+ with unclear play.) 18...c6 19. Be4 Nxc4 20. O-O Nxd2 21. Bxd2 Ng6 22. Bxg6 fxg6 23. b4 Bf3 24. e4 Kh7 25. bxc5 Qd7 26. Qc3 Rf8 27. Kh2 Qg4 28.Rfe1 Qxh4+ 0-1

Smerdon(undefeated) was equal leader with Rogers(8/10) with one round to play. Smerdon is a sharp tactical player but in the final round against FM Igor Goldenberg he made a speculative piece sacrifice and lost a very complex game that cost him a tie for first place(perf 2614). GM Murray Chandler tied for second(perf 2567) after recovering from a lost position to beat FM Canfell in round 10 and drawing with IM Solomon in the last round.

Leading final scores(30 players,11 rounds) GM I.Rogers(NSW 2556) 9,IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2421)and GM M.Chandler(ENG 2537) 8,GM R.Schmaltz(GER 2544) 7.5,GM L.Ftacnik(SVK 2612)and IM G.Lane(NSW) 7,FM I.Goldenberg(VIC 2335)6.5,IM S.Solomon(QLD 2415),GM D.Johansen(VIC 2462),IM Z.Zhao(NSW 2461),M.Ly(QLD 2162),R.Song(NSW 2051)6,IM A.Wohl(NSW 2439),FM G.Xie(NSW 2340),FM I.Bjelobrk(VIC 2399),V.Smirnov(NSW 2235),FM J.Humphrey (QLD 2254),WIM L.Moylan (NSW 2112),FM A.Guthrie(SA 2251) 5.5

The top three players all lost their final round games in the major(under 2150 rated event) - leading final scores (62 players,11 rounds) N.Wright(NSW) 8.5,I.Zvedeniouk(NSW),M.Tredinnick(NSW) and B.Lazarus (QLD) 8. The 53 player minor(under 1800) was won by A.Fitzpatrick(VIC) 9/11 ahead of L.Wilkinson(QLD) 8.5

Xstrata Australian Junior(79 players,11 rounds) A.Song(NSW) and J.Huang(NSW) 8.5,M.Ly(QLD),G.Oliver(ACT),J.Ikeda(ACT) 8.
Thirteen-year-old Angela Song won the play off match 1.5-0.5 for the title.

Lightning(106 players) J.Obst(SA)and J.Ikeda(ACT) 10.5/13. Rapid(107 players) J.Ikeda(ACT) 6.5/7. Australian Girls Under 18(19 players,11 rounds) A.Jule(QLD) 9,S.Yu(VIC) 8,K.Smith(ACT) 7.5 Under 12(59 players,11 rounds) K.Finke(QLD) 9,Y.Yuan(ACT) and G.Nakauchi(QLD) 8.5 Girls Under 12(15 players,11 rounds) E.Guo (ACT) 10.5,C.Zhang(NSW) 9.5,K.Khoo(ACT)8.5

GM result for Smerdon.
Peter Parr

International Master David Smerdon(aged 21) has achieved his first International Grandmaster result with a score of 7/9 in the Xstrata Australian Championship in Brisbane. Smerdon is half a point above the GM norm (perf rating 2600)of 6.5 and has the same score and performance rating(2670) as equal leader GM Ian Rogers.

D.Smerdon(IM 2421) - D.Johansen(GM 2462)[Australian Champion for 10 of the last 22 years-Champion before Smerdon was born] 1 e4 c5 2 c3 Nf6 3 e5 Nd5 4 d4 cxd4 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 cxd4 d6 7 Bc4 Nb6 8 Bb3 dxe5 9 d5 Na5 10 Nc3 Nxb3 11 Qxb3 e6 12 Nxe5 exd5 13 Be3 Bd6 14 Qb5+ Bd7 15 Nxd7 Qxd7 16 0-0-0 Qxb5 17 Nxb5 Rc8+ 18 Kb1 Bb8 19 Bxb6 axb6 20 Rhe1+ Kd7 21 Rxd5+ Kc6 22 Rf5 Rhf8 23 Rh5 h6 24 Nd4+ Kd6 25 Nf5+ Kd7 26 Nxg7 Rc6 27 Nf5 Re8 28 Rxe8 Kxe8 29 g3 Rc5 30 b4 Rc3 31 Rxh6 Be5 32 f4 Bc7 33 Nd6+ 1-0

Results round 8 GM Rogers 1-GM Schmaltz 0, IM Smerdon 1-FM Xie 0,IM Zhao 0-GM Chandler 1,FM Bjelobrk 0-GM Ftacnik 1. Round 9-The top seven games were all hard fought draws Wohl-Rogers,Solomon-Smerdon,Schmaltz-Chandler,Ftacnik-Lane.
Leading scores after round 9(30 players,11 rounds) IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2421),GM I.Rogers(NSW 2556)7 ,GM M.Chandler(ENG 2537) 6.5,GM L.Ftacnik(SVK 2612) 6,IM G.Lane(NSW 2445),GM R.Schmaltz(GER 2544),IM A.Wohl(NSW 2439) 5.5, IM S.Solomon(QLD 2415),GM D.Johansen(VIC 2462),FM G.Xie(NSW 2340),M.Ly(QLD 2162),V.Smirnov(NSW 2235),FM G.Canfell (NSW 2354),FM I.Goldenberg(VIC 2335),R.Song (NSW 2051 aged 11) all 5,IM Z.Zhao(NSW 2461),FM J.Humphrey(QLD 2254),M.Pyke(VIC 2126) 4.5

Neil Wright(NSW) leads the major(under 2150)rated event(62 players,11 rounds) with 7.5/9 half a point ahead of Ilia Zvedeniouk(NSW) on 7.
The 64 player Australian lightning championship was won by IM Z.Zhao scoring 12/13 ahead of FM I.Bjelobrk 10,G.Tallaksen(NOR)and M.Ly(QLD) 9.5

13 old Womens FIDE Master Angela Song of Sydney(U 18 Aus Girls Champion at the age of 10) has taken the sole lead in the Xstrata Australian Junior(Under 18) Championship. Angela gained the WFM Title in 2005 at the age of 12 by finishing equal fourth in the Womens World Championship Zonal tournament in New Zealand. Leading scores after round 9(79 players,11 rounds) A.Song(NSW) 7.5,M.Ly(QLD)the defending champion and J.Ikeda(ACT)7 ,V.Suttor(NSW) ,G.Oliver(ACT),J.Huang(NSW), G.Viswanath(WA) all 6.5

Girls U 18 after 9 rounds(19 players,11 rounds)A.Jule(QLD) 7.5,S.Yu(VIC) 7, Under 12 after 9 rounds(59 players,11 rounds)K.Finke(QLD) 8,L.McGarity (QLD) 7. Girls Under 12 after round 9(15 players,9 rounds) E.Guo(ACT) 8.5,C.Zhang(NSW) 8.

The NSW Junior League is conducting three tournaments during the summer school holidays,a one-day event on Thursday 12 January,a two-day event on Wednesday and Thursday 18-19 January and a three-day event on Wednesday-Friday 25-27 Jan. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Margaret Cuckson phone 9388 7940

The largest open tournament ever held in New Zealand will be in Queenstown 15-24 January. 178 players have entered so far including 35 titled players(4 GM and 15 IM).

Rogers and Smerdon win in round seven.
Peter Parr

GM Ian Rogers defeated the leader GM Murray Chandler and IM David Smerdon beat the defending Champion IM Gary Lane in the seventh round of the Xstrata Australian Championship in Brisbane.

Chandler-Rogers 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Nd5 Nxd5 8 exd5 Nb8 9 Be3 a6 10 Na3 Nd7 11 Qd2 Be7 12 Nc4 0-0 13 a4 f5 14 g3 b6 15 Bg2 Rb8 16 0-0 Qc7 17 b3 a5 18 f4 Ba6 19 fxe5 Nxe5 20 Nxe5 dxe5 21 c4 Bc5 22 Bxc5 Qxc5+ 23 Kh1 Rbe8 24 Rae1 Bc8 25 Qc3 e4 26 Re3 Bd7 27 Rfe1 Rf6 28 R3e2 Rh6 29 Re3 Re7 30 Rf1 Rg6 31 Re2 h5 32 Rf4 Rd6 33 Re3 g5 34 Rf1 Rg6 Ree1 Rh6 36 Qc1 Rg7 37 Qc3 Qd6 38 Rf2 Re7 39 Qe3 Rg6 40 Qd4 Qc5 41 Qb2 Rh7 42 Ref1 h4 43 g4 h3 44 gxf5 hxg2+ 45 Rxg2 Rf7 46 Qe5 Qe3 47 Rg3 Qe2 48 Rgg1 g4 49 Qb8+ Rf8 50 Qg3 Rxf5 51 Qb8+ Kh7 52 Qd8 Rxf1 0-1

Smerdon-Lane 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Bg5 Nbd7 4 Qd3 c6 5 e4 dxe4 6 Nxe4 Nxe4 7 Qxe4 Qb6 8 Bc1(after 28 mins thought) Nf6 9 Qe5 Ng4 10 Qe4 g6 11 c3 Bg7 12 Bc4 0-0 13 h3 Nf6 14 Qh4 c5 (the first 14 moves took nearly three hours - to complete the game white has 20 minutes left,black 15 minutes plus each have an additional 60 seconds per move)15 dxc5 Qxc5 16 Be3 Qc7 17 Nf3 b6 18 Bb3 Bb7 19 Bf4 e5 20 Bg5 Bxf3 21 gxf3 Qc6 22 0-0-0 Qxf3 23 Rhe1 Rad8 (a spectacular series of moves follows)24 Bxf7+ Kxf7 25 Qc4+ Nd5 26 Re3 Qg2 27 Bxd8 Rxd8 28 Rg3 b5 29 Qg4 Bh6+ 30 Kb1 Nxc3+ 31 bxc3 Rxd1+ 32 Qxd1 Qe4+ 33 Kb2 Bf4 34 Rd3 b4 35 cxb4 Kg7 36 a3 Kh6 37 Kb3 Qf5 38 h4 Qf7+ 39 Ka4 Qc4 40 Rd7 a6 41 Qd5 Qc2+ 42 Ka5 Qxf2 43 Qg8 Kh5 44 Rxh7+ Bh6 45 Rxh6+ 1-0

Rogers drew with Smerdon in round six,Chandler beat top seed GM Ftacnik. GM Schmaltz, playing his first fifteen moves very quickly,defeated Lane. Xie beat Solomon on time in a drawn position.

Xie had the better position against GM Schmaltz in round 7 but agreed to a draw when short of time. GM Johansen drew with GM Ftacnik,FM Canfell drew with IM Zhao,IM Wohl was better against FM Bjelobrk who drew a difficult endgame.

Leading scores after round 7(30 players,11 rounds) IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2421,performance rating 2719) and GM I.Rogers(NSW 2556,performance rating 2665) 5.5,GM M.Chandler(ENG 2537) and GM R.Schmaltz(GER 2544) 5,GM L.Ftacnik(SVK 2612) and FM G.Xie(NSW 2340) 4.5 and eight players have scored four points.

K.Sheldrick(SA) leads the Major(under 2150 rated event) with 6.5/7 a point clear of the field. M.Craven leads the Australian Minor(Under 1800) with 4/4

Leading scores after 7 rounds in the Xstrata Australian Junior Under 18(79 players)- M.Ly(QLD),the defending champion 6,G.Oliver(ACT),V.Suttor(NSW),A.Song(NSW),J.Jager(VIC) all 5.5 Girls Under 18(19 players)- A.Jule(QLD) 6,J.Kinder(QLD) 5.5,S.Yu(VIC) 5 Junior Under 12(59 players)- K.Finke(QLD) 6.5,Y.Yuan(ACT) and L.McGarity(QLD) 6 Girls under 12 (15 players) E.Guo(ACT) 6.5,C.Zhang(NSW) 6,K.Knapp(SA) 5.5

Five Leaders after Five Rounds
Peter Parr

Five players share the lead after five rounds of the Xstrata Australian Championship at Carlton Crest Hotel in Brisbane. IM David Smerdon will play his fifth consecutive grandmaster in round 6(Rogers) after drawing with Ftacnik,beating Schmaltz and Johansen and drawing with Chandler. Top seed Ftacnik steadily increased the pressure and although Wohl defended tenaciously he was lost after 29 Re6!

Ftacnik - Wohl(Rd 5) 1 Nf3 b5 d4 Nf6 3 Nbd2 Bb7 4 e3 a6 5 a4 b4 6 Bd3 e6 7 0-0 c5 8 c4 d6 9 b3 Nbd7 10 Bb2 g6 11 d5 e5 12 Ne1 Bg7 13 f4 exf4 14 exf4 0-0 15 Ra2 Qe7 16 Kh1 Rae8 17 Ndf3 Bc8 18 g3 Ng4 19 Bxg7 Kxg7 20 Ng2 Nh6 21 h3 Nb6 22 Ng5 Nf5 23 Bxf5 Bxf5 24 Qa1+ Kg8 25 Re1 Qd8 26 g4 h6 27 Nxf7 Kxf7 28 gxf5 gxf5 29 Re6! Rxe6 30 dex6+ Kg6 31 Nh4+ Kh7 32 Rg2 Rg8 33 Rxg8 Qxg8 34 Qf6 1-0

Gary Lane,the defending champion,is a very dangerous player when he has the initiative with the white pieces.
Lane - Bjelobrk(Rd 5) 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6 5 Nc3 Qc7 6 Be3 a6 7 Bd3 Nf6 8 0-0 b5 9 Nxc6 Qxc6 10 a3 Bb7 11 Qe2 Be7 12 f4 0-0 13 e5 Nd5 14 Nxd5 Qxd5 15 c4 bxc4 16 Bxc4 Qc6 17 f5 (white has a large advantage in space)Bc5 18 Bxc5 Qxc5+ 19 Kh1 exf5 20 b4 Qe7 21 Rxf5 g6 22 Rf2 d5 23 exd6 Qxd6 24 Rd1 Qc6 25 Qa2 Kg7 26 Bxf7 Rad8 27 Qb2+ Kh6 28 Rxd8 Rxd8 29 Bb3 Rd3 30 Bc2 Rc3 31 Qc1+ Kg7 32 Qd2 Rc4 33 Qd8 Rf4 34 Qe7+ Kh6 35 Qe3 g5 36 Qh3+ Rh4 37 Qf5 1-0

Rogers has a remarkable record against Solomon over the last 30 years and beat him again. Schmaltz played well to defeat Zhao. Moylan-Xie was very tricky but the final tactic in time trouble was decisive in favour of George Xie. GM Johansen returned to a plus score with a win over FM Goldenberg. FM Canfell won his third consecutive game defeating Junior Champion Moulthun Ly.

Leading scores after round 5(30 players,11 rounds) GM M.Chandler(ENG 2537),IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2421),GM I.Rogers(NSW 2556),IM G.Lane(NSW 2445),GM L.Ftacnik(SVK 2612) all 4,GM R.Schmaltz (GER 2544) 3.5,IM S.Solomon(QLD 2415),FM I.Bjelobrk(VIC 2399),GM D.Johansen(VIC 2462),IM A.Wohl(NSW 2439),FM G.Xie(NSW 2340),FM G.Canfell(NSW 2354) all 3,IM Z.Zhao(2461),J.Obst(SA 2012),WIM L.Moylan(NSW 2112),V.Smirnov(NSW 2235),WIM A.Caoili(QLD 2207) all 2.5 The top thirteen seeds are in the top thirteen places with six rounds to play.

K.Sheldrick(SA 2118) leads the Major(under 2150 event)with 5/5 a full point clear of the 62 player field.
Moulthun Ly,the defending champion,has scored 4.5/5 in the Xstrata Australian Junior(under 18) and is half a point ahead of V.Suttor(NSW),J.Ikeda(ACT),G.Oliver(ACT),M.Morris(NSW),A.Song(NSW),M.Illingworth(NSW),D.Lindberg(VIC),J.Huang(NSW) and J.Jager(VIC) all on 4 points. Girls Under 18 S.Yu(VIC) and A.Jule(QLD) 4 Under 12 K.Finke(QLD) 5,J.Ren(NSW) 4.5 Girls Under 12 E.Guo(ACT)4.5,C.Zhang(NSW) 4

Fourteen-year-old Moulthun Ly won the Xstrata Australian Rapid Championship conceding only half a point to IM Leonid Sandler. Leading final scores (49 players,7 rounds)M.Ly 6.5,IM L.Sandler(VIC) 6,IM S.Solomon(QLD) 5.5

Smerdon and Chandler share lead
Peter Parr (02/01/06)

IM David Smerdon beat NSW Champion Bird,drew with top seed GM Ftacnik and defeated GM Schmaltz and GM Johansen and shares the lead,in the Xstrata Australian Championship in Brisbane,with GM Chandler who won his first three games and drew with IM Lane,the defending champion.

Schmaltz,who was the world's highest rated one-minute bullet game player on the internet for some years,played far too quickly against Smerdon who played accurately in the complications and won. Johansen had an easily winning rook and pawn endgame in round three against IM Solomon but did not realise he had allowed a draw by triple-repetition of position. Smerdon chased Johansen's king winning three pawns and the game.

GM Rogers drew with Lane and Ftacnik. IM Zhao tactically outplayed Junior Champion Ly but lost to Ftacnik and drew with Moylan. WIM Moylan beat FM's Canfell and Humphrey losing only to Lane in a lengthy struggle.

IM Wohl won his third consecutive game with a direct attack on the king IM A.Wohl(NSW) - J.Obst(SA) 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 b3 b6 4 d4 cxd4 5 Nxd4 a6 6 Bd3 Qc7 7 0-0 Nf6 8 c4 d6 9 Nc3 Be7 10 Bb2 Nbd7 11 Rc1 Bb7 12 Qe2 0-0 13 f4 Rfe8 14 Nf3 Rac8 15 Bb1 Qb8 16 Rce1 g6 17 Ng5 Nh5 18 Qg4 Ng7 19 f5 Ne5 20 Qh4 Nh5 21 fxg6 fxg6 22 g4 h6 23 gxh5 hxg5 24 Qg3 gxh5 25 Qh3 g4 26 Qxh5 Rf8 27 Nd5 exd5 28 exd5 Rf6 29 Rxf6 Bxf6 30 Bxe5 dxe5 31 Qg6+ Bg7 32 Rf1 1-0

Leading scores after round 4 GM M.Chandler(ENG 2537) and IM D.Smerdon(VIC 2421) 3.5,GM I.Rogers(NSW 2556),IM G.Lane(NSW 2445),GM L.Ftacnik(SVK 2612),IM S.Solomon(QLD 2415),FM I.Bjelobrk(VIC 2399),IM A.Wohl(IM 2439) 3,IM Z.Zhao(NSW 2461),GM R.Schmaltz (GER 2544) and WIM L.Moylan(NSW 2112) 2.5. Five time Australian Champion GM D.Johansen (VIC 2462) has 2/4

Kevin Sheldrick(SA) leads the Major(under 2150) rated event with 4/4. Eight players share the lead in the Australian Junior - J.Ikeda(ACT),V.Suttor(NSW),M.Ly(QLD),G.Oliver(ACT),J.Cronan(NSW),M.Morris(NSW),A.Song(NSW),M.Illingworth(NSW) all on 3.5/4. Girls U-18 J.Kinder(QLD),S.Yu(VIC) 3.5/4 U-12 Y.Yuan(ACT) and K.Finke(QLD) 4 Girls U-12 E.Guo(ACT)and K.Khoo(ACT) 3.5

Leading Australians on the Jan 2006 World Rating List - I.Rogers 2547(World no 308),Z.Zhao 2461(World no 1051),D.Johansen 2460,A.Wohl 2452,G.Lane 2444,T.Tao 2422,D.Smerdon 2421,S.Solomon 2415. Australia is ranked 51st(2440 av top 10,GM 2) - Russia is 1st(2718,GM 156). Leading players G.Kasparov(RUS 2812)retired,V.Topalov(BUL 2801),V.Anand(IND 2792),P.Svidler(RUS 2765),L.Aronian(ARM 2752),V.Kramnik(RUS 2741),P.Leko(HUN 2740),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2729)

GM Sergey Rublevsky (Kazan 2652,aged 32)has won the first prize of AUS $55,000 (undefeated) in the Russian Championship in Moscow scoring 7.5/11. Dmitry Yakovenko(Moscow 2644) and Alexander Morozevich(Moscow 2707)tied for second with 6.5. Morozevich lost on forfeit in his game with Yakovenko as he overslept. P.Svidler(2740),V.Zvjaginsev(2659)and E.Bareev(2675) scored 6 and V.Kramnik(2739) a disappointing 50% 5.5/11.


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