Topalov on top of the world
Peter Parr (SMH 29/12/08)

Veselin Topalov easily won the Pearl Spring Super Grandmaster tournament a
point and a half clear of Levon Aronian in Nanjing,China. His rating
performance was 2892 in the event.  Topalov has overtaken World Champion
Viswanathan Anand on the daily updated world rating list. The top four are
now V.Topalov(BUL 2809),V.Anand(IND 2791),A.Morozevich(RUS
2772),M.Carlsen(NOR 2770).  Topalov defeats five times Russian Champion
Peter Svidler in the following game from Nanjing.

P.Svidler 2727 v V.Topalov 2791  B12 Caro Kann Advanced  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5
3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 c5 6. Be3 Nd7 7. Nbd2 c4 8. a4(N) h6 9. b3 cxb3
10. Nxb3 Rc8 11. Ra2 Qc7 12. Bd3 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Ne7 14. O-O Qc4 15. Rb1 b6
16. Qf1 Nc6 17. c3 Qxc3 18. a5 Be7 19. axb6 axb6 20. Qd1 Qc4 21. Nc1 Nb4 22.
Ra7 Qc2 23. Qxc2 Nxc2 24. Bd2 Na3 25. Ra1 Nc4 26. Rb7 Nb8 27. Ra8 O-O 28.
Raxb8 Nxd2 29. Rxc8 Nxf3+ 30. gxf3 Rxc8 31. Ne2 Bd8 32. f4 g6 33. Kg2 Kf8
34. Kf3 Ra8 35. Ke3 Ra3+ 36. Kd2 Bh4 0-1 (White resigned as his kingside
pawns cannot be defended).

V.Ivanchuk 2786 v Bu Xiangzhi 2714  C26 Vienna Game 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3.
Bc4 Bb4 4. Nf3 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. Nd5 Be6 7. d4 Bxd5 8. exd5 e4 9. Nh4 c6 10.
c3 Ba5 11. Bg5 Nbd7 12. Nf5 Nb6 13. f3 h6 14. Bh4 e3 15. Qd3 Nxc4 16. Qxc4
Qd7 17. Nxe3 Nh5 18. Rae1 Bd8 19. Bxd8 Rfxd8 20. Qd3 Rab8 21. b3 Nf6 22.
dxc6 bxc6 23. Re2 a5 24. Rfe1 g6 25. d5 Nxd5 26. Nxd5 cxd5 27. Qxd5 Qa7+ 28.
Kh1 Qc5 29. Qd2 d5 30. Re5 a4 31. bxa4 h5 32. f4 Rbc8 33. f5 Qxc3 34. Qh6

Final scores(6 players,10 rounds) - V.Topalov(BUL 2791) 7,L.Aronian(ARM
2757) 5.5, X.Bu(CHN 2714) 5, P.Svidler(RUS 2727) 4.5, S.Movsesian(SVK
2732),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2786) 4

Three players share the lead with one game to play in the World Chess
Federation Grand Prix tournament in Elista,Kalmykia,Russia. A.Grischuk 2719
v Y.Wang 2736  D17 Slav Defence  1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5.
a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Nb6 8. Ne5 a5 9. e3 g6 10. Bd3 Be6 11. Be2 Bg7
12. e4 Nfd7 13. Nf3 Bg4 14. O-O O-O 15. h3 Bxf3 16. Bxf3 e5 17. d5 Re8 18.
g3 Qe7 19. b3 Rad8 20. Be3 cxd5 21. Nxd5 Nxd5 22. Qxd5 b6 23. Qb5 Bf8 24.
Rad1 Qb4 25. Be2 Nc5 26. Qxb4 axb4 27. Bc4 Kg7 28. Kg2 f6 29. Bd5 Rb8 30.
Rc1 Na6 31. Rc6 Bc5 32. a5 Bxe3 33. fxe3 Nc5 34. axb6 Nd7 35. Rc7 Re7 36.
Bc6 Rxb6 37. Rxd7 1-0

Leading scores after round 12(14 players,2713 av,13 rounds)A.Grischuk(RUS
2719),T.Radjabov(AZE 2751),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2737) 7.5, V.Gashimov(AZE 2703)
7. All fourteen players are within 1.5 points of 50%.

The Australian Open Championship and Norths Chess Club Centenary under 1600
rated events are being held at Manly-Warringah Leagues Club from Friday 2
January to Sunday 11 January. Adele Heasman,Deputy Mayor of Manly will open
Australia's premier chess event which is being held in the Manly/northern
beaches area for the first time. There are 112 early entries to
date(Enquiries tel 92112994). The top seeds so far in the championship (66
players,11 rounds) are IM George Xie(NSW 2403),IM Mark Chapman(SA 2402),IM
Aleks Wohl(NSW 2362),FM Vladimir Smirnov(NSW 2338),FM Tomek Rej(NSW 2327),FM
Jesse Sales(NSW 2320). 46 entries have been received to date in the 11 round
under 1600 rated tournament. More entries are welcome.

Azeris lead Elista Grand Prix

Peter Parr (SMH 22/12/08)

 Vugar Gashimov and Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan share the lead in the World Chess Federation Grand Prix tournament in Elista,Kalmykia,Russia.

 A.Grischuk 2719 v P.Leko 2747 E15 Queens Indian 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Rc1 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bg2 Bb7 11. O-O Nbd7 12. Qc2 Re8 13. Rfd1 c6 14. Ne1 Nf8 15. Bg5 Ne6 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. e3 a5 18. Nd3 Be7 19. Rb1 Ba3 20. b4 axb4 21. Nxb4 Qe7 22. Qb3 Ra7 23. Nc2 b5 24. Bxd5 cxd5 25. Nxb5 Ra6 26. Nbxa3 Bc8 27. Nb4 Ng5 28. Nxa6 Qe4 29. Qb5 Rf8 30. Nc5 Qf3 31. Kf1 Nh3 32. Rd2 Qh1+ 33. Ke2 Qxh2 34. Kd3 Nxf2+ 35. Kc3 Qxg3 36. Qe2 Ng4 37. Rf1 Qc7 38. Kb2 Qa5 39. Nb3 1-0

 Progress scores after round 6 (14 players,2713 av,13 rounds) V.Gashimov(AZE 2703) and T. Radjabov(AZE 2751) 4,D.Jakovenko(RUS 2737),E.Alekseev(RUS 2715),A.Grischuk(RUS 2719) 3.5

 Meanwhile the even stronger Pearl Spring Super Grandmaster tournament in Nanjing,China has been won by former World Champion Veselin Topalov with a round to spare and a 2910 performance rating so far. The total prize fund for the 6 player event is AUD $500,000 including 1st prize of AUD $160,000. 

 L.Aronian 2757 v V.Ivanchuk 2786  B36 Sicilian Maroczy Bind  1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. e4 Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. Nc2 Bg7 8. Be2 Nd7 9. Bd2 a5 10. O-O Nc5 11. Qc1 h5 12. Rd1 Bd7 13. Ne1 Nd4 14. Bf1 O-O 15. Bg5 Bc6 16. Nd5 Re8 17. f3 b5 18. Be3 Nce6 19. Qd2 bxc4 20. Bxc4 Rb8 21. Kh1 Nb5 22. Rac1 Nc5 23. b4 axb4 24. Nxb4 Qb6 25. Ned3 Na3 26. Bb3 Ba8 27. Nxc5 dxc5 28. Bxc5 Qa5 29. Qf4 e6 30. Rd7 Rf8 31. Rxf7 Rxf7 32. Qxb8+ Kh7 33. Bxe6 1-0

 Scores after 9 rounds(6 players,10 rounds) V.Topalov(BUL 2791) 6.5, X.Bu(CHN 2714),L.Aronian(ARM 2757) 5,P.Svidler(RUS 2727) 4,S.Movsesian(SVK 2732) 3.5,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2786) 3.

 FIDE Master Dr Vladimir Smirnov of Sydney scored an International Master result by scoring 7/9 and winning the Australian Masters in Melbourne.Smirnov stood worse against IM Mirko Rujevic in the final round but recovered to reach a better ending but just when a draw seemed inevitable Rujevic blundered and lost. Smirnov had been unlucky in earlier rounds when he only drew with Hamilton and West from winning positions.

S.Solomom 2470 v M.Dizdarevic 2025  1. e4 e6 2. d4 b6 3. Bd3 Bb7 4. Nc3 d5 5. exd5 exd5 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8. Ne2 O-O 9. Ng3 g6 10. Re1 Nbd7 11. c3 Re8 12. Bg5 c5 13. Qd2 Qc7 14. Ne5 a6 15. Qf4 Kg7 16. Nh5+ gxh5 17. Bh6+ 1-0 

Final scores:- FM V.Smirnov (RUS 2338) 7/9: IM G.West (AUS 2342) 6.5: IM S.Solomon (AUS 2470) 6: IM M.Rujevic (AUS 2281), FM D.Hamilton (AUS 2209) 5: C.Gorka (ENG 2184) 4: M.Dizdarevic (BIH 2025), B.Cheng (NZL 2088) 3.5: FM E.Levi (AUS 2203) 2.5: D.Hacche (AUS 2207) 2.

 Leading final scores of the Easts, Bondi Junction Inaugural tournament (26 players, 9 rounds). NSW Lightning Champion J.Bolens 9/9, B.Encel & O.Raykhman 6.5. The lightning event will be held this evening.

 The Lidums Australian Junior Championships will be held in Adelaide 2-13 January. There are so far 96 early entries (contact 92112994 b)received for the Australian Open Championship and Norths Chess Club Centenary under 1600 rated events 2-11 January at Manly-Warringah Leagues Club.Players of all standards are welcome. Early entry fees apply until 24 December.

These events will be followed by the Queenstown Classic 15-24 January in New Zealand.

Smirnov leads Masters

Peter Parr (SMH 15/12/08)

 FIDE Master Vladimir Smirnov of Sydney leads the ten player Australian Masters Tournament in Melbourne. Smirnov needs to defeat IM Mirko Rujevic of Melbourne in the final round to score an IM norm(2450+performance). Douglas Hamilton aged 67,the Australian Champion in 1964,1966 and 1982 defeated the current Australian Champion in the following attacking game.

 D.Hamilton - S.Solomon  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 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nc6 14.Nb3 a5 15.Be3 a4 16.Nbd2 Bd7 17.Rc1 Rfc8 18.Nf1 Qb8 19.Bg5 exd4 20.Nxd4 h6 21.Be3 Ne5 22.Ng3 Nc4 23.Ndf5 Bd8 24.Bd4 Be6 25.Nxg7 Kxg7 26.Nh5+ Kf8 27.Nxf6 Ne5 28.Nd5 Ba5 29.Rf1 Bxd5 30.exd5 Bb6 31.Bxb6 Qxb6 32.Qh5 Kg7 33.Kh1 Qd4 34.f4 Nd3 35.Qg4+ Kf8 36.Bxd3 Rxc1 37.Rxc1 Qxd3 38.Qh5 Kg7 39.Qg4+ Kf8 40.Qh5 Kg7 41.Kh2 Re8 42.Rc3 Qh7 43.f5 Re5 44.Qg4+ Kf6 45.Qh4+ Kg7 46.f6+ Kf8 47.Rc8+ Re8 48.Qg4 1-0 Leading scores after round 8 - FM V.Smirnov(RUS 2338) 6,IM G.West(2342) 5.5,IM S.Solomon(2470),IM M.Rujevic(2281),FM D.Hamilton (2209) 5.

 Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix 2008 final scores:- IM S.Solomon 147.69, IM D.Smerdon 116.67, FM V.Smirnov 58.42, FM G.Nakauchi 58.42, GM D.Antic 57.94, FM J.Sales 45.53, IM P.Froehlich 44.50, GM Z.Zhao 42.50  Junior-S.Grigg, Women,Girls and under 1600, E.Guo. Under 2000-FM G.Nakauchi. Unrated-G.Ingham

 The Australian Schools Teams Championship was held in Adelaide. Open - 1st Scotch College(VIC),2nd Sydney Grammar(NSW). Girls - 1st Somerset College(QLD),2nd North Sydney GHS (NSW). Primary - 1st Penshurst West PS(NSW),2nd Somerset College (QLD). Primary Girls - 1st Somerville House (QLD),2nd=Summer Hill Primary(NSW) and Curtin Primary(ACT)

 The 11 round Australian Open Championship and Manly Classic(under 1600 rating) will be held 2-11 January 2009 in the air-conditioned auditorium of Manly-Warringah Rugby Leagues Club,Bookvale,Sydney. A field of up to 150 players is expected and the prize fund exceeds $10,000. Early entry fees have been extended to 24 December. Enquiries (02) 92112994(B)

 St George defeated Norths 25.5-20.5 in a 46 board match at Norths. FM Malcolm Stephens(Norths) beat Adrian Rose(St. George) on top board.

 Hou Yifan of Xinghua,China has become the youngest female grandmaster in history at the of 14 years,6 months and 2 days. In 1991 Judith Polgar became a GM at the age of 15 breaking by 2 months Bobby Fischer's 1958 record also at the age of 15.

 The 77th Ukraine Championship(26 players including 17 GM's)resulted in a tie for first place between E.Miroshnichenko(2632)and Y.Drozdovskij(2587) each scoring 6.5/9. 12-year-old International Master Illya Nyzhnyk(2444) scored 4.5 against 9 players all rated between 2550 and 2632(average 2594) a fraction below the 2600 GM norm.

 I.Nyzhnyk (2444) v Y.Kuzubov (2622) (GM at 14yrs 7 months in 2004) B53 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. dxc5 Nxe4 5. cxd6 Nc6 6. Na3 Nxd6 7. Bf4 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. Qd5 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 e5 11. Be3 Qa5+ 12. c3 Qa4 13. Rd1 O-O-O 14. Rd5 Be7 15. Be2 f5 16. O-O Qe4 17. Rfd1 Qxf3 18. Bxf3 Kc7 19. Rxd6 Bxd6 20. Nb5+ Kb8 21. Nxd6 Rhf8 22. Bc5 Rf6 23. Bxc6 bxc6 24. Rd2 g5 25. Kf1 Kc7 26. Nc4 Rxd2 27. Nxd2 a6 28. Nf3 g4 29. Nxe5 gxh3 30. gxh3 Rh6 31. Kg2 Rh4 32. f3 Rh6 33. f4 Re6 34. a4 Re8 35. a5 Rg8+ 36. Kf3 Kb7 37. b4 Re8 38. Bd4 Rg8 39. Nd7 h6 40. Bb6 1-0


IM Illya Nyzhnyk aged 12

Peter Parr (SMH 8/12/08)

 International Master 12-year-old Illya Nyzhnyk(2444)has scored 2 wins and 2 draws(performance rating 2783)after 4 rounds of the 77th Ukraine Championship (26 players including 17 GM's). Nyzhnyk defeated 3 time champion GM V.Neverov(2571)in round 1 and GM Y.Kuzubov(2622) in round 4. Nyzhyk has one GM norm and is expected to become one of the youngest ever grandmasters.

 Two games from the recent Olympiad -  V.Akopian (ARM 2679) v S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2731)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 a6 9. f4 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 b5 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. e5 d5 13. Kb1 Bb7 14. f5 fxe5 15. Qxe5 Bf6 16. Qg3 Qe7 17. fxe6 fxe6 18. Be2 h5 19. a4 h4 20. Qg6+ Qf7 21. Qg4 Rg8 22. Qh3 Rg5 23. Bg4 Ke7 24. Rhe1 Be5 25. Qe3 Rag8 26. Qa7 1-0

 A.Istratescu (ROU 2633) v J.Gustafsson (GER 2634) 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. O-O a6 10. e4 c5 11. d5 Qc7 12. dxe6 fxe6 13. Bc2 c4 14. Ng5 Nc5 15. Be3 Bd6 16. Qf3 h6 17. Qh3 O-O-O 18. Nf3 Kb8 19. e5 Bxe5 20. Nxe5 Qxe5 21. Rfe1 Ka8 22. a4 b4 23. Nb5 axb5 24. axb5+ Kb8 25. Qh4 g5 26. Qxc4 Qd5 27. Qf1 Ng4 28. Bxc5 Qxc5 29. Qe2 Rhf8 0-1

 NSW Lightning (26 players, 11 rounds): J.Bolens (2103) 10, FM J.Sales (2328) 9.5, K.Thapa (2143) 9, J.Chan (2115) 8.5, H.Rachmadi (1829) 6.5 Darling Downs Gold Cup in Toowoomba (48 players, 6 rounds):- Leading final scores: IM S.Solomom 2431 and IM P.Froehlich 2343 5.5: FM G.Nakauchi 2051, T.Weller 1762 and K.Duncan 2129 5 Vikings GP Weekender in Canberra (58 players, 6 rounds):- J.Ikeda (2213) 5.5: Y.Yuan 2015, FM V.Smirnov 2309, E.Ambros 2351, G.Ramakrishna 1608 5.

 The Australian Chess Federation has rated 112 tournaments (94 classic, 18 rapid) and 8096 games (6013 classic, 2083 rapid) in the last three months. Leading players December 2008 - GM I.Rogers (NSW 2605)=, GM Z.Zhao (NSW 2602)=, IM D.Smerdon (ACT 2477) -25, IM S.Solomon (QLD 2446) +15, IM G.Xie (NSW 2411) +7, GM D.Johansen (VIC 2410)=, T.Tao (SA 2397)=, FM I.Goldenberg (VIC 2355) +3, FM I.Bjelobrk (NSW 2340) -36, FM G.Canfell (NSW 2339) +60. Juniors U20 - R.Yu (NSW 2229),U18 - J. Ikeda (ACT 2220),U16 - M.Illingworth (NSW 2114), U14,U12 and U10 - B.Cheng (VIC 2085).Seniors over 60 - IM M.Rujevic (VIC 2217), over 70 - FM A.Flatow (NSW 2136), Over 80 - P.Viner (NSW 1943), Over 90 - L.Fell (NSW 1580). Women - IM I.Berezina-Feldman (NSW 2146), WIM A.Caoili (QLD 2128), G.Nguyen (SA 2067), WIM L.Moylan (NSW 1994), WIM B.Dekic (NSW 1962). Girls U20 - WIM A.Jule (QLD 1812).

 The NSW inter-schools competitions,have concluded. The Metropolitan Secondary Schools,divided into three grades based on school year,was contested by nearly 300 teams(up 11% on last year).The winners were:Sydney Boys High(Senior Grade),North Sydney Boys High(Intermediate Grade)and Sydney Grammar(Junior Grade). The Country Secondary Schools attracted 141 teams(5 more than last year)and was won by Smith's Hill High,Wollongong. Nearly 1000 teams took part in the state-wide Primary Schools,which was won by Penshurst West Public School who also won the Primary Schools One-Day series which was contested by 1152 three-player teams(50 more teams than last year)in 33 district tournaments across the state plus two sets of finals.

 The schools representing NSW in the Australian Schools Teams Championships currently taking place in Adelaide are Sydney Grammar(Secondary Open Division),North Sydney Girls High(Secondary Girls),Penshurst West Public(Primary Open) and Summer Hill Public(Primary Girls).

Robert Wade OBE dies at 87

Peter Parr (SMH 1/12/08)

 Robert Wade,born in Dunedin,New Zealand in 1921 died on Saturday with severe pneumonia in London. He won the NZ Championship in 1944,1945 and 1948 and tied for second(behind Steiner)in the 1945 Australian Championship. Wade's best game in his first British Championship in 1946(a 12 player round robin) was against my father. Wade was British Champion in 1952 and 1970 (Australian Master Max Fuller tied for second) and I met him numerous times at national championships,county and club matches in the 1950's and 1960's in England and at Olympiads in the 1970's,1980's and 1990's. He was the doyen of chess as a player,writer,arbiter,coach and promoter.

  Wade was an International Master, competed in seven Olympiads and his last major tournament was the Staunton Memorial,London July 2008. He represented Australia and New Zealand at the FIDE Congress in Paris 1949 and attended the Botvinnik v Bronstein World Title match in Moscow 1951 as FIDE Vice-President. Wade wrote numerous books and helped Bobby Fischer prepare for his 1972 World Title Match against Boris Spassky. He was awarded an OBE for services to chess in 1979 and was made an Honorary Member of FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

 The President of Kalmykia,Russia and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov plans to expand the membership of FIDE from 165 to 200 national federations wishing for one billion players worldwide. A new FIDE chess palace in the shape of a knight built by real estate billionaire Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim,President of UAE Chess Federation opens next month in Abu Dhabi(UAE).

 The following three games were played at the Olympiad last week in Dresden.   F.Caruana (ITA 2640) v E.Berg (SWE 2623) [C10] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. Bd3 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Qe2 O-O 10. O-O b6 11. Bg5 Bb7 12. Rad1 Qc7 13. Ne5 Rfd8 14. Kh1 Be7 15. Rde1 h6 16. Bh4 Nd5 17. Bg3 Bd6 18. Qe4 Nf6 19. Qh4 Nd7 20. Nxf7 Kxf7 21. Rxe6 Nc5 22. Rxd6 Rxd6 23. Qf4+ Ke7 24. Re1+ Kd7 25. Bb5+ Bc6 26. Qf5+ Ne6 27. Bxd6 Qxd6 28. Rxe6 1-0

 V.Akopian (ARM 2679) v M.Vachier Lagrave (FRA 2716) [B90] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. Be2 Qc7 8. a4 b6 9. f4 Bb7 10. Bf3 Nbd7 11. Qe2 g6 12. O-O Be7 13. Rad1 e5 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Bh6 Bf8 16. Bxf8 Kxf8 17. Qe3 h6 18. Bh5 Qe7 19. Bxg6 Nxg6 20. Nf5 Qe5 21. Qxb6 Bxe4 22. Qxd6+ Qxd6 23. Nxd6 Bxc2 24. Rxf6 Ra7 25. Rd2 Kg7 26. Rf3 1-0

 M.Rodshtein (ISR 2609) v TL. Petrosian (ARM 2629) [D11] 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c6 3. c4 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. b3 Bd6 6. Bb2 O-O 7. Nbd2 b6 8. Bd3 Nbd7 9. O-O Bb7 10. Ne5 c5 11. cxd5 exd5 12. f4 Qe7 13. Rf3 cxd4 14. Nxd7 Nxd7 15. Bxd4 g6 16. Rh3 Bc5 17. f5 Nf6 18. Qf3 Bxd4 19. exd4 g5 20. Rg3 h6 21. h4 Qb4 22. Qf4 Ne4 23. Nxe4 Qxd4+ 24. Kh2 f6 25. hxg5 hxg5 26. Nxf6+ Qxf6 27. Rxg5+ Kf7 28. Qc7+ 1-0

 The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan attended the last round and saw his team win the gold medals for the second consecutive Olympiad. The team was flown back to Yerevan on the Presidential Plane Air Force Armenia One.

 The AGM of the NSW Chess Association on Saturday re-elected the executive. President-Bill Gletsos,Vice-President-Jason Hu,Secretary-Tom Accola,Treasurer-Norm Greenwood.

The 11 round Australian Open Championship will be held next month 2-11 January 2009 in the air-conditioned auditorium of the Manly-Warringah Rugby Leagues Club, Brookvale, Sydney.

A field of up to 150 players is expected and the prize fund in excess of $10,000.The Manly Classic for players rated below 1600 will be held concurrently with the Open.Early entry fees apply until 9 December 2008. Enquiries Chris Dimock (02) 9221-5380

Armenia wins Olympiad

Peter Parr (SMH 27/11/08)

   Armenia have won the gold medals in the Chess Olympiad as they did last time in Turin 2006. The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan arrived in Dresden to watch the games in the last round.

  Armenia defeated the higher rated team from China with Tigran Petrosian winning and the other three games were drawn. Armenia seeded ninth repeated their policy adopted in 2006 of not using their reserve player. The performance ratings of each player were very high - Aronian 2743, Akopian 2820, Sargissian 2883 (9/11), Petrosian 2723. Sargissian was also the hero in 2006 scoring 10/13. Peter Leko of Hungary won the gold medal for board one. Leko is married to the daughter of Arshak Petrosian (Captain of Armenia).

  Results of the top teams in the final round- Armenia 2.5 China 1.5, USA 3.5 Ukraine 0.5 (Kamsky 2729 beat Ivanchuk 2786 on board 1), Israel 2.5 Netherlands 1.5. Russia drew all four games (2-2) against Spain.

  Australia played the all grandmaster Cuban team. Zhao won after gaining the advantage of queen v rook and knight against ex World Junior Champion GM Bruzon(2623). Smerdon lost to GM Quezada(2580) and Johansen lost to GM Hernandez(2580). Xie had a better rook endgame against GM Nogueiras (2574) but incorrectly exchanged rooks leaving him with a lost king and pawn endgame. Final score Cuba 3 Australia 1.

  Final scores- GM Z.Zhao 2567 6.5/10 5w 5b pr 2645, IM D.Smerdon 2470 4/9 5w 4b  pr 2437, IM S.Solomon 2470 4/8 3w 5b pr 2390, GM D.Johansen 2446 6.5/9 6w 3b  pr 2500, IM G.Xie 2403 3/8 3w 5b pr 2167

  Our best results came from Australia's only two active grandmasters.

  Final scores after round 11 (154 teams) - Armenia 19 (Gold): Israel 18 (Silver): USA (Bronze) and Ukraine 17: Russia, Azerbaijan, China, Hungary, Vietnam, Spain, Georgia 16. Australia seeded 53rd finished 57th with 12/22 match points (6 wins, 5 losses). Fifteen teams (49-63) each scored 12 match points and the exact placing(57) is determined by countback.   

  Australia scored 5.5/20 from 5 teams seeded above us and 18.5/24 from 6 teams seeded below us.

  Maia Chiburdanidze led the Georgian team to gold medals in the Womens Olympiad with a personal score of 7.5/9 and easily the best womens rating performance of 2729.

Chiburdanidze won the title of Womens World Champion 30 years ago at the age of 17.

  Results of the top teams in the final round - Poland 1.5 Ukraine 2.5, Georgia 3 Serbia 1, USA 2.5 France 1.5, Netherlands 1.5 Russia 2.5

  Australia lost 1.5-2.5 to Brazil. Caoili and Oliver were outplayed in the middlegame and lost. Nguyen reached an opposite coloured bishop endgame a pawn ahead and won. Moylan lost the exchange but had sufficient counter-play to draw.

Final scores WM A.Caoili 2170 5/10 6w 4b pr 2261, T.Nguyen 2101 4.5/9 4w 5b pr 2155, WM L.Moylan 2114 4/9 5w 4b pr 2081, WM B.Dekic 2103 4.5/8 4w 4b pr 2078, WFM S.Oliver 1942 3.5/8 3w 5b pr 1917. A good result for Arianne Caoili, the girl friend of Armenian No.1 Levon Aronian.

  Final scores after round 11 (114 teams) Georgia (Gold) and Ukraine (Silver) 18: USA (Bronze), Russia, Poland 17. New Zealand were 62nd with 11 points. Australia seeded 54th finished 63rd with 10/22 match points(4 wins,2 draws,5 losses). Fifteen teams (63-77) each scored 10 match points and the exact placing (63) is determined by countback. Australia scored 8/20 from 5 teams seeded above us and 13.5/24 from 6 teams seeded below us. Fiji were 105th with 7 points. The next chess Olympiad will be held in September 2010 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia, Russia.

Close Finish in Olympiad

Peter Parr (SMH 26/11/08)

   Israel who led the Olympiad in Dresden, Germany after 9 rounds lost to Ukraine in round 10. Zahar Efimenko (UKR) has a performance rating of 2793 and Gabriel Sargissian(ARM)has an amazing 2893 performance rating. Results of the top teams round 10: Ukraine 2.5 Israel 1.5, Serbia 1 Armenia 3, England 1.5 China 2.5, Slovenia 0.5 Russia 3.5  Top rankings - Armenia, Ukraine 17, Israel, China 16, Russia, Netherlands, Spain, USA 15.

   Australia (53) won a very close match against Brazil (58). The first game to finish was on board 3 when Australian Champion Stephen Solomon lost. Johansen on board 4 drew an evenly fought game just after the time control. Zhao won the following tactical game on top board leaving the score 1.5 - 1.5

 Rd 10 D.Lima (BRA 2488) v Z.Zhao (AUS 2567) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Be2 Bd7 5. d3 Bc6 6. O-O Nbd7 7. b4 e6 8. Bb2 a5 9. bxc5 Nxc5 10. Nd4 Ba4 11. Qd2 e5 12. Nf5 g6 13. Ne3 b5 14. c4 b4 15. f4 Bh6 16. g4 Bxf4 17. Rxf4 exf4 18. g5 Nfxe4 19. dxe4 fxe3 20. Qxe3 O-O 21. Nd2 Rc8 22. Bg4 Nd7 23. Bxd7 Bxd7 24. Qf4 Qe7 25. Qh4 h5 26. Rf1 Qe6 27. Rf4 Rc5 28. Bf6 a4 29. Qe1 Rb8 30. h4 Re5 31. Qa1 Re8 32. Qb2 Qh3 33. Nf1 Bc6 34. Bxe5 dxe5 0-1. Smerdon held the advantage against GM Sunye Neto(2488)throughout but a draw seemed likely. Smerdon won with a very well played rook and pawn endgame. Final score Australia 2.5 Brazil 1.5.

 Rd 6 V.Topalov (BUL 2791) v  Z.Zhao (AUS 2567) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. Nge2 Re8 9. O-O Nf8 10. b4 Be6 11. b5 Ng6 12. Qc2 Bd6 13. f4 Bg4 14. Bxf6 Qxf6 15. Nxd5 Qd8 16. Ng3 Rc8 17. Bf5 Bxf5 18. Nxf5 c6 19. bxc6 bxc6 20. Nc3 Bb4 21. Ne4 a5 22. Rad1 h6 23. Neg3 Nf8 24. e4 Ne6 25. e5 Qb6 26. Nh5 Red8 27. Kh1 Kf8 28. Nfxg7 Nxg7 29. Nf6 Ke7 30. d5 Rh8 31. Qb3 Rcd8 32. d6+ Kf8 33. f5 Qb5 34. Qg3 Qe2 35. Qf4 Ne8 36. Ne4 Rg8 37. Qxh6+ Rg7 38. Ng3 1-0

  Progress scores - GM Z.Zhao 2567 5.5/9,IM D.Smerdon 2470 4/8,IM S.Solomon  2470 4/8,GM D.Johansen 2446 6.5/8,IM G.Xie 2403 3/7. Australia seeded 53rd is in 46th place with 12 match points. New Zealand is 79th on 10 points,Papua New Guinea 140th on 5 points and Fiji 142nd also on 5 points.  Round 11 - China v Armenia, USA v Ukraine, Israel V Netherlands, Russia v Spain. Australia (Zhao,Smerdon,Solomon,Johansen) plays Cuba (seeded 16th) GM Bruzon 2623, GM Quezada 2580, GM Hernandez 2580,GM Nogueiras 2574. Fortunately for Australia the top board GM Dominguez 2719,World Blitz champion is not playing in this vital last round match.

   Womens Olympiad results of the top teams round 10 - Serbia 2 Ukraine 2,Armenia 1.5 Poland 2.5,China 1.5 Georgia 2.5.  Australia lost to Sweden (20) by 1-3. WM Arianne Caoili was tactically outplayed by GM Pia Cramling (2550) one of the world's strongest female players (7.5/8 this Olympiad).  Nguyen lost. Moylan had 5 pawns for a rook but the game ended in a draw by perpetual check. Dekic drew in a knight and pawn endgame. Progress scores WM A.Caoili 2170 5/9 T.Nguyen 2101 3.5/8 WM L.Moylan 2114 3.5/8 WM B.Dekic 2103 4.5/8 WFM S.Oliver 1942 3.5/7

 Top rankings after round 10 (11 rounds, 114 teams) Poland 17, Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia 16. Australia seeded 54th is in 52nd place with 10 match points. Final round - Poland v Ukraine, Georgia v Serbia. Australia plays Brazil (62). 

Israel leads Olympiad

Peter Parr (SMH 24/11/08)

 Israel has taken the sole lead in the Open Olympiad in Dresden,Germany with two rounds to play. Israel drew with Latvia in round 1 and Lithuania in round 3 and won their other 7 matches defeating the defending Olympic Champions Armenia in round 9. GM Boris Gelfand on board 1 and GM Maxim Rodshtein on bottom board are both performing well above 2800 rating but Israel has not yet played any of the top seven seeds. Gabriel Sargissian (Armenia) has scored 8/9(performance 2950). The players on the top 4 boards of Russia,the top seeds and firm favorites, have all lost rating points.

 Round 7 - Armenia 2.5 Russia 1.5(Sargissian 1 Grischuk 0),China 2 Ukraine 2,Germany 2.5 Romania 1.5. Australia(Zhao,Smerdon,Solomon,Xie) were outclassed by sixth seeds Bulgaria(ex- world champion Topalov 2791,Cheparinov 2696,Georgiev 2645,Delchev 2632)losing 0-4.  Topalov is in excellent form with a score of 6.5/7 after round 9 (perf 2969)which leaves him as the only player in the world rated above 2800 on the daily updated rating list.

 Round 8 - France 0.5 Armenia 3.5,Israel 2.5 Germany 1.5,USA 1.5 Russia 2.5. Australia lost a closely fought match 1.5-2.5 against Bosnia and Herzegovina(29). Zhao 0.5 GM Predojevic 2615,Smerdon 0.5 GM Saric 2559,Solomon 0.5 IM Stojanovic 2455,Johansen 0 IM Bogut 2464. Round 9 Armenia 1.5 Israel 2.5(Aronian 2757 0 Gelfand 2719 1),Russia 1.5 Ukraine 2.5(Morozevich 2787 0 Efimenko 2680 1),Serbia 2.5 Azerbaijan 1.5. Australia(Zhao,Smerdon,Johansen,Xie) defeated Turkmenistan(78) 4-0.

 Progress scores- GM Z.Zhao 2567 4.5/8,IM D.Smerdon 2470 3/7,IM S.Solomon  2470 4/7, GM D.Johansen 2446 6/7, IM G.Xie 2403 3/7 

 Leading scores after round 9 (11 rounds, 154 teams) Israel 16,Armenia,Ukraine 15,China,England,Serbia 14 with nine countries including Russia on 13. Australia seeded 53 is in 60th place with 10 match points(20.5 game points) just ahead of New Zealand in 63rd place.The exact placings (43-63)of the 21 countries on 10 match points are determined by countback.  Round 10 pairings - Ukraine-Israel,Serbia-Armenia,England-China. Australia plays Brazil seeded 58.

 China won their first six matches in the Womens Olympiad,drew the next two,and lost in round 9. Russia the top seeds have scored badly on the top boards.Round 7 - China 2 USA 2,Russia 2 Poland 2. Australia lost 0-4(Nguyen,Moylan,Dekic,Oliver) to Venezuela(56).  Round 8 - Ukraine 2 China 2,USA 3 Russia 1. Australia(Caoili,Nguyen,Dekic,Oliver)beat Barbados(107) 4-0.  Round 9 - China 1.5 Serbia 2.5,Poland 3 USA 1,Ukraine 3 Romania 1. Australia(Caoili,Nguyen,Moylan 0.5,Oliver) beat Syria(83) 3.5-0.5

 Progress scores- WM A.Caoili 2170 5/8,T.Nguyen 2101 3.5/7, WM L.Moylan 2114 3/7, WM B.Dekic 2103 4/7, WFM S.Oliver 1942 3.5/7. Leading scores after round 9 (11 rounds,114 teams) Ukraine,Poland,Serbia 15,China,Georgia,Armenia 14. Australia seeded 54 is in 45th place with 10 match points. Round 10 Serbia-Ukraine,Armenia-Poland,China-Georgia. Australia plays Sweden(20).Australia has played 4 countries rated above us and 5 countries rated below us so far in both the Open and Womens Olympiads.

 The NSW State Lightning Championship will be held at Rooty Hill RSL Club starting at 11am on Saturday November 29.The AGM of the NSW Chess Association will be held after the lightning commencing at 2:30pm.

Zhao beats Korchnoi

Peter Parr (SMH 21/11/08)

   Australian Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao defeated former World Title Challenger Viktor Korchnoi (Switzerland) in the following game in the sixth round of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. Korchnoi now aged 77 is competing in his 17th Olympiad.

 Z.Zhao 2567 v V.Korchnoi 2584 [A17] 1. Nf3 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 a5 7. b3 d6 8. Bb2 e5 9. g3 c5 10. Bg2 Nc6 11. O-O Bg4 12. Rfe1 Qb6 13. e3 a4 14. bxa4 Rxa4 15. d3 Rd8 16. Rab1 Qa5 17. Qb3 Qa6 18. Nd2 Ra5 19. f4 Be6 20. Bc1 Bc8 21. Qb6 Qxb6 22. Rxb6 Nd7 23. Rb3 Nf6 24. Bb2 Ra6 25. Bxc6 Rxc6 26. fxe5 Ng4 27. exd6 Rcxd6 28. d4 Rh6 29. Nf3 Bf5 30. e4 Bc8 31. d5 b6 32. Bc1 Rg6 33. Nh4 Rgd6 34. e5 Re8 35. Nf3 Rg6 36. h3 Nf6 37. exf6 Rxg3+ 38. Kf2 Rxe1 39. Kxe1 gxf6 40. Kf2 Rxh3 41. Rxb6 Bg4 42. Rxf6 Rh1 43. Bb2 Bxf3 44. Kxf3 1-0

 Round 5 D.Chan Yi Ren (SIN 2260) v  D.Johansen (AUS 2446) [B45] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bc4 a6 7. Bb3 Nf6 8. Be3 Bd7 9. Qe2 b5 10. O-O-O Na5 11. f3 Nxb3+ 12. axb3 b4 13. Nb1 Be7 14. g4 O-O 15. g5 Nh5 16. f4 g6 17. Qf3 Rc8 18. Rd2 a5 19. Ne2 a4 20. bxa4 Bxa4 21. Ng3 Qc7 22. Qe2 Qc4 23. Nxh5 gxh5 24. Qg2 Rc7 25. Rf1 Rfc8 26. Rff2 Qa2 27. Bd4 Rc4 28. Bf6 Bf8 29. Qf3 Bc6 30. Rde2 Qa8 31. Qxh5 Bxe4 32. b3 Bg6 33. Qh3 R4c5 34. Bd4 Bf5 35. Qe3 Qh1+ 36. Kb2 Qd1 37. Bxc5 Bg7+ 38. Ka2 Rxc5 39. Qxc5 dxc5 40. Rd2 Qc1 41. Rd8+ Bf8 42. h4 Bxc2 43. Nd2 Qa3# 0-1

   IM Stephen Solomon 2470 drew with GM F.Jenni(SWI 2543),GM Darryl Johansen 2446 won against GM J.Gallagher (SWI 2480) and IM George Xie 2403 lost to former world junior champion IM W.Hug (SWI 2448). Final score Australia 2.5 Switzerland 1.5  Progress scores - GM Z.Zhao 2567 3/5 (pr 2498), IM D.Smerdon 2470 1.5/4 (pr 2334), IM S.Solomon 2470 3.5/5 (pr 2444), GM D.Johansen 2446 5/5 (pr 2842), IM G.Xie 2403 2/5 (pr 2057) Russia beat England 3-1 (Kramnik beat Short), Ukraine drew 2-2 with Germany, Armenia beat Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5.

 C.Sandipan (IND 2579) v A.Morozevich (RUS 2787) [D30] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 Bb4+ 5. Nbd2 dxc4 6. Qc2 b5 7. a4 c6 8. e4 h6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. b3 c3 13. e5 Qe7 14. Ne4 bxa4 15.Rxa4 a5 16. Nxc3 Bb7 17. Ne4 c5 18. Nd6 Bd5 19. dxc5 Bxc5 20. Nc4 Bb4 21. Ne3 Bxf3 22. Bxf3 Rac8 23. Qb2 Rc3 24. Nd1 Rd3 25. Qe2 Nc5 26. Ra2 Rfd8 27. Ne3 Nxb3 28. Nd5 R3xd5 29. Bxd5 exd5 30. f4 d4 31. f5 d3 32. Qd1 Nc5 33. e6 d2 34.Rc2 Ne4 0-1

   Leading scores after round 6 (11 rounds, 154 teams) Armenia and Russia 11/12, Germany, Ukraine, India, Israel, France, China, Romania 10. Australia seeded 53 is in place 40 with 8 match points (15/24 game points). Australia plays 6th seeded Bulgaria in round 7.

   Australia drew 2-2 with Indonesia in round 6 of the Womens Olympiad. (Caoili 0.5, Moylan 1, Dekic 0, Oliver 0.5)

  Progress scores- WM A.Caoili 2170 3/6(pr 2338), T.Nguyen 2101 1.5/4 (pr 2188), WM L.Moylan 2114 2.5/5 (pr 2173), WM B.Dekic 2103 3/5 (pr 2127), WFM S.Oliver 1942 1.5/4 (pr 1813).

  China maintained a 100% match score by defeating Hungary 2.5-1.5 in round 6.

  Leading scores after round 6 (11 rounds,114 teams) China 12, Russia, Netherlands, Ukraine, USA, Poland 10. Australia seeded 54 is in place 43 with 6 match points (11.5/24 game points) Australia plays 56th seeded Venezuela in round 7. 1270 players are taking part in the Olympiad (722 men, 548 women). There are 761 titled players(253 Grandmasters, 65 WGM, 176 IM, 90 WM, 91 FM, 86 WFM).

Germany 2 Russia 2

Peter Parr (SMH 19/11/08)

 Germany and Russia the two joint leaders after round 4 played four hard fought draws in the fifth round of the open chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. Russia were unable to gain any advantage on any board.


Rd 4 board 1 T.Radjabov (AZE 2752) v G.Kamsky (USA 2729)  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Be3 c5 8. Rc1 Qa5 9. Qd2 cxd4 10. cxd4 Qxd2+ 11. Kxd2 O-O 12. Bd3 e6 13. Ne2 Nc6 14. Rc4 Rd8 15. Rb1 Bd7 16. Nc3 Be8 17. e5 Rab8 18. f4 Bf8 19. g4 Be7 20. h4 f6 21. h5 gxh5 22. gxh5 Bxh5 23. Rg1+ Bg6 24. f5 exf5 25. e6 Kf8 26. Bh6+ Ke8 27. Nb5 Bb4+ 28. Ke3 Ke7 29. Bf4 Kxe6 30. d5+!! Kf7 31. dxc6 bxc6 32. Rxb4 cxb5 33. Bxb8 f4+ 34. Kxf4 Bxd3 35. Bxa7 Ra8 36. Rd4 1-0


Match results Round 4 - Ukraine 2 Armenia 2 (4 draws): Spain 1.5 Germany (1) 2.5: Norway 2 England 2: Russia 2.5 (Russian Champion Svidler 2727 lost to Harikrishna 2659)India 1.5:  Romania 1 Hungary 3:Azerbaijan 3 USA 1. Round 5 - Germany(1) 2 Russia 2: Armenia 2.5 Netherlands 1.5: Hungary 1.5 Ukraine 2.5: Norway 1 Azerbaijan 3: England 2.5 Italy 1.5.


Australia outclassed Guernsey in round 4 winning their second consecutive match 4-0. Australia beat Singapore (78) in round 5 by 2.5-1.5(Zhao 0.5,Smerdon 0,Solomon 1,Johansen 1) GM Darryl Johansen in his 13th Olympiad has scored 4/4. Progress scores - GM Z.Zhao 2567 2/4(perf rating 2387),IM D.Smerdon 2470 1.5/4(pr 2334),IM S.Solomon  2470 3/4(pr 2426),GM D.Johansen 2446 4/4(pr 2764),IM G.Xie 2403 2/4(pr 2050). FM Robert Smith in his 12th Olympiad for New Zealand arrived three minutes late in round 4 and lost on forfeit.


Leading scores after round 5(11 rounds,154 teams) in count back order-Russia,Armenia,Germany(1),Azerbaijan,Ukraine,England all 9/10. Australia seeded 53 is in place 58 with 6/10 match points (12.5/20 game points).


Australia beat El Salvador 2.5-1.5 in a closely fought round 4 match in the Womens Olympiad (our open team had lost to the same country 1.5-2.5). Arianne Caoili won the following beautiful attacking game on top board. Moylan lost, Dekic won and Oliver drew.  WM A.Caoili (AUS 2170) v WM L.Zepeda (ESA 2159) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Bd3 g6 5. h3 Bg7 6. Bc2 e5 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 O-O 9. Nc3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 d5 11. e5 Re8 12. f4 Nh5 13. O-O f6 14. Nxd5 fxe5 15. Nb5 Na6 16. f5 e4 17. Bb3 Kh8 18. f6 Bf8 19. f7 Re6 20. Qd4+ Ng7 21. Bh6 Bd7 22. Bxg7+ Bxg7 23. f8=Q+ Qxf8 24. Rxf8+ Rxf8 25. Qc4 Rc8 26. Qe2 Nc5 27. Rc1 Nxb3 28. Rxc8+ Bxc8 29. axb3 a6 30. Nbc7 Re5 31. Ne3 Rc5 32. Qd2 Bf6 33. Qd6 1-0


Australia lost to Italy 1-3 in round 5 With losses on the top 3 boards but WM Dekic won her third consecutive game. Progress scores- WM A.Caoili 2170 2.5/5(pr 2345), T.Nguyen 2101 1.5/4(pr 2188), WM L.Moylan 2114 1.5/4(pr 2099), WM B.Dekic 2103 3/4 (pr 2311), WFM S.Oliver 1942 1/3(pr 1941) Leading scores after round 5 (11 rounds,114 teams) China 10/10 match points, Hungary 9, with 11 countries on 8 points. Australia seeded 54 is in place 54 with 5/10 match points (9.5/20 game points).


All the moves of every game can be viewed live on the internet daily at www.Dresden2008.de Round 6 commences at 1am Sydney time on Thursday when our open team plays Switzerland and our women play Indonesia.

Armenia leads Olympiad

Peter Parr (SMH 17/11/08)

 Armenia is the only country to have won every match in the first three rounds in both the open and womens chess Olympiads. Armenia has scored 10 wins and two draws from 12 games in the open (GM Gabriel Sargissian and GM Tigran Petrosian each 3/3) and 8 wins with 4 draws from 12 games in the womens division. Armenia won the gold medals in the open at the last Olympiad in Turin 2006 finishing outright first on game points and match points.

 The nine countries leading the open Olympiad with 6/6 match points after 3 rounds (11 rounds,154 teams) are in count back order - Armenia,Germany(1team),England,India,Romania,Russia,Norway,Spain,Ukraine. Russia the top seeds beat Switzerland 2.5-1.5,Poland 2.5-1.5 and Cuba 3.5-0.5. Second seeds Ukraine defeated Vietnam 2.5-1.5,Serbia 2.5-1.5 and Georgia 2.5-1.5.

 Australia seeded 53 lost to Czech Republic(18) by  0.5-3.5 in the first round with only GM Z.Zhao drawing with GM D.Navara 2633 on board 1. Australia lost to the much lower rated El Salvador(91) in round 2 by 1.5-2.5 with GM D.Johansen winning. Australia was in 127th place but a decisive 4-0 win in round 3 against British Virgin Islands(136) has pushed us up to 93rd place with 2/6 match points. Progress scores GM Z.Zhao 2567 0.5/2,IM D.Smerdon 2470 1.5/3,IM S.Solomon 2470 1/2,GM D.Johansen 2446 2/2,IM G.Xie 2403 1/3. Australia plays Guernsey(128) in round 4.

 The six countries leading the womens Olympiad with 6/6 match points after 3 rounds(11 rounds,114 teams) are in count back order - Hungary,Armenia,Poland,Serbia,China,Georgia. The top two seeds Russsia and Ukraine are on 5 match points.

  Australia (54)has played three higher rated teams in the first three rounds. WM Arianne Caoili on board 1 outplayed WGM Anna Sharevich 2322 of Belarus(26) and we tied the match 2-2. We lost to Lithuania(23) 1-3 in round 2 but our best match so far was a 3-1 win over Argentina (29)in round 3. Australia is in 58th place with 3/6 match points. Progress scores WM A.Caoili 2170 1.5/3,T.Nguyen 2101 1.5/3,WM L.Moylan 2114 1.5/2,WM B.Dekic 2103 1/2,WFM S.Oliver 1942 0.5/2. Australia plays El Salvador(59) in round 4.

 FM Jonathan Humphrey (AUS 2330) scored 5/11 is an IM event in Budapest last week. Tony Truscott (1930) won the Queensland Championship (8 players, 7 rounds) scoring 5.5 points ahead of Y.Liu (1730) 5, FM J.Sarfati (2263) 4.5 and D.Lovejoy (1875) 4.  Igor Goldenberg won the Victorian Championship by defeating IM Leonid Sandler in a long  endgame in the final round. Guy West won his last 6 consecutive games. Leading final scores (11 players, 10 rounds, FIDE rated) FM I.Goldenberg (2386) 7.5, IM G.West (2342), FM E.Levi (2203) 7, IM M.Rujevic (2281), FM D.Hamilton (2209), D.Hacche (2207) 5.5.

   Final scores in the Ford Memorial at Norths, Cammeray, Sydney (63 players, 9 rounds):- B.Atzmon-Simon (2114), A.Papp (1527) 7.5: K.Hursky (2017), T.Luchtmeijer (2081), S.Garner (1779), N.Greenwood (1491) 6.5. Top seed Roger Cook (2212) scored 6 points. 32 players competed for over $3000 prize money in the Fisher's Ghost Grand Prix Weekender at Campbelltown. Leading final scores: FM V.Smirnov (2309) 6, FM J.Sales (2295) 5.5: K.Thapa(2143), J.Bolens(1996), A.Huynh(1835), A.Camer(1979) 5.

152 nations in Olympiad

Peter Parr (SMH 14/11/08)

 A record 152 nations (154 mens teams and 116 womens teams) are competing in the Chess Olympiad which started early this morning in Dresden, Germany. There are 2169 participants including coaches,captains and officials. All the moves of every game can be viewed live on the internet daily at www.Dresden2008.de commencing at 1am Sydney time.


The three highest rated teams in both the mens and womens Olympiads are 1 Russia, 2 Ukraine and 3 China. Russia will start as firm favorites in the Mens Olympiad with all five players rated well above 2700.


Men - (154 teams,11 rounds) Russia 2756 (Kramnik 2772, Morozevich 2787, Svidler 2727, Grischuk 2719, Jakovenko 2737), Ukraine 2729 (Ivanchuk 2786, Karjakin 2730, Eljanov 2720, Efimenko 2680, Volokitin 2659), China 2714 (Wang Yue 2736, Bu Xiangzhi 2714, Ni Hua 2710, Wang Hao 2696, Li Chao 2622), Azerbaijan 2709, Hungary 2692,Bulgaria 2691,France 2690,Israel 2682,Armenia 2677,USA 2673,Germany 2647,Spain 2644,India 2634, Romania 2631,England 2629.  Australia are ranked 52nd at 2488 (GM Z.Zhao 2567,IM D.Smerdon 2470,IM S.Solomon 2470,GM D.Johansen 2446,IM G.Xie 2403)


Women - (116 teams,11 rounds) Russia 2491(Kosteniuk 2525,Kosintseva T 2513,Kosintseva N 2468,Korbut 2459, Tairova 2422),Ukraine 2486,China 2486,Georgia 2476,France 2427,Armenia 2397,USA 2396,Hungary 2389. Australia are ranked 54th at 2122(WM A.Caoili 2170,T.Nguyen 2102,WM L.Moylan 2114,WM B.Dekic 2103,WFM S.Oliver 1942).


The last Olympiad was held in Turin, Italy 2006 with 1st Armenia, 2nd China,3rd USA and 6th Russia (148 teams). Women-1st Ukraine, 2nd Russia, 3rd China (106 teams). Two games from Turin follow. 


I.Sokolov (NED 2676) v L.Aronian (ARM 2756) E35  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 c5 7. dxc5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. Bxb8 Qf6 11. Bg3 Nxc3 12. a3 Bf5 13. Qd2 Ba5 14. b4 Ne4 15. Qc1 Rc8 16. Ra2 Rxc5 17. Qa1 Qc6 18. Qe5+ Kd8 19. Qxh8+ Kd7 0-1


V.Kramnik (RUS 2759) v L.Aronian (ARM 2756) A30 1.Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Bg7 8. Nc3 d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3 Rc8 11. Rac1 a6 12. b3 O-O 13. Qh4 Rc7 14. Bh3 Qb8 15. Bg5 Bxf3 16. exf3 b5 17. Bxd7 Rxd7 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. cxd5 Rc7 20. Rc6 Rxc6 21. dxc6 Rc8 22. Rc1 e6 23. Bd2 Qc7 24. a4 d5 25. axb5 axb5 26. Qb4 Rb8 27. Qa3 Bd4 28. Qa6 Be5 29. f4 Bd6 30. Ba5 Qc8 31. Qa7 Ra8 32. Qb6 Rb8 33. Qd4 b4 34. c7 Ra8 35. Qb6 Bf8 36. Bxb4 Bxb4 37. Qxb4 Qe8 1-0


Vladimir Kramnik has never lost a game in any Olympiad.


New regulations apply in Dresden. Each team (men and women) will consist of four players and one reserve. A new scoring system applies with two points for a match win, one point for a 2-2 tie and no points for a lost match. Any player not present at the official starting time will lose the game by forfeit. No draw agreement by the players will be allowed before move 30. This is to ensure a strong fighting spirit in all games.

Olympiad in Dresden

Peter Parr (SMH 10/11/08)


The opening ceremony of the Chess Olympiad will be held in Dresden,Germany on Wednesday evening. The Australian teams are - GM Z.Zhao,IM D.Smerdon,IM S.Solomon,GM D.Johansen,IM G.Xie. Women- WM A.Caoili,G.Nguyen,WM L.Moylan, WM B.Dekic,WFM S.Oliver. There are 148 open teams,114 women's teams with 152 countries represented. The SMH will publish regular extra chess columns to cover the event.


George Xie who will be playing in his first Olympiad is in good form defeating Grandmaster Dejan Antic in the following game in the recent NSW State Championship.

GM D.Antic (SRB 2482) v IM G.Xie(AUS 2403) 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. O-O d5 9. Qc2 O-O 10. Rd1 Nbd7 11. Bf4 Rc8 12. Nc3 Qe8 13. e4 dxc4 14. Nd2 e5 15. dxe5 Ng4 16. Nxc4 Bxc4 17. bxc4 Bc5 18. Rd2 Ngxe5 19. Na4 Bb4 20. Rdd1 Qe6 21. Qb3 Be7 22. Rac1 Rcd8 23. Be3 Nf6 24. c5 b5 25. Nb2 Nfg4 26. Qxe6 fxe6 27. Bd4 Rxd4 28. Rxd4 Rxf2 29. Nd3 Rxa2 30. h3 Nxd3 31. Rxd3 Ne5 32. Rdd1 a5 33. h4 g5 34. Rd6 Bxd6 35. cxd6 Rd2 36. Rc5 Rd1+ 37. Kh2 Ng4+ 38. Kh3 Nf2+ 39. Kh2 Rxd6 40. Rxg5+ Kf8 41. Kg1 Rd2 42. Rc5 a4 43. Rxc6 Ng4 44. Bh3 h5 45. Bxg4 hxg4 46. Ra6 b4  0-1


IM Larry Kaufman(USA 2391) seeded 17th(winner on countback) and top seed GM Mihai Suba(ROU 2531) tied for first place in the  World Seniors (over 60) championship (304 players, 11 rounds) in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany each scoring 9 points. Results of the four Australians - P.Viner (2127) 6,L.Benson (2026) 5.5, F.Hutchings(2013) 5,O.Korenevski (1931) 4.5. WFM Tamara Vilerte of Latvia won the World Seniors(over 50) Women's Championship (35 players,11 rounds) scoring 8 points.


The talented young Cuban Grandmaster Lenier Dominguez was the surprise winner of the World Blitz Championship(prize fund $A 443,000) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dominguez is the strongest Cuban player since Jose Capablanca (World Champion 1921-27). Dominguez was undefeated in the 15 round event with 5 minutes for the whole game for each player - no time increment. Leading final scores L.Dominguez(CUB 2719) 11.5(performance 2911),the defending champion V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2786) 11,Russian Champion P.Svidler(2727),A.Grischuk(RUS 2719) 10,T.Radjabov(AZE 2751),S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2731) 9.5


Two more events in the Myer Tan (prize pool $16,000) Australian Grand Prix 2008 were held last week. Gosford Open (23 players, 7 rounds) B.Mandla (1984) 6: A.Buciu (1509) 5.5: D.Castor (2005), P.Abbott (1774), K.Tan (1351) 5.  International Master Stephen Solomon, the Australian Champion,won the $2200 first prize in the Elwood Bendigo Bank Grand Prix weekender in Melbourne. Solomon won his first six games and drew with top seed David Smerdon in 63 moves in the last round.Final standings (59 players, 7 rounds)IM S.Solomon (QLD 2470) 6.5, FM M.Baron (VIC 2327), R.Scott (NSW 2252) 5.5, IM D.Smerdon (ACT 2470), E.Ambrus (ACT 2380), IM G.West (VIC 2342), IM M.Rujevic (VIC 2281), D.Hacche (VIC 2207), E.Schon (VIC 2066) all 5. Leading scores after 47 of the 51 GP events - IM S.Solomon 147.69,IM D.Smerdon 116.67,GM D.Antic 57.94,FM G.Nakauchi 57.42,GM Z.Zhao 42.50.

Dato Tan Chin Nam (Malaysia) co-sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix has been sponsoring chess every year since 1974. Last week his horse "Viewed" in chessboard colours won the Melbourne Cup. His other Melbourne Cup winners were "Think Big" in 1974 and 1975 and "Saintly" in 1996. The Saintly Cup ($30,000 sponsorship from Dato Tan) chess tournament and supporting events followed in Sydney in January 1999 and was won by Grandmaster Joel Benjamin(USA).


Nakamura beats Ivanchuk

Peter Parr (SMH 03/11/08)

 Hikaru Nakamura(USA 2704)defeated top seed World no 3 Vassily Ivanchuk(UKR 2786) 1.5 - 0.5 in the final of the Cap D'Agde(a seaside resort on the French Mediterranean) rapidplay tournament. Nakamura aged 20 was born in Hirakata,Japan to a Japanese father and an American mother. He was coached by his Sri Lankan step-father FM Sunil Weeramantry and became a US Master at age 10,Grandmaster at age 15 and is regarded as the strongest player ever on the internet.

  Nakamura had earlier defeated former World Champion Anatoly Karpov(Russia) 3-1 in a semi-final match and Ivanchuk beat second seed World no 4 Magnus Carlsen(aged 17) of Norway in the other semi-final. There were more than 750 players in supporting events. Ivanchuk will be defending his World Blitz title 7-8 November in Almaty,Kazakhstan. Ivanchuk beat World Champion Viswanathan Anand(India)in the final game last year to take the title.

 Results of the play-off match for the Russian Championship in Moscow.  P.Svidler (2738) 3/4, D.Jakovenko (2709) 2.5/4, E.Alekseev (2708) 0.5/4. Svidler,a keen supporter of cricket, overtook the leader by winning the following game in the final round.

   P.Svidler v D.Jakovenko [C84] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a4 Bd7 9. c3 O-O 10. Nbd2 Na5 11. Ba2 c5 12. Re1 h6 13. Nh4 Kh7 14. Nf5 Bxf5 15. exf5 Nc6 16. g4 Kg8 17. h4 Nh7 18. Bd5 Rc8 19. axb5 axb5 20. Qf3 Nb8 21. g5 hxg5 22. Ne4 Nd7 23. hxg5 Nxg5 24. Bxg5 Bxg5 25. Ra6 Qe7 26. Ra7 Rfd8 27. Qh5 Bh6 28. Kh1 Kh8 29. Rg1 Nf6 30. Nxf6 Qxa7 31. Ng4 Kh7 32. Nxh6 gxh6 33. f6 Rg8 34. Be4+ Rg6 35. Rxg6 1-0  Svidler,born in Leningrad in 1976,has now won the title five times in 1994/95/97/03/08.

 India were the overall winners with 12 gold,3 silver and 4 bronze medals(team and individual) in The World Youth Championships in Vung Tau,Vietnam.There were 885 participants(130 titled) from 73 countries accompanied by an equal number of parents,coaches and officials.  Final scores of the 26 Australians (11 rounds) U18 - E.Schon 4.5, U16 - FM J.Morris 5.5, J.Muller 4, A.Setiabudi 4, A.Brown 3.5  U14 - FM G.Nakauchi 5, T.Feng 3.5, U12 - J.Ruan 6.5, Y.Liu 5.5, J.Tan 5.5, I.Ng 4  U10 - A.Sannidhanam 7, H.Ruan 5.5,C.Koh 5,E.Derwent 4.5, S.McEwen Mason 4,  U8 - A.Smirnov 6, P.Wallmueller 5  Girls U16 - E.Guo 4.5, U14 S.Yu 5, U12  M.Setiabudi 5,A.Byrne 4.5, A.Kanagarajah 4.5,C.Koh 4, L.Simmonds 4,J.Mcewen Mason 4.

 IM Vladimir Onoprienko (RUS 2334) seeded 32 is the surprise early leader with 5/5 in the 304 player World Seniors(over 60) Championship in Bad Zwischenahn,Germany. Eighty-year-old Phillip Viner(AUS 2127)has 3.5/5,L.Benson(AUS 2026) 2.5,O.Korenevski(AUS 1931) 2 and F.Hutchings(AUS 2013) 2.

 The top five seeds IM D.Smerdon(ACT 2470),IM S.Solomon(QLD 2470),E.Ambrus(ACT 2380),IM G.West(VIC 2342) and FM M.Baron(VIC 2327) have all won their first two games in the FIDE Rated 7-round Grand Prix Elwood Bendigo Bank Championship in Melbourne.

 Krishna Thapa (2143) won the 22 player Rooty Hill RSL rapid GP tournament scoring 6/7 half a point ahead of Johny Bolens(2103)in second place.The Fisher's Ghost seven round GP weekender will be held at Campbelltown 8-9 November.

Anand Retains World Title

Peter Parr (SMH 31/10/08)

 World Champion Viswanathan Anand has retained his title by defeating Vladimir Kramnik 6.5 - 4.5 in the World Championship Match in Bonn, Germany. Anand needed only half a point with the white pieces in game 11 and drew without difficulty.

 V.Anand v  V.Kramnik Game 11 [B96]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 (Needing a win at all costs it's no surprise Kramnik chooses the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian) 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qc7 8. Bxf6 gxf6 9. f5 Qc5 (Probably an attempt to get away from main line theory, the move has been played before with mixed success) 10. Qd3 Nc6 11. Nb3 Qe5 (11.Qb6 is also playable) 12. O-O-O (Here Kavalek played 12. fxe6 against Chandler, Bundesliga 1982) 12exf5 (A risky continuation but given the match situation maybe justified 12...Bd7 followed by 0-0-0 was safer) 13. Qe3 (Probably better moves here for white but Anand would be happy to swap queens and draw his way to the world title) 13Bg7 14. Rd5 Qe7 15. Qg3 Rg8 16. Qf4 fxe4 (After 16...Be6 17.Rd1 0-0-0 18. exf5 white is better) 17. Nxe4 f5 (Finally the bishop sees light) 18. Nxd6+ Kf8 (Black has managed to activate his pieces but at the cost of his king being put into an awkward position) 19. Nxc8 Rxc8 20. Kb1 Qe1+ 21. Nc1 Ne7 22. Qd2 (This forces the exchange of queens as Rd8+ is threatened) 23..Qxd2 (After the exchange of queens white has a clear edge in this ending) 23. Rxd2 Bh6 24. Rf2 (24.Rd7!? looks more active but Anand is content to draw) 24Be3 1/2-1/2

 FIDE Honorary President Florencio Campomanes (Philippines) presented the trophy to Anand.

The prize money equivalent to three million Australian dollars was divided equally between the two players.

 The split of the chess world into two championships ended in 2006. The duel between the Classical World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov was held in Elista,Russia in October 2006. Kramnik won the match (6-6 and rapid 2.5-1.5) and became undisputed World Champion.

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) ruled that the World Title would be decided in an eight player double round robin tournament in Mexico in September 2007. Kramnik defended his title but Anand took the early lead winning the event a full point ahead of Kramnik and Boris Gelfand(Israel) who shared second place. Kramnik congratulated the new undisputed World Champion Anand but claimed the title should be decided by a match and not a tournament.

 FIDE determined that the next World Championship title would be awarded in match play and Kramnik became the official challenger. Anand took a decisive lead 4.5-1.5 after 6 games and needed only 2 points in the last 6 games to win the match.  Anand is the only player to be World Champion by (a) knockout (b)tournament and (c) match play. Anand will have to defend his title next year in a match against the winner of the Topalov-Kamsky match. Topalov is expected to beat Gata Kamsky (USA) although Kamsky beat both Anand and Kramnik in matches a decade ago.  

Kramnik Fights Back

Peter Parr (SMH 29/10/08)

Russian former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik fought back to win his first game in the tenth round of the World Title Match against defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India. The first 17 moves were played quickly. Kramniks new prepared move was 18.Re1 and Anands move 23 was a decisive mistake according to Kramnik.

V.Kramnik v V.Anand Game 10 [E21]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 (Known as the Kasparov variation which Kasparov used with good affect in his 1985 world title match against Karpov) 5cxd4  6.Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3 (A well analysed line) 9Qa5 10. Bd2 Nc6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. O-O Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ba6 14. Rfd1 Qc5 15. e4 Bc4 16. Qa4 Nb6 17. Qb4 (All been played before! In fact Anand had this position against Kasparov at Wijk aan Zee 2000, there he played 17Qxb4 which gave white a clear edge) 17Qh5 18. Re1!? (Kramnik uncorks a novelty, previously 18.Be3 and 18.Bf4 were the main moves here) 18c5 19. Qa5 Rfc8 20. Be3 (Kramnik played his last few moves instantly suggesting prepared analysis) 20Be2 21. Bf4 e5 22. Be3!? (22.Bxe5 Nc4 should be Ok for black) 22Bg4 23. Qa6! (After 23.Bxc5 Nc4!) 23f6? 24. a4 Qf7 (Its hard to find a move for black here as there is no stopping entry via the b-file combined with a5) 25. Bf1! (On the immediate 25.a5 black has 25..Nc4) 25Be6 26. Rab1 (Now 27.a5 is a serious threat) 26c4? (A bad move in a bad position, better was 26Rab8) 27. a5! (Black is lost because the knight has no good square) 27Na4 28. Rb7 Qe8 29. Qd6 1-0 White has multiple threats, 29.Re7, 29.Qb4 etc.

V.Anand v V.Kramnik Game 9  [D43]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 (Needing 3 wins from the last four games Kramnik elects to play the sharp anti Moscow gambit) 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. Qc2 Nbd7 11. Rd1 Bb4 12. Ne5 Qe7!? (A new move, 12...Nxe5 and 12...Rg8 have been played here)  13. O-O Nxe5 14. Bxe5 O-O 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. f4 Qg7 17. e5 (Now white is threatening Ne4 securing the strong point f6) 17...c5!? (Played after a long think) 18. Nxb5 cxd4 19. Qxc4 a5 20. Kh1 Rac8 21. Qxd4 gxf4 22. Bf3 Ba6 23. a4 Rc5 (This wins a pawn but the resulting position and ending with the presence of opposite colour bishops is a draw with correct defence) 24. Qxf4 Rxe5 25. b3 Bxb5 26. axb5 Rxb5 27. Be4 Bc3 28. Bc2 Be5 29. Qf2 Bb8 30. Qf3 Rc5 31. Bd3 Rc3 32. g3 Kh8 33. Qb7 f5 34. Qb6 Qe5 35. Qb7?! (Here Anand missed a forced draw with 35.Bxf5! exf5 36. Qxh6+ Kg8 37. Qg6+ Qg7 38. Qe6+ Qf7 [If 38...Kh8 39.Rxf5 draws] 39. Qxf7+ Rxf7 40. Rd8+ Rf8 41. Rxf8+ Kxf8 42. Rxf5+ =) 35...Qc7?! (After 35...Bc7! black may have some real winning chances as the pawn on b3 will fall as defending the pawn with 36.Bc4 losses to the tactical blow 36...Rxg3!!) 36. Qxc7 Bxc7 37. Bc4 Re8 38. Rd7 a4 (A temporary piece sac but the position is drawn) 39. Rxc7 axb3 40. Rf2 Rb8 41. Rb2 h5 (If 41... Rc2 42. Rxc2 bxc2 43. Bxe6 Rb1+ 44. Kg2 c1=Q 45. Rxc1 Rxc1 46. Bxf5 with a draw) 42. Kg2 h4 43. Rc6 hxg3 44. hxg3 Rg8 45. Rxe6 Rxc4 1/2-1/2

The score in Bonn, Germany is Anand 6 Kramnik 4. Anand needs to score only half a point in the final two games to retain his title. Game 11 is on Wednesday evening.

Anand draws closer to victory

Peter Parr  (SMH 27/10/08)

 World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India drew closer to victory in his title match against former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia. Anand maintained his three point lead with solid draws in games seven and eight below.

 Anand 2783-Kramnik 2772 Game 7 D19  1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 dxc4 5 a4 Bf5 6 e3 e6 7 Bxc4 Bb4 8 0-0 Nbd7 9 Qe2 Bg6 10 e4 0-0 11 Bd3 Bh5 12 e5 Nd5 13 Nxd5 cxd5 14 Qe3 (as in Topalov-Kramnik WC Match 2006) Re8 15 Ne1 Bg6 16 Bxg6 hxg6 17 Nd3 Qb6 18 Nxb4 Qxb4 19 b3 Rac8 20 Ba3 Qc3 21 Rac1 Qxe3 22 fxe3 f6 23 Bd6 g5 24 h3 Kf7 25 Kf2 Kg6 26 Ke2 fxe5 27 dxe5 b6 28 b4 Rc4 29 Rxc4 dxc4 30 Rc1 Rc8 31 g4 a5 32 b5 c3 33 Rc2 Kf7 34 Kd3 Nc5+ 35 Bxc5 Rxc5 36 Rxc3 Rxc3+ 0.5-0.5

 Kramnik 2772-Anand 2783 Game 8 D37 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 Nc3 dxc4 5 e4 Bb4 6 Bg5 c5 7 Bxc4 cxd4 8 Nxd4 Qa5 9 Bb5+ Bd7 10 Bxf6 Bxb5 (N)11 Ndxb5 gxf6 12 0-0 Nc6 13 a3 Bxc3 14 Nxc3 Rg8 15 f4 Rd8 16 Qe1 Qb6+ 17 Rf2 Rd3 18 Qe2 Qd4 19 Re1 a6 20 Kh1 Kf8 21 Ref1 Rg6 22 g3 Kg7 23 Rd1 Rxd1+ 24 Nxd1 Kh8 25 Nc3 Rg8 26 Kg2 Rd8 27 Qh5 Kg7 28 Qg4+ Kh8 29 Qh5 Kg7 30 Qg4+ Kh8 31 Qh4 Kg7 32 e5 f5 33 Qf6+ Kg8 34 Qg5+ Kh8 35 Qf6+ Kg8 36 Re2 Qc4 37 Qg5+ Kh8 38 Qf6+ Kg8 39 Qg5+ Kh8 0.5-0.5

 Anand leads the match in Bonn,Germany by 5.5 - 2.5(3 wins,5 draws) with only four games left to play. Kramnik has the almost impossible task of scoring 3.5/4 to tie the match.

The European Club Cup in Halkidiki,Greece was contested by 85 teams(463 players including 302 titled players of which 140 were grandmasters, 22 rated above 2700) from 50 countries. Each team had their own uniforms under the new team dress code rules. The top seed Ural Sverdlovskaya led by Radjabov(AZE 2751),Kamsky(USA 2729),Shirov (ESP 2726) and Grischuk(RUS 2719) won the event with their board 5 Vladimir Malakhov 2675 scoring 7/7. OSG Baden-Baden led by Svidler(RUS 2727) and Bacrot(FRA 2705) were second. Cercle D'echecs Monte-Carlo,seeded first -led by  Koneru (IND 2622),Xie Jun(CHN 2574),Cramling (SWE) 2544 won the women's division of 18 teams and 85 players from 25 countries.


The World Youth Championships are in progress in Vung Tau,Vietnam.There are 885 participants(130 titled) from 73 countries accompanied by an equal number of parents,coaches and officials. Grandmaster Darryl Johansen of Melbourne is head of the Australian delegation.


Scores of the 26 Australians after round 6   U18 - E.Schon 2, U16 - J.Muller 3,FM J.Morris, A.Brown 2.5, A.Setiabudi 2, U14 - FM G.Nakauchi 3, T.Feng 1, U12 - J.Ruan 3.5, Y.Liu 3, J.Tan,I.Ng 2.5, U10 - A.Sannidhanam 4, E.Derwent, H.Ruan 2.5,C.Koh 1.5, S.McEwen Mason 0.5,  U8 - A.Smirnov 3.5, P.Wallmueller 2.5.  Girls U16 - E.Guo 3.5, U14 S.Yu 3, U12 C.Koh 3 A.Byrne, A.Kanagarajah, L.Simmonds 2.5,J.Mcewen Mason,M.Setiabudi 2.


FM Jonathan Humphrey(AUS 2330)scored 4/9 in the Essent Open,Netherlands. A one day seven round rapid play tournament will be held at Rooty Hill RSL Club on Saturday 1 November. The next Grand Prix weekender will be the seven round Gosford Open  1-2 November at Central Coast Leagues Club,Gosford.

Anand leads by 3 points

Peter Parr (SMH 24/10/08)

 World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India beat former title-holder Vladimir Kramnik of Russia for the third time in the sixth game of the World Championship Match in Bonn, Germany.

Anand described his prepared novelty at move 9 as interesting because it forces black to start thinking very early.

Anatoly Karpov (Russia, World Champion 1975-1985) who was in Bonn said that Kramniks reaction was not good and his later pawn sacrifice was too risky.


V.Anand v V.Kramnik Game 6 [E34]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 (The Nimzo-Indian Defence) 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nf3 Qf5 7. Qb3 Nc6 8. Bd2 O-O 9. h3!? (This is a new move, previously 9.e3 was played. The idea is to play g4!? and put the question to the black queen) 9...b6 10. g4 Qa5 (Note after 10...Qg6 11.Nh4 doesn't win the queen because of 11...Nxd4! but a5 is a much better square for the queen) 11. Rc1 Bb7 12. a3 Bxc3 13. Bxc3 Qd5 14. Qxd5 (After the queen swap white stands slightly better) 14...Nxd5 (After 14...exd5 black's queen's bishop is blocked in so Kramnik recaptures with the knight) 15. Bd2 (White preserves the bishop pair which gives him a definite edge) 15...Nf6 16. Rg1 Rac8 17. Bg2 Ne7 18. Bb4 c5 (Safer was 18...Rfe8!? or 18...Nfd5!?) 19. dxc5 Rfd8 (Kramnik must have planned this follow up of sacrificing a pawn for active play but white soon consolidates) 20. Ne5 Bxg2 21. Rxg2 bxc5 22. Rxc5 Ne4 23. Rxc8 Rxc8 24. Nd3 (Not 24.Bxe7?? Rc1 mate!) 24Nd5 25. Bd2 Rc2 (Kramnik had probably seen all this when he played 18...c5, at first black's position looks very active but white only needs a couple of moves to dislodge black's pieces) 26. Bc1 f5 27. Kd1 (Now white is just a pawn up) 27...Rc8 28. f3 Nd6 29. Ke1 a5 30. e3 e5 (Too aggressive, this soon backfires) 31. gxf5 e4 32. fxe4 Nxe4 33. Bd2 a4 34. Nf2 Nd6 35. Rg4 Nc4 (35...Nxf5 was better even though after 36.Rxa4 [If 36.e4 Re8!] 36Nfxe3 37.Bxe3 Nxe3 white is still a pawn up, after the text black is lost) 36. e4 Nf6 37. Rg3 Nxb2 38. e5! Nd5 39. f6! Kf7 (If 39...g6 40.Ne4 Nc4 41. e6!) 40. Ne4 Nc4 41. fxg7 Kg8 42. Rd3 Ndb6 43. Bh6 (43..e6!? was also strong) 43...Nxe5 44. Nf6+ Kf7 45. Rc3! Rxc3 46. g8=Q+ Kxf6 47. Bg7+ 1-0


The press conference after game 6 was delayed for the mandatory drug tests which Anand regarded as completely pointless.

Anand leads 4.5-1.5 with 3 wins and 3 draws at the half-way stage of the scheduled 12 game match.

The results are a devastating shock to Kramnik who must score 4.5 out of the final 6 games to tie the match. History may help him.

Steinitz started with 1 out of 5 in the first world title match against Zukertort in 1886 but recovered to lead 7-5 after 12 games eventually winning 12.5-7.5

Euwe started with 2 out of 7 against Alekhine in the 1935 world title match but recovered to win 15.5-14.5

Karpov was leading by 3 points after 27 games in the 1978 world title match against Korchnoi who equalised 15.5-15.5 but lost the match in game 32.

Anand however needs only two points from the last six games to win the match and retain his title.


Anand wins again with black

Peter Parr (SMH 22/10/08)

 World Champion Vishy Anand (India) won the fifth game using the same opening variation as he used in the third game which he also won with the black pieces against Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) in the World Championship Match in Bonn, Germany.

 V.Kramnik v V.Anand Game 5 [D49]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 a6 9. e4 c5 10. e5 cxd4 11. Nxb5 axb5 12. exf6 gxf6 13. O-O Qb6 14. Qe2 Bb7 15. Bxb5 (Kramnik trailing 1.5-2.5 in the match repeats the first 15 moves of game 3 with the advantage of the white pieces.) 15...Rg8 (Anand's improvement over 15...Bd6 in game 3, Kramnik's seconds may not have  considered this new move in preparation for the game as he spent a lot of time over the next five moves) 16. Bf4 Bd6 17. Bg3 f5 18. Rfc1 f4 19. Bh4 Be7 20. a4 (Clock times 0.54 - 1.41) 20...Bxh4 21. Nxh4 Ke7 22. Ra3 (an interesting idea - 22.g3 is another possibility) 22...Rac8! (Anand seizes the open file) 23. Rxc8 Rxc8 24. Ra1 Qc5 25. Qg4 Qe5 26. Nf3 Qf6 (Both moves played instantly in a tricky position) 27. Re1 (27. Nxd4? Qxd4 28.Rd1 Nf6! winning) 27...Rc5 28. b4 Rc3 29. Nxd4? (A tactical oversight. Most likely Kramnik missed black's 34th) 29...Qxd4 30. Rd1 Nf6 31. Rxd4 Nxg4 32. Rd7+ Kf6 33. Rxb7 Rc1+ 34. Bf1 Ne3! (This is the move that Kramnik probably missed at move 29) 35.fxe3 fxe3 (White is helpless) 0-1

 The fourth game had been a hard fought draw.

 V.Anand v V.Kramnik Game 4 [D37]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.a3 c5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 exd5 10.dxc5 Nxc5 11.Be5 Bf5 12.Be2 Bf6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nd4 (If 14.Qxd5 Qxb2) 14..Ne6!? 15.Nxf5 Qxf5 (Black is left with an isolated queen's pawn but as white has no blockading piece for d4 black will soon equalise) 16.0-0 Rfd8 17.Bg4 Qe5 18.Qb3 Nc5 19.Qb5 b6 20.Rfd1 Rd6 21.Rd4 a6 22.Qb4 h5 23.Bh3 Rad8 24.g3 g5 25.Rad1 g4 26.Bg2 Ne6 27.R4d3 d4! (After this energetic move black has full equality) 28.exd4 Rxd4 29.Rxd4 Rxd4 -

Anand leads the twelve game match 3.5-1.5 after game five.

Kramnik rarely loses with the white pieces and he is hardly ever out prepared in the opening.

Yesterday was one of the greatest sporting days in Indian history with India beating Australia in the cricket test match and Anand taking a commanding lead in the world title chess match.

Anand wins game three

Peter Parr (SMH 20/10/08)

 Viswanathan Anand(India) the defending champion won the following spectacular third game against Vladimir Kramnik(Russia) in their 12 game World Championship match in Bonn,Germany. Kramnik-Anand D49  1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 e6 5 e3 Nbd7 6 Bd3 dxc4 7 Bxc4 b5 8 Bd3 a6 9 e4 c5 10 e5 cxd4 11 Nxb5 axb5 12 exf6 gxf6 13 0-0 Qb6 14 Qe2 Bb7(N) 15 Bxb5 Bd6 16Rd1 Rg8 17 g3 Rg4 18 Bf4 Bxf4 19 Nxd4 (black is one hour ahead)h5 20 Nxe6 fxe6 21 Rxd7 Kf8 22 Qd3 Rg7! 23 Rxg7 Kxg7 24 gxf4 Rd8 25 Qe2 Kh6! 26 Kf1 Rg8 27 a4? Bg2+ 28 Ke1 Bh3! 29 Ra3 Rg1+ 30 Kd2 Qd4+ 31 Kc2 Bg4 32 f3 Bf5+ 33 Bd3? Bh3?(33..Bxd3+wins) 34 a5 Rg2 35 a6 Rxe2+ 36 Bxe2 Bf5+ 37 Kb3 Qe3+ 38 Ka2 Qxe2 39 a7 Qc4+ 40 Ka1 Qf1+ 41 Ka2 Bb1+ 0-1. Games 1,2,and 4 were drawn. Anand leads 2.5-1.5. Game 5 is tonight(Monday).

 Russian Championship leading final scores:- P.Svidler(2727),D.Jakovenko(2737),E.Alekseev(2715) 7,E.Tomashevsky(2646),N.Vitiugov(2638),A.Morozevich(2787) 6.5.   A.Timofeev 2670 v P.Svidler 2727  B14  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Bb4 7. Bd3 dxc4 8. Bxc4 O-O 9. O-O b6 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. Re1 Nbd7 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Qb3 Bxc3 14. Rxc3 Rc7 15. Ne5 Kh8 16. Rh3 Qa8 17. Nxd7 Rxd7 18. Bxf6 gxf6 19. Rxh7+ 1-0 The three-way play-off for the title will be held on 28 October in Moscow. South Island,NZ (44 players,9 rounds) GM M.Chandler(NZL 2515),GM D.Johansen(AUS 2446),IM S.Solomon(AUS 2470) 7,IM A.Toth(HUN 2401) 6.5.

 Australian teams competed in The World Mind Sports Games in Beijing,China last week. Overall winners were 1 China,2 Russia,3 Ukraine. Our Men's and Women's teams each won and lost five matches and drew one and each team scored 21.5/44 in the blitz teams. (11 rounds) Men-Smerdon 5.5,Goldenberg 7,Sandler 6,Feldman 3.  Women-Berezina 7.5,Caoili 6,Dekic 3.5,Guo 4.5. Berezina drew with World Women's Champion Kosteniuk (RUS 2525) and world title challenger Hou Yifan(CHN 2578) and beat GM Peng Zhaoqin (NED 2455). Our teams each won 3,drew 2 and lost 4 in the rapid event(9 rounds) Men-Smerdon 5,Goldenberg 3,Sandler 5.5,Feldman 4 -total 17.5/36. Women-Berezina 5,Caoili 5.5,Dekic 3.5,Guo 4-total 18/36.

 The strongest ever NSW State Championship in its 107 year history has been won by Greg Canfell with a performance rating above 2500. Final scores(10 players,2342 av rating,9 rounds) FM G.Canfell(AUS 2286) 6.5,IM G.Xie(AUS 2403) 6,FM V.Smirnov(RUS 2338) 5.5,GM D.Antic(SRB 2482),FM J.Sales(PHI 2330) 5,IM T.Karolyi(HUN 2362),T.Rej(AUS 2327) 4.5,FM D.Bucher(SUI 2305) 4,FM I.Bjelobrk (AUS 2348) 3,FM B.Tindall(AUS 2239) 1. V.Suttor 2172 won the supporting event with 6.5/9,followed by B.Mandla (1984),J.Hu (2204) 6,R.Samar (2216) 5.5.

 S.Crakanthorp won the NSW title 6 times,G.Koshnitsky 6 times and shared once, C.Purdy(1st World Correspondence Champion) 7 times and L.Steiner(Hungarian no 1 and Olympic medallist) 9 times. Canfell's four great predecessors were all multiple Australian Champions in the period 1926-1959. Canfell of Sydney was taught chess by his father Mike Canfell (the current Australian Seniors co-champion) in Armidale. Canfell has now won the NSW title 7 times and is chasing Steiner's record.

 Australian Master Serge Rubanraut who won the Lajos Steiner Memorial Australian Championship in Jan 1976 and represented Australia at the 1976 chess Olympiad in Haifa,Israel died last week in Sydney at the age of 60 from a heart attack. 

Two Draws in World Title Match

Peter Parr (SMH 17/10/08)

The first two games in the world championship match between 38-year-old Viswanathan Anand (India) and 33-year-old Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) both resulted in draws after 32 moves in Bonn, Germany.

Game 1 D14  V.Kramnik v V.Anand

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 (Anand regularly employs the Slav Defence) 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 (This move is a surprise as the exchange variation reduces the chances of white gaining any advantage from the opening) 4...cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Nf3 e6 8. Qb3 Bb4 9. Bb5 O-O 10. Bxc6 Bxc3+ 11. Qxc3 Rc8 12. Ne5 Ng4 (Black maintains equality) 13. Nxg4 Bxg4 14. Qb4 Rxc6 15. Qxb7 Qc8 16. Qxc8 Rfxc8 17. O-O a5 (Black has adequate compensation for the pawn with active play and control of the only open file) 18. f3 Bf5 19. Rfe1 Bg6 20. b3 f6 21. e4 dxe4 22. fxe4 Rd8 23. Rad1 Rc2 24. e5 fxe5 25. Bxe5 Rxa2 26. Ra1 Rxa1 27. Rxa1 Rd5 28. Rc1 Rd7 29. Rc5 Ra7 30. Rc7 Rxc7 31. Bxc7 Bc2 32. Bxa5 Bxb3 1/2-1/2

Draw agreed. Kramnik the challenger started the match very cautiously.

Anand, the defending World Champion, surprised Kramnik in the second game playing 1.d4  He usually opens 1.e4

Game 2 E25 V.Anand v V.Kramnik

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 (The Saemisch variation of the Nimzo-Indian by transposing has been reached) 5...Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. dxc5 f5 9. Qc2 Nd7 10. e4 fxe4 11. fxe4 N5f6 12. c6 bxc6 13. Nf3 Qa5 (With the positional threat of Ba6, note after 13...Qa5 that 14...Nxe4? is not threatened as after 15.Qxe4 Qxc3+ 16.Kf2 Qxa1 winning the exchange 17.Qxe6+! gives white a winning attack) 14. Bd2 Ba6 15. c4 Qc5 16. Bd3 Ng4 17. Bb4 Qe3+ 18. Qe2 O-O-O 19. Qxe3 Nxe3 20. Kf2 Ng4+ 21. Kg3 Ndf6 22. Bb1 h5 23. h3 h4+!? (Sacrificing a pawn for active play) 24. Nxh4 Ne5 25. Nf3 Nh5+ 26. Kf2 Nxf3 27. Kxf3 e5 28. Rc1 Nf4 29. Ra2 Nd3 30. Rc3 Nf4 31. Bc2 Ne6 32. Kg3 Rd4 1/2-1/2

The players agreed to a draw in this evenly balanced position.

Anand comes from Chennai (Madras) in Southern India. Kramnik is from Tuapse on the shores of the Black Sea in Russia.

World titled  matches used to consist of 24 games at the rate of 3 games per week. The Anand- Kramnik match (15 October- 2 November) consists of twelve games played under classical time controls.

If there is a 6-6 tie at the end of these games the title will be decided by rapid tie-break games. The third game starts tonight (Friday) in Bonn.

World Title Match in Bonn

Peter Parr (SMH 13/10/08)

 The 12 game world championship match (prize fund over three million Australian dollars) between Viswanathan Anand(India) and Vladimir Kramnik(Russia) starts early Wednesday morning(Sydney time)in Bonn,Germany. The Sydney Morning Herald will publish regular extra chess columns to cover the match.

Former world title challenger GM Nigel Short (ENG 2655) won his last 6 games to finish outright first in the 272 player Commonwealth Championship in Nagpur, India.

Short, the top seed rated 2655, scored 9.5/11 half a point ahead of the second seed S.Ganguly IND 2631 who took second place on 9 points. Australian International Masters Aleks Whol (2384) and Guy West (2342) each scored 7/11 and C.Saroha (AUS) 4.5 points.

 Grandmaster Darryl Johansen (AUS 2452) and Australian Champion IM Stephen Solomom (AUS 2478) tied for first place in the George Trundle Masters in Auckland each scoring 6/9, followed by IM A.Toth (Hun 2401) 5.5 and FM N.Croad (NZL 2290) 5. FM T.Reilly (AUS 2271) scored 3 points.

 Progress scores in the Russian Championships super final (12 players,2673 av,11 rounds) after round 8:- P.Svidler (2727) 5.5, E.Alekseev(2715),A.Timofeev(2670),N.Vitiugov(2638) all 5.

Rd 3 - P.Svidler 2727 v A.Riazantsev 2656 C11 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. O-O-O Qa5 11. Bxc5 Nxc5 12. h4 Bd7 13. h5 Rab8 14. h6 g6 15. Qe3 Na4 16. Nxa4 Qxa4 17. Kb1 Rfc8 18. Rd2 Nb4 19. a3 Rxc2 20. axb4 Rc1+ 21. Kxc1 Qa1+ 22. Kc2 Rc8+ 23. Qc3 Rxc3+ 24. Kxc3 Bb5 25. Kd4! Bxf1 26. Rf2 Qc1 27. Rfxf1 Qxf4+ 28. Kd3 Qe4+ 29. Kd2 Qxb4+ white has two rooks and a knight for a queen and three pawns.30. Ke3 Qb6+ 31. Kf4 f6 32. exf6 Qxb2 33. Kg4 Qxg2+ 34. Kh4 Qb2 35. Rhg1 Qxf6+ 36. Ng5 Qb2 37. Kh3 a5 38. Nxe6 1-0

 IM David Smerdon (ACT 2502) won the 52 players Ryde-Eastwood Open Grand Prix Weekend tournament scoring 6.5/7 conceding only half a point in round 6 to Armen Ayvazyan (NSW 2164) who was second on 5.5 points. Ayvazyan,the highest placed NSWCA member resident within the County of Cumberland,was awarded the City of Sydney title. Seven players tied for third place on 5/7. The Inaugural tournament and launch of the new Easts Chess Club in the spacious Bondi Room at Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club, Bondi Junction starts on Monday evening 20th October.

The event will be a nine round Swiss in two sections - Open & Under 1700 - on consecutive Monday evenings to 15 December.

 All three age divisions of the City of Sydney Junior Championships ended in ties for first place and playoffs will be held for the titles. Leading final scores: under 18(16 players,8 rounds),-John Papantoniou and Adrian Chau 6,Dawen Shi,Kevin Tan and Benjamin Encel 5;Under 15(22 players,8 rounds)-Joshua Lau and Nicholas Deen-Cowell 6.5,Kinto Wan and Erik Ostman 5.5;Under 12(37 players,11 rounds)-Andrew Pan and Oscar Wang 9.5,Sean Gu 8.5. The play-off for the NSW Girls title,following the previous week's three-way tie between Sarah Behne-Smith,Clarise Koh and Kathy Kuestler,has produced another tie,with each player winning one game. A further playoff will be held.

Canfell Wins Again

Peter Parr (SMH 06/10/08)

 Greg Canfell,the defending champion and 6 times NSW Champion(1996/7/8,2001/6/7) won his last three games in the Integra NSW Championship at Strathfield.The last round game Sales (5)-Canfell(5.5) was tense with Sales needing a win and Canfell a draw to achieve an International Master result(2450+ performance).Canfell soon gained an advantage and won convincingly leaving him half a point above the IM norm.This was his third IM norm but he needs to improve his rating to 2400 for his IM title. IM George Xie needed to beat Dr Vladimir Smirnov to tie for first place but drew. Smirnov has only played 6 games in 9 weeks and must win his other three postponed games to tie for first place - or score 2.5/3 for an IM result.

 Leading scores(10 players,2342 av rating,9 rounds) FM G.Canfell(AUS 2286) 6.5/9,IM G.Xie(AUS 2403) 6/9,FM V.Smirnov(RUS 2338) 3.5/6,FM J.Sales (PHI 2330) 5/9,GM D.Antic(SRB 2482) 5/9.

V.Suttor has scored 5.5/8 with J.Hu and B.Mandla finishing on 6/9 in the supporting event.

 The Canterbury Open at Lakemba Services Memorial Club and the Rooty Hill RSL Club Championship both over 7 rounds start on Monday 13 October.

Three players Clarise Koh(10),Sarah Behne-Smith(16) and Kathy Kuestler(17) tied for the NSW Girls U 18 Championship. A playoff will be held for the title. Mirakla Mithran won the U12 title ahead of Shirley Gu in second place. The NSW Junior League's Spring One and Two day tournaments attracted 188 and 179 players respectively each resulting in four way ties for first place. One day -S.Gu(9),A.Pan(10),O.Wang(11),K.Tan(15). Two day -S.Gu(9),A.Pan(10),E.Shi(14),A.Jung(16). NSW allegro U8 J.Hong(7),2nd N.Gong(5). U10 is on 26 Oct and U12 on 9 Nov. The City of Sydney Junior Championships(Under 18,15,12) will be held this week from Wednesday to Friday. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or phone Richard Gastineau-Hills 9412 4579.

 Leading players on the October FIDE World Rating List V.Topalov(BUL 2791),A.Morozevich(RUS 2787),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2786),M.Carlsen(NOR 2786),V.Anand(IND 2783),V.Kramnik (RUS 2772),L.Aronian(ARM 2757),T.Radjabov(AZE 2751),P.Leko(HUN 2747),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2737). Women - J.Polgar(HUN 2711),H.Koneru(IND 2618),Y.Hou(CHN 2578),J.Xie(CHN 2574),P.Cramling(SWE 2550) Leading average top 10 players from 142 countries - Russia 2719(185 GM,412 IM,1808 titled),Ukraine 2690(69 GM),China 2651,Israel 2642,Azerbaijan 2634,USA 2631. Germany has 1055 titled players. Australia is ranked 60 at 2422(3 GM,16 IM,75 titled),New Zealand is ranked 69 at 2355(1GM,5 IM,26 titled). Leading Australian players - GM Z.Zhao 2567,IM S.Solomon 2470,IM D.Smerdon 2470,GM D.Johansen 2446,IM G.Xie 2403,FM I.Goldenberg 2393,E.Ambrus 2380,IM G.Lane 2371,IM A.Wohl 2362,IM L.Sandler 2357. Women - IM I.Berezina 2252,WM A.Caoili 2170,WM L.Moylan 2114,WM B.Dekic 2103,T.Nguyen 2101

 Australian Champion IM Stephen Solomon (2478) leads the Trundle Masters in Auckland with 5.5/8 half a point ahead of GM D.Johansen(AUS 2452),IM A.Toth(HUN 2401) and FM N.Croad(NZL 2290). The Commonwealth Championship in Nagpur,India attracted 272 players. GM N.Short(ENG 2655),GM S.Ganguly(IND 2631) and GM E.Hossain(BAN 2489) share the lead with 7.5/9. Three Australians are competing IM A.Wohl(2384) 6.5,IM G.West(2342) 6,C.Saroha 3.5. The First Mind Sports Games has begun in Beijing,China. 78 chess players from 24 countries including 34 Grandmasters participated in the individual 5 mins blitz competition. Mark Paragua(PHI) won the mens section and Hou Yifan(CHN)won the womens event. Australia has entered teams (men and women in the rapid-events Oct 14-17 in Beijing.

China 26 - Russia 24

Peter Parr (SMH 29/09/08)

 China defeated Russia 26 - 24 in Ningpo,China. The lower rated and younger mens team of Wang Hao,Wang Yue,Li Chao,Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi(team performance rating 2757) won 14.5 - 10.5 against E.Tomashevsky,E.Alekseev,P.Svidler,D.Jakovenko and E.Inarkiev(team performance rating 2621). Ni Hua 2705  v P.Svidler 2738 B51 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nc6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. c3 a6 7. Ba4 b5 8. Bc2 e5 9. h3 g6 10. d4 Bg7 11. dxc5 dxc5 12. a4 O-O 13. axb5 axb5 14. Rxa8 Qxa8 15. Qd6 c4 16. Bg5 Be6 17. Nxe5 Nxe5 18. Qxe5 Nd7 19. Qg3 b4 20. cxb4 Bxb2 21. Bd2 Rb8 22. f4 f6 23. Kh1 Bd4 24. Bc3 Bxc3 25. Qxc3 Rb7 26. Qd2 Qf8 27. Nc3 Nb6 28. Qd4 Nd7 29. Rb1 g5 30. e5 Rxb4 31. Rxb4 Qxb4 32. f5 fxe5 33. Qd2 Bf7 34. Qxd7 Qxc3 35. Qd8+ Kg7 36. f6+ Kh6 37. Qf8+ Kh5 38. Qxf7+ Kh4 39. Qxh7+ Kg3 40. Qe4 1-0. The lower rated young Russian womens team won 13.5-11.5 with E.Korbut 2459,N.Pogonina 2469 and N.Kosintseva 2460 each scoring 3/5.

 GM Zoltan Almasi 2668 defeated GM Csaba Balogh 2624 2.5-1.5 in the final of the 16 player knockout Hungarian Championship. The Commonwealth Championship started last night in Nagpur,India with over 250 entries including GM N.Short(ENG 2655),IM A.Wohl(AUS 2384) and IM G.West(AUS 2342). The first World Mind Sports Games is being held in Beijing,China 3-18 October. Australia has entered mens and womens chess teams.

 NSW Integra State Championship leading scores(10 players,2342 av rating,9 rounds) FM G.Canfell (AUS 2286) and IM G.Xie(AUS 2403) 5.5/8,FM J.Sales (PHI 2330) 5/8,FM V.Smirnov (RUS 2338) 3/5,GM D.Antic(SRB 2482) 5/9,T.Rej (AUS 2279) 4/8,IM T.Karolyi(HUN 2362) 3/6. Greg Canfell,the defending champion,plays Jesse Sales in the final round. Canfell needs a draw for his third and final IM norm but his opponent playing white must win for his IM norm. Xie plays the undefeated Smirnov. Leading scores in the 10 player supporting event - R.Samar 2216  4.5/6,J.Hu 2204 and V.Suttor 2172 each 5/7,

 IM Tibor Karolyi,a former Champion of Hungary and teacher of GM Peter Leko,will give a lecture and simultaneous exhibition tonight at Manly-Warringah Leagues Club Chess Club.

Leading scores after 41 of the 51 events in the 2008 Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix - IM S.Solomon 124.36,IM D.Smerdon 85.00,GM D.Antic 57.94,FM G.Nakauchi 57.42,GM Z.Zhao 42.50,IM A.Toth 40.00. The next GP tournament incorporating the City of Sydney Championship will be organised by the NSW Chess Association at Ryde- Eastwood Leagues club over 7 rounds 4-6 October.

  Dr Vladimir Zeldovich has won the final Hakoah Club championship at Bondi scoring 9/9 above Caroline Shan 7 and Jin Shan 6.5. The chess club after 40 years is moving to Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club in Bondi Junction with the inaugural tournament commencing on 20 October. Roger Cook and Adrian Chek have each won their first four games in the 60 player Ford Memorial at Norths,Cammeray. The Rooty Hill RSL Club championship starts on Monday evening 6 October.The NSW Junior Chess League(contact Richard Gastineau-Hills 9412 4579) Spring One-Day tournament will be held at Lidcombe on Wednesday,a two day tournament and the NSW Girls Championship on Thursday and Friday.

Kosteniuk new chess queen

Peter Parr (SMH 22/09/08)

 24-year-old fashion model Alexandra Kosteniuk of Moscow,the new queen of chess,has been crowned World Womens Champion in Nalchik,Russia.The crown contains 46 diamonds and 3 blue sapphires. Dmitry Medvedev,President of Russia sent a message that her hard work had achieved a valuable victory. Kosteniuk is the 12th World Womens Champion and the first Russian to win the title since 1962.

  Recent world champions are Xie Jun(CHN 1991-1996),Susan Polgar (HUN 1996-1999),Xie Jun(CHN 1999-2001),Zhu Chen(CHN 2001-2004),Antoaneta Stefanova(BUL 2004-2006),Xu Yuhua(CHN 2006-2008). Kosteniuk met 14-year-old schoolgirl and super talent Yifan Hou(CHN) in the final of the knockout match tournament(total prize fund AUS $540,000) in Nalchik.

 Game 1   Hou Yifan (CHN 2557) v A.Kosteniuk (RUS 2510) C90 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a3 d6 9. c3 Bg4 10. d3 Na5 11. Bc2 c5 12. h3 Bd7 13. d4 Qc7 14. d5 c4 15. Nbd2 Nb7 16. Nf1 Nc5 17. g4 h5 18. N3h2 hxg4 19. hxg4 Qc8 20. f3 Nh7 21. Ng3 Bg5 22. Nf5 Qd8 23. Kg2 g6 24. Ng3 Kg7 25. Rh1 Rh8 26. Nhf1 Qf6 27. Be3 Bxe3 28. Nxe3 Ng5 29. Qe2 Rag8 30. Raf1 Qf4 31. Rxh8 Rxh8 32. Rh1 Rxh1 33. Nxh1 Nd3 34. Bxd3 cxd3 35. Qf2 d2 36. Ng3 Nxf3 37. Qxf3 Bxg4 38. Qf2 d1=Q 39. Nxd1 Bxd1 40. Qe1 Bf3+ 41. Kg1 f5 42. exf5 gxf5 43. Qf2 Kg6 44. b3 e4 45. c4 bxc4 46. bxc4 Qg5 47. c5 f4 48. cxd6 fxg3 0-1. The other three games were all drawn with Hou Yifan fighting back from inferior positions leaving Kosteniuk the winner 2.5-1.5.

 24-year-old GM Jan Werle,a law student at Groningen University(NED) won the European Union Championship in Liverpool,England ahead of more than forty other grandmasters.

C.Storey (ENG 2268) v GM V.Meijers(LAT 2496) B27 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 b6 3. Nc3 Bb7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O b5 8. Bb3 b4 9. Nd5 Bc5 10. Be3 exd5 11. Nf5 d6 12. Bxd5 Bc6 13. Bxc5 Nh6 14. Bxc6+ 1-0    D.Gormally(ENG 2504) v A.Beliavsky (SLO 2606) C88 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxe5 Nd4 12. Nc3 Nxb3 13. axb3 Nb4 14. Bf4 Qd4 15. Bg3 Bd6 16. Ne2 Qc5 17. c3 Bxe5 18. Bxe5 Qxe5 19. cxb4 Rad8 20. Qd2 Rd7 21. Rac1 h6 22. Rc5 Qd6 23. Nf4 g5 24. Nh5 Qg6 25. Ng3 Rxd3 26. Qc1 Bd5 27. Rxc7 Rxb3 28. Qc5 Be6 29. Ne4 Rd3 30. Qe7 Rfd8 31. Nf6+ Kh8 32. Rxe6 Rd1+ 33. Kh2 Qf5 34. Ng4 1-0

 Leading final scores (141 players,average rating top 20 was 2609)  J.Werle (NED 2591) 8,V.Laznicka (CZE 2601),M.Adams(ENG 2735),N.Short(ENG 2655) 7.5.

The 61st Russian Championship Higher League held in Novokuznetsk,Siberia was a qualifying event (top 6) for the Superfinals next month. Leading final scores(56 players including 41 GM's,11 rounds) A.Timofeev(Kazan 2650) 8,N.Vitiugov(2616) and E.Inarkiev(2675) 7.5. The scores after 2 rounds of the China-Russia match is 10-10 in Ningpo,China.

 GM Li Shilong(CHN 2503),seeded 16, won the Pichay Cup international in Manila scoring 7.5/9. IM Aleks Wohl (AUS 2384)seeded 39 finished 54 out of 68. A 7 round 15 minute allegro tournament will be held on Saturday 27 September at Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre. The Rooty Hill RSL Club open lightning and presentation is on Monday evening 29 September.


Topalov on top of the world.

Peter Parr (SMH 15/09/08)

 Former World Champion Veselin Topalov will be ranked World number 1 after convincingly winning the highest rated tournament in history in Bilbao,Spain.The new World order on October 1st will be Topalov,Morozevich,Carlsen,Ivanchuk,Anand,Kramnik,Aronian,Radjabov with only

8 rating points separating the top 5 players (2791-2783). Topalov scored 4

wins,5 draws and 1 loss in Bilbao but World Champion and top seed Viswanathan Anand finished last with no wins,8 draws and 2 losses.


M.Carlsen v V.Ivanchuk D37 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. a3 Qa5 10. O-O-O Be7 11. h4 Rd8 12.

Nd2 a6 13. Be2? b5 14. cxd5 exd5 15. g4 Be6 16. Nb3 Qb6 17. g5 Ne4 18. Nxe4

dxe4 19. Rxd8+ Nxd8 20. Kb1 Rc8 21. Qd1 Nc6 22. h5 a5 23. g6 a4 24. Nd2 b4 25. gxf7+? Bxf7 26. Nc4 Qb7 27. Qxa4 bxa3 28. Nxa3 Bxa3 29. Qxa3 Nb4 30. b3

Nd3 31. Bxd3 exd3 32. Rc1 d2 0-1   V.Topalov v  V.Anand E15 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4

e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qc2 Bb7 6. Bg2 c5 7. d5 exd5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. O-O

Be7 10. Rd1 Qc8 11. a3 Nf6 12. Bg5(N) d5 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nc3 Bxc3 15. bxc3

Na6 16. Nh4 g6 17. Bxd5 Bxd5 18. Rxd5 O-O 19. Rad1 Nc7 20. Rd7 Ne6 21. Qe4

Qe8 22. Nf3 c4 23. Qh4 Nc5 24. Re7 Rd8 25. Rf1 1-0 (25..Qc6 26 Ng5)


Final scores(6 players,10 rounds,3 points for a win,1 point for a draw,prize fund AUS $691,000) V.Topalov(BUL 2777) 17(6.5) perf 2877,M.Carlsen(NOR 2775) 13(5),L.Aronian(ARM 2737)13(5),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2781) 12(5),T.Radjabov(AZE

2744) 10(4.5),V.Anand(IND 2798) 8(4) perf 2690.


The World Women's Championship Match between 24-year-old fashion model Aleksandra Kosteniuk(RUS 2510) and 14-year-old schoolgirl Yifan Hou(CHN

2557) started last night in Nalchik,Russia. Kosteniuk played Zhu Chen of China in the 2001 World Title Match losing in the tie-break. Kosteniuk is undefeated so far in Nalchik beating Pia Cramling(SWE 2544) 1.5-0.5 in a semi-final match. Yifan Hou is a very young super talent. Five years ago she won the World Girls Under 10 title,and was ranked second in Nalchik below GM Humpy Koneru(IND 2622).Hou beat Koneru in the semi-final 4-2. Yifan Hou from Nanjing is expected to win the World Women's Title this week at the age of

14 yrs 5 months. 

GM Eugenio Torre,who has represented the Philippines in the last 19 chess Olympiads (1970-2006),won the President Arroyo Cup(72 players from 10 countries including 21 GM's) in Paranaque City,Philippines. Torre now aged

56 has been a GM since 1974.IM Aleks Wohl(AUS 2384),recovering from dengue fever while in Malaysia,seeded 42nd finished 49th.


Vladimir Smirnov beat the defending champion Greg Canfell(6 times winner) in round 6 of the Integra NSW State Championship. Jesse Sales defeated the leader George Xie(2 times winner). There are 5 players above 50% with Sales,Smirnov and Canfell needing 6/9 to obtain an International Master result.Leading scores - (10 players,2342 av rating,9 rounds) IM G.Xie(AUS

2403) 4/6,FM J.Sales(PHI 2330) 4.5/7,FM V.Smirnov (RUS 2338) 3/5,FM G.Canfell(AUS 2286) 3.5/6,GM D.Antic(SRB 2482) 5/9. Endre Ambrus(ACT 2351)won the 40 player Blayney Open GP Weekender half a point ahead of Peter Abbott(NSW 1774). David Dick(Australian Junior Champion 1975) tied for third place taking out the NSW Country Championship title which he also won in 1985.

Topalov leads in Bilbao

Peter Parr (SMH 08/09/08)

 Former World Champion Veselin Topalov leads the Chess Grand Slam Final tournament in  Bilbao(Spain) at the half-way stage. Topalov beat World Champion Anand and Carlsen and drew his other three games. Scores after round 5 - 3 points for a win,1 point for a draw - V.Topalov(BUL 2777) 9(3.5),M.Carlsen(NOR 2775)8 (3),L.Aronian (ARM 2737) 6(2.5),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2781),T.Radjabov(AZE 2744),V.Anand(IND 2798)4(2). All six players are ranked in the top eight on the world live ratings updated daily. Seventeen-year-old Magnus Carlsen is now at the top at 2791.6 above World Champion Viswanathan Anand at 2790.6 in second place. 

The World Women's Championship quarter-final pairings are - A.Kosteniuk(RUS 2510) v A.Ushenina(UKR 2476),H.Koneru(IND 2622) v S.Yang(CHN 2445),L.Mkrtchian(ARM 2436) v Y.Hou(CHN 2557),A.Stefanova(BUL 2550) v P.Cramling(SWE 2544). Yuhua Xu,the defending World Women's Champion from China,was knocked out in the second round in Nalchik,Russia. Australian Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao(2561) tied for first place(performance 2608) with GM Gilberto Milos(2598) each scoring 6.5/9 in the Euwe GM tournament in Sao Paulo,Brazil. GM John Van der Wiel(NED 2504)was third on 5.5 points. 

 The Australian Chess Federation has rated 131 tournaments (87 classic, 44 rapid) and 11752 games (6994 classic, 4758 rapid) in the last three months.

Leading players September 2008 - GM I.Rogers (NSW 2605)=, GM Z.Zhao (NSW 2602) + 11, IM D.Smerdon (ACT 2502) +39, IM S.Solomon (QLD 2431) -10, GM D.Johansen (VIC 2410) -13, IM G.Xie (NSW 2404) -45, T.Tao (SA 2397) +22, M.Ly (QLD 2382) +37, FM I.Bjelobrk (NSW 2376) -17, FM I.Goldenberg (VIC 2352) -10.  Juniors U20 and U18 - M.Ly (QLD 2382), U16 - M.Illingworth (NSW 2176), U14 - FM G.Nakauchi (QLD 2051), U12 - B.Cheng (VIC 2045), U10 - M.Chan (VIC 1636), Seniors over 60 - IM M.Rujevic (VIC 2229), over 70 - FM A.Flatow (NSW 2165), Over 80 - P.Viner (NSW 1943), Over 90 - N.Emodi(VIC 1505). Women - IM I.Berezina-Feldman (NSW 2146), WIM A.Caoili (QLD 2128), G.Nguyen (SA 2067), WIM L.Moylan (NSW 1994), WIM B.Dekic (NSW 1962). Girls U20 - WIM A.Jule (QLD 1812).

 Rogers is retired - the top 10 active players (5 men, 5 women) above have been selected in the same order for the November Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany.

93 players in 3 divisions competed in the Surfers Paradise GP weekender. IM David Smerdon took a half point bye in round one and then scored 5/5.

Leading final scores in the main event (24 players, 6 rounds): IM D.Smerdon 5.5, IM P.Froehlich, IM S.Solomon (Australian Champion) 4.5, D.Dragicevic, GM D.Johansen, WIM A.Caoili, FM G.Nakauchi 4.  Ahmed Faris (1842) and FM Lee Jones (2096) tied for first place with 5.5/7 in the 17 player Bonnyrigg Sports Club Rapid GP.

 IM George Xie retained the lead in the Integra NSW State Championship by defeating FM Denis Bucher in the fifth round last Thursday. Leading scores(10 players,2342 av rating,9 rounds) IM G.Xie(AUS 2403) 4/5,FM G.Canfell(AUS 2286) 3.5/5,FM J.Sales(PHI 2330) 3/5,GM D.Antic(SRB 2482) 5/9. Four players R.Samar,G.Charles,N.Chernih and V.Suttor share the lead with 3/4 in the 10 player supporting event. -The St George Leagues Club Swiss tournament starts tomorrow evening and the NSWCA Grade Match Presentation night and Lightning event are at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club on Wednesday evening.

Ivanchuk Wins Tal Memorial

Peter Parr (SMH 01/09/08)

 Vassily Ivanchuk won the very strong Mikhail Tal(World Champion 1960)Memorial and the Tal 5 minute Blitz tournament in Moscow. Ivanchuk was undefeated in the main event winning by a full point. P.Leko v V.Ivanchuk R6 C 92 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Bb7 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. d5 Nb8 13. Nf1 Nbd7 14. N3h2 Rc8 15. Ng4 Nxg4 16. Qxg4 Nc5 17. Bc2 c6 18. dxc6 Bxc6 19. Ne3 g6 20. Rd1 Bh6 21. b4 Ne6 22. Bb3 Kh8 23. Nd5 Bxc1 24. Raxc1 Rf8 25. Rc2 f5 26. exf5 gxf5 27. Qh5 Qd7 28. Qh6 Bxd5 29. Rxd5 Qe7 30. Rcd2 Rc6 31. g3 f4 32. Kh2 Rf6 33. Qh5 Qf8 34. R5d3 e4 35. Qd5 exd3 36. Qxc6 fxg3+ 37. fxg3 Ng5 38. Bd5 Qh6 39. h4 Nf3+ 40. Bxf3 Qxd2+ 41. Kh3 Qxa2 42. Qb6 Qe6+ 43. Kg2 Qf5 0-1  Final scores (10 players, av rating 2745, 9 rounds). V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2781) 6, A.Morozevich (RUS 2788), B.Gelfand (ISR 2720), R.Ponomariov (UKR 2718), V.Kramnik (RUS 2788) 5: P.Leko (HUN 2741) 4.5: E.Alekseev (RUS 2708), G.Kamsky (USA 2723) 4: S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2742) 3.5: A.Shirov (ESP 2741) 3. Ivanchuk also won the 18 player Tal 5 minute blitz event scoring 23.5/34 above Kramnik 22.5 and M.Carlsen(NOR 2775) 21.


A team of rising star GM's beat an experienced team of GM's decisively 33.5-16.5 in Amsterdam.The World Women's knock-out Championship is in progress in Nalchik,Russia(near Georgia) with 53 players from 29 countries. 11 of the original 64 players including the 6 from Georgia withdrew for security reasons. The strongest players to withdraw were 6th seed Marie Sebag(FRA 2529)and 14th seed former World Champion Maya Chiburdanidze(GEO 2489). The 10 highest rated participants all won their first round matches.  


India won the gold medals in the World Youth Under-16 Olympiad on countback from Russia (silver medals) after both teams scored 28.5/40.Philippines won bronze with 27 points. Australia (Alex Grossman, Isaac Ng, Thomas Feng and Joshua Ng) seeded 25th out of 26 teams finished 24th on 11.5/40. Final scores of the eight Australians in the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur (112 players, 11 rounds) FM I.Goldenberg (2386) 6.5: D.Stojic (2168), E.Schon (2042), I.Ilic (2040) 5.5, FM B.Jones (2087),J.Jan (1836) 4.5,WIM N.Szeveges (1841) 3.5. Grandmaster Li Chao of Singapore (2632) won the event with 9/11. Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao(AUS 2561) leads the Euwe Stimulans GM event in Brazil with 5/7(perf 2610)half a point ahead of GM G.Milos(BRA 2598)and GM J.Van Der Wiel (NED 2504).


The two leaders met in the fourth round of the Integra NSW State Championship last Thursday evening. The defending champion and six time winner Greg Canfell playing white  defeated George Xie,NSW Champion in 2002 and 2004.Grandmaster Dejan Antic,the top seed, won his three games played in advance against FIDE Masters Bjelobrk, Sales and Tindall. Antic has scored 5 points from 8 games. The Bucher-Antic game may(or may not) be played when Antic returns from Serbia. Leading scores(10 players,2342 av rating,9 rounds) IM G.Xie(AUS 2403)3/4,FM G.Canfell(AUS 2286)3.5/5,GM D.Antic(SRB 2482) 5/8,FM J.Sales(PHI 2330) 3/5,IM T.Karolyi(HUN 2362) 2/4,FM D.Bucher(SUI 2305) 1.5/3,FM V.Smirnov(RUS 2338) 1.5/3.

Dr Jonathan Sarfati scored 6/8 in a blindfold simultaneous display at Manly-Warringah Leagues Club.The next Grand Prix tournament incorporating the NSW Country Championship will be held at Blayney Bowling Club 6-7 September.


Morozevich leads in Moscow

Peter Parr (SMH 25/08/08)


Alexander Morozevich has taken the lead with four rounds left to play in the Tal Memorial Super Grandmaster Tournament in Moscow.


V.Kramnik 2788 v  A.Shirov 2741  D47 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. a3 b4 10. Ne4 Nxe4 11. Bxe4

bxa3 12. O-O Bd6 13 Nd2(b3 was Topalov-Kramnik 2006)13... Qc7 N 14. Nc4!?

Bxh2+ 15. Kh1 Nb6 16. Nxb6 axb6 17. g3 Bxg3 18. fxg3 Qxg3(White stands

better with a strong bishop for 4 pawns) 19. Qh5 Ra5 20. Qxf7+ Kd8 21. Bg2

Rg5 22. Qf3 Qxf3 23. Bxf3 axb2 24. Bxb2 Rf8 25. Be4 Rf6 26. Rxf6 gxf6 27.

Kh2 Kc7 28. Bc3 e5 29. dxe5 fxe5 30. Rf1 Kd6 31. Rf7 Bc8 32. Rxh7 Be6 33.

Rh6 c5 34. Bd3 Kd7 35. Bb5+ Ke7 36. e4 Rg4 37. Bc6 Rg5 38. Be1 Rg4 39. Bg3

Bc4 40. Bxe5 Bd3 41. Bd6+ Kf7 42. Bd5+ Kg7 43. Re6 c4 44. Kh3 Rg1 45. Be5+

Kf8 46. Rxb6 1-0


Progress scores after round 5 (10 players,2745 av rating,9 rounds) A.Morozevich (RUS 2788) 3.5,S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2742),R.Ponomariov(UKR 2718),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2781)3,B.Gelfand(ISR 2720) 2.5 - the top five are so far all undefeated - P.Leko(HUN 2741),V.Kramnik(RUS 2788) 2.5,E.Alekseev(RUS 2708),G.Kamsky(USA 2723) 2,A.Shirov(ESP 2741) 1.


The 64 player knockout Womens World Championship Match tournament will be held in Nalchik,Russia(near the troubled border with Georgia), 28 Aug-18 Sep for a prize fund of over half a million Australian Dollars. Xu(CHN)is defending her title and the other leading players are Koneru(IND),Hou(CHN),Stefanova(BUL)and Cramling(SWE). A number of players including the six Georgians have announced their intention to withdraw for security reasons.


Leading scores in the World Youth Under-16 Olympiad in Mersin,Turkey - Russia 26/36,India 25,Philippines 24. Australia (Alex Grossman,Isaac Ng,Thomas Feng,Joshua Ng) seeded 25th out of 26 teams is in 24th place on 11.5/36. Progress scores of the eight Australians after round 10 of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur - FM I.Goldenberg (2386)

6.5,C.Wallis(2235),E.Schon(2042) 5,D.Stojic(2168),I.Ilic (2040) 4.5,FM B.Jones(2087),WIM N.Szuveges(1841),J.Tan(1836) 3.5. Grandmaster Li Chao of

Singapore(2632) leads the event with 8.5/10.


Leading early entries in The Surfers Paradise Open 29-31 August are Australian Champion IM S.Solomon(QLD 2478),IM D.Smerdon(ACT 2461),GM D.Johansen(VIC 2452),GM S.Ghane(Iran 2415),IM P.Froehlich(QLD 2362),M.Ly (QLD 2340),FM J.Sales(PHI 2330). International Master George Xie has won his first three games in the Integra NSW State Championship. Xie,seeded 2nd,defeated top seed GM Dejan Antic in round 2 and third seed IM Tibor Karolyi in round 3. Antic returns to Serbia on Thursday playing his last 5 rounds in advance. Antic has so far scored 2/6(losses to Xie,Karolyi,Bucher(forfeit),draws with Smirnov,Canfell,win v Rej). Leading scores IM G.Xie(AUS 2403) 3/3,FM J.Sales(PHI 2330) 2.5/3,FM G.Canfell(AUS

2286) 2.5/4,IM T.Karolyi(HUN 2362) 2/4,FM D.Bucher(SUI 2305) 1.5/3,FM V.Smirnov(RUS 2338) 1/2. Former New Zealand Champion FIDE Master Dr Jonathan Sarfati will give an exhibition of blindfold chess at Manly Warringah Leagues Club tonight playing eight opponents simultaneously.Spectators welcome. The next Rapid Grand Prix event over 7 rounds will be held at Bonnyrigg Sports Club on Sunday 31st August.


Integra NSW State Championship

Peter Parr (SMH 18/08/08) 

 The strongest ever NSW State Championship is in progress at Sydney Academy of Chess,Strathfield. Grandmaster Dejan Antic,the top seed,returns to Serbia soon and will play all his games scheduled for September and October in advance before he leaves. The title of NSW State Champion will be awarded to the highest scoring player eligible for the title. The average FIDE rating of the ten players is 2342 and a score of 6/9 is required for an International Master norm.


 Results Rd 1-FM G.Canfell (AUS 2286) 0.5 IM T.Karolyi (HUN 2363) 0.5,FM B.Tindall (AUS 2239) 0 IM G. Xie (AUS 2403) 1,FM V.Smirnov (RUS 2338) 0.5 GM D.Antic (SRB 2482) 0.5,T.Rej (AUS 2327) 1 FM D.Bucher (SUI 2305)0, FM I.Bjelobrk (AUS 2348) 0 FM J.Sales(PHI 2330) 1.  Rd 2-Rej 0 Canfell 1,Bjelobrk 0.5 Smirnov 0.5 ,Sales 1 Tindall 0,Bucher 0.5 Karolyi 0.5 ,Antic 0 Xie 1. Rd 5 Canfell 0.5 Antic 0.5. Rd 9 Antic 1 Rej 0.


Vincent Suttor (2163) leads the only supporting event this year - a strong ten player FIDE rated(av 2110) round robin by winning his first two games. 

Sydney Academy of Chess won the NSWCA Teams Challenge rapidplay at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club. The nine round FIDE rated Ford Memorial Centenary Tournament starts on Tuesday evening 26 August at Norths in Cammeray. The lightning event at Norths will be held tomorrow evening.


FM Jonathan Humphrey(AUS 2289)scored 4.5/10(pr 2276)in an IM event in Budapest. The Gold Medals in the World Junior Championships in Gaziantep,Turkey were won by players from India following in the footsteps of World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India. GM Abhijeet Gupta (IND 2551,British Under 12 Champion eight years ago) seeded 19th won the Under 20 Title scoring 10/13(winning his last 5 games),second was GM Parimerjan Negi(IND 2529)seeded 26th on 9.5 points. Gareth Oliver (AUS 2196)seeded 81st finished 84th out of 109 players scoring 5.5/13. IM Dronavalli Harika (IND 2461) seeded 1st won the Under 20 World Girls Title 1.5 points ahead of her closest rival.Sarah Anton (AUS 1681) seeded 61st finished 61st in the 67 player event scoring 5/13.  GM Krishnan Sasikiran(IND 2684)won the Najdorf Memorial in Warsaw.


Armenian GM Levon Aronian won the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in the Russian resort of Sochi(site of the 2014 Winter Olympics) half a point ahead of Teimour Radjabov. Wang Yue of China was the only undefeated player. L.Aronian 2737 v B.Gelfand 2720 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 O-O 12. O-O Rc8 13. e4 c5 14. exd5 exd5 15. dxc5 dxc4 16. cxb6 Nxb6 17. Re1 cxb3 18. Qxb3 Nd7 19. Nf3 Bc4 20. Qb2 Bf6 21. Bxf6 Nxf6 22. Ne5 Bd5 23. Rad1 Qa5 24. Bxd5 Nxd5 25. Nd7 Rfd8? 26. Qe5! 1-0


Leading final scores (14 players,2708 av rating,13 rounds) L.Aronian(ARM 2737,rating performance 2816) 8.5,T.Radjabov(AZE 2744) 8,Wang Yue(CHN 2704),G.Kamsky (USA 2723)7.5,P.Svidler(RUS 2738),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2709),S.Karjakin(UKR 2727) 7,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2781),V.Gashimov (AZE 2717)6.5.


The 10 player Tal Memorial starts tonight in Moscow. The event includes six of the top ten rated players in the world - V.Kramnik(RUS 2788),A.Morozevich(RUS 2788),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2781),S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2742),A.Shirov(ESP 2741) and P.Leko(HUN 2741).

Australian Open at Manly Leagues Club

Peter Parr (SMH 11/08/08) 

Chris Dimock,Manly Chess Club President announced on Saturday evening that the venue for the 11 round 2009 Australian Open Championship from January 2-11 will be the spacious main auditorium at Manly-Warringah Rugby Leagues Club. The bid by Fred Schuetz and Chris Dimock was accepted by the Australian Chess Federation. A field of up to 150 players is expected and a prize fund in excess of $10,000 is the aim - sponsorship is yet to be finalized from banks and local businesses. The Manly Classic for lower rated players will be held concurrently with the Open.


Yue Wang is in the joint lead in the FIDE GP in Sochi,Russia after beating Gelfand and Radjabov in rounds 8 and 9.  P.Svidler 2738 v T.Radjabov 2744 B76 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. Qe1 e5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Bc4 Be6 14. Ne4 Qc7 15. Bc5 Rfd8 16. g4 Nf4 17. Qc3 Rd4 18. Bxd4 exd4 19. Qb4 d3 20. Bxe6 Ne2+ 21. Kb1 Rb8 22. Bxf7+ Kh8 23. Qxb8+ Qxb8 24. c3 Nxc3+ 25. Nxc3 Bxc3 26. Bb3 Bf6 27. Rxd3 Qe5 28. Rd2 Qe3 29. Rhd1 Qxf3 30. Rd7 Qe4+ 31. Bc2 Qb4 32. Bb3 Qe4+ 33. Ka1 Qg2 34. R1d2 Qxg4 35. a3 a5 36. Rb7 a4 37. Rdd7 Qg1+ 38. Bd1 Qxh2 39. Rdc7 Bd8 40. Rc8 Qd2 41. Bc2 1-0. Leading scores after round 9 (14 players,2708 av rating,13 rounds) I.Cheparinov (BUL 2687) and Yue Wang(CHN 2704) 5.5,V.Gashimov(AZE 2717),T.Radjabov(AZE 2744),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2781),G.Kamsky(USA 2723),L.Aronian(ARM 2737) 5.


World Champion Vishy Anand (IND 2798) crushed Magnus Carlsen (NOR 2775) 3-1 in the Mainz,Germany Rapidplay final. A.Morozevich(RUS 2788) beat J.Polgar(HUN 2711) 2.5-1.5 to decide third and fourth places. The two-day,eleven round,Ordix Open rapidplay in Mainz attracted 693 players (166 titled including 53 GM's). The event was won by 17-year-old Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi(2602) on tie-break from GM Pavel Eljanov(UKR 2716) each scoring 9.5/11.  


Meanwhile in Krasnoturinsk,Russia,Former Womens World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova won the strongest ever womens tournament (av rating 2522). Leading final scores- A.Stefonova(BUL 2550) 4.5/7,A.Ushenina(UKR 2476),M.Sebag(FRA 2530) 4,H.Koneru(IND 2622),World Champion Y.Xu(2483) 3.5.  The British Championship in Liverpool was won by GM Stuart Conquest - the first time in ten years that an English registered player born in England has won the title since Nigel Short in 1998. Gareth Oliver(AUS) has scored 2.5/7 so far in the World Junior U20 in Gaziantep,Turkey and Sarah Anton(AUS) has 2.5/7 in the World Girls U20 with 6 rounds to play.


Leading final scores in the NSW Rapidplay Championship (37 players,7 rounds) FM J.Sales (2334),P.Broekhuyse (2159) 6,J.Bolens(2041),M.Illingworth(2475) 5.5.

NSW Chess Association Grade Match Competition final scores - Open Division-cancelled. Under 2100 - Parramatta Yellow 22/32(J.Hu 5/5),Canterbury 17.5(A.Faris 6.5/8),Parramatta Blue 16.5(E.Agulto 4.5/5),St George 16.5,Bonnyrigg 7.5. Under 1800 - St George Dragons 21(N.Kordahi 5.5/6),Ryde-Eastwood 18.5,Manly 14(J.Mejzini 6.5/7),North Sydney 13.5,St George Saints 12. Under 1600 - St George Saints 25/32 (J.Ruan 7.5/8,H.Ruan 6.5/8),Rooty Hill 21(V.Tobarac 5.5/6),St George Dragons 19,Manly 17,North Sydney Brown Bears 14 (O.Wang 6/7),Ryde-Eastwood 13.5,North Sydney Grizzlies 12,Parramatta 11.5,Bonnyrigg 11. Under 1400 St George Dragons 24/36 (P.Johansson 5/6),St George Saints 23.5,Rooty Hill 20,Ryde-Eastwood 16.5(A.Marton 5/6),Parramatta 10.5/24,North Sydney 7/24,Manly 6.5/24.


Exciting finish in Biel

 Peter Parr (SMH 04/08/08) 


Magnus Carlsen,the top seed in Biel,Switzerland,led with 4.5/6 and needed one more win to be ranked world no 1. Carlsen,aged 17, lost to Alekseev in round 7 and drew his last 3 games. Dominguez beat Alekseev in round 8 but lost in the final round to Bacrot. Alekseev won his last two games to tie for first place.              

Final scores(6 players,av 2687,10 rounds) E.Alekseev(RUS 2708),L.Dominguez(CUB 2708) 6.5,M.Carlsen (NOR 2775) 6,E.Bacrot(FRA 2691) 5.5,A.Onischuk(USA 2670) 4,Y.Pelletier(SUI 2569) 1.5 The two rapid play-off games were both drawn. Alekseev won the lightning play-off 1.5-0.5.


The second FIDE Grand Prix tournament (14 players,2708 av rating,13 rounds) is in progress in the Black Sea resort of Sochi,Russia. Ivan Cheparinov,aged 21 and seeded twelfth took the sole lead with 2.5/3 by winning the following game on Saturday evening. I.Cheparinov(BUL 2687) v G.Kamsky(USA 2723) D87  1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 cxd5 Nxd5 5 e4 Nxc3 6 bxc3 Bg7 7 Bc4 c5 8 Ne2 Nc6 9 Be3 0-0 10 0-0 Na5 11 Bd3 b6 12 Qd2 e5 13 Bh6 cxd4 14 cxd4 exd4 15 Bxg7 Kxg7 16 f4 f6 17 Rac1 Bg4 18 Ng3 Bd7 19 h4 Rc8 20 Rxc8 Bxc8 21 h5 Qe7 22 Qe2 Bd7 23 Rc1 Rc8 24 Re1 Rc3 25 e5 f5 26 hxg6 hxg6 27 Qd2 Nc4 28 Bxc4 Rxc4 29 Qd3 Qc5 30 e6 Bb5 31 Nh5+ Kh6 32 Qh3 d3+ 33 Kh2 gxh5 34 Qh4 Be8 35 Re5 Qf8 36 Qg5+ Kh7 37 Rxf5 Qg7 38 Qd8 Rc2 39 Rg5 Qc7 40 Qxd3+ Kh6 41 Qf5 1-0


IM Aleks Wohl (AUS 2384) scored 5/9 in the Dutch Open in Dieren and FIDE Master Jonathan Humphrey(AUS 2289) scored 6.5/10 in the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen.

The World Junior(U-20)Championships started last night in Gaziantep,Turkey. Australia's representatives are Boys-Gareth Oliver(2196 seeded 81/118) and Girls Sarah Anton(1681,seeded 67/73. The Australian teams in the World Mind Sports Games(Beijing 12-18 Oct) are men-IM D.Smerdon,IM S.Solomon,FM I.Goldenberg,IM V.Feldman,FM B.Tindall. Captain IM L.Sandler and women-IM I.Berezina,WIM A.Caoili,WIM L.Moylan,WIM B.Dekic,E.Guo. Captain C.Chua.


Top seed,IM David Smerdon,won the ANU Open in Canberra half a point ahead of second seed IM Andras Toth.Smerdon drew with WIM Heather Richards in round 3 but defeated early leader Toth (4/4) in round 5. Ian Rout rated 1855 achieved an excellent result by scoring three points out of his last six games with his opponent's average rating of 2275 after winning in round one. Leading final scores (39 players,7 rounds) IM D.Smerdon(ACT 2463) 6.5,IM A.Toth(HUN 2401) 5.5,FM I.Bjelobrk(ACT 2393),E.Ambrus(ACT 2377),G.Giang(SA 2121),M.Dunn(NSW 1834), S.Grigg(QLD 1783) all 5,M.Grcic(ACT 1806) 4.5. Twelve-year-old Sathya Chitturi(ACT 1266) won the 57 player supporting event with 6.5/7 half a point ahead of Phil Bourke(NSW 1463).


The strongest ever NSW State Championship starts on Wednesday evening at Sydney Academy of Chess in Strathfield. The ten players(average rating 2342,IM norm is 6/9) are - GM D.Antic (SRB 2482),IM G.Xie (AUS 2403),IM T.Karolyi (HUN 2363),FM I.Bjelobrk (AUS 2348),FM V.Smirnov (RUS 2338),FM J.Sales (PHI 2330),T.Rej (AUS 2327),FM D.Bucher (SUI 2305),FM G.Canfell (AUS 2286,the defending champion),FM B.Tindall (AUS 2239). Jack Ruan has defeated his younger brother Harry(Australian Under 10 Champion) in their play-off(1.5-0.5) for the NSW Under 12 title. The NSWCA Rapid Teams Challenge at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club will be held next Sunday over 7 rounds with 4 players in each team. The Canterbury Winter Swiss tournament will be held over seven Monday evenings commencing on Monday 11 August at Lakemba Services Memorial Club.

Magnus Carlsen leads in Biel

Peter Parr (SMH 28/7/08) 

 Seventeen-year-old Magnus Carlsen has taken the sole lead with three wins and three draws after six rounds (performance rating 2843) in the Biel,Switzerland GM tournament. World live ratings (updated daily) now has World Champion Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2798.0,Magnus Carlsen (NOR)2796.5,Vassily Ivanchuk(UKR) 2791.5. Carlsen will overtake Anand if he wins his seventh round game tonight. Dominguez beat Onischuk in round 6 with rook and knight versus rook - a well known drawn position in theory.

 Progress scores after round 6 (6 players,av 2687,10 rounds) M.Carlsen(NOR 2775) 4.5, L.Dominguez(CUB 2708) 4, E.Alekseev(RUS 2708)3.5, A.Onischuk(USA 2670) 3,E.Bacrot(FRA 2691) 2.5, Y.Pelletier(SUI 2569)0.5

 Y.Pelletier(SUI 2569) M.Carlsen(NOR 2775) Rd 6 E15 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6 3 c4 b6 4 g3 Ba6 5 b3 Bb4+ 6 Bd2 Be7 7 Bg2 d5 8 cxd5 exd5 9 Nc3 0-0 10 0-0 Bb7 11 Rc1 Nbd7 12 Bf4 c6 13 Qc2 Re8 14 Rcd1 Bb4 15 Bd2 Rc8 16 Qb2 Qe7 17 Rfe1 Qf8 18 Bh3 Rcd8 19 Qc2 h6 20 Nh4 c5 21 Nf5 a6 22 Qb2 Bxc3 23 Bxc3 Ne4 24 dxc5 Nxc3 25 Qxc3 bxc5 26 Qa5 Nf6 27 Qb6? Bc8 28 Kg2 Ne4 29 f3 Ng5 30 g4 h5 31 Rc1 g6 32 Ng3 Nxh3 33 Kxh3 hxg4+ 34 fxg4 Qh6+ 35 Kg2 Bxg4 36 Qxc5 Re3 37 Qd4 Qh3+ 38 Kg1 Rxg3+ 39 hxg3 Qxg3+ 40 Kh1 Bf5 0-1

 E.Alekseev (RUS 2708) v E.Bacrot(FRA 2691) Rd 1 D15 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 a6 5. c5 Nbd7 6. Bf4 Nh5 7. Bd2 Nhf6 8. Qc2 Qc7 9. e4 e5 10. exd5 cxd5 11. b4 Be7 12. Be2 O-O 13. O-O e4 14. Ne1 Nb8 15. Qc1 Be6 16. Nc2 Nc6 17. Rb1 Bd8 18. a4 Ne7 19. Bf4 Qd7 20. b5 Ba5 21. Rb3 Bg4 22. Bxg4 Nxg4 23. Ne3 Nxe3 24. fxe3 Nf5 25. Ne2 axb5 26. axb5 g6 27. Qb2 Bd8 28. Rc1 Be7 29. c6 bxc6 30. bxc6 Qe6? 31. c7 Rac8 32. Rb6 Qd7 33. Qb5 Qxb5 34. Rxb5 g5 35. Rxd5 gxf4 36. Rxf5 fxe3 37. Rc6 Ra8 38. Rf1 Rfc8 39. d5 Ra2 40. d6 Bxd6 41. Rxd6 Rxc7 42. Rd8+ Kg7 43. Ng3 1-0

 IM Aleks Wohl (AUS)scored 5.5/9 in the Leiden Open,Netherlands. E.Bongers v A.Wohl C44 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 c3 Nf6 4 d4 Nxe4 5 d5 Ne7 6 Nxe5 Ng6 7 Qd4 f5 8 Nxg6 hxg6 9 Qe5+ Kf7 10 d6 Bxd6 11 Bc4+ Kf8 12 Qd5 Qe7 13 Be2 Bc5 0-1.  Wohl (2384),seeded 12th finished 17th in the 83 player event losing 16 rating points. Wohl is now competing in the Dutch Open (502 players in all divisions) where he has scored 3.5/5 in the main event. Wohl plays GM Chanda Sandipan(IND 2588) in round six tonight. FIDE Master Jonathan Humphrey(AUS) has 5.5/9 in the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen with one round to play.

 Coffs Harbour Open leading final scores(38 players,7 rounds) GM Z.Zhao (2591) 7,J.Muller(1679) 5.5,IM S.Solomon (2441),FM G.Nakauchi(2020),S.Grigg(1783) 5. Australia's leading player Zong-Yuan Zhao scored seven wins from seven games defeating Australian Champion Stephen Solomon in round 5. FIDE Master Gene Nakauchi also beat Solomon but lost to Jonas Muller in the final round.  The seven round NSW Rapid Championship will be held next Sunday at Parramatta RSL Club.

The Australian Junior Championships will be held in Adelaide 2-13 January 2009. The Australian Open is scheduled to be held in Sydney(subject to confirmation) 2-13 January 2009. These events will be followed by the Queenstown,New Zealand Chess Classic (early entries include thirteen grandmasters)- an open event with a NZ $50,000 prize fund from 15-24 January 2009.


Olympiad Teams Selected

Peter Parr (SMH 21/7/08) 

 The Australian Chess Federation selected the teams last week for the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany 12-25 November. There were no surprises with the 17 applicants listed in exactly the same order in this column on 23rd June.

 Men: Board 1 GM Zong-Yuan Zhao, Board 2 IM David Smerdon, Board 3 IM Stephen Solomon, Board 4 GM Darryl Johansen, Board 5 IM George Xie.

First Reserve IM Alex Wohl, Second Reserve FM Igor Goldenberg, Third Reserve FM Igor Bjelobrk, Fourth Reserve IM Gary Lane.

Women: Board 1 IM Irina Berezina, Board 2 WIM Arianne Caoili, Board 3 Giang Nguyen, Board 4 WIM Laura Moylan, Board 5 WIM Biljana Dekic.

First Reserve WFM Shannon Oliver, Second Reserve WIM Alex Jule, Third Reserve WIM Narelle Szuveges.


The five players in each team  have three players aged between 22 and 25 and two players aged over 40(men average 32,women 34). Four players in each team have previous Olympiad experience. Men-Johansen 12! Olympiads,Solomon 7,Zhao 3,Smerdon 2 who have each scored between 55%-63% for an overall score of 143.5 points from 252 games(57%). Women-Dekic 7 Olympiads,Berezina 6,Caoili 4,Moylan 3 (58%) for an overall score of 111 points from 221 games(over 50%). The players on the bottom three boards of each team did not play in the last Olympiad(except Moylan). Australia is currently ranked 56th in the world(average rating of the top 10 players) and finished 29th in the last men's Olympiad in Turin 2006.


The Hakoah Club Bondi lightning event will be held this evening and the Hakoah Club Championship and Rooty Hill RSL Open each over 9 rounds commence on 28 July.  William Xu,aged 14 has won the 2008 NSW Junior Under 18 Championship by one and a half points. He won his first eight games and conceded a draw in the last round of the 39 player event.Fifteen-year-old Adrian Chau came second a clear point ahead of 5 players who tied for third. The 59 player under 12 division resulted in a tie between brothers Jack(aged 11)and Harry(aged 9) Ruan each scoring 8/10.


The Karpov tournament took place in Poikovsky in the remote oil bearing region of Nefteyugansky in Western Siberia. Alexei Shirov the sole leader after seven rounds lost to 22-year-old Vugar Gashimov from Azerbaijan in round 8.

V.Gashimov 2717 v A.Volokitin 2672 B96 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Bc4 Qb6 9. Bb3 Be7 10. f5 Nc5 11. Qf3 Ncxe4?! 12. Nxe4 Qxd4 13. Bxf6 gxf6 14. c3 Qb6 15. O-O-O d5 16. fxe6! dxe4 17. exf7+ Kf8 18. Qxe4 f5 19. Qf4 Qg6 20. Rhe1 Be6 21. Qe5 Qg5+ 22. Kb1 Bxb3 23. Qxh8+ Kxf7 24. Qxh7+ Kf8 25. axb3 1-0


D.Jakovenko 2709 v V.Bologan 2686 D47 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. a3 a5 11. e4 e5 12. Bg5 Bb7 13. Re1 Re8 14. Ne2 h6 15. Bh4 Be7 16. Rc1 Nh5 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. Qd2 Red8 19. Qe3 Nhf6 20. h3 Nh7 21. Bb1 Nhf8 22. Ng3 Ng6 23. Nf5 Qf6 24. dxe5 Ndxe5 25. Nxe5 Qxe5 26. f4 Qxf4 27. Ne7+ Kh7 28. e5 Qxe3+ 29. Rxe3 Re8 30. Nxg6 fxg6 31. h4 h5 32. e6 Rad8 33. e7 Rd7 34. Rce1 1-0


Leading final scores (10 players,av 2691,9 rounds)S.Rublevsky(RUS 2699),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2709),V.Gashimov(AZE 2717),A.Shirov(ESP 2741) 5.5/9,H.Wang(CHN 2691) 5.


Leko wins Dortmund

Peter Parr (SMH 14/7/08) 

Peter Leko won the Dortmund Sparkassen GM tournament(average rating 2695) scoring 2 wins and 5 draws. World Title Challenger Vladimir Kramnik,eight time winner in Dortmund, scored under 50%. Final scores - P.Leko(HUN 2741) 4.5/7,V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2740),S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2752),I.Nepomniachti (RUS 2634),J.Gustafsson(GER 2603) all 4,A.Naiditsch(GER 2624) 3.5,V.Kramnik(RUS 2788) 3,L.Van Wely(NED 2677) 1


Leading scores in the Karpov-Poikovsky,Russia GM event after round 5 (10 players,2691 av,9 rounds) S.Rublevsky (RUS 2699) 3.5,D.Jakovenko(RUS 2709),A.Shirov(ESP 2741) 3.


H.Wang Hao (CHN 2691) v E.Inarkiev (RUS 2675) A65 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 e6 10. Be2 exd5 11. cxd5 a6 12. a4 Bd7 13. h3 b5 14. O-O Rb8 15. axb5 Bxb5 16. Nxb5 axb5 17. b3 Re8 18. Ra6 Re7 19. Qd2 Ne8 20. Bg5 f6 21. Be3 Nc7 22. Ra7 Nf7 23. Rfa1 f5 24. R1a2 fxe4 25. Nxe4 Re5 26. Bf2 Nxd5 27. f4 Bh6 28. fxe5 Bxd2 29. Rxd2 Nf4 30. Nf6+ Kg7 31. Bf3 Qb6 32. Rda2 Qd8 33. Rd7 Qf8 34. Raa7 Rd8 35. Rdb7 h6 36. Ne4 Kg8 37. Rxf7 Qxf7 38. Rxf7 Kxf7 39. Nxd6+ Ke6 40. Bxc5 Nd3 41. Bd4 Rb8 42. Nb7 Kf5 43. Na5 1-0


D.Jakovenko (RUS 2709) v A.Volokitin (UKR 2672) A61 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. h3 a6 8. a4 Qe7 9. g3 Bg7 10. Bg2 Ne4 11. O-O O-O 12. Ra3 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Nd7 14. c4 Rb8 15. Bf4 Rd8 16. Rb3 Ne5 17. Nxe5 dxe5 18. Be3 b6 19. Qc2 Bd7 20. Qa2 b5 21. axb5 axb5 22. cxb5 c4 23. Rbb1 Bxb5 24. Ba7 Ra8 25. Rxb5 Qxa7 26. Qxc4 Qa2 27. Qxa2 Rxa2 28. e3 Rc8 29. Rd1 Bf8 30. d6 Bxd6 31. Rb7 Bc5 32. Rc1 Rd8 33. Rxc5 Rd1+ 34. Bf1 Raa1 35. Kg2 Rxf1 36. Rc8+ Kg7 37. Rcc7 e4 38. Rxf7+ Kh6 39. h4 Kh5 40. Rb5+ Kh6 41. Kh3 Rfb1 42. Re5 1-0


International Master David Smerdon was in fine form in the Freytag Checkmate Open Adelaide Grand Prix weekender. Smerdon started with 6/6 beating IM Sandler,IM Rujevic,Tao,GM Johansen and drew with IM Toth in the last round. Leading final scores (55 players,7 rounds) IM D.Smerdon(ACT 2463) 6.5,GM D.Antic(SRB 2476),GM D.Johansen(VIC 2423),IM A.Toth (HUN 2401) 5.5,T.Tao(SA 2375),J.Obst(SA 2250),IM G.Xie (NSW 2449),A.Goldsmith(SA 2030) 5. FIDE Master Jesse Sales (2340) won the 26 player Rooty Hill Rapid scoring 7/7,Johny Bolens (2130) was second with 5.5 points.The next Grand Prix event (7 rounds)will be held at Coffs Harbour Catholic Club 19-20 July.


Young players dominated the NSW Junior League's One-Day tournament. Eleven-year-old Jack Ruan won the event and the eight players who tied for second place included his nine-year-old brother Harry, Cedric Koh(also 9)and Oscar Wang(aged 10).The Winter Two-Day Tournament produced a tie for first place between John Papantoniou(last year's winner)and Edward Naoumov,aged 14 and 13 respectively. Harry Ruan again did well,finishing clear third.

Leading final scores: Winter One-Day(234 players,7 rounds)-Jack Ruan 6.5;Oscar Wang,Dawen Shi,Tim Diemer,Adrian King,Harry Ruan,Benedict Tan,Alexander Mehan,Cedric Koh 6. Winter Two-Day(216 players,11 rounds)-John Papantoniou,Edward Naoumov 9.5;Harry Ruan 9.

The NSW Junior Championship(Under 18)started yesterday and will finish on Friday and the Under 12 will be played from Wednesday to Friday. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills,phone 9412 4579.


Leko leads in Dortmund

Peter Parr (SMH 7/7/08)

Peter Leko took the lead from Jan Gustafsson by defeating him in the penultimate round in Dortmund on Saturday evening. Progress scores after round 6 (8 players,7 rounds)- P.Leko(HUN 2741) 4,J.Gustafsson(GER 2603) and I.Nepomniachtchi(RUS 2634,age 17) 3.5,S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2752),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2740),A.Naiditsch(GER 2624),V.Kramnik(RUS 2788) 3,L.Van Wely(NED 2677) 1.  L.Van Wely 2677 - J.Gustafsson 2603 Rd 5 D31 1 c4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 c6 4 e4 dxe4 5 Nxe4 Bb4+ 6 Bd2 Qxd4 7 Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8 Be2 Na6 9 Ba5 b6 10 Qd6 Bd7 11 0-0-0 0-0-0 12 Bc3 f6 13 Bf3 (13 b3 Van Wely-Shirov 2002) Qxc4 14 Be2? Qxa2 15 Nf3 Nc5 16 Ne5 Ne4!(not 16..fxe5? 17 Bxe5) 17 Bc4 Qa1+ 18 Kc2 Qa4+ 0-1

IM Eduard Fomichenko(RUS 2492) and IM Aleks Wohl(AUS 2412) tied for first place scoring 8/9(performance ratings 2621) in the 51 player Vins Du Medoc Open in France. Wohl will gain 18  points from the event in the October 2008 FIDE rating list.

Leading players on the July FIDE World Rating List (results to 15 June)- V.Anand (IND 2798),A.Morozevich (RUS 2788),V.Kramnik(RUS 2788),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2781),V.Topalov(BUL 2777),M.Carlsen(NOR 2775),T.Radjabov(AZE 2744),S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2742),A.Shirov(ESP 2741),P.Leko(HUN 2741). Women - J.Polgar (HUN 2711),H.Koneru(IND 2622),J.Xie(CHN 2574),Y.Hou(CHN 2557),A.Stefanova(BUL 2550). Seventeen-year-old Magnus Carlsen won in Foros after 15 June gaining another 16 points to 2791.


Leading average top 10 players from 137 countries - Russia 2720(183 GM,447 IM,1826 titled),Ukraine 2684(67 GM),China 2642(21 GM),USA 2637 (61 GM),Israel 2637 (34 GM),Hungary 2630 (40 GM). Australia is ranked 56 at 2440(3 GM,17 IM,75 titled,509 rated) and New Zealand is ranked 67 at 2351(1 GM,6 IM,27 titled).Leading Australian players - GM Z.Zhao (2561),GM I.Rogers(2545),IM S.Solomon(2478),IM D.Smerdon(2461),GM D.Johansen(2452),IM G.Xie(2403),FM I.Goldenberg(2386),IM A.Wohl(2384),IM G.Lane(2371),IM L.Sandler(2357). Women - IM I.Berezina(2252),WM A.Sorokina(2194),WM A.Caoili(2154),T.Nguyen(2127),WM L.Moylan(2114),WM B.Dekic(2103).


Australian Champion Stephen Solomon won the Gold Coast Open Grand Prix weekender defeating grandmaster Dejan Antic and IM Peter Froehlich(2352) but drawing with juniors Moulthun Ly and Ben Lazarus. Ly beat FM Sales and drew with Antic,Solomon and Froehlich. Leading final scores(26 players,7 rounds) IM S.Solomon(QLD 2441) 6,M.Ly(QLD 2345) 5.5,GM D.Antic (SRB    2476),FM J.Sales(NSW 2307),B.Lazarus(QLD 2031),J.Hu (NSW 2141) all 5.


Fifty-five teams contested this year's Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament, the same number as last year. The Terrey Shaw Shield, awarded each year to the winning team in the Open Division, was won by Knox Grammar School, which last won in 2006. The Junior Division (for players in Years 7 to 9) was a close battle between Cranbrook and James Ruse High, with a tie as the eventual outcome. Leading final scores (7 rounds) Open Division (28 teams): Knox Grammar 17, Sydney Boys High 15, Ryde Secondary College 14.5; Junior Division (27 teams): Cranbrook, James Ruse High 17, North Sydney Boys High, Knox Grammar 13.5. The NSW Junior Chess League's school holiday activities will include a one-day tournament on Wednesday and a two-day tournament on Thursday and Friday. The NSW Junior Championships will be held next week. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills, phone 9412 4579.


Four draws in Dortmund

Peter Parr (SMH 30/6/08)


The eight grandmasters all drew their first round games in the Dortmund,Germany GM tournament(average rating 2695) on Saturday evening.  The top seed is former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik who has won the event eight times and will play a world title match with Viswanathan Anand(India) in Bonn,Germany in October. Jan Gustafsson of Hamburg seeded last held a slight advantage against Kramnik for most of the following game.

 J.Gustafsson 2603 - V.Kramnik 2788 D85 Gruenfeld Defence 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 cxd5 Nxd5 5 e4 Nxc3 6 bxc3 Bg7 7 Nf3 c5 8 Bb5+ Nc6 9 0-0 cxd4 10 cxd4 0-0 11 Be3 Bg4 12 Bxc6 bxc6 13 Rc1 Qa5 14 Qd2 Qxd2 15 Nxd2 Rfd8 16 Nb3 a5 17 Rxc6 a4 18 Nc5 Bxd4 19 Bxd4 Rxd4 20 f3 Rc8 21 Rxc8+ Bxc8 22 Rc1 a3 23 Nb3 Rd8 24 Rc7 Be6 25 Ra7 Rd1+ 26 Kf2 Bxb3 27 axb3 Rd2+ 28 Kg3 a2 29 b4 Rb2 0.5-0.5.


Vassily Ivanchuk,aged 39,has achieved very impressive results in recent months and will jump 50 rating points to 2790 on the July world rating list due to be released in a few days. Ivanchuk will be ranked third only eight rating points behind world champion Anand. Ivanchuk tied for first place in the strongest ever world junior championship which was held in Adelaide in 1988.   V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2740)- L.Van Wely(NED 2677) B84 Sicilian Scheveningen 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be2 e6 7 a4 Nc6 8 0-0 Be7 9 Be3 0-0 10 f4 Qc7 11 Kh1 Re8 12 Bf3 Bf8 13 Qd2 Rb8 14 Rfd1 Na5 15 Qf2 Nc4 16 Bc1 e5 17 Nde2 exf4 18 Nxf4 Be6 19 b3 Ne5 20 Bb2 g6 21 Ncd5 Bxd5 22 Nxd5 Nxd5 23 Rxd5 Bg7 24 c4 Nxf3 25 gxf3 Bxb2 26 Qxb2 Re5 27 Rad1 Rxd5 28 Rxd5 Qb6 29 Kg2 Rc8 30 Qc3 Rc5 31 h4 Rxd5 32 cxd5 Qd8 33 Kg3 Qb6 34 Kg2 Qd8 35 e5 Qxh4 36 exd6 Qg5+ 37 Kf2 Qh4+ 38 Kg2 Qg5+ 39 Kf2 0.5-0.5


Arkadij Naiditsch (2624),the local hero from Dortmund,wrote history in 2005 when he won the event at at the age of 19. He drew in round 1 with Ian Nepomniachtchi(2634) aged 17 from Russia,winner of the strong Aeroflot Open in Moscow. World number 7 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov,(AZE 2752,aged 22) drew in 24 moves with Peter Leko(HUN 2741).


International Master Aleks Wohl(AUS 2412) shares the lead with IM Eduard Fomichenko(RUS 2492) in the 51 player Vins Du Medoc Open in France.The leaders drew in round 4 and have each scored 7/8. Wohl has won six games and he drew with IM M.Van Delft(NED 2401)in round 8. Wohl has a 2624 performance rating so far in his favorite annual tournament. He won the event last year taking home his weight in wine (89 bottles).


Top seeds in the Freytag Checkmate Adelaide weekender 5-6 July Grand Prix Tournament( $10,000 sponsorship from Justin Freytag) are GM D.Antic 2482,IM D.Smerdon 2471,IM G.Xie 2437,IM A.Toth 2425 and GM D.Johansen 2423.


A one-day seven round rapid tournament (20 minutes + 3 seconds per move) will be held at Rooty Hill RSL Club on Saturday 5th July.

The first event in the NSW Junior League's school holidays program is a coaching clinic on Monday 7 July. The clinic caters for young players at various levels from absolute beginner upwards. This will be followed by a one-day tournament on Wednesday 9 July and a two-day tournament on the next two days.The NSW Junior Championships will be held the following week. For details see the league's website www.nswjcl.org.au or phone Richard Gastineau-Hills 9412 4579.

The Ergas Elite Australian Junior training squad (30 elite juniors) will be taught in Melbourne 7-13 July by Grandmasters Rogers,Zhao,Antic,Johansen and IM's Toth and Jamieson.



Carlsen first in Ukraine

Peter Parr  (SMH 23/6/08)

 Seventeen-year-old Magnus Carlsen drew his last four games to finish first and undefeated in the Aerosvit grandmaster tournament in Foros,Ukraine.

Carlsen's tournament performance rating was 2877. Carlsen's new rating is

2791.5 just seven points behind World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India(2798.1), Ivanchuk is third (2790.8),followed by Kramnik (2788.0),Morozevich (2787.9), and Topalov (2777.0).


A.Shirov 2740 v P.Svidler 2746 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5.

a4 e6 6. e3 c5 7. Bxc4 Nc6 8. O-O cxd4 9. exd4 Be7 10. Bg5 O-O 11. Re1 Bd7 12. Qd2 Rc8 13. Rad1 Nb4 14. Ne5 Nbd5 15. Bxf6 Nxf6 16. d5 Bb4 17. dxe6 Bxe6 18. Qc2 Qb6 19. Bxe6 fxe6 20. Nd3 Bxc3 21. bxc3 Nd5 22. c4 Nb4 23. Nxb4 Qxb4 24. Re4 b5 25. Rh4 h6 26. axb5 Qxb5 27. Rxh6 Qf5 28. Qxf5 exf5 29. Rh4 f4 30. Rd4 Rb8 31. h3 f3 32. g4 Rb1+ 33. Kh2 Rf1 34. Rd2 Re8 35. Kg3 Re2 36.

Rd8+ Kf7 37. Rd7+ Kg6 38. Rh8 Rexf2 39. Rg8 Rg2+ 40. Kf4 f2 41. Rgxg7+

Rd8+ Kf6

42. Rh7 Ke6 43. Kg5 1-0


L.Van Wely 2677 v V.Ivanchuk 2740 A04 1. Nf3 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. e4 e5 4. d4

exd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Be3 Qf6 7. Nxc6 dxc6 8. Nc3 Qe7 9. Bd3 Nf6 10. h3 Nd7 11. O-O O-O 12. Qc2 Ne5 13. Be2 g5 14. Rad1 Be6 15. b3 Rfe8 16. Bh5 g4 17.

Bxg4 Bxg4 18. hxg4 Nxg4 19. Bf4 Be5 20. Qe2? Qh4 21. Qf3 Nh2 0-1


Final scores (12 players,av rating 2712,11 rounds) M.Carlsen(NOR 2765) 8,V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2740) 7,S.Karjakin (UKR 2732),P.Eljanov(UKR 2687) 6,A.Volokitin (UKR 2684),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2711),A.Shirov(ESP 2740) 5.5, E.Alekseev (RUS 2711),P.Svidler(RUS 2746),L.Nisipeanu (ROU 2684) 5,L.Van Wely (NED 2677) 4,A.Onischuk (USA 2664) 3.5


The Karen Asrian Memorial Rapid tournament in Yerevan,Armenia was won by local hero Levon Aronian scoring three wins and eleven draws. Final scores

(8 players,2719 av rating,14 rounds) L.Aronian(ARM 2763) 8.5,P.Leko(HUN

2741) 8,A.Morozevich(RUS 2774),B.Gelfand (ISR 2723) 7.5,X.Bu (CHN 2708) 7,G.Sargissian(ARM 2643) 6.5,M.Adams(ENG 2729) 6,V.Akopian (ARM 2673) 5.The event was held in memory of Grandmaster Karen Asrian (1980 -2008) who died of a heart attack on June 9th.Asrian played on board 3 for Armenia,the gold medalists at the last chess Olympiad in Turin,Italy 2006.The Championships of China were held last week in Beijing. Ni Hua (2704) won the men's title with 7.5/11 and Hou Yifan (2549) the women's with 9/11. IM Wang Puchen (NZ

2397) scored 8.5/13 (4 wins,9 draws,performance 2537 - a score of 9.5 was the target for his first Grandmaster norm) in a GM tournament in Budapest last week. GM Mark Bluvshtein(CAN 2544) won the event with 10 points(7

wins,6 draws).


Applicants for the Australian Olympiad team in Dresden,Germany 12-25 November are Men - Z.Zhao,D.Smerdon,S.Solomon,D.Johansen,G.Xie,A.Wohl,I.Goldenberg,I.Bjelobrk,G

.Lane. Women


The annual Secondary Schools One-Day Teams Tournament for the Terrey Shaw Shield will be held on Sunday 29th June. 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. Enquiries:Richard Gastineau-Hills,phone 9412-4579,or see NSW Junior Chess League's website www.nswjcl.org.au.


Six tie in NSW Open

Peter Parr (SMH 16/6/08)

 The NSW Open at Parramatta RSL had an exciting finish resulting in a six way tie for first place. Top seed GM Dejan Antic took the early lead with 4/4 but lost to the second seed IM Stephen Solomon in round 5. Tomek Rej (Australian Junior Champion 2003)caused a major upset beating Australian Champion Solomon in the following game in round 6.


T.Rej v S.Solomon E37 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 Ne4 7. Qc2 c5 8. dxc5 Nc6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nf3 Bf5 11. b4 O-O 12. Bb2 b6 13. b5 bxc5 14. bxc6 Qa5+ 15. Nd2 Rab8 16. c7 Rb3 17. Rd1 c4 18. g4 (18 e3 is Kasparov-Renet) Bg6 19. Bg2 Nxf2 20. Qxb3 cxb3 21. Kxf2 Qxc7 22. Nf3 Be4 23. Nd4 Re8 24. Bf3 Qf4 25. h4 h6 26. h5 Rc8 27. Rc1 Rc2 28. Nxc2 bxc2 29. Kg2 Qxg4+ 30. Kf2 Qf4 31. Rhg1 f6 32. Rg4 Qh2+ 33. Ke3 Qb8 34. Bxe4 Qxb2 35. Bxd5+ Kf8 36. Kd2 Qxa3 37. Bf3 Qa5+ 38. Kxc2 Qxh5 39. Kb3 Qe5 40. Re4 Qd6 41. Rc8+ Kf7 42. Rec4 Qd1+ 43. Kc3 Qa1+ 44. Kd3 f5 45. R4c6 Qd1+ 46. Kc4 Qa4+ 47. Kd5 Qa5+ 48. Kd4 Qa1+ 49. Ke3 Qg1+ 50. Kd2 Qd4+ 51. Kc2 Qa4+ 52. Kb2 Qb4+ 53. Kc1 Qa3+ 54. Kd2 Qa5+ 55. Ke3 Qe5+ 56. Kf2 f4 57. R6c7+ Kg6 58. Rc6+ Kf7 59. Rc5 Qd4+ 60. Kg2 g6 61. R8c7+ Kf6 62. Rd5 Qb6 63. Rdc5 Qb1 64. Rxa7 h5 65. Ra6+ Kg7 66. Rcc6 h4 67. Rxg6+ Kh7 68. Rgb6 h3+ 69. Kh2 1-0


Rej lost to GM Antic. NSWCA Vice-President Jason Hu conceded 3 draws to top players GM Antic,IM Kizov and FM Bjelobrk. Andrew Brown lost to IM Kizov and beat IM Xie. Jesse Sales lost to Antic,drew with Kizov and beat Bjelobrk. Leading final scores (50 players, 7 rounds) GM D.Antic (SRB 2476), IM S.Solomon (QLD 2441), T.Rej (NSW 2305), FM J.Sales (NSW 2307), J.Hu (NSW 2141), A.Brown (ACT 1925) all 5.5, J.Redgrave (NSW 1841)5. Vaness Reid (1496) won the 60 player under 1600 rated supporting event scoring six wins and one draw with Hamish Griffin who took second place with six points..


FIDE master Igor Goldenberg (2362) and Domagoj Dragicevic tied for first place with 6/7 in the 68 player Victorian Open Championship in Melbourne.The Queen's Birthday weekender in Adelaide was won by veteran Srboljub Zaric scoring 5/6 (15 players). The Tasmanian Open (25 players, 6 rounds) resulted in a 4 way tie for first place between N.Markovitz, D.Small, V.Horton and K.Bonham on 4.5 points.

The 4 tournaments above were all part of the Myer Tan Australian Grand prix (50 events in 2008).

Progress scores after 28 events:- IM S.Solomon(QLD) 58.44,FM G.Nakauchi(QLD) 35.50,GM Z.Zhang(CHN) 34.36,GM G.Jones (ENG) 34.36,GM V.Akobian(USA) 33.25.


Seventeen-year-old Magnus Carlsen leads the strong Aerosvit GM event in Foros,Ukraine . Carlsen won three long hard fought games in rounds 3,4,5 in 61,82,and 63 moves.  S.Karjakin 2732 v D.Jakovenko 2711 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Bf4 O-O 8. Qd2 Nd7 9. O-O-O Nc5 10. Be3 Re8 11. Bc4 Be6 12. Bxe6 Nxe6 13. h4 Qd7 14. Qd3 Qc6 15. Qf5 Qc4 16. Kb1 g6 17. Qh3 h5 18. Nd2 Qe2 19. Rde1 Qg4 20. Qh2 d5 21. f3 Qa4 22. g4 Bd6 23. Qg1 Ng7 24. Nb3 Qd7 25. Rd1 hxg4 26. fxg4 Re4 27. Rd4 Rae8 28. Bc1 Be5 29. Rxe4 dxe4 30. h5 gxh5 31. gxh5 Kh8 32. Qg5 f6 33. Qh6+ Kg8 34. Rg1 Qf7 35. Nd4 f5 36. Bf4 Bxf4 37. Qxf4 Kh7 38. Rg6 Re7 39. Qh6+ Kg8 40. Qg5 Kh7 41. Nxf5 Nxf5 42. Rf6 1-0.  Leading scores after round 6 - M.Carlsen(NOR 2765) 5,A.Volokitin (UKR 2684),S.Karjakin (UKR 2732) 3.5,P.Svidler(RUS 2746),P.Eljanov (UKR 2687),L.Nisipeanu (ROU 2684),A.Shirov (ESP2740),V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2740) 3. Yesterday's world ranking puts Carlsen up to second place - Anand 2798.1, Carlsen 2791.4, Kramnik 2788.0, Morozevich 2787.9.


Morozevich wins in Sarajevo

Peter Parr (SMH 9/6/08)

 Alexander Morozevich easily won the strong GM event in Sarajevo,Bosnia by starting with 6/7 and finishing with three draws to finish well clear of the field. Final scores(6 players, 2695 average rating, 10 rounds).A.Morozevich (RUS 2774) 7.5 (5 wins, 5 draws, performance 2872): L.Dominguez Perez (CUB

2695) 6: S.Movsesian (SVK 2695) 5: A.Timofeev (RUS 2664) 4.5: B.Predojevic (BIH 2651) 4: I.Sokolov (NED 2690) 3. The top six in the world's daily updated ratings yesterday were Anand 2798.1,Kramnik 2788.0,A.Morozevich 2787.9,V.Ivanchuk 2780.5,V.Topalov 2777.0,M.Carlsen 2775.4


Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov (Russia) and his challenger Viktor Korchnoi (Switzerland) met again last week in round 7 of the 4th Pivdenny Rapid Bank Chess Cup in Odessa,Ukraine.

A.Karpov 2655 v V.Korchnoi 2598  E32  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2

d6 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 c5 7. Nf3 O-O 8. dxc5 dxc5 9. b4 Nc6 10. Bb2 Qb6 11.

b5 Nd4 12. Nxd4 Ne4 13. Qe3 Qa5+ 14. Kd1 Qa4+ 15. Qb3 Qa5 16. Qe3 Qa4+ 17.

Nb3 Nxf2+ 18. Ke1 Nxh1 19. Qc3 1-0 ( White threatens Qxg7 mate as well as

Nxc5 winning the queen). Karpov (now aged 57)also beat Korchnoi (now aged

77) in the Candidates final match 1974 and World Title matches in 1978 and 1981. Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) defeated World Champion Viswanathan Anand(IND)

2.5-1.5 in the final of the Rapid Play tournament in Leon,Spain.


Magnus Carlsen (NOR 2765) defeated Peter Leko (HUN 2741) 5-3(2 wins,6 draws) in a rapid match in Miskolc, Hungary. P.Leko v M.Carlsen Game 7 D12 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8. Bd2 Nbd7 9. Qc2 Be7 10. Be2 dxc4 11. Bxc4 O-O 12. O-O c5 13. dxc5 Nxc5 14. Rfd1 Rc8 15. Be1 Qc7 16. Be2 Nce4 17. Qa4 Nxc3 18. Bxc3 Nd5 19. Bd4 a6 20. Bf3 Rfd8 21. Qb3 Bf6 22. g3 b6 23. Be2 Bxd4 24. Rxd4 a5 25. Ba6 Rb8 26. Be2 Rbc8 27.

Rc4 Qb8 28. Rac1 Rxc4 29. Qxc4 Ne7 30. Qb5 Kf8 31. b4 Rd5 32. Qa4 axb4 33.

Qxb4 Qd6 34. Qb3 Qd8 35. Rb1 Rd6 36. h4? Kg8 37. Bf3 Nf5 38. Rc1 Ne7 39. Kg2 Rd2! 40. Rc4 Nf5! 41. Kg1 Qf6! The last piece is well placed 42. Qxb6?(Qc3 was the only move) Qa1+! 43. Kg2 Qe1 44. Rc8+ Kh7 45. Qb8 Rxf2+ 46. Kh3 Qf1+ 47. Kg4 Nh6+ 48. Kf4 Rxf3+ 49. Ke4 f5+ 50. Ke5 Rxe3+ 51. Kd6 Qa6+ 52. Ke7

Qa3+ 53. Kd7 Rd3+ 0-1. The twelve player(av rating 2712 -

Carlsen,Svidler,Ivanchuk,Shirov,Karjakin etc) round robin started last night in  Foros,Ukraine. The eight player(av rating 2719 -Morozevich,Aronian,Leko,Adams etc)event starts tonight in Yerevan,Armenia.


Leading scores in the NSW Chess Association Inter-Club Grade Match Competition (8 clubs,26 teams in 4 graded divisions) Under 2100 - St George 8.5/12,Parramatta Yellow 7.5/12,Parramatta Blue 4.5/8.  Under 1800 - St George Dragons 8/12,Ryde-Eastwood 5/8. Under 1600 - Rooty Hill 9.5/12,St George Saints 9/12,N.Sydney Brown Bears 6.5/12,Manly 6.5/12. Under 1400 - St George Dragons 9.5/12,Rooty Hill 7.5/12,St George Saints 7/12.


 The NSWCA attracted 110 players(50 in the Open,60 in the under 1600 rated

event) to the NSW Open Queens Birthday Weekender at Parramatta. Ten players share the lead with 2/2 - GM D.Antic(SRB 2476),Australian Champion IM S.Solomon(QLD 2441),IM A.Kizov(MKD 2422),FM I.Bjelobrk(NSW 2393),FM J.Sales(NSW 2307),T.Rej(NSW 2305),A.Ayvazyan(NSW 2169),J.Hu(NSW 2141),P.Broekhuyse(NSW 2112),G.McNamara(NSW 2039). IM George Xie(NSW 2449)drew with Peter Sanders(SA 1802)in round 1 and beat 89-year-old former NSW Champion Lloyd Fell in round 2.There are 68 players competing in the Victorian Open Championship in Melbourne.


Go Moro

Peter Parr (SMH 2/6/08)

 Alexander Morozevich has scored five wins and three draws after eight rounds of the Bosnia Sarajevo tournament(performance rating 2933).The chess ratings of the world's leading players calculated daily sees Morozevich jump to second place just behind World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India).Leading ratings updated yesterday - V.Anand IND 2798,A.Morozevich RUS 2789,V.Kramnik RUS 2788,V.Ivanchuk UKR 2781,V.Topalov BUL 2777,M.Carlsen NOR 2775. Here are two wins by Morozevich in Sarajevo.


B.Predojevic 2651 v A.Morozevich 2774  C11 French Defence 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Ne2 Qb6 9. Qc1 g5 10. c3 cxd4 11. cxd4 Bb4+ 12. Kf2 f6 13. g3 g4 14. Nh4 fxe5 15. fxe5 Ndxe5 16. dxe5 d4 17. Bf4 Rf8 18. Kg2 Bd7 19. h3 d3 20. hxg4 dxe2 21. Bxe2 Nd4 22. Qe3 Bc5 23. b4 Qxb4 24. Rhb1 Qa5 25. Kh3 Nxe2 26. Qxe2 Bd4 27. Bh6 Rf2 28. Qe4 Bxa1 29. Rxa1 O-O-O 30. Bg5 Bc6 31. Rc1 Qd5 32. Qxh7 Qxa2 33. Rxc6+ bxc6 34. Nf3 Rxf3 35. Bxd8 Kxd8 0-1


A.Morozevich 2774 v S.Movsesian 2695  D15 Slav Defence 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. e3 b5 6. c5 Nbd7 7. Bd2 a5 8. Rc1 Ba6 9. a3 Qc7 10. b4 axb4 11. axb4 g6 12. Bd3 Bg7 13. O-O O-O 14. Ne2 Bb7 15. h3 Ra3 16. Bc3 Rfa8 17. Bb2 R3a6 18. Qb3 Ne8 19. Rfe1 e5 20. e4 dxe4 21. Bxe4 Ndf6 22. Ng3 exd4 23. Nxd4 Rd8 24. Bf3 Raa8 25. Ndf5 gxf5 26. Nxf5 Rd7 27. Nxg7 Kxg7 28. Qc3 Qf4 29. Re4 Qd2 30. Qe5 Ra2 31. Re2 Qh6 32. Rce1 Rxb2 33. Qxb2 Nc7 34. Bg4 Rd3 35. Re7 Ncd5 36. Rxb7 Rd2 37. Qe5 1-0 Standings after round 8 (6 players,2694 average rating,10 rounds) A.Morozevich (RUS 2774) 6.5,L.Diminguez Perez (CUB 2695) 5,S.Movsesian(SVK 2695) 4,I.Sokolov(NED 2690) and A.Timofeev(RUS 2664) 3,B.Predojevic(BIH 2651) 2.5


The Australian Chess Federation has rated 128 tournaments(91 classic,37 rapid)and 9735 games(6331 classic,3404 rapid) in the last three months. Leading players June 2008 - GM I.Rogers(NSW 2605)=,GM Z.Zhao(NSW 2591)+31,IM D.Smerdon(ACT 2463)-8,IM G.Xie(NSW 2449)+12,IM S.Solomon(QLD 2441)-3,GM D.Johansen(VIC 2423)+12,FM I.Bjelobrk(NSW 2393)-2,E.Ambrus(ACT 2377)+5,FM I.Goldenberg(VIC 2362)+4,IM P.Froehlich(QLD 2352(=). Rogers is retired,Zhao is the biggest winner,Wohl(NSW 2479)is no longer on the ACF active rating list but is very active overseas,Xie overtakes Australian Champion Solomon.


  Juniors-U20 & U18 M.Ly(QLD 2345),U16-M.Illingworth(NSW 2246),U14-FM J.Morris (VIC 2036),U12-L.Matheson(VIC 1686),U10-A.Sannidhanam(VIC 1532).Seniors over 60-IM M.Rujevic(VIC 2191),over 70-A.Flatow(NSW 2165),over 80-P.Viner(NSW 1943).Women WIM A.Caoili (QLD 2170),IM I.Berezina-Feldman (NSW 2143),G.Nguyen(SA 2121),WIM L.Moylan (NSW 1994),WIM B.Dekic(NSW 1962),WFM S.Oliver ACT 1799.Girls U20-WIM A.Jule(QLD 1785).


Leading final scores in the City of Parramatta Rapid(40 players,7 rounds) IM G.Xie 6,GM D.Antic,B.Mandla,FM J.Sales 5.5 The NSW Open Weekender,organized by the NSW Chess Association,will be held 7-9 June 2008 at Parramatta RSL. The tournament will be held in two divisions - Open and Under 1600.There are 6 major prizes and six rating prizes in the open and the under 1600 rated division has the richest prize-pool for under 1600's in Australia. Early entries in the open include GM Dejan Antic (SRB 2486),IM Atanas Kizov (MKD 2418) and IM Andras Toth(HUN 2410).


Ivanchuk wins Sofia by 1.5 points

Peter Parr (SMH 27/5/08)

 Vassily Ivanchuk achieved one of the best results of his career by scoring 8/10 (six wins,four draws,rating performance 2977)in the very strong M-Tel Masters in Sofia,Bulgaria. Former World Champion Veselin Topalov,the local hero,who has won all three previous M-Tel Masters finished with 6.5/10(rp 2841)- an excellent results but a full 1.5 points below the winner. Ivanchuk won his first five games. Round 5 L.Aronian 2763 v V.Ivanchuk 2740 D12   1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8. a3 Nbd7 9. g3 Be7 10. b3 e5 11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Qa5+ 13. Nc3 Qxc3+ 14. Bd2 Qb2 15. d5 (new move 15 Bg2 exd4 16 exd4 Qxd4 is equal) cxd5 16. Bb5 a6 17. Bxd7+ Kxd7 18. O-O e4 19. Bc3 Qxc3 20. Qxd5+ Ke8 21. Rac1 Qd3 22. Qxb7 Rd8 23. Rfd1 Qxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 25. Kg2 a5 26. g4 Kf8 27. Qxe4 g5 28. Qf5 Bd8 29. Qc5+ Kg8 30. Qe5 g6 31. b4 axb4 32. axb4 Kh7 33. b5 Rf8 34. Qc5 Kg8 35. b6? Rb1 36. f4 Rb2+ 37. Kg3 gxf4+ 38. exf4 Bxb6 39. Qc3 Rb1 40. f5 Rg1+ 41. Kh3 Re8 42. Qf6 Bf2! 43. Qg7+ Kxg7 44. f6+ Kf8 (not 44..Kxf6 45 g5+! forces stalemate) 0-1


Round 10 V.Topalov 2767 v T.Radjabov 2751 B32   1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Na3 b5 8. Nd5 Nf6 9. c4 b4 10. Nxf6+ Qxf6 11. Nc2 Qg6 12. Ne3 Be7 13. g3 Nd4 14. Bg2 Bb7 15. Nf5 Qxf5 !?(an amazing queen sacrifice)16. exf5 Bxg2 17. Rg1 Bf3 18. Qd3 (the game GM Klovans-GM Sveshnikov Riga 2005 saw 18 Qa4+ Bc6 19 Qd1 0.5-0.5) d5 19. cxd5 Rc8 20. Be3 Nc2+ 21. Kf1 e4 22. Qxa6 O-O 23. Rb1 Nxe3+ 24. fxe3 Rc2 25. h4 Rd8 26. Qb7 Kf8 27. a4 Rd2 28. Rc1 R2xd5 Radjabov forces a draw by perpetual check)29. Rc8 Rd1+ 30. Kf2 R1d2+ 31. Ke1 Rd1+ 32. Kf2 R1d2+ 33. Ke1 Rd1+ 34. Kf2 R1d2+ 1/2-1/2.  Final scores (6 players, 10 rounds, average rating 2738) - V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2740) 8, V.Topalov (BUL 2767) 6.5, T.Radjabov (AZE 2751) 5.5, I.Cheparinov (BUL 2695) 4, L.Aronian (ARM 2763), X.Bu (CHN 2708) 3.


Grandmaster Yuri Shulman has won the United States Championship in Tulsa,Oklahoma. Shulman was born in Belarus(former USSR)in 1975,won the European Junior in 1995 and moved to the USA in 1999. Leading final scores (24 players,9 rounds) GM Y.Shulman (2606) 7,GM A.Onischuk(born in Ukraine 2664)6.5,GM S.Kudrin (born in former USSR 2549) 6. Ukraine migr WGM Anna Zatonskih(2458) who lives in New York and is married to GM Daniel Fridman (GER 2640)won the US Women's Title.  International Master Aleks Wohl (NSW 2412) scored 4.5/9 in the President's Cup tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. Wohl seeded 45th finished 84th (after losing to GM A.Beliavsky SLO 2641 and M.Askerov AZE 2154 in the last two rounds) in the 180 player event which included 38 grandmasters. The event was won by GM Evgeniy Najer (RUS 2627)scoring 7.5/9.


The Grand Prix Open at Mingara Recreation Club,Tumbi Umbi(Central Coast)had reduced entry fees but more prizemoney due to generous sponsorship. The top two seeds Xie and Bjelobrk drew in round four and third seed Illingworth drew with Bjelobrk in round 5.Leading final scores (23 players, 7 rounds) IM G.Xie (2437) 6.5, FM I.Bjelobrk (2395) 6, P.Broekhuyse (2103) & B.Mandla (1942) 5,M.Illingworth(2303) and H.Rachmadi(1663) 4.5. The above scores counted for the Grand Prix. The top four finishers competed for an extra $500 donated by Keith Hogan. Xie beat Mandla and Bjelobrk beat Broekhuyse in the semi-final play off. Bjelobrk defeated Xie in the final,Broekhuyse was third.

The NSW Open,the NSW Chess Association's Premier Grand Prix Weekender,will be held over 7 rounds on 7-9 June at Parramatta RSL.

8500 players in

NSW schools event

Peter Parr (SMH 19/5/08)


The NSW Junior League's main primary and secondary schools teams competitions for 2008 have commenced. The primary schools competition is being held in 36 zones across the state with nearly 1000 teams from 370 schools.In the secondary schools competition nearly 300 teams from 82 schools are taking part in metropolitan areas,with strong growth in the west and south-west of Sydney. A separate country districts competition started last term with 140 schools.

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 NSW Chess Association inter-club grade match competition starts tonight with 26 teams from 8 clubs. St George has 7 teams,Parramatta RSL and Norths 4 teams each. There is no open division for the first time this year leaving 4 divisions. Under 2100 - 5 teams, Under 1800 - 5 teams,Under 1600 - 9 teams,Under 1400-7 teams.

The NSWCA Teams Challenge rapid play at Parramatta (12 teams, 7 rounds) was won by Sydney Academy of Chess (Max Illingworth 7/7, Andrew Bird 5.5, Simon Quick 6, Nicholas Chernih 3/4) scoring 21.5/28. The City of Parramatta rapid will be held over 7 rounds at Parramatta RSL on Sunday 25 May.  St George defeated Norths 22.5 - 17.5 in a 40 board match at St George Leagues Club last week. Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao(St George) beat Max Illingworth(Norths) on top board.


International Master Aleks Wohl (NSW) seeded 45th has scored 3.5/6 and is currently 46th equal in the President's Cup (180 players including 38 grandmasters) in Baku,Azerbaijan.

Vassily Ivanchuk won every game (5/5) in the first half of the M-Tel Masters Super tournament in Sofia,Bulgaria. Ivanchuk slowed down in the second half with four draws and is a full point ahead of former world champion Veselin Topalov(who lost to Bu in round 9) in second place with one round left to play.


V.Ivanchuk 2740 v I.Cheparinov 2695  E99   1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Nd3 f5 11. Bd2 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. c5 g5 14. Rc1 Ng6 15. cxd6 cxd6 16. Nb5 Rf7 17. Qc2 Ne8 18. Nf2 h5 19. a4 Bf8 20. h3 Rg7 21. Qb3 Nh4 22. Rc2 g4 23. fxg4 Nf6 24. Be1 hxg4 25. hxg4 Nh5 26. Nh1 f3 27. Bxf3 Nf4 28. Ng3 Bxg4 29. Bxg4 Rxg4 30. Nc7 Rc8 31. Ne6 Rxc2 32. Qxc2 Qb6+ 33. Kh1 Nhxg2 34. Nf5 Qa6 35. Rg1 Qd3 36. Qxd3 Nxd3 37. Bh4 Rxe4 38. Rxg2+ Kf7 39. Nxd6+! Bxd6 40. Ng5+ 1-0


V.Topalov 2767 v Bu Xiangzhi 2708  D19   1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2 Ne4 10. Ne5 Nd7 11. Nxd7 Qxd7 12. Na2 Be7 13. f3 Nf6 14. e4 Bg6 15. Be3 Qc7 16. Nc1(N) a5 17. Nd3 Nd7 18. Rac1 Rfe8 19. g3 Bd6 20. Nf4 e5 21. Nxg6 hxg6 22. f4 exd4 23. Bxd4 b6? 24. f5 g5 25. Qh5 Nf6 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Qg6+ Kf8 28. Qxf6 Be5 29. Qxg5 Qe7 30. f6 Bd4+ 31. Rf2 1-0

Progress scores after round 9 (6 players,10 rounds, average rating 2738) V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2740) 7 (performance 2959),V.Topalov(BUL 2767) 6 (performance 2849),T.Radjabov(AZE 2751) 5,I.Cheparinov(BUL 2695) 4,L.Aronian(ARM 2763),X.Bu(CHN 2708) 2.5.


Triple Tie in Baku

Peter Parr (SMH 12/5/08)

 Vugar Gashimov, Yue Wang & Magnus Carlsen tied for first place in the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Baku,Azerbaijan. Seventeen-year-old  Carlsen,the top seed and World number five, started slowly with 6/11 but won his last two games.  M. Carlsen 2765 v M.Adams 2729 (Round 12) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 Ne4 7. Qc2 c5 8. dxc5 Nc6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. e3 Qa5+ 11. b4 Nxb4 12. axb4 Qxa1 13. Bb5+ Kf8 14. Ne2 a6 15. Bd3 Bd7 16. f3 Ba4 17. Qb2 Qxb2 18. Bxb2 Ng5 19. Nd4 (TN) white has compensation for the exchange Bd7 20. Kf2 f6 21. Ra1 Ke7 22. Bc2 Rhd8 23. h4 Nf7 24. Bxh7 Rh8 25. Bc2 Rxh4 26. Bb3 Rh5 27. Ne2 Bc6 28. Nf4 Rg5 29. b5 Bxb5 30. Nxd5+ Kf8 31. Nc7 Rd8 32. Ne6+ Ke8 33. Bd4 Bd7 34. Nxd8 Nxd8 35. Rh1 Ke7 36. e4 Ne6 37. Be3 Re5 38. Rh7 Kf8 39. Bc2 Bc6 40. f4 Bxe4 41. Rh8+ Ke7 42. Rb8! Nd8 43. fxe5 Bxc2 44. exf6+ gxf6 45. Bd4 f5 46. Be3 Kd7 47. Bg5 Ne6 48. Rxb7+ Kc8 49. Rb2 Be4 50. Be7 Nf4 51. Ra2 Kd7 52. Bd6 Nxg2 53. Rxa6 f4 54. Ra4 Bc6 55. Ra7+ Ke6 56. Ra6 Kd5 1-0


All 14 players finished within 1.5 points of 50%. Final scores(14 players, average rating 2717,13 rounds) V.Gashimov (AZE 2679), Y.Wang (CHN 2689), M.Carlsen (NOR 2765) 8, S. Mamedyarov (AZE 2752), A. Grischuk (RUS 2716) 7.5, M.Adams (ENG 2729), P.Svidler (RUS 2746) 6.5, T.Radjabov (AZE 2751), G.Kamsky (USA 2726), S.Karjakin (UKR 2732) 6, I.Cheparinov (BUL 2695), D.Navara (CZE 2672) 5.5, E.Bacrot (FRA 2705), E. Inarkiev (RUS 2684) 5.


The President of the Republic of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov officially opened the M-Tel Masters in Sofia. Six players with an average rating of 2738 are competing in a double round robin event. Ivanchuk has taken the early lead with 3/3 including a win against the top seed former World Champion Veselin Topalov,the local hero.  Black could have resigned after only nine moves in this third round game played on Saturday evening. Vassily Ivanchuk 2740  - Bu Xiangzhi 2708 (A11) 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 d5 4 e3 a6 5 Qc2 b5 6 b3 Bg4 7 Ne5 Bh5 8 cxb5 cxb5 9 Bxb5+ - Bu totally overlooked this winning move!- axb5 10 Nxb5 e6 11 Nc7+ Ke7 12 Nxa8 and white won. Progress scores -V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2740) 3,V.Topalov(BUL 2767) 2,I.Cheparinov(BUL 2695) 1.5,L.Aronian(ARM 2763),T.Radjabov(AZE 2751) 1,X.Bu (CHN 2708) 0.5. IM Puchen Wang (NZL 2397) drew with GM J.Arizmendi-Martinez (2516) in the last round in Benidorm,Spain scoring 7/10(PR 2414).


St George Club Championship(10 players,9 rounds) A.Rose  (2081) 8, N.Radev (1854) 6.5, A.Huynh (1850) 5.5. Leading final scores in the Centenary Club Championship at Norths(incorporating Chatswood CC) FIDE Rated title event(12 players,11 rounds) FM V.Smirnov(2318) 10,M.Illingworth (2152) 9. The Manly Club Champion is Allan McGregor scoring 8.5/9. Manly (av 1414) beat Norths (av 1442) 11.5 - 5.5 last week. Allan McGregor (Manly 1889) defeated Stephen Javor (Norths 1740) on top board. The St.George v Norths match will be held  tomorrow evening.  Results of the Laurieton Grand Prix tournament (17 players, 7 rounds) FM V.Smirnov 2294 7, C.Rowlison 1839 5.5, D.Castor 2038 5, M.Canfell 1754, R.Eccles 1626 4.

The next Grand Prix event will be held at The Mingara Recreation Club,Tumbi Umbi(Central Coast)May 17-18. The event is seven rounds with reduced entry fees,open and divisional prizes. The top four finishers will be invited to a guillotine rapid play-off for further prizes. Ivan Kodzoman has won the Wyong Shire Cup tournament.


Champions Tiviakov and Lahno

Peter Parr (SMH 5/5/08) 


The European Individual Championships took place in Plovdiv,Bulgaria. GM Sergey Tiviakov(NED 2634,age 35) won the mens title (337 players,including 186 GM,67 IM) and 18-year-old GM Kateryna Lahno (UKR 2479,WGM at age 12)the womens title(159 players including 43 GM) each scoring 8.5/11.

In the following game a strong Russian GM loses in only 11 moves with the white pieces! S.Grigoriants (RUS 2573)v P.Tregubov(RUS 2629) A34 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 e4 7. Ne5 Bb4 8. Bd2 Nxd4 9. Nxe4 Qe7 10. Bxb4 Qxb4+ 11. Qd2 Nxe4! 0-1


E.L'Ami (NED 2600)v V.Bologan (MDA 2665) E97 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 a5 11. bxa5 Rxa5 12. Nd2 Nf4 13. Bf1 b6 14. a4 Bd7 15. Nb3 Ra8 16. a5 bxa5 17. Rxa5 Rxa5 18. Nxa5 Qb8 19. Nb5 f5 20. Bxf4 exf4 21. exf5 Nxf5 22. Nc6 Qb6 23. Ne7+ Kf7 24. Nxf5 Bxf5 25. Qd2 f3 26. g3 Bd7 27. c5! dxc5 28. d6! Kg8 29. Nxc7 Bd4 30. Ne6 Rf6? 31. Nxd4 cxd4 2. Qa2+ Kh8 33. Re7 Qd8 34. Qd5 Bf5 35. d7 1-0


D.Pavasovic (SLO 2595) v V.Baklan (UKR 2647) C06  1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ngf3 cxd4 8. cxd4 f6 9. Ng5 fxg5 10. Qh5+ g6 11. Bxg6+ hxg6 12. Qxg6+ Ke7 13. Ne4 Ndxe5 14.dxe5 Kd7 15. Nf6+ Kc7 16. Qxg5 Qe7 17. a3 Bd7 18. Qg3 b6 19. Bg5 Qg7 20. b4 Kb7 21. h4 Be7 22. O-O Rhd8 23. f4 Rac8 24. Qd3 Be8 25. b5 Bc5+ 26. Kh1 Nd4 27. a4 Bg6 28. Qh3 Rh8 29. h5 Bxh5 0-1. The top 22 qualified for the 2009 World Cup.The top 12 women qualified for the next stage of the Women's World Championship.


Wang Yue and Alexander Grischuk who shared the lead after five rounds of the FIDE Grand Prix remain undefeated with performance ratings above 2800 and are joint leaders with two rounds to play in Baku,Azerbaijan.   T.Radjabov 2751 v M.Carlsen 2765(top seed) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. Bb3 Rc8 11. h4 h5 12. O-O-O Ne5 13. Bg5 Rc5 14. Kb1 Re8 15. g4 hxg4 16. h5 Nxh5 17. Rxh5 gxh5 18. Qh2 Ng6 19. Qxh5 Qa5 20. f4 Rxg5 21. fxg5 e6 22. Nf5 exf5 23. Qxg6 Be6 24. Qh5 fxe4 25. Rf1 Qe5 26. Rxf7 Bxb3 27. axb3 g3 28. Ka2 Rf8 29. Rxf8+ Kxf8 30. Qg4 e3 31. g6 e2? 32. Qf3+? Ke8 33. Qf7+ Kd8 34. Qg8+ Kd7 35. Qf7+ Qe7 36. Qf5+ Kd8 37. Qa5+ b6 38. Qd5 e1=Q 39. Qa8+ Kd7 40. Qb7+ Ke8 0-1


Progress scores after 11 rounds (14 players, average rating 2717, 13 rounds). Wang Yue (CHN 2689) and A.Grischuk(RUS 2716) 7,V.Gashimov (AZE 2679) 6.5,S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2752),M.Carlsen (NOR 2765),M.Adams(ENG 2729) 6,T.Radjabov (AZE 2751),G.Kamsky(USA 2726) 5.5,E.Bacrot(FRA 2705),I.Cheparinov(BUL 2695),S.Karjakin(UKR 2732) 5,P.Svidler(RUS 2746),E.Inarkiev(RUS 2684) 4.5,D.Navara(CZE 2672) 3.5


IM Puchen Wang(NZL 2397) has so far scored 6.5/9 - below a 2600 GM norm performance -in Benidorm,Spain.I returned to Sydney from New Zealand on Saturday where plans are well advanced for the Queenstown Chess Classic 15-24 Jan 2009. A New Zealand  record prize fund of NZ $50,000 is guaranteed with an additional $6500 NZ prize money for subsidiary events. The 10 round classic (incorporating the 116th New Zealand Championship) is open to all players.The venue is the ballroom of the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown with inspiring views over the mountains and Lake Wakatipu.  The NSWCA Teams Challenge one day rapid play event will be held on Sunday 11 May at Parramatta RSL Club.



Grischuk and Yue lead in Baku

Peter Parr (SMH 28/4/08) 


Alexander Grischuk and Wang Yue share the lead after five rounds of the first of a series of World Chess Federation(FIDE) Grand Prix tournaments in Baku,Azerbaijan. 21-year-old Wang Yue (World Under 12 Champion in 1999),seeded 11th,has the best performance rating so far(2871).


Vugar Gashimov 2679 v Peter Svidler 2746  B43 1 e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 b5 6. Be2 Bb7 7. Bf3 Qc7 8. O-O Bd6 (better was 8..Nc6)9. a4 Bxh2+ 10. Kh1 Be5 11. axb5 Nf6 12. Be3 O-O 13. Qd3 d6 14. Rfd1 Nfd7 15. Qd2 Rc8 16. Be2 Nf6 17. f4 Bxd4 18. Qxd4 d5 19. bxa6 Nxa6 20. e5 Ne8 21. f5 Nc5 22. Bb5 Qd8 23. Rxa8 Bxa8 24. f6 Nd7 25. fxg7 Qc7 26. Bf4 Qb7 27. Rd3 Nxg7 28. Bxd7 Rc4 29. Qf2 Qxd7 30. Rg3 Kh8 31. Bg5 1-0


Progress scores after round 5 (14 players, average rating 2717, 13 rounds) A.Grischuk (RUS 2716),Wang Yue(CHN 2689) 3.5,T.Radjabov(AZE 2751,age 21),V.Gashimov(AZE 2679,age 21),G.Kamsky(USA 2726),M.Adams(ENG 2729) 3,S.Karjakin(UKR 2732),S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2752),E.Bacrot(FRA 2705),M.Carlsen(NOR 2765,top seed,age 17) 2.5,E.Inarkiev(RUS 2684),P.Svidler(RUS 2746) 2,D.Navara(CZE 2672) 1.5,I.Cheparinov(BUL 2696) 0.5.


Meanwhile in Plovdiv,Bulgaria there are 496 players competing in the European Individual Championship. Here is a fine win by the early leader Emil Sutovsky(born in Baku,European Champion 2001) E.Sutovsky (ISR 2630) v P.Vavrak (SVK 2466)  C06 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 Nc6 8. O-O a5 9. Re1 cxd4 10. cxd4 Qb6 11. Nb1 Nxd4 12. Nxd4 Qxd4 13. Nc3 Bc5 (13... Qb6 is more usual)14. Nb5 Qxf2+ 15. Kh1 O-O 16. Bg5 Bb4 17. Rf1!(Novelty) Qxb2 18. a3 Bc5 19. Bf4! Nxe5 20. Bxh7+ Kxh7 21. Qh5+ Kg8 22. Bxe5 Qxb5 23. Bxg7! f5 24. Be5 Rd8 25. Rf3 Kf8 26. Rg3 1-0.


Leading scores after round 6 (337 players including 186 grandmasters,67 IM's,11 rounds) GM S.Movsesian(SVK 2695) and GM E.Sutovsky(ISR 2630) 5.5,GM R.Mamedov(AZE 2617),GM P.Tregubov(RUS 2629),GM L.Pantsulaia(GEO 2617) 5 with 21 GM's on 4.5. The top 22 qualify for the World Cup.

Women (159 players,including 43 grandmasters,11 rounds)IM V.Cmilyte(LTU 2466,IM A.Ushenina(UKR 2474),IM E.Kovalevskaya(RUS 2421) 5/6. The top 12 qualify for the next stage of the Womens World Championship.


Leading final scores in the Sydney Rapid Grand Prix held on Saturday at Bonnyrigg Sports Club (40 players, 7 rounds). GM D.Antic(SER 2482)and FM J.Sales(PHI 2104) 6.5,FM L.Jones(2079),A.Pan(1191,aged only 9) and B.Urdanegui(1642) 5. The Hakoah Cup held over 9 consecutive Monday evenings starts tonight at The Hakoah Club,Bondi.The next Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix event will be held at Laurieton Services Club over 7 rounds on 3-4 May.


The NSW Junior League's Autumn Two-Day Tournament has been won by Jamie Boyce,playing in his last tournament as a junior(he turns 18 shortly). He was undefeated but conceded two draws to score 9 out of 10,half a point ahead of Dawen Shi(aged 14) and John Papantoniou(13). Several younger players did well - Oscar Wang(aged 10) scored 8 points,while Anton Smirnov(7),Sean Gu(8)and Harry Yuan(9)all scored 7.5 points.The event was contested by 263 players.


Wesley So Good in Dubai

Peter Parr (SMH 21/4/08) 


The World's youngest grandmaster Wesley So,aged 14,had a very good result(performance rating 2708) in Dubai (prize fund AUS $48000) winning the Cup on countback in a field of 131 players from 25 countries including 29 grandmasters.   GM Wesley So (PHI 2540) v World Junior Under 20 Champion GM Ahmed Adly (EGY 2578)  B99  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qf3 Be7 9. O-O-O Qc7 10. Bd3 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. fxg5 Ne5 13. Qe2 Nfg4 14. Nf3 Nxf3 15. Qxf3 Ne5 16. Qh5 Ng6 17. Bg3 hxg5 18. Qf3 Ne5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Rdf1 Rh7 21. h4 gxh4 22. Qg4 Rh6 23. g3 Rg6 24. Qf3 Rf6 25. Qh5 Rxf1+ 26. Rxf1 hxg3 27. Qxf7+ Kd7 28. Rd1 Kc6 29. Qg6 Bh4 30. Nd5 Qd6 31. Qe8+ Bd7 32. Qxa8 exd5 33. Bxa6 Qc7 34. Rxd5 Bg5+ 35. Kb1 Qb6 36. Bb5+ Qxb5 37. Rxb5 1-0.  Leading final scores GM W.So(PHI 2540),GM M.Gagunashvili(GEO 2553),GM E.Ghaem(IRI 2604),GM B.Li(CHN 2581) all 7/9.


Illya Nyzhnyk (age 11 years,7 months)has scored his first grandmaster norm by winning the Nabakov Memorial International GM tournament in Kiev,Ukraine. Nyzhnyk was undefeated scoring 8.5/11(performance 2619).GM Y.Kruppa(UKR 2543) was 2nd with 8 and GM S.Vysochin(UKR 2521)3rd with 7 points.  S.Bargan (MDA 2404) v FM I.Nyzhnyk(UKR 2397) B48   1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O d6 9. f3 Be7 10. g4 b5 11. h4 Bb7 12. Kb1 Rc8 13. g5 Nd7 14. h5 Nce5 15. a3 Nb6 16. Qg2 Nbc4 17. Bxc4 Nxc4 18. Bc1 Qb6 19. g6 Bf6 20. Nce2 d5 21. Bg5 b4 22. a4 Na3+ 23. bxa3 bxa3+ 24. Nb5 a2+ 25. Kxa2 Rxc2+ 26. Kb1 Rb2+ 27. Kc1 Qc5+ 0-1. Results at age 7 gave him a FIDE rating of 2119 and at age 10 he scored 8.5/9 winning the under 2300 Moscow Open(performance 2633).Nyzhnyk may become the youngest GM ever - 2 more norms needed and 2500+ rating.


The first of a series of World Chess Federation (FIDE) Grand Prix tournaments starts tonight in Baku, Azerbaijan (The birthplace of Garry Kasparov 13 April 1963). Fourteen grandmasters with an average rating of 2717 will compete in the round robin event 21 April-5 May. The top seeds are World no 5 seventeen-year-old Magnus Carlsen(NOR 2765),S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2752),T.Radjabov(AZE 2751),P.Svidler(RUS 2746),S.Karjakin(UKR 2732). The winner of the series at the end of 2009 will play the winner of the World Cup for the right to challenge the World Champion in September 2010.


The European Individual Championships(prize fund AUS $237,000) also starts tonight in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 332 players including 187 grandmasters,188 rated above 2500,69 above 2600 compete for World Title qualifying places. 165 are in the Womens event including 145 titled players.


Leading final scores in the Dubbo RSL Grand Prix weekender (30 players,6 rounds) Tony Weller (QLD 1759) 6,David Castor(NSW 2038) and Allen Setiabudi(ACT 1591) 5.The next rapid grand Prix event will be held at Bonnyrigg Sports Club on Saturday 26th April over 7 rounds.


Two nine-year-olds finished in the top three places in the NSW Junior League's Autumn One-Day Tournament,which attracted 252 players ranging in age from 6 to 17. Many other young players did well;11 of the top 12 scorers were aged under 15. Sharing first place with 7.5 points out of 8 were Andrew Pan(9) and relative veteran Adrian Miranda(14). Half a point behind them was Harry Ruan(aged 9).Nine players,including eight-year-old Sean Gu,shared fourth place on 6.5 points. The League's Autumn Two-Day Tournament will take place on Wednesday and Thursday,23-24 April. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills,phone 9412 4579.


Ural draws its way to victory

Peter Parr (SMH 14/4/08) 

Ural Ekaterinburg (Shirov,Grischuk,Malakhov,Akopian,Dreev,Motylev)drew its way to victory in the tenth round of the Russian Teams Championship in Sochi on the Black Sea with 6 quick draws ranging from 9-13 moves each. Ural,the top seeds also with Radjabov Bd 1 and Kamsky Bd 3, have won the title with a round to spare. There were 94 players(91 of them Grandmasters) in the 12 teams including 16 rated above 2700 and 61 rated higher than 2600. Here are 3 games from the event. B.Gelfand 2723 v A.Shirov 2740  A16 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qa4+ Bd7 6. Qb3 Nb6 7. d4 Be6 8. Qc2 Bg7 9. e4 Bg4 10. Ne5 Bxe5 11. dxe5 Nc6 12. Bb5 Bd7 13. Bxc6 Bxc6 14. Be3 Qd7 15. Rd1 Qe6 16. O-O O O 17. f4 Rad8 18. Bd4 f5 19. exf6 exf6 20. f5 gxf5 21. Rxf5 Be8 22. Qf2 Bg6 23. Rf4 Nd7 24. Rf1 Ne5 25. Nd5 Nd3 26. Rxf6 Rxf6 27. Nxf6+ Kf7 28. Qe3 c5 29. Nxh7+ Ke8 30. Nf6+ Ke7 31. Bxc5+ Nxc5 32. Qxc5+ Qd6 33. Qg5 Qd4+ 34. Kh1 1-0

 E.Inarkiev 2684 v N.Vitiugov 2617 C11 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2 b5 9. g3 b4 10. Ne2 a5 11. f5 cxd4 12. Nexd4 Nxd4 13. Nxd4 Nxe5 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Bf4 Nc4 16. Qe2 Qf6 17. Bg2 Be7 18. Rhe1 g5 19. fxe6 Bxe6 20. b3 gxf4 21. bxc4 Bc5 22. cxd5 Bxd4 23. dxe6 Be3+ 24. Kb1 Rc8 25. gxf4 Rc3 26. Qb5+ 1-0  T.Radjabov 2751 v B.Grachev 2610 B48 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. f4 Bb4 8. Ndb5 Qa5 9. e5 Nd5 10. Bd2 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Be7 12. c4 Qd8 13. Bd3 d6 14. O-O O-O 15. Nxd6 Bxd6 16. exd6 Qxd6 17. Bc3 f5 18. Kh1 e5 19. fxe5 Qa3 20. Qe1 Be6 21. Rb1 b6 22. g4 g6 23. gxf5 gxf5 24. Qg3+ Kh8 25. Bxf5 Nd4 26. Be4 Qc5 27. Qh4 Nf5 28. Rxf5 Rxf5 29. Bxf5 1-0

 The 10th annual Dubai Open leading scores after round 7 (132 players from 25 countries including 29 grandmasters) GM W.So(PHI 2540),GM M.Gagunashvili(GEO 2553) and GM Li Chao (CHN 2581) all 6 points.

The youngest grandmaster in the world Wesley So aged 14 from Manila, Philippines is the joint leader with six wins and one loss.

 Leading final scores in the Bangkok Open (99 players from 22 countries, 9 rounds): Deshun Xiu (CHN 2371) 8 (performance 2679), Z.Zhang (CHN 2384) 7.5, GM S.Li (CHN 2512), GM V.Akobian (USA 2601) 7.

M.Drummund NSW 2235 and FM T.Reilly NSW 2271  scored 6 points and S.Watharow NSW 2117  3.5.  Andrei Krawcheni VIC scored 4.5/7 and Ross Hamilton NSW 3/7 in the 43 players supporting event.

Ivan Kodzoman has scored 5.5/6 in the Wyong Shire Cup at Central Leagues Club,Gosford. Leading final scores in the Henry Greenfield Cup at Hakoah Club, Bondi - J.Bolens 7/9, IM I.Berezina 6.5,O.Raykhman,M.Pevzner,Dr V.Zeldovich 6. The lightning tournament will be held this evening and the Hakoah Cup over 9 rounds commences on 28 April. 

The Centenary Club Championship at Norths (incorporating Chatswood CC) is being held in six divisions. Leading scores in the title event (12 players, 11 rounds) FM V.Smirnov (2318) and  B.Atzmon-Simon (2142) 7/8, M.Illingworth (2152) 6.5/8, A.Chek (2095) 4/8, L.Benson (2004) 3.5/7. The St. George Leagues Club Championship is in progress with 6 divisions.Leading scores in the title event (10 players, 9 rounds) A.Rose (2081) 6/6, N.Radev (1854) 4.5/6,A.Huynh (1850) 4/6 J.Watson (1853) 3.5/6. Allan McGregor leads the Manly Club Championship with 6/6 and Noel Mangrobang has scored 4/4 in the Rooty Hill RSL Autumn Swiss. The club events are held in preparation for the New South Wales Chess Association inter-club grade match competition (four players per team) which commences next month.

Carlsen Biggest Winner

Peter Parr (SMH 7/4/08)


17-year-old Magnus Carlsen is the biggest winner on the new world rating list jumping from World number 13 to no 5 in the last four months. Carlsen(GM at age 13) increased his rating by 32 points and is now only 38 points behind World Champion Viswanathan Anand. Leading players on the April 2008 World Rating List - V.Anand(IND 2803)+4,V.Kramnik(RUS 2788)-11,A.Morozevich(RUS 2774)+9,V.Topalov(BUL 2767)-13,M.Carlsen(NOR 2765)+32,L.Aronian(ARM 2763)+24,S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2752)-8,T.Radjabov(AZE 2751)+16,P.Svidler(RUS 2746)-17,P.Leko(HUN 2741)-12. Juniors: M.Carlsen (NOR 2765), S.Karjakin (UKR 2732), H.Wang (CHN 2684).Women: J.Polgar (HUN 2709), H.Koneru (IND 2603), J.Xie (CHN 2574),Y.Hou (CHN 2549), P.Cramling (SWE 2539).


Leading countries (126, average top 10) Russia 2719 (147 GM, 264 IM, 1039 titled), Ukraine 2684 (65 GM), China 2636 (19 GM),Israel 2635 (31 GM), USA 2634 (34 GM). Australia is ranked 52 at 2450 (2 GM, 13 IM, 41 titled) and New Zealand is 64 at 2350 (1 GM, 5 IM, 19 titled). Leading Australian players - GM I.Rogers 2545(=), IM Z.Zhao 2541(+54)-Zhao will be listed as a Grandmaster on May 3rd,IM S.Solomon 2472(+4),IM D.Smerdon(2462)+3,GM D.Johansen 2453(-22),IM G.Xie 2417(+4),IM A.Wohl 2412(-6),IM M.Chapman 2402(=), IM J.Wallace 2398(=), A.Kanikevich 2394(=). Women IM I.Berezina 2246, WM A.Sorokina 2194, WM A.Caoili 2144, WM B.Dekic 2134, WM L.Moylan 2122.


Teenager Deshun Xiu (CHN 2371) leads the Bangkok Open A Group(99 players from 22 countries) with 7/8 (rating performance 2662). The winner of the Doeberl Cup Easter weekend tournament in Canberra GM V.Akobian(USA 2601)the top seed has 6.5. Scores of the three Sydney players are M.Drummond (AUS 2235) 5.5,FM T.Reilly (AUS 2271) 5,S.Watharow (AUS 2117) 3.


The Russian Teams Championship is being held in the Black Sea Resort of Sochi 1-14 April (12 teams,11 rounds) The top seeds Ural Ekaterinburg (Radjabov(AZE),Shirov(ESP),Kamsky(USA),Grischuk(RUS),Malakhov(RUS),Akopian(ARM),Dreev(RUS),Motylev(RUS) average rating 2702) have taken the early lead by winning their first four matches scoring 16.5/24. The following game is the best so far in the event.


GM Bu, Xiangzhi(CHN 2708) v GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim(RUS 2674) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Nge2 a6 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Qd2 Bd7 9. h4 h5 10. Bh6 e5 11. O-O-O b5 12. Nd5 Re8 13. g4 hxg4 14. h5 gxf3 15. hxg6 fxg6 16. Nec3 Nxd4 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Nxf6 Qxf6 19. Nd5 Qf8 20. Qh6+ Kf7 21. Qg5 Qg7 22. Rxd4 exd4 23. Qf4+ Bf5 24. exf5 g5 25. Qg4 Re1+ 26. Kd2 Rae8 27. Qh5+ 1-0. Bu became a grandmaster at the age of 13 in 1999 achieving his 3 GM results in only 35 days.  The Tomsk-400 team with three players rated above 2700 has lost all 4 matches so far(Karjakin lost to Bu in rd 4) scoring 9/24. Every team is very strong. Presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin were in Sochi over the weekend.


Progress scores in the Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix 2008 after 16 of the 49 events - IM S.Solomon(QLD) 45.11,GM Z.Zhang(SIN) and GM G.Jones(ENG) each 34.36,GM V.Akobian(USA) 33.25,FM G.Nakauchi(QLD) 25.00.  The next GP event will be the 6 round Dubbo RSL Open 12-13 April. Leading final scores in the City of Sydney Rapid Play held on Saturday afternoon at Parramatta RSL (42 players, 7 rounds) - GM D.Antic(SER) 2490,M.Illingworth 2247,IM G.Xie 2484,IM D.Swiercz (POL 2413) all 5.5,IM A.Kizov (MKD 2450),FM V.Smirnov 2405,FM J.Sales(PHI 2006) all 5.



Peter Parr (SMH 31/3/08)


Grandmaster Surya Ganguly of Kolkata,India won the Sydney International Open at Parramatta Town Hall on a tiebreak with four Grandmasters each scoring 7/9 sharing $10,000.

Three months ago Ganguly,who became a GM in 2002,tied for first in the Commonwealth Championship but lost the tiebreak for the title. Sydney University student 21-year-old Yuan Zong Zhao who recently qualified for the grandmaster title and will be rated 2541 on the April World rating list beat NZ Grandmaster Murray Chandler in the final round to tie for first place and will gain another 20 rating points. Zhao is clearly Australia's top active player. Thirteen-year-old Dariusz Swiercz of Poland who will become an International Master in April defeated GM Dejan Antic in round 3.


Leading final scores (105 players,9 rounds) - GM S.Ganguly(IND 2579,rating performance 2667),GM Z.Zhang (SIN 2617,rp 2681),GM G.Jones(ENG 2562,rp 2578),IM Z.Zhao(AUS 2487,rp 2637) all 7   GM M.Gagunashvili(GEO 2553,rp 2587),GM R.Antonio (PHI 2529,rp 2497),GM V.Akobian(USA 2599,rp 2535),IM I.Bitansky(ISR 2424 rp 2459),GM V.Malakhatko(BEL 2600 rp 2522),S.Solomon(AUS 2468,rp 2396),GM D.Johansen (AUS 2475,rp 2439),IM G.Lane(AUS 2412 rp 2307) all 6.5. There were no GM or IM norms. Sherily Cua(PHI 2132) scored a WIM Norm.

D.Lovejoy(1994) won the 39 player supporting under 2000 rated event scoring 7.5/9 followed by A.Furst (1808) 7 and S.Jurd (1928) on 6.5.


Leading final scores in the O2C Doeberl Cup Easter Weekend tournament in Canberra (82 players,31 titled including 8 GM,11 IM,2 WGM,9 rounds) GM V.Akobian(USA 2599) 7.5,GM Z.Zhang(SIN 2617),GM S.Ganguly(IND 2579),GM G.Jones(ENG 2562),GM M.Gagunashvili(GEO 2553),GM D.Antic(SER 2480),IM S.Solomon(QLD 2468,Australian Champion),IM A.Kizov (MKD 2398) 6.5, IM P.Wang(NZL 2383),GM V.Malakhatko(BEL 2600),WGM R.Li(SIN 2425),IM I.Bitansky(ISR 2424),WGM A.Zozulia (BEL 2344),E.Ambrus (AUS 2378) all 6.  There were no GM norms (2600+  result)but one IM Norm (2450+ result) by WGM R.Li.


 Former NSW Champion Lloyd Fell now in his ninetieth year has competed in all 46 annual Doeberl Cup tournaments. The 49 player under 2000 rated event was won by Blair Mandla ( 1942) scoring 6/7 and the 67 player under 1600 rated event was won by Emma Guo 1598 with 7/7. The Sydney Easter Cup at Cabra Vale Diggers Club was won by Homer Cunanan(PHI 2133) on 6/7 half a point ahead of Johny Bolens(AUS 2201).The Canterbury Club Championships held over 7 Monday evenings starts tonight at Lakemba Services Memorial Club. The City of Sydney Rapid tournament will be held on Saturday 5 April at Parramatta RSL Club.


Final scores in the 14th Amber Rapid and Blindfold tournament held in Nice,France(12 players including 11 of the top 14 in the world,22 rounds,prize fund AU $353,000) L.Aronian(ARM 2739) 14.5,V.Kramnik(RUS 2799),P.Leko(HUN 2753),V.Topalov(BUL 2780),M.Carlsen(NOR 2733) 12,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751),V.Anand(World Champion,IND 2799),A.Morozevich(RUS 2765) all 11,S.Karjakin(UKR 2732) 9.5,B.Gelfand(ISR 2737),S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2760),L.Van Wely(NED 2681) 5.5. Aronian won the rapid section on 8/11 followed by Ivanchuk on 6.5 and  there was a four way tie for first between Aronian,Kramnik,Topalov and Morozevich on 6.5/11 in the blindfold division. 


Akobian Leads Doeberl Cup

Peter Parr (SMH 24/3/08)


Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian aged 24 is the sole leader in the 46th O2C Doeberl Cup Easter Weekend Tournament at the Hellenic Club,Canberra which this year attracted a record entry of 229 players-although 31 were in a reduced 2 day event this year (the previous record was 226 in 2006). Akobian moved from Armenia to Los Angeles in 2001 and became a Grandmaster one week after his 20th birthday in 2003. He won the World Open in the USA in 2007. Akobian drew with 15-year-old NSW Junior Champion Max Illingworth in round 1 after trying to win for almost 100 moves but he won his next 5 games defeating Smerdon,Johansen and Ganguly.


GM Darryl Johansen of Melbourne was the sole leader after 4 rounds with 4/4 defeating second seed GM Malakhatko after recovering from a lost position. Johansen lost his next two games against 3rd seed Akobian and top seed Zhang with the black pieces in the next two rounds. Australian Champion Stephen Solomon is the only Australian in the top 9 places after round 6. Draws by mutual agreement in under 30 moves are not allowed without permission of the arbiter. Some leading players agreed to draws without penalty and in  Rd 7 Akobian-Zhang was agreed drawn after only 14 moves with permission from the arbiter!


The top 12 rated players are in the top 12 places after 6 rounds with 3 rounds left to play. Leading scores after round 6 (82 players, 31 are titled including  8 GM,11 IM,2 WGM) GM V.Akobian (USA 2599) 5.5,GM Z.Zhang (SIN 2617),GM M.Gagunashvili (GEO 2553) 5,GM S.Ganguly (IND 2579),GM G.Jones (ENG 2562),GM D.Antic (SER 2480),GM V.Malakhatko (BEL 2600),IM S.Solomon (QLD 2468),WGM R.Li (SIN 2425) all 4.5,GM D.Johansen (VIC 2475),IM D.Smerdon (ACT 2459),IM I.Bitansky (ISR 2424) and 12 others are on 4 points. Leading Major U2000 scores after round 4 (49 players 7 rounds) - B.Mandla 1942  4,A.Huynh 1837,M.Dizdarevic 1930,R.Voon 1856 3.5 Leading Minor U1600 scores after round 4 (67 players,7 rounds) E.Guo 1598,J.Dalton 1446 4. The U1200 division(31 players,2 days)was won by Andrew Pan with 6/6. GM Akobian also won the Doeberl Cup lightning(68 players scoring 8/9 followed by IM D.Smerdon 7.5,J.Hu and GM G.Jones 7.


The Sydney International Open 25-29 March at Parramatta Town Hall has attracted 146 players from 23 countries. 100 are competing in the main event including 29 titled players (11 grandmasters). IM George Xie,FM D.Swiercz and E.Puzon jointly won the 22 player Canterbury Lightning with 8/9.


WGM Hou Yifan who turned fourteen three weeks ago won the Women Masters in Istanbul scoring five wins and four draws for an impressive 2674 rating performance. Leading final scores(10 players,9 rounds)  H.Yifan(CHN 2527) 7,GM P.Cramling (SWE 2524) 6,WGM Z.Xue(CHN 2517)5.5,IM E.Atalik (TUR 2408)5,IM L.Javakhishvili (GEO 2470) 4.5


Progress scores after 14 rounds in the 14th Amber Rapid and Blindfold tournament in Nice,France (12 players including 11 of the top 14 in the world,22 rounds) L.Aronian(ARM 2739) 9,V.Anand(IND 2799) 8,M.Carlsen(NOR 2733),V.Kramnik(RUS 2799),P.Leko(HUN 2753) 7.5,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751),A.Morozevich(RUS 2765),V.Topalov(BUL 2780) 7,S.Karjakin(UKR 2732)6.5,S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2760)6,B.Gelfand (ISR 2737),L.Van Wely(NED 2681)5.5. Aronian leads the rapid section on 5.5/7 and Morozevich leads the blindfold on 5/7.

Grandmasters Competing in Australia

Peter Parr (SMH 17/3/08)

The O2C Doeberl Cup Easter Weekend Tournament 20-24 March in Canberra will be the strongest and largest in the 46 year history of the event. The 16 Players rated above 2400 in the main tournament are GM Z.Zhang(SIN 2617),GM V.Malakhatko(BEL 2600),GM V.Akobian(USA 2599),GM S.Ganguly(IND 2579),GM G.Jones (ENG 2562),GM M.Gagunashvili(GEO 2553),GM A.Kunte(IND 2550),GM D.Antic(SER 2480),GM D.Johansen(AUS 2475),IM S.Solomon(QLD 2468),IM D.Smerdon(ACT 2459),WGM L.Ruofan(SIN 2425),IM I.Bitansky(ISR 2424),IM G.Lane(NSW 2412),IM A.Toth(HUN 2410),IM A.Reprintsev(UKR 2406). There are so far 208 entries with 89 in the title event and 119 in the supporting tournaments all being held at Hellenic Club,Canberra.


The Sydney International Open at Parramatta Town Hall 25-29 March has so far attracted 148 players from 20 countries(101 in the open,47 in the challengers). The 17 players rated higher than 2400 are the same as in the Doeberl Cup except Smerdon,Ruofan,Toth, but with the addition of GM M.Chandler(NZL 2540),GM R.Antonio (PHI 2529),IM Z.Zhao(NSW 2487),IM O.Barbosa (PHI 2410).


The above two 9 round International events will give Australian players the chance to earn Grandmaster norms(2600 performance)or International Master norms(2450 performance).

The annual Sydney Easter Cup will once again be held over two days 22 March and 24 March over 7 rounds at Cabra Vale Diggers Club,Cabramatta.

A 9 round lightning tournament will be held tonight at Lakemba Services Memorial Club. 13-year-old FIDE Master Dariusz Swiercz(POL 2315)has entered. He has recently scored his 3 IM norms(2450+ results)and will be rated 2413 on the April list and will become an IM when his results are confirmed by FIDE.

Leading final scores in the 96 player Ballarat(VIC) weekender IM L.Sandler 2282 and D.Stojic 2126  6/7. The Tasmanian Championship(29 players) in Launceston was won by  Dr Tony Dowden 2010(retaining his title) on 6/7 with top seed Neil Markovitz 2056 on 5.5 followed by Ian Rout 1846 on 5. Dr Kevin Bonham 1961 ACF Vice-President and third seed was undefeated with 2 wins and 5 draws.


IM Aleks Wohl (NSW 2418) had a bad finish in Bad Worishofen(Germany). Wohl recovered from an early loss to GM V.Borovikov (UKR 2583)to reach 5/7 but lost his last two games to finish two points behind the six grandmasters who shared first place.

IM Wang Puchen(NZL 2383)scored 5.5/13 (rating perf 2396) in the Budapest GM tournament. Final scores in the Reykjavik Open in Iceland(91 players from 32 countries,64 titled including 25 GMs,9 rounds) - GM Wang Hao(CHN 2665),GM Wang Yue(CHN 2698) and GM H.Stefansson(ISL 2564) 7,GM F.Caruana(ITA 2598)and GM A.Kveinys(LTU 2521) 6.5.


Progress scores in the 14th Amber Rapid and Blindfold (12 players including 11 of the top 14 in the world,22 rounds) in Nice,France.   V.Anand 2799,L.Aronian 2739,V.Ivanchuk 2751,S.Karjakin 2732,V.Topalov 2780 all 1.5/2,S.Mamedyarov 2760,A.Morozevich 2765 both 1, M.Carlsen 2733,B.Gelfand 2737,V.Kramnik 2799,P.Leko 2753,L.van Wely 2681 all 0.5/2

The top two rated players in the world met in round 1 and drew their blindfold game but World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) defeated former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik(Russia) in the return rapidplay game.




Peter Parr (SMH 10/3/08)

 World Champion Viswanathan Anand has won the Morelia Mexico/Linares Spain Super Grandmaster tournament half a point ahead of 17-year-old Magnus Carlsen. Former World Champion Veselin Topalov,the second seed, lost both his games to Carlsen. The following game was played in round 12 when Topalov stood better for most of the game but Carlsen fought back to reach a drawn position when Topalov's 34th move put himself in a mating net.


M. Carlsen 2733 v V. Topalov 2780 A28  1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nb6 7. Be2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. a4 Be6 10. Be3 Nd7 11. d4 exd4 12. Nxd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 c6 14. a5 Nc5 15. Qe5 Nb3 16. Ra4 Bd6 17. Qh5 g6 18. Qh6 Be5 19. Bg5 Qc7 20. Be3 Nxa5 21. f4 Bg7 22. Qh4 Bb3 23. Rd4!? Rad8 24. e5 Rxd4 25. Bxd4 c5 26. Be3 f6 27. Nb5 Qd8 28. f5!(white spent a lot of time before playing this move)  fxe5 29. Bg5 Qb6 30. f6 c4+ 31. Kh1 Qxb5 32. fxg7 Rxf1+ 33. Bxf1 Kxg7 (safest) 34. Bd8 Nc6 ?? (34...Qd5 35 Bxa5 Qxa5 36 Qe7+  draws) 35. Qf6+ Kg8 36. Qe6+ Kf8 37. Bg5 1-0.

Anand scored 4.5/7 in the first half in Mexico and 4/7 in Spain. Shirov and Topalov had 4/7 but both lost the first game in Spain. Carlsen achieved 4.5/7 in the second half after a 50% score in the first half.


Final scores (8 players,14 rounds,av 2756) V.Anand(IND 2799) 8.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2733) 8,V.Topalov(BUL 2780),L.Aronian(ARM 2739) 7.5, T.Radjabov (AZE 2735) 7,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751) 6.5,P.Leko(HUN 2753) and A.Shirov(ESP 2755) 5.5. Leading performance ratings - Anand 2829,Carlsen 2808,Topalov 2781,Aronian 2787,Radjabov 2758. Carlsen and Anand in the Super GM events this year have each scored a combined 16/27 and Aronian 15.5.


Eleven of the top fourteen players in the world are competing in the 14th Amber Rapid and Blindfold tournament 14-28 March in Nice,France(12 players,22 rounds,prize fund AUS $ 353,000.  Leading scores after round 6 of the Reykjavik Open in Iceland (91 players from 32 countries,64 titled including 25 Grandmasters) - F.Caruana(ITA 2598,aged 15),Wang Hao(CHN 2665),H.Stefansson(ISL 2564)Wang Yue(CHN 2698) all 5 points. IM Wang Puchen(NZL 2383) has so far scored 2.5/6 (rating perf 2427) in the Budapest Grandmaster tournament.


The 42nd annual Ballarat(VIC) Begonia open is in progress with the top three seeds IM Leonid Sandler,IM Mirko Rujevic and FM Douglas Hamilton all winning their first two games in the 96 player Grand Prix event.

The O2C Doeberl Cup Easter weekend tournament 20-24 March,the 46th annual event, will be held at Hellenic Club,Canberra. 192 players have so far entered including 91(12 are grandmasters) in the main event. The Sydney International Open at Parramatta Town Hall 25-29 March has so far attracted 116 players from 21 countries (94 in the open,32 in the challengers) The main event has 53 players rated above 2100(19 over 2400). The field includes 32 titled players(12 GM,10 IM).

Progress scores in the World Rated Centenary Norths Club Championship after round 4 - FM Dr V.Smirnov (2318) 3.5,B.Atzmon-Simon (2142),A.Chek (2095)3, CM M.Illingworth (2152)2.5. There are 68 players competing in five divisions.

Wonderboy draws with World Champion

Peter Parr (SMH 3/3/08)


Norwegian Wonderboy 17-year-old Magnus Carlsen easily drew with the black pieces against World Champion Viswanathan Anand yesterday in the Morelia,Mexico/Linares,Spain Super Grandmaster Tournament. Rd 10 V.Anand(2799)-M.Carlsen(2733) B33 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bg5 a6 8 Na3 b5 9 Nd5 Be7 10 Bxf6 Bxf6 11 c3 Bg5 12 Nc2 Ne7 13 a4 bxa4 14 Ncb4 0-0 15 Qxa4 Nxd5 16 Nxd5 Bd7 17 Qa2 a5 18 Bd3 Bc6 19 0-0 Qb8 20 Bc4 Kh8 21 b3 f5 22 exf5 0.5 -0.5. Carlsen is only half a point behind Anand with four games to play. Carlsen and Levon Aronian jointly won the last Super Grandmaster tournament in January with World Champion Anand half a point behind. Carlsen is probably the strongest 17-year-old in history.


Anand won the following game in round 8. V.Anand(2799)-A.Shirov(2755) B33 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bg5 a6 8 Na3 b5 9 Nd5 Be7 10 Bxf6 Bxf6 11 c3 Bg5 12 Nc2 0-0 13 a4 bxa4 14 Rxa4 a5 15 Bc4 Rb8 16 b3 Kh8 17 Nce3 g6 18 Qe2(18 h4 was played in Karjakin-Shirov 2007) f5 19 h4 Bxe3 20 Qxe3 fxe4 21 h5 g5 22 Qxe4 Bb7 23 Qe3 e4 24 0-0 Ne5 25 Rfa1 Qe8 26 Rxa5 Qxh5 27 Qxe4 Rbe8 28 Be2! Qh4 29 Qxh4 gxh4 30 Ne3 h3 31 gxh3 Nf3+ 32 Bxf3 Rxf3 33 Rh5 Rg8+ 34 Kf1 Rgf8 35 Nd1! Rd3 36 Rh4 Bf3 37 Rd4 Rxd4 38 cxd4 Rf4 39 Ne3 Rxd4 40 Ra4 Rd3 41 Rf4 Bh5 42 b4 d5 43 Kg2 Bg6 44 Nf5 Kg8 45 Ne7+ Kg7 46 Nxg6 Kxg6 47 Rf3 Rd1 48 Rb3 d4 49 Kf3 d3 50 Ke3 Rh1 51 b5 Rxh3+ 52 f3 Rh1 53 b6 Re1+ 54 Kxd3 Re8 55 b7 Rb8 56 Ke4 h5 57 Kf4 1-0. World number 3 Veselin Topalov is on 50%.


Leading scores after round 10(8 players,av 2756,14 rounds) V.Anand(IND 2799)6.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2733)6,L.Aronian(ARM 2739)5.5,V.Topalov(BUL 2780)5,T.Radjabov(AZE 2735),A.Shirov(ESP 2755),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751) all 4.5,P.Leko(HUN 2753) 3.5


The Australian Chess Federation has rated 79 tournaments(51 classic,28 rapid) and 7625 games(4599 classic,3026 rapid) in the last three months. The biggest winners were Max Illingworth up 79 and Moulthun Ly up 40(now 11th in Australia),George Xie up 23 and Stephen Solomon up 15 all with good results in the Australian Championship in January. Leading players March 2008 - GM I.Rogers(NSW) 2605=,IM Z.Zhao(NSW) 2560=,IM D.Smerdon (ACT) 2471=,IM S.Solomon(QLD)2444 +15,IM G.Xie(NSW)2437 +23,GM D.Johansen(VIC)2411 -28, FM I.Bjelobrk(NSW)2395 -21,T.Tao(SA) 2375=,FM I.Goldenberg(VIC)2358 +2,IM P.Froehlich(QLD) 2352 =. Juniors U20 & U18  M.Ly(QLD) 2345, U16 CM M.Illingworth(NSW) 2303, U14 FM J.Morris(VIC) 2027, U12 L.Matheson(VIC) 1699,  U10 A.Sannidhanam(VIC)1520. Seniors over 60  IM M.Rujevic (VIC) 2232,FM D.Hamilton(VIC) 2182; over 70 FM A.Flatow (NSW) 2172; over 80 P.Viner(NSW) 1912. Women WIM A.Caoili(QLD) 2157,G.Nguyen(SA) 2102,WIM L.Moylan(NSW)2017,A.Musaeva(NSW)1915,WFM S.Oliver(ACT)1812,girls U20 WFM R.Harris(NSW) 1743,WIM A.Jule(QLD) 1742.


The 42nd annual Begonia Open Tournament in Ballarat,Victoria over 7 rounds from 8-10 March 2008 is an ACF Grand Prix event and will be rated by the World Chess Federation.

IM George Xie and Jason Hu tied for first place with 6/7 in the 38 player Rooty Hill Rapid tournament on Saturday. A nine round 15 minute allegro will start tonight and finish next Monday evening at Lakemba Services Memorial Club.


Anand First in Mexico

Peter Parr (SMH 25/2/08)


World Champion Viswanathan Anand has won the first half of the Linares Super Grandmaster tournament in Morelia,Mexico. Anand (p.r. 2851)scored 3 wins,3 draws and 1 loss(to Aronian) leaving him half a point ahead of ex-World Champion Veselin Topalov and Alexei Shirov.


V.Topalov 2780 v L.Aronian 2739 E20 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Ne4 7. Qd3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Nc5 9. Qf3 d6 10. Bg2 e5 11. Qe3(N) O-O 12. Nb3 Qc7 13. Nxc5 dxc5 14. O-O Nd7 15. f4 exf4? 16. Rxf4 a5? 17. Qe7 Qe5 18. Qxe5 Nxe5 19. Be3 Nd7 20. Re4 Ra6 21. Rb1 Rg6 22. Re7 b6 23. Bf4 h5 24. Be4 Re6 25. Rxe6 fxe6 26. Bd6 Rf6 27. Rd1 Kf7 28. Bf4 Kg8 29. Bc7 Rf7? 30. Bg6 a4 31. Bxh5 Nf6 32. Bxf7+ Kxf7 33. Bxb6 Ba6 34. Bxc5 e5 35. a3 Bxc4 36. Bb4 e4 37. Kf1 1-0


P.Leko 2753 v V.Anand 2799 B90 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. f3 b5 10. O-O-O Be7 11. Nd5 Bxd5 12. exd5 Nb6 13. Bxb6 Qxb6 14. Na5 Rc8 15. Nc6 Nxd5 16. Nxe7 Nxe7 17. Qxd6 Qxd6 18. Rxd6 Nc6 19. c3(N) Ke7 20. Rd1 f5 21. Bd3 g6 22. Rhe1 Rhd8 23. Bf1 Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Na5 25. a4 Nc4 26. axb5 axb5 27. Rd5 Kf6 28. Rxb5 Ne3 29. Rb6+ Kg5 30. Ba6 Rd8 31. b4 Kf4 32. Rc6? Nxg2 33. b5 Ra8 34. Bb7 Rb8 35. Rc7 Ne1 36. Rxh7 Nxf3 37. c4 e4 38. Kc2 e3 39. Kd3 g5 40. Ke2 Nd4+ 41. Ke1 Rd8 42. Re7 Nc2+ 43. Kf1 Rd1+ 44. Ke2 Rd2+ 45.Kf1 Nd4 0-1


Progress scores after round 7 (8 players, av 2756,14 rounds) V.Anand(IND 2799) 4.5,V.Topalov(BUL 2780),A.Shirov(ESP 2755) 4,M.Carlsen(NOR 2733),L.Aronian(ARM 2739) 3.5,T.Radjabov (AZE 2735),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751) 3,P.Leko(HUN 2753) 2.5. The players will now travel from Morelia Mexico to Linares Spain for the second half of the tournament starting on Thursday evening.   


17-year-old GM Ian Nepomniachtchi(RUS 2600)won the Aeroflot Open(66 players) in Moscow (first prize AUS $33,000) scoring 5 wins and 4 draws against 9 GM's for an impressive 2822 performance rating. Alexander Motylev(RUS 2644)and Alexey Dreev(RUS 2633)were equal second on 6.5/9. 18-year-old GM Maxim Rodshtein(ISR 2614)started with 4.5/5 and finished on 6 points(p.r. 2717).The brilliant young 13-year-old WGM Hou Yifan(China 2527) played 9 grandmasters all rated 2583 or higher scoring 4.5/9 which was her first GM norm(p.r.over 2600).

The 92 player main supporting event for players rated between 2400 and 2549 was won by 20-year-old GM Marat Askarov(RUS 2521) and 21-year-old Weiqi Zhou(CHN 2530)who each performed above 2700 with 7/9. 17-year-old Yunguo Wan(CHN 2389)had a 2652 result scoring 6.5 points. 135 competed in the 2200-2399 division and 139 in the under 2200 section.

Meanwhile in France at Capelle La Grande 8 players tied for first place on 7/9(612 players from 63 countries including 106 grandmasters and 80 International Masters).The winner on tie-break was world no 49 GM Vugar Gashimov(2665) aged 21 from Baku,Azerbaijan(same city as Kasparov).


The 3 top seeds  tied for first place in the Newcastle Open Grand Prix Weekend tournament. FIDE Master Vladimir Smirnov defeated Johny Bolens but lost to Ronald Scott. Bolens beat the leader Scott in round 6. Leading final scores (24 players, 7 rounds) FM V.Smirnov (2286), R.Scott (2239) and J.Bolens (2072) all 6: B.O'Riordan (1845) and L.Russell (ACT 1316) 4.5 A seven round rapid tournament will be held at Rooty Hill RSL Club next Saturday 1st March.



Aronian beats World Champion

Peter Parr (SMH 18/2/08)


Levon Aronian,joint winner at Wijk aan Zee last month,defeated World Champion Viswanathan Anand with a decisive attack in the following game yesterday in the second round of the Morelia Mexico/Linares Spain Super Grandmaster tournament.


V.Anand (IND 2799)-L.Aronian (ARM 2739)Rd 2. C89 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 c3 d5 9 exd5 Nxd5 10 Nxe5 Nxe5 11 Rxe5 c6 12 Re1 Bd6 13 g3 Re8(The Ruy Lopez-Marshall Attack) 14 d4 Rxe1+ 15 Qxe1 Ra7 16 Be3 Re7 17 Nd2 Qe8 18 Nf1 h5 19 a4 Be6 20 Bd1 h4 21 axb5 axb5 22 Bf3 Bh3 23 Bxd5 cxd5 24 Qd1 f5 25 Bg5 Re4 26 Bxh4 Qg6 27 Bd8 f4 28 Qd3 Qh5 29 Nd2 Re2 30 Nf3? Re3!! 31 fxe3 Qxf3 32 Qc2 fxg3 33 hxg3 Qxg3+ 34 Kh1 Bf5 0-1.


Anand beat Alexei Shirov in fine style in the first round. A.Shirov(ESP 2755)-V.Anand(IND 2799) Rd 1 B96 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 0-0-0 b5 10 Bd3 Bb7 11 Rhe1 Qb6 12 Nb3 Rc8(N) 13 Qh3 Rxc3! 14 bxc3 Qc7 15 Kb1 Be7 16 e5 dxe5 17 f5 Nd5 18 Bxe7 Kxe7 19 fxe6 fxe6 20 Qg3 g6 21 Rd2 Rc8 22 Qg5+?(Qh4+ was better-Anand) Ke8 23 Qg4 Nxc3+ 24 Ka1 Bd5 25 Re3 Nf6 26 Qh4 Qe7 27 Bf1? Bxb3! 28 cxb3 Nce4 29 Rb2 Rc1+ 30 Rb1 Qc5 0-1. Former World Champion Veselin Topalov easily beat Aronian in the first round with excellent opening preparation. Aronian tried to improve his position but only had 13 minutes left for his last 21 moves and Topalov won. Peter Leko won a tactical battle against Teimour Radjabov and Magnus Carlsen drew with Vassily Ivanchuk in other first round games. Round 2 Shirov 0.5-Carlsen 0.5,Radjabov 0.5 -Topalov 0.5,Ivanchuk 1-Leko 0


Progress scores after round 2 (8 players,av 2756,14 rounds) V.Topalov(BUL 2780) and V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751) 1.5; V.Anand(IND 2799),L.Aronian(ARM 2739),M.Carlsen(NOR 2733),P.Leko(HUN 2753) all 1,T.Radjabov(AZE 2735),A.Shirov(ESP 2755) 0.5


GM Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS 2681) was the sole leader in the Moscow Open half a point ahead of Artyom Timofeev (RUS 2664) and Alexander Lastin (RUS 2604) with one round to play. Inarkiev recovered from a loss in round 1 winning his next seven consecutive games.Timofeev had the advantage in the ninth round but Inarkiev missed a forced draw on move 78 and lost in 117 moves with king and bishop versus king and rook.23-year-old Timofeev won the event (304 players including 96 GM's and 75 IM's) scoring 7.5/9 just half a point ahead of 9 grandmasters on 7 points. 17-year-old IM Anna Muzychuk (SLO 2460) won the 136 player Moscow Open Women's Championship with 8/9 half a point ahead of IM Anna Ushenina (UKR 2484) on 7.5. A record number of 1250 players from 37 countries participated in the 4 tournaments. 17-year-old Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi(RUS 2600)has taken the sole lead (3/3 against GM's rated 2532,2531 and 2633)in the 66 player A1 section(minimum rating 2550)of the Aeroflot Open in Moscow.


International Master Igor Bitansky  and Vladimir Smirnov outclassed the field (8 players over 1550) in the Toukley Open Grand prix weekend tournament agreeing to a quick draw with each other and winning the other 6 games. Third seed Johny Bolens lost to Graeme Deacon (1361) and to the joint winners to finish on 4 points. Leading final scores (28 players, 7 rounds):- I.Bitansky (Israel 2424) and V.Smirnov (2286) 6.5: B.Mandla (1883) 5;P.Abbott (1805), N.Greenwood (1521), A.Mehan (1516) 4.5.



Inarkiev ahead in Moscow

Peter Parr (SMH 11/2/08)


Russian Grandmaster 22-year-old Ernesto Inarkiev rated 2681 has taken the sole lead with one round to play in the 304 player main event of the Moscow Open tournament. Inarkiev seeded third lost to FIDE Master Andrey Okara (RUS 2402 seeded 158)in round 1 but worked his way through the field, which includes 96 grandmasters and 75 international masters from 27 countries,by winning his next 7 consecutive games. 23-year-old GM Artyom Timofeev 2664 seeded 5th and 31-year-old GM Alexander Lastin (2002 Russian Champion)2604 seeded 35th are in joint second place half a point behind Inarkiev.

17-year-old IM Anna Muzychuk(SLO 2460)leads the 136 player womens event with 7.5/8. Muzychuk has won numerous tournaments in the last 12 years starting with the European Girls Under 8 title in 1996.  An additional 404 players are competing in the B Group and 403 in the childrens division.The total prize fund in Moscow is five million roubles (AUS $ 225,000). Here are three games from the main event.


E.Krivoborodov (RUS 2394)v B.Jobava (GEO 2643) 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Qc7 6. h3 Nf6 7. Ne2 e5 8. dxe5 Nxe5 9. Bf4 Bd6 10. Bxe5 Bxe5 11. Nd2 O-O 12. O-O Bh2+ 13. Kh1 Bd6 14. Nd4 a6 15. Re1 Bd7 16. Qf3 Rae8 17. Nf5 Be5 18. Nb3 g6 19. Nfd4 Qb6 20. Re2 Bb8 21. Rxe8 Rxe8 22. Bf1 h5 23. Nc5 Bxh3 24. Na4 Qd6 25. Qxh3 Ne4 26. Kg1 Qf4 27. Nf3 Ba7 0-1


A.Riazantsev (RUS 2628) v V.Yandemirov (RUS 2461) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. O-O Na5 10. Bd3 b6 11. Be3 Qd7 12. Rc1 Bb7 13. Qd2 Rfe8 14. Bh6 Bh8 15. e5 c5 16. Qg5 cxd4 17. cxd4 e6 18. h4 Nc6 19. Rfd1 Ne7 20. h5 Rac8 21. Rxc8 Bxc8 22. Nf4 Qxd4 23. Bc2 Qc5 24. hxg6 Qxc2 25. Rd8 Rxd8 26. g7 Rd1+ 27. Kh2 Nf5 28. gxh8=Q+ Kxh8 29. Nh5 f6 30. Qxf6+ Kg8 31. Qf8# 1-0


I.Naumkin (RUS 2475) M.Kobalia(RUS 2623) 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 a6 6. a3 Nbd7 7. h3 Bd6 8. c5 Bc7 9. b4 e5 10. Bb2 O-O 11. Be2 Re8 12. Qc2 exd4 13. Nxd4 Nf8 14. O-O-O Qe7 15. g4 g6 16. g5 N6d7 17. h4 Be5 18. h5 Bg7 19. hxg6 hxg6 20. Kb1 a5 21. b5 Qxc5 22. Rh4 Ne5 23. Rdh1 cxb5 24. Bxb5 Bd7 25. f4 Nc4 26. Nxd5 Nxa3+ 27. Bxa3 Qxd5 28. Bb2 Rxe3 29. Nf3 Bxb2 30. Qxb2 Qf5+ 31. Ka1 f6 32. Bc4+ Kg7 33. Rh8 1-0. Most of the 1000 players will stay in Moscow for the Aeroflot Open 14-22 Feb.


The 25th annual Linares-Morelia Super Grandmaster tournament starts on Friday in Morelia,Mexico with 8 of the top 13 rated players competing in a double round robin - World Champion V.Anand(IND 2799),ex World Champion V.Topalov(BUL 2780),A.Shirov(ESP 2755),P.Leko(HUN 2753),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751),L.Aronian(ARM 2739),T.Radjabov(AZE 2735) and M.Carlsen(NOR 2733).


The Newcastle Open Grand Prix weekend tournament will be held at Cardiff Panthers 16-17 Feb over seven rounds. Former World Girls Champion Katrin Wills was elected President of Chess Victoria,and International Master Leonid Sandler Vice-President  at the AGM in Melbourne last week.


Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao!

Peter Parr (SMH 4/2/08)


Zong-Yuan Zhao has scored his third and final international grandmaster result in Gibraltar.Zhao will also be rated above 2500 and has fulfilled all the requirements for the GM title.The Australian Chess Federation will submit Zhao's GM application form which will appear on the world chess federation web site for 60 days.The formalities should be completed by April when he will become Australia's third cross-board grandmaster.


Zhao had a 2319 performance rating in the 1999 zonal at the age of 12 and finished equal second just 0.5 a point behind GM Darryl Johansen in the Australian Championship at the age of 13. Zhao,from Coffs Harbour,has successfully combined schoolwork and university studies with chess events. He won the Australian Open with 9.5/11 above GM's Rogers and Johansen in January 2007 and won the Fiji oceania zonal in May 2007.

Zhao now rated 2487 scored his first GM norm (over 2600 result)in Budapest in December,2nd norm in Mondariz,Spain four weeks ago,3rd norm in Gibraltar(performance 2642) score 6.5/10. GM Hikaru Nakamura(USA 2670)won the 203 player event after losing to Zhao. Moulthun Ly(AUS 2319)scored 5/10(pr 2349)and Ben Lazarus(AUS 2143) 5/10 (pr 2203) in Gibraltar.


Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen were the joint winners (no tie-breaks) at the Wijk aan Zee (NED) Super Grandmaster tournament where 10 of the top 13 rated players in the world participated.25-year-old Levon Aronian also shared first place last year and 17-year-old Magnus Carlsen scored his best result to date. Last year Carlsen was equal last and 12 months later equal first above the top 3 players in the world Anand, Kramnik and Topalov.

All 14 players finished within 1.5 points of 50%. Final scores(14 players,av 2742,13 rounds) L.Aronian(ARM 2735),M.Carlsen(NOR 2733) 8; T.Radjabov(AZE 2735),World Champion V.Anand(IND 2799) 7.5;V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751),P.Leko(HUN 2753) 7;ex-World Champion V.Kramnik(RUS 2799),M.Adams(ENG 2726) 6.5;S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2760),J.Polgar(HUN 2707),ex-World Champion V.Topalov(BUL 2780) 6;P.Eljanov(UKR 2692),B.Gelfand(ISR 2737),L.Van Wely(NED 2681) 5.   B Group - S.Movsesian(SVK 2677) 9.5/13;E.Bacrot (FRA 2700),N.Short(ENG 2645)8.5; P.Harikrishna(IND 2664) 7.5. Fabiano Caruana (ITA 2598,GM aged 15) won the C group with 10/13 (PR 2694) a full 2 points clear of his closest rival.The Moscow Open started on Saturday with 1000 players (including 80 rated above 2500)in four rating divisions.Ex-World Champion Boris Spassky is Chief Arbiter.


FIDE Master Igor Bjelobrk,the former New Zealand number 1 player,in a welcome return to form won the Australia Day Grand Prix Australia Day weekend tournament at Norths,Cammeray,Sydney. Bjelobrk won his first 6 games beating his main rivals Xie in rd 4,Grandmaster Dejan Antic,the top seed in round 5 and Sales in round 6 and drawing with NSWCA vice-president Jason Hu in the final round. George Xie lost to Bjelobrk but won his other 6 games beating GM Antic in the last round. Leading final scores(56 players,7 rounds) FM I.Bjelobrk(2416) 6.5,IM G.Xie(2414) 6,FM J.Sales(PHI 2280),J.Hu(2118),T.Rej(2279) 5.5.  The next Grand Prix tournament will be held at Toukley RSL Club on 9-10 February. A nine round rapid play over 3 Monday evenings at Lakemba Services Memorial Club starts on Feb 11 and the Centenary Club Championships(6 rated divisions each of 12 players)starts at Norths Cammeray on Feb 12.

Zhao beats Nakamura

Peter Parr (SMH 28/1/08)


International Master Zong-Yuan Zhao from Coffs Harbour NSW has defeated the very highly rated Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura in the following game played in the fifth round of the GibTelecom International Festival in Gibraltar. IM Z.Zhao(AUS 2487)-GM H.Nakamura(USA 2670) B03 1 e4 Nf6 2 e5 Nd5 3 d4 d6 4 c4 Nb6 5 exd6 exd6 6 Nc3 Be7 7 Bd3 Nc6 8 Nge2 Bg4 9 h3 Bh5 10 Be3 0-0 11 d5 Ne5 12 b3 Bf6 13 Rc1 Bg5 14 f4 Bh4+ 15 Bf2 Bxe2 16 Bxe2 Bxf2+ 17 Kxf2 Qf6 18 g3 Rae8 19 Re1 Ned7 20 Bf3 Nc5 21 Qd2 a6 22 Kg2 Qf5 23 Re3 Rxe3 24 Qxe3 Qd3 25 Qxd3 Nxd3 26 Rd1 Nc5 27 Re1 Rd8 28 Re7 Ncd7 29 Be2 Kf8 30 Re3 Nb8 31 Bd3 h6 32 g4 a5 33 Nb5 Na6 34 a3 g5 35 Kf3 Nc5 36 Bc2 Na6 37 Bd3 Nc5 38 Bc2 gxf4 39 Kxf4 a4 40 Nxc7 axb3 41 Bxb3 Nbd7 42 Nb5 Ne5 43 Ba2 Ncd3+ 44 Kf5 Nc1 45 Nxd6 Ng6 46 Nxb7 Rb8 47 c5 Rxb7 48 Bc4 Rb2 49 Ke4 Ke7 50 Kd4+ Kd8 51 c6 Nf4 52 d6 Rd2+ 53 Kc5 Ncd3+ 54 Kb6 Rc2 55 Bxf7 1-0


Nakamura,now aged 20, became the youngest ever US Grandmaster at the age of fifteen(3 months younger than Bobby Fischer). He won the US Championship in 2005 and is currently rated number 2 in the USA behind World Cup winner Gata Kamsky. Zhao has so far scored three wins and two draws with GM A.Areshenko (UKR 2645) and GM C.Sandipan(IND 2593) and has a sensational 2741 performance rating after five games. Zhao needs an overall performance rating of 2600+ in the event to become Australia's third cross-board grandmaster. Moulthun Ly(AUS 2319) has scored 2.5/5(pr.2332) and Ben Lazarus(AUS 2143) 2/5(pr.2258) so far in Gibraltar.


Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian share the lead with one round to play in the Super-Grandmaster tournament in Wijk aan Zee,Netherlands which attracted ten of the top thirteen players in the world. Progress scores after round 12 (14 players, av 2742, 13 rounds) M.Carlsen (NOR 2733) pr.2838,L.Aronian(ARM 2739) pr.2840  7.5; T.Radjabov(AZE 2735),World Champion V.Anand(IND 2799) 7; V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2751) 6.5;ex World Champion V.Kramnik(RUS 2799),S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2760),M.Adams(ENG 2726),P.Leko(HUN 2753) 6;J.Polgar(HUN 2707),ex World Champion V.Topalov(BUL 2780) 5.5;P.Eljanov(UKR 2692) 5;L.Van Wely (NED 2681) 4.5,B.Gelfand(ISR 2737) 4. "B" group  S.Movsesian(SVK 2677) 9/12;E.Bacrot(FRA 2700),N.Short(ENG 2645) 8.


Bobby Fischer (1943-2008) the 11th world champion  defeating Boris Spassky 12.5-8.5 in the "match of the century" in 1972 was laid to rest last Monday in a cemetery 60km south of Reykjavik, Iceland. Fischer, one of history's greatest players died of kidney failure. He had requested only a handful of people be present at the funeral amongst those his companion Miyoko Watai.


Grandmaster Murray Chandler retained his title of New Zealand Champion in Auckland. Leading final scores (22 players, 11 rounds). GM M.Chandler 2540 9: IM R.Dive 2341 & M.Steadman 2238 7.5. FIDE Master T.Reilly of Sydney scored 6 points.


Leading final scores in the Australian Junior Championships held at Cranbrook School, Sydney. U18 Open J.Ikeda (ACT)10.5/11;F.Zulfic(SA) and U16 champion G.Nakauchi(QLD)8.5; C.Wallis(VIC) and U14 champion,Y.Yuan(ACT) 8. U12 Open L.Matheson(VIC) 9.5/11;Y.Liu(QLD)9;J.Lau(NSW)8;U10 champion H.Ruan(NSW),A.Sannidhanam(VIC) 7.5;U8 champion P.Wallmueller(VIC) 5.5. U18 Girls D.Ng(NSW) 10.5/12;U16 champion S.Yu(VIC)10;T.Oliver(ACT)9;U14 champion M.Setiabudi(ACT) 8.5. U12 Girls L.Simmonds 10/11;A.Kanagarajah(QLD)9.5,C.Koh(NSW)8.5.U10champion K.Christian(NSW) 6;U8champion C.McLennan (NSW)3. C.Wallis (VIC)won the problem solving competition.


The annual nine round Henry Greenfield Open and under 1700 rated divisions commences on Monday evening 4th February at Hakoah Club,Bondi. Grandmaster Dejan Antic will be conducting coaching classes at Manly-Warringah Leagues Club tonight (contact Chris Dimock tel 9221 8390)and on Monday 4th and 11th February. GM Antic,39,moved to Australia in 2006 and won the Australian Championship(but not the title) tournament earlier this month.His skills as a player and teacher are highly valued and hopefully his Australian resident visa application will soon be approved.


100% Scores in Lightning

 Peter Parr (SMH 25/1/08)


Junta Ikeda won every game in the Australian Junior Under 18 Lightning Championship and Alexander Stahnke also scored 100% in the Australian Junior Under 12 Lightning Championship.

Leading final scores under 18 (64 players) - J.Ikeda (ACT) 11/11, Z.Lin (VIC) 9, B.Harris (NSW), CM M.Illingworth (NSW), E.Schon (VIC) 8, J.Cohn (NSW) 7.5

Under 12:- (46 players) - A.Stahnke (QLD) 11/11, A.Sannidhanam (VIC), J.Lau (NSW) and J.Ruan (NSW) 8: L.Matheson (VIC), S.Gu (NSW) 7.5

The following games were played in round 8 of the Australian Junior Under 18 Open Championship


J.Ikeda v A.Brown 1. c4 c5 2. b3 Nc6 3. e3 e5 4. Bb2 d6 5. d3 f5 6. g3 Nf6 7. Bg2 Be6 8. Nf3 g6 9. O-O h6 10. d4 e4 11. Nh4 Bf7 12. dxc5 Ne5 13. f3 Nd3 14. Bc3 d5 15. b4 Be7 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. Bxh8 Bf6 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. fxe4 Nxe3 20. Qxd3 Nxf1 21. Qc3 1-0


S.Grigg v C.Wallis 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. cxd5 exd5 4. Nc3 c6 5. Qc2 g6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Bd3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 f5 9. Nge2 Nf6 10. O-O Bd6 11. f3 O-O 12. Bd2 Nbd7 13. e4 fxe4 14. fxe4 Nxe4 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Qb3+ Kg7 17. Qh3 Rxf1+ 18. Rxf1 Qe7 19. Bh6+ Kh8 20. Nc3 Re8 21. Re1 Nf6 22. Bg5 Qe6 23. Qh4 Kg7 24. Qh6+ Kh8 25. Qh4 Kg7 26. Qh6+ Kh8 27. Qh4 Be7 28. Nxe4 Bd8 29. h3 Nxe4 30. Bxd8 Kg7 31. Bc7 g5 32. Be5+ Qxe5 33. dxe5 gxh4 34. Rxe4 Kg6 35. Kf2 Kf5 36. Rxh4 Rxe5 37. Rxh7 Rb5 38. Rh5+ 1-0



FIDE Master Nakauchi defeated Yuan in 91 moves in a rook and knight endgame.


Leading scores under 18 (81 players, 11 rounds) J.Ikeda (ACT 2233) 8.5/9: F.Zulfic (SA 1767) 7.5: C.Wallis (VIC 2172), A.Brown (ACT 1973) 7: FM G.Nakauchi (QLD 1900), S.Grigg (QLD 1727), S.Dalton (VIC 1747) 6.5


The under 12 championship is also of a high standard. This game from round 8 led to a smothered mate with a knight!


M.Chan v  B.Chau

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O e5 7. d3 Nge7 8. Rb1 O-O 9. a3 a5 10. Qb3 Rb8 11. Bg5 f6 12. Bd2 Be6 13. Ne4 b6 14. Qc2 d5 15. cxd5 Bxd5 16. Nc3 Bxf3 17. exf3 Nd4 18. Qd1 b5 19. Ne4 Qc7 20. Rc1 Ne6 21. Be3 c4 22. dxc4 bxc4 23. Qe2 Rfc8 24. Bh3 f5 25. Ng5 Nd4 26. Bxd4 exd4 27. Qe6+ Kh8 28. Nf7+ Kg8 29. Nd6+ Kh8 30. Rxc4 Qb6 31. Nf7+ Kg8 32. Nh6+ Kh8 33. Qg8+ Nxg8 34. Nf7# 1-0


Leading scores under 12 (55 players, 11 rounds) L.Matheson  (VIC 1547) 8.5/9: J.Lau (NSW 1469), Y.Liu (QLD 1593) 7: O.Wang (NSW 1468), P.Perera (NSW 1248) 6.5.


Girls Under 18 (13 players, 12 games) D.Ng (NSW 1480) 9/10: S.Yu (VIC 1573) 9/11: T.Oliver (ACT 1510) 8/10: S.Qiao (NSW 989) 7/10.

Girls Under 12 (19 players, 11 games)  L.Simmonds (QLD 921) 8/9: A.Kanagarajah (QLD 1030) 7.5: C.Koh (NSW 872) 6.5.


There are 168 players competing in the four divisions of the Australian Junior Championship at Cranbrook School, Bellevue Hill, Sydney which finish this afternoon (Friday).


Ikeda wins Junior Rapid

Peter Parr (SMH 23/1/08)


Junta Ikeda, the top seed, has won the Australian Junior Rapid Play Championship scoring six wins and a draw with second seed Christopher Wallis. Yi Yuan also won six games but lost to Ikeda in the fifth round. Leading final scores(91 players, 7 rounds) J.Ikeda (ACT) 6.5,Y.Yuan (ACT), C.Wallis (VIC) 6,E.Wu(NSW), G.Nakauchi (QLD), K.Beilby (QLD) 5.5


Ikeda has taken a full point lead with three games to play in the main event - the Australian Junior Under 18 championship. Ikeda has won seven games including a ninety-one move marathon against second seed Christopher Wallis in round seven and drawn one game against Eugene Schon in the first eight rounds. Here are some games from the event.


Y.Yuan v C.Wallis

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. d3 Nd7 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. Nf1 Bf6 9. Ng3 h5 10. h4 Nc5 11. Be3 Ne6 12. Qd2 c5 13. Qc3 Nd4 14. Ng5 Qe7 15. O-O-O g6 16. Qd2 Be6 17. Kb1 O-O-O 18. c3 Nc6 19. f4 Bg4 20. Rdf1 Bxg5 21. fxg5 Rd7 22. Rf6 Rhd8 23. Qf2 Be6 24. Bxc5 Qe8 25. Rd1 Rxd3 26. Rxd3 Rxd3 27. Kc2 Qd7 28. b3 Rd1 29. Bd4 Ra1 30. Kb2 exd4 31. Kxa1 dxc3 32. Qc2 Qd2 33. Kb1 Nd4 34. Qc1 Qd3+ 35. Ka1 Nc2+ 36. Kb1 Nb4+ 37. Ka1 Qd2 38. Qxd2 cxd2 39. Rf1 Bg4 40. Nf5 gxf5 41. exf5 d1=Q+ 42. Rxd1 Bxd1 43. f6 Kd7 44. g4 Bxg4 0-1


J.Ikeda v  A.Dyer

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. a3 Bd6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. b4 Bd6 9. Bb2 O-O 10. Bd3 Re8 11. O-O Ne5 12. Nxe5 Bxe5 13. Qe2 Bb8 14. Rad1 e5 15. Nxd5 Nxd5 16. Be4 Qh4 17. Bxd5 Bg4 18. f3 e4 19. g3 exf3 20. Rxf3 Bxf3 21. Qxf3 Qe7 22. Bxb7 Bxg3 23. Bxa8 1-0


A.Brown v  E.Schon

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bg5 c6 6. e3 Qa5 7. Nd2 dxc4 8. Bxf6 Nxf6 9. Nxc4 Qc7 10. Bd3 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. Rc1 Rd8 13. Ne5 Bd7 14. Qf3 Be8 15. a3 a5 16. Qh3 Rac8 17. g4 g6 18. g5 Nd7 19. Nxd7 Bxd7 20. Ne4 e5 21. Qh6 Kh8 22. Nf6 Bxf6 23. gxf6 Rg8 24. f4 exd4 25. Rc5 Bf5 26. Rf3 Bg4 27. Qxh7+ 1-0


W.Xu v A.Kong

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Nf3 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qa5 5. d4 Nc6 6. Bd2 Bg4 7. Nb5 Qb6 8. Bf4 Rc8 9. c4 a6 10. c5 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Nb4 12. a3 c6 13. axb4 Qd8 14. Na3 e6 15. Bc3 Be7 16. Be2 Qd5 17. h3 Bh5 18. O-O 1-0


J.Nguyenv v  C.Nabung

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. c3 d6 6. cxd4 Bb6 7. h3 h6 8. O-O Nge7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. a3 Ng6 11. Be3 Nh4 12. Nxh4 Qxh4 13. f4 Qf6 14. Nd5 Qd8 15. f5 Ne7 16. Nxb6 axb6 17. f6 Ng6 18. fxg7 Kxg7 19. Qh5 Qh4 20. Bxh6+ Kh7 21. Qxh4 Nxh4 22. Bxf8 1-0



Leading scores Under 18 Open (81 players, 11 rounds):- J.Ikeda (ACT 2233) 7.5/8: G.Nakauchi (QLD 1900), F.Zulfic (SA 1767), S.Grigg (QLD 1727) 6.5: C.Wallis (VIC 2172), A.Brown (ACT 1973), E.Schon (VIC 1912) 6.

Round 9 pairings - Fide Master Nakauchi v Ikeda and Zulfic v Grigg.      


Under 12 Open (55 players, 11 rounds):- L.Matheson (VIC 1547) 7.5/8: O.Wang (NSW 1468) 6.5: J.Lau (NSW 1469), Y.Liu (QLD 1593), M.Chan (VIC 1563) 6


Girls Under 18 (13 players, 12 games):- S.Yu (VIC 1573), D.Ng (NSW 1480) 8/9: T.Oliver (ACT 1510) 7: S.Qiao (NSW 989) 6.


Girls Under 12 (19 players, 11 rounds):- L.Simmonds (QLD 921) 7/8: A.Kanagarajah (QLD 1030), C.Koh (NSW 872) 6.5


The Championships are being held at Cranbrook School, Bellevue Hill, Sydney and will finish on Friday afternoon. The ninth round starts at 1pm this afternoon (Wednesday).


Bobby Fischer 1943-2008

Peter Parr (SMH 21/1/08)


Robert James "Bobby" Fischer was born in Chicago, USA on 9th March 1943 and died of kidney failure in Reykjavik, Iceland on 17th January 2008 at the age of 64(the number of squares on the chessboard!).Fischer never knew his father (probably Paul Nemenyi) and was brought up in poverty in Brooklyn,NY by his mother Regina and elder sister Joan who was given a chess set as a present when Bobby was six. Regina contacted a psychiatrist to curb Bobby's interest in chess the next year but was advised to give seven-year-old Bobby freedom of choice. Bobby joined Brooklyn Chess Club at the age of 7 and improved rapidly- "I just got good". He was USA Under 18 Champion at the age of 13 and sensationally won the Mens USA Championship scoring 10.5/13(+8=5)at the age of 14.


Fischer's IQ was in the 180's (high genius),taught himself Russian and other languages so he could read overseas chess magazines  but he had no interest in schoolwork. Fischer in 1958 at the age of fifteen qualified from the Portoroz (Slovenia) Interzonal (gaining the Grandmaster Title) for the eight player candidates tournament to determine the World Title Challenger. Fischer won 8 US Championships(1964 by 11-0) and won most tournaments he competed in.


Fischer reached his peak in the 1971 Candidates matches beating Taimanov 6-0,Larsen 6-0 and Petrosian 6.5-2.5 to qualify for a World Title Match with Boris Spassky. The best game of the match follows.


R.Fischer - B.Spassky 1972 Game 6 D59 1 c4 e6 2 Nf3 d5 3 d4 Nf6 4 Nc3 Be7 5 Bg5 0-0 6 e3 h6 7 Bh4 b6 8 cxd5 Nxd5 9 Bxe7 Qxe7 10 Nxd5 exd5 11 Rc1 Be6! 12 Qa4 c5 13 Qa3 Rc8 14 Bb5 a6 15 dxc5 bxc5 16 0-0 Ra7 17 Be2 Nd7 (Furman- Geller Moscow 1970 continued 17..a5) 18 Nd4! Qf8 19 Nxe6! fxe6 20 e4! d4 21 f4 Qe7 22 e5 Rb8 23 Bc4 Kh8 24 Qh3! Nf8 25 b3 a5 26 f5! exf5 27 Rxf5 Nh7 28 Rcf1 Qd8 29 Qg3 Re7 30 h4 Rbb7 31 e6! Rbc7 32 Qe5 Qe8 33 a4 Qd8 34 R1f2 Qe8 35 R2f3 Qd8 36 Bd3 Qe8 37 Qe4 Nf6 38 Rxf6 gxf6 39 Rxf6 Kg8 40 Bc4 Kh8 41 Qf4 1-0. Fischer won 12.5-8.5 becoming the 11th World Champion at the age of 29. Fischer played numerous classical memorable games at the highest level. Fischer had broken the hegemony of Soviet chess. The Match of the Century was front page news world-wide. The eccentric American had defeated the might of the Soviet Union.


Sadly Fischer,the chess genius,became a virtual recluse in the last 35 years of his life. He came back briefly in 1992 beating Spassky in a return match but played no other competition games after 1972.He became an Icelandic citizen in 2005. Fischer was like Capablanca and Kasparov one of the most naturally gifted chess players of all time. The charismatic Fischer combined his talent with thousands of hours studying the game but throughout his lonely life he rejected friendship and often launched controversial attacks on everyone. The King is dead but his games and legend will last for ever.



Wijk aan Zee(NED)Leading scores after round seven(14 players av 2742,13 rounds) M.Carlsen(NOR 2733) 5,V.Kramnik(RUS 2799) and L.Aronian(ARM 2739) 4.5,T.Radjabov(AZE 2735) 4. World Champion V. Anand(IND 2799) and ex-World Champion V.Topalov have 50%. Progress scores in the New Zealand Championship in Auckland after round 7 (22 players,11 rounds) GM M.Chandler (2540),IM R.Dive (2341) 5 and six players on 4.5 points. FM T.Reilly (NSW 2276) has scored 3.5/7


Leading scores in the Australian Junior Championships at Cranbrook School, Bellevue Hill, Sydney - Under 18 Open - C.Wallis(VIC 2172) 6/6,J.Ikeda(ACT 2233) 5.5,Y.Yuan(ACT 1935),A.Brown(ACT 1973),F.Zulfic(SA 1767) 5.  Under 18 Girls- S.Yu(VIC 1573) 7/7,T.Oliver(ACT 1510),D.Ng(NSW 1480) 6.  Under 12 Open - L.Matheson(VIC 1547) 5.5/6,A.Stahnke(QLD 1695),J.Lau(NSW 1469),Y.Liu(QLD 1593),H.Ruan(NSW 1200) 5. Under 12 Girls - L.Simmonds(QLD 921) 5/6,A.Kanagarajah(QLD 1030),C.Koh(NSW 872) 4.5.   The NSW Chess Association Australia Day Weekend Tournament will be held 26-27 January over seven rounds at Norths, Cammeray,Sydney and is the first event in the Australian Myer Tan Grand Prix 2008.


Brown, Wallis, Yuan lead Junior

Peter Parr (SMH 18/1/08)


Andrew Brown, Christopher Wallis and Yi Yuan share the lead after four rounds of the Australian Open Under 18 Championship. Eight of the leading players all won their first three rounds and met each other in round four. Junta Ikeda, the top seed, drew with Eugene Schon, FIDE Master Gene Nakauchi lost to Christopher Wallis, Andrew Brown defeated Cedric Antolis and Yi Yuan won against Alastair Dyer in the top four matches.

The following games were played in the open division.


Y.Yuan v B.Cheung 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bxd7+ Qxd7 7. d3 Nc6 8. O-O e6 9. Qe1 Nge7 10. a3 Nd4 11. Nxd4 cxd4 12. Ne2 Rc8 13. c4 dxc3 14. Nxc3 Nc6 15. f5 O-O 16. f6 Bh8 17. Be3 d5 18. Bh6 Rfd8 19. Qh4 dxe4 20. dxe4 Qd4+ 21. Kh1 Ne5 22. Rae1 Nd7 23. Bg5 Qe5 24. Re3 Rc5 25. Rg3 Rdc8 26. Rd3 Nb6 27. Rfd1 h5 28. Rg3 Kh7 29. Rf1 Nd7 30. Rd3 Nb6 31. Be3 Rc4 32. Qf2 Qc7 33. Nb5 Qb8 34. Nd6 Rd8 35. Nxf7 Rxd3 36. Ng5+ Kh6 37. Nxe6+ Kh7 38. f7 Nd7 39. f8=N+ Nxf8 40. Qf7+ 1-0


G.Nakauchi v J.Dalton 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. Nf3 c6 6. e3 Qa5 7. Nd2 dxc4 8. Bxf6 Nxf6 9. Nxc4 Qc7 10. Bd3 Be7 11. O-O Bd7 12. Rc1 Rd8 13. Qe2 O-O 14. Ne4 Qb8 15. Ne5 Be8 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. f4 g6 18. Rf3 Bg7 19. Rh3 f6 20. Nf3 Qd6 21. Qf2 Qd7 22. Qh4 Bh8 23. Bc4 Rf7 24. g4 Qd6 25. Kh1 Bd7 26. Ne5 Re7 27. Nxg6 Rf7 28. f5 Re8 29. Qh5 b5 30. Bb3 a5 31. a3 a4 32. Ba2 b4 33. axb4 Qxb4 34. Nxh8 Rfe7 35. fxe6 Bxe6 36. Bxe6+ Kxh8 37. Bf7 Rxf7 38. Qxf7 Qe7 39. Rxh7# 1-0


J.Nguyen v A.O'Flynn 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Nf3 c5 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Bb5 a6 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. O-O Nd7 11. Re1 Bb4 12. a3 Bxc3 13. bxc3 c5 14. c4 d4 15. Bf4 Nb6 16. Qd3 Na4 17. Bd2 Rb8 18. Rab1 Bb7 19. Qb3 Qd7 20. Ng5 Ke7 21. Qg3 h6 22. Ne4 Bxe4 23. Qh4+ g5 24. Bxg5+ f6 25. Bxf6+ Kf7 26. Rxb8 Rxb8 27. Qxe4 Qb7 28. Qh7+ Ke8 29. Qg8+ Kd7 30. Qf7+ Kc8 31. Qxe6+ Qd7 32. Qxa6+ Rb7 33. e6 1-0


T.Milton v K.Davis 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. O-O-O Rc8 11. Bb3 a6 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. Bh6 b5 14. h4 Re8 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. h5 a5 17. hxg6 fxg6 18. Qh6+ Kh8 19. Qxg6 Qc7 20. Be6 Bd7 21. Rxh7+ Nxh7 22. Rh1 1-0


Leading scores in the four divisions after round four - Under 18 Open (81 players,11 rounds)- A.Brown(ACT 1973),C.Wallis(VIC 2172),Y.Yuan(ACT 1935) all 4,E.Schon(VIC 1912),J.Ikeda(ACT 2233),Y.Choong (WA 1972),S.Dalton(VIC 1747) all 3.5 and 14 players on 3 points. Girls Under 18 (13 players,12 games) - S.Yu (VIC 1573) 4,M.Setiabudi(ACT 1168),D.Ng (NSW 1480),T.Oliver(ACT 1510),C.Zhang (NSW 766),A.Brown(WA -) all on 3 points.  Under 12 Open (55 players,11 rounds)- L.Matheson(VIC 1547) 4,A.Stahnke(QLD 1695) and Oscar Wang (NSW 1468) 3.5 and 13 players on 3 points. Girls Under 12 (19 players,11 rounds) -L.Simmonds(QLD 921) 4,A.Kanagarajah(QLD 1030) 3.5, L.Sonnenschein(NSW -),J.Yum(QLD 558),A.Byrne(QLD 671) 3 points.


The Championships are being held at Cranbrook School, Bellevue Hill, Sydney and the fifth round commences this afternoon(Friday) at 1pm.


Australian Junior at Cranbrook

Peter Parr (SMH 16/1/08)


The Australian Junior Championship in four divisions is under way at Cranbrook School, Bellevue Hill, Sydney. Eighteen players including all the top seeds - Junta Ikeda (ACT 2233), Christopher Wallis (VIC 2172), Andrew Brown (ACT 1973), Yita Choong (WA 1972), Yi Yuan (ACT 1935), Eugene Schon (VIC 1912) and Gene Nakauchi (QLD 1900) share the lead with two points from two games in the eighty-one player, eleven round under eighteen open tournament. The following three games were played in the first round of the main event which will be rated by the World Chess Federation.


 B.Encel v J.Ikeda 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. Nf4 a6 8. Be2 dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. b4 Nbd7 12. Bb2 Bd6 13. Nh5 Qe7 14. Nxf6+ Nxf6 15. O-O e5 16. Ne2 e4 17. Bc2 Bxh2+ 18. Kh1 Bd6 19. g3 Qe6 20. Kg2 Qf5 21. Rh1 Rae8 22. Nc1 Ng4 23. Qe2 Re6 24. Nb3 Bd5 25. Rh4 h5 26. Nd2 Rf6 27. Rf1 Qg6 28. Bb3 Bxb3 29. Nxb3 Nxf2 30. Rf4 Bxf4 31. exf4 Nd3 32. Bc1 Nxc1 33. Rxc1 Rxf4 34. Rxc7 Rf3 0-1


C.Wallis v T.Milton 1 e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Nxd7 5. O-O Ngf6 6. Qe2 e6 7. b3 Be7 8. d4 b6 9. c4 O-O 10. Nc3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Rc8 12. Bb2 Re8 13. Rad1 Ne5 14. f4 Ng6 15. e5 Nd7 16. f5 exf5 17. e6 Nde5 18. exf7+ Nxf7 19. Nxf5 Bf8 20. Qf3 Ng5 21. Qd5+ Kh8 22. Nh6 gxh6 23. Rxf8+ Rxf8 24. Ne4+ Ne5 25. Nxd6 Nh3+ 26. gxh3 Qg5+ 27. Kh1 Rc5 28. Nf7+ Rxf7 29. Qxf7 Rc8 30. Qe6 Rc5 31. Qe8+ Qg8 32. Qxe5+ 1-0


Y.Choong v A.Cameron 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. O-O Be7 9. Kh1 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Ne4 O-O 12. Nec5 Qb6 13. Nxe6 Qxe6 14. c3 Nc6 15. Re1 Rfd8 16. Qc2 Rac8 17. Bd3 h6 18. Bf5 Qf6 19. Bxc8 Rxc8 20. Qe2 Bd6 21. Be3 Qh4 22. Bc5 Bc7 23. g3 Qh3 24. Rad1 Nf6 25. f3 Re8 26. Qg2 Qh5 27. Bd6 Bb6 28. Nd2 Nd8 29. Nc4 Ba7 30. Bxe5 Nh7 31. Bd6 Ne6 32. f4 Nf6 33. Ne5 g6 34. Qxb7 1-0


The under eighteen Girls Championship is a thirteen player round robin event. Megan Setiabudi (ACT), Sally Yu (VIC),  Deborah Ng(NSW), Tamzin Oliver (ACT) and Charmian Zhang (NSW) share the lead with two points from two games.


Rd2 T.Oliver v P.Hoey 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Qg6 7. Nb5 Bxe3 8. fxe3 Kd8 9. Qf3 Nge7 10. Nd2 a6 11. Nd4 d6 12. Be2 Rf8 13. O-O-O b5 14. Nxc6+ Nxc6 15. e5 dxe5 16. Nc4+ Ke7 17. Nxe5 Nxe5 18. Qxa8 Bg4 19. Qd5 Nd7 20. Bxg4 Qxg4 21. Qc6 Rd8 22. Qxa6 Qg5 23. Qc6 Qxe3+ 24. Kb1 Qb6 25. Rhe1+ Kf8 26. Rxd7 Rxd7 27. Qxd7 Qb8 28. Qe7+ Kg8 29. Qe8+ Qxe8 30. Rxe8# 1-0


The under twelve open attracted fifty-five entries in the eleven round event. Ten players share the lead ( 4 NSW, 4 VIC, 1 TAS,1 QLD) with two wins each in the first two rounds. There are nineteen players in the Australian Girls under twelve Championship in an eleven round Swiss event. Five players - Abbie Kanagarajah (QLD), Clarise Koh(NSW), Clara Sonnenschein (NSW), Leteisha Simmonds (QLD) and Joanne Mason (ACT) share the lead on two points after two rounds.


Solomon is Australian Champion

Peter Parr (SMH 14/1/08)


IM Stephen Solomon started the Australian Championship at Parramatta RSL with 5.5/6 and finished with five hard fought draws to remain undefeated  becoming  Australian Champion for the first time. Solomon played board 1 for Australia in the World Under-sixteen teams in Denmark 1979,won the Australian Junior in 1980,competed in seven Olympiads(once on board 1),and played in all 14 Australian Championships from December 1981 to January 2008. IM Herman Van Riemsdijk of Brazil was sole leader before the final round but was crushed by IM George Xie in the following game.


IM G.Xie IM H.Van Riemsdijk 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4 Bc5 5 Be3 Qf6 6 c3 Nge7 7 g3 Bxd4 8 cxd4 d5 9 Bg2 0-0 10 exd5 Nb4 11 Qb3 Qd6 12 Bf4 Qb6 13 0-0 Bf5 14 Bxc7! (black is already lost) Qxd4 15 Na3 Na6 16 Bd6 Qf6 17 Nc4 Rad8 18 Qa3 Rfe8 19 Be5 Qg6 20 Nd6 Nc6 21 dxc6 Rxe5 22 Nxb7 Rde8 23 Qxa6 Bd3 24 Qxa7 Bxf1 25 Rxf1 h5 26 c7 Qe6 27 Nd8 Qc4 28 Qb8 1-0


Fifteen-year-old Max Illingworth,the NSW Junior Champion had an excellent result missing the IM norm(2450+result) by half a point. Grandmaster Dejan Antic from Serbia,the top seed, scored 4.5 from his last 5 games to win the event outright but overseas players are not eligible for the title. Two of the top four ranked Australians were out of form with GM Darryl Johansen 2475 scoring 6/11 and IM Gary Lane 5.5/11.

Final scores(38 players,11 rounds) GM D.Antic(SRB 2480) 8.5,IM S.Solomon (QLD 2468),IM H.Van Riemsdijk (BRA 2391) 8,IM G.Xie(NSW 2413,aged 23) 7.5,M.Ly(QLD 2319,aged 16),CM M.Illingworth (NSW 2152) 7,FM I.Goldenberg (VIC 2395),F.Klein(GER 2205),FM J.Sales (PHI 2299),T.Rej (NSW 2283) all 6.5, GM D.Johansen(VIC 2475),T.Boyd(WA 2270),S.Chow(VIC 2240),FM D.Hamilton(VIC 2229),G.Oliver(ACT 2164),J.Ikeda (ACT 2201) all 6


The 64 player major supporting event was jointly won by James Watson(NSW 1853),a University of Sydney student studying Chinese and Kim Yongtae(Korea 1779) each scoring 8.5/11. Former NSW Champion Lloyd Fell aged 89 and Mike Canfell,the father of 6-time NSW Champion Greg Canfell jointly won the Australian Seniors Title by scoring 6.5/11. The 37 player under 1600 rated event was won by Bob Liang(NSW 1491) on 9/11 half a point ahead of Howard Duggan(QLD 1524).

The 2007 Steiner Medal for player of the year was awarded to IM Zong-Yuan Zhao(NSW) and the 2008 Koshnitsky Medal for Administration was awarded to Denis Jessop(ACT). Zhao(2487)seeded 16th finished 17th out of 187 players scoring 6.5/9 in Seville,Spain.


Jamie Boyce has won the NSW Junior League's Summer Two-Day Tournament with a clean score,11 out of 11. He finished a full two points ahead of Garry Mann and Clive Ng in a field of 195 players. Eight-year-old Sean Gu,who shared first place in the Summer One-Day Tournament the previous week,again had an outstanding result,scoring 8.5 points to share fourth place with Hayden Van Rys. The Australian Junior Championships,being played this week and next week at Cranbrook School,Bellevue Hill,has attracted 169 entrants ranging in age from 6 to 17.


Teimour Radjabov(AZE 2735) defeated World Champion Vishy Anand(IND 2799)in the first round at Wijk aan Zee,Netherlands.Ten of the top 13 players in the world are competing in the 14 player event(average rating 2742).The other leading results were V.Kramnik(RUS 2799)0.5 - L.Van Wely(NED 2681)0.5,L.Aronian(ARM 2739) 1 - V.Topalov(BUL 2780)0,S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2760)0 - M.Carlsen(NOR 2733). 1


Three Players Share Lead

Peter Parr (SMH 11/1/08)


Three players IM Stephen Solomon, GM Dejan Antic,and IM Herman Van Riemsdijk share the lead with two rounds to play in the Australian Championship at Parramatta RSL Club. Solomon has been ahead throughout the tournament but had to defend inferior endgames to draw with sixteen-year-old Moulthun Ly in round 8 and fifteen-year-old Max Illingworth in round 9.  Antic,the top seed,held the initiative and won in 55 moves against 4th seed George Xie(aged 23) in round 8 and outplayed FM Jesse Sales(PHI) in round 9. Van Riemsdijk won the following game in fine style and beat Samuel Chow in round 9.


Rd 8 IM Van Riemsdijk(BRA 2391) FM I.Goldenberg (VIC 2395) 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 d6 6 Bc4 e6 7 Bb3 Be7 8 Be3 0-0 9 f4 Nxd4 10 Bxd4 b5 11 a3 Bb7 12 Qe2 a5 13 Qxb5 Ba6 14 Qa4 e5 15 Bg1 exf4 16 0-0-0 Bb7 17 e5 Ng4 18 Bd5 Bxd5 19 Nxd5 Bg5 20 Bb6 Qb8 21 h4 Bh6 22 exd6 Qxd6 23 Rhe1 f3+ 24 Kb1 Qg3 25 Ne7+ Kh8 26 Nf5 Qb8 27 gxf3 Nh2 28 Bd4 Nxf3 29 Nxh6 Nxe1 30 Nf5 f6 31 Qd7 Rg8 32 Nd6 h6 33 Rxe1 Ra6 34 Re6 Qa8 35 Rxf6 Qh1+ 36 Ka2 Qd5+ 37 c4 Qxd4 38 Nf7+ Kh7 39 Rxh6+ 1-0


Grandmaster Darryl Johansen, second seed and five times Australian Champion had been undefeated until he met George Xie in the following crushing win in round 9. IM G.Xie (NSW 2413)-GM D.Johansen(VIC 2475) 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nd4 4 Bc4 e6 5 Nge2 Nf6 6 0-0 a6 7 a4 d6 8 d3 Be7 9 Nxd4 cxd4 10 Ne2 e5 11 c3 dxc3 12 Nxc3 0-0 13 a5 h6 14 Be3 Be6 15 Qb3 Qd7 16 Bxe6 fxe6 17 Na4 Bd8 18 Bb6 Be7 19 Be3 Bd8 20 Bb6 Be7 21 Rac1 Rfc8?(better was Rac8) 22 Bc7! Rxc7 23 Nb6 Rxc1 24 Rxc1 1-0 (after ..Qd8 25 Qxe6+ Kf8 26 Nxa8 Qxa8 27 Rc8+).


NSW Junior Champion Max Illingworth(aged 15) has so far performed at 2438 and Felix Klein(aged 17)at 2416 and both are in the running for International Master results(2450+). 


Leading scores after round 9 (38 players,11 rounds)- IM S.Solomon(QLD 2468),GM D.Antic(SRB 2480),IM H.Van Riemsdijk (BRA 2391) all 7: CM M.Illingworth (NSW 2152),F.Klein(GER 2205),IM G.Xie (NSW 2413) all 6: M.Ly(QLD 2319) and FM I.Goldenberg(VIC 2395) 5.5: GM D.Johansen(VIC 2475),T.Boyd(WA 2270),FM J.Sales(PHI 2299),T.Rej(NSW 2283),B.Lazarus(QLD 2143),FM G.Canfell(NSW Champion 2315),S.Chow(VIC 2240),R.Yu(NSW 2192),FM D.Hamilton(VIC 2229,a former 3-time Australian Champion) all  on 5 points.


 The highest scoring Australian will be the new 2008/9 Australian Champion. Solomon was Australian Junior Champion in 1980,has represented Australia in seven Olympiads, and tied for first with Johansen in the 1984 Championship but lost the play-off match. Solomon is a full point ahead of Xie and Illingworth for the 2008/9 Title. Xie has played himself into form after losing two of his first three games. Xie won the 2002 and 2004 NSW Championships scoring 9-0 each time.  Round 10 pairings are Antic-Illingworth, Solomon-Xie, Van Riemsdijk-Klein.


 James Watson(NSW 1853) leads the 64 player major under 2100 rated event with 7.5/9. Bob Liang(NSW 1491) and Howard Duggan (QLD 1524) share the lead on 7.5/9 in the 37 player minor under 1600 rated tournament.


Second Grandmaster Result for Zhao

Peter Parr (SMH 7/1/08)


Australian Open Champion IM Zong-Yuan Zhao,aged 21, from Coffs Harbour,NSW has scored his second Grandmaster result(over 2600 performance rating) in a GM event (average rating 2452) which ended on Saturday in Mondariz,Spain. Zhao,rated 2491, needing 6.5/9 started with 4.5/5 and drew his last four games to finish outright first in the 10 player tournament. Last month Zhao earned his first Grandmaster result in Budapest by winning his last 5 consecutive games in a GM event. Zhao,now well above 2500, is playing in Seville,Spain this week followed by Gibraltar and needs one more GM result for the GM title. IM David Smerdon(QLD) already has his 3 GM results and he is also playing in Seville. Smerdon needs a 2500+ rating for his GM title.


IM Stephen Solomon has taken a commanding lead after six rounds of the Australian Championship at Parramatta RSL Club. IM Herman Van Riemsdijk of Brazil who is not eligible for the title is the only player in second place after defeating Grandmaster Dejan Antic of Serbia in the sixth round. Solomon's rivals for the title are all at least 1.5 points behind with 5 rounds to play. Solomon won his first four games,drew with top seed GM Antic in round 5 and won the following exciting double-edged encounter against FM Jesse Sales in round 6.


  board 1 FM J.Sales - IM S.Solomon 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 e5 4 Nc3 d6 5 e4 Be7 6 Be2 0-0 7 g4 Ne8 8 h4 Bxh4 9 Qd3 Bg5 10 Bxg5 Qxg5 11 Nh3 Qe7 12 0-0-0 a6 13 Rh2 b5 14 Rdh1 bxc4 15 Qe3 f6 16 f4 g6 17 g5 Ra7 18 f5 gxf5 19 exf5 Bxf5 20 gxf6 Qxf6 21 Rf2 Rg7 22 Rhf1 Qg6 23 Ne4 Nd7 24 Rg1 Qxg1+ 25 Nxg1 Rxg1+ 26 Kd2 Rg7 27 Ng5 Nc7 28 Bxc4 Nb6 29 Bb3 Rg6 30 Ne6 Bxe6 31 Rxf8+ Kxf8 32 dxe6 Nxe6 33 Qf3+ Nf4 34 Qb7 d5 35 Qb8+ Kf7 36 Qc7+ Kg8 37 Qd8+ Kg7 38 Ke1 Re6 39 Bc2 Ng6 40 Qc7+ Kf6 41 Qxc5 e4 42 b3 Ne5 43 Qf8+ Kg5 44 Qg8+ Rg6 45 Qxh7 Nbd7 46 Bd1 Nf6 47 Qa7 Kf5 48 Qf2+ Ke6 49 Qb6+ Kf5 50 Be2 Nfg4 51 Qc5 Kf4 52 Qf8+ Rf6 53 Qb8 Ke3 54 Qb4 Nf3+ 55 Bxf3 Kxf3 56 Qd4 Rc6 57 Qxd5? Rc1+ 58 Kd2 Rd1+ 0-1


Leading scores after round 6 (38 players,11 rounds) - IM S.Solomon (QLD 2468) 5.5,IM H.Van Riemsdijk (BRA 2391) 4.5,GM D.Antic (SRB 2480),GM D.Johansen (VIC 2475),IM G.Xie(NSW 2413),FM I.Goldenberg(VIC 2395),M.Ly(QLD 2319),FM J.Sales(PHI 2299),T.Rej(NSW 2283),T.Boyd(WA 2270) all 4. The above 10 players are all rated within the top 13 in the tournament. Solomon plays Van Riemsdijk in the seventh round today,Monday.


The NSW Junior League's Summer One-Day Tournament produced a quintuple tie for first place. Edward Naoumov,Alexander Papp,Derek Trang,Hayden Van Rys and Sean Gu(aged only 8) each scored 7 out of 8 in a large field of 191 players aged from 5 to 17.The league will be conducting a two-day tournament at Lidcombe on Wednesday and Thursday 9-10 January and the Australian Junior Championships at Cranbrook School,Bellevue Hill,from Sunday 13 to Friday 25 January. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills,phone 9412 4579


Alexander Morozevich rated 2755 has won the Russian Championship Super-Final in Moscow(12 players,average 2656, scoring 8/11(7 wins,2draws,2losses,rating performance 2817).Alexander Grischuk 2715 was second on 7 points,and Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646 third on 6.5. Five players tied for fourth place on 50%. Tatiana Kosinsteva won the Women's Title on countback after four players tied for first place each scoring 7/11.


Fighting games with no draws in first round.

Peter Parr (SMH 4/1/08)


The first round of the Australian Championship at Parramatta RSL Club was hard fought with all nineteen encounters ending in victory and defeat with no games drawn. Serbian Grandmaster Dejan Antic played a speculative piece sacrifice on move 18 in the following game leading to unclear complications. Malcolm Pyke should have played 26...Rxc8 with plenty of play.


GM D.Antic (SRB 2480) - M.Pyke (VIC 2191) 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6 3 g3 d5 4 c4 dxc4 5 Bg2 c5 6 0-0 Nc6 7 Qa4 Bd7 8 Qxc4 b5 9 Qd3 Rc8 10 dxc5 Bxc5 11 Nc3 b4 12 Ne4 Nxe4 13 Qxe4 0-0 14 Bg5 Be7 15 Be3 Qa5 16 Rfd1 Rfd8 17 Nd4 Be8 18 Nxe6!!? fxe6 19 Bh3 e5 20 Be6+ Kh8 21 Bxc8 Rxc8 22 Qf5 Rd8 23 Qe6 Bf6 24 Rac1 Nd4 25 Bxd4 exd4 26 Rc8 Bd7?? A blunder 27 Qxd7 h6 28 Rxd8+ Bxd8 29 Rxd4 Bf6 30 Qe8+ Kh7 31 Qe4+ Kg8 32 Rxb4 Qxa2 33 Rb8+ 1-0


The players with the black pieces lost every game on the top 9 boards except GM Darryl Johansen (VIC 2475) on board 2 who beat his Melbourne club-mate David Hacche (VIC 2182) who incorrectly sacrificed a pawn in the middlegame. IM Stephen Solomon (QLD 2468) won a long endgame against Gareth Charles(NSW 2180). 19 year-old Gareth Oliver defeated fourth seed George Xie in the following upset.


G.Oliver (ACT 2164)- IM G.Xie (NSW 2413) 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 0-0 5 Bd3 d5 6 a3 Bxc3+ 7 bxc3 dxc4 8 Bxc4 c5 9 Nf3 Qa5 10 Bd2 b6 11 Ne5 Ba6? 12 Bxe6! Bb7 13 Bc4 Ne4 14 Qf3 cxd4 15 Bxf7+ Kh8 16 Qh5 Rxf7 17 Nxf7+ Kg8 18 Nh6+ gxh6 19 Qe8+ Kg7 20 Qe7+ Kg6 21 Qxb7 Nxd2 22 Rc1 dxc3 23 Qxa8 Qxa3 24 Rd1 Qd6 25 Ke2 a5 26 Rc1 Qe5 27 f4 Qb5+ 28 Kf2 Qb2 29 Qxb8 Nb3+ 30 Kg3 Nxc1 31 Qg8+ Kf5 32 Rd1 c2 33 Rd5+ Kf6 34 Qh8+ Ke6 35 Qxb2 Ne2+ 36 Kf3 c1 =Q 37 Qe5+ 1-0.


Three other teenagers also won against considerably higher rated opposition. 15 year-old Max Illingworth(NSW 2152),the NSW Junior Champion, beat FM Igor Goldenberg(VIC 2395),16 year-old Ben Lazarus(QLD 2143) defeated FM I.Bjelobrk(NSW 2381) and 19 year-old Vincent Suttor(NSW 2139) won against FM Jesse Sales(PHI 2299).


The reigning Australian Champion and four time winner between 1980 and 2006 GM Ian Rogers(NSW 2545) is not defending his title after retiring from competitive chess for health reasons last year. GM Darryl Johansen has won the title 5 times between 1984 and 2002. IM Gary Lane(NSW 2412)was first in 2004 and FM Douglas Hamilton(VIC 2229),now aged 66,won the title three times between 1965 and 1982. All the former title-holders won their first round games.


There are 38 players in the title event,64 in the under 2100 rated tournament including 89 year-old veteran Lloyd Fell who was Sydney Champion 64 years ago in 1944,and 36 competitors in the under 1600 rated division.