171 players in Australian Championships
Peter Parr (28/12/09)

The Australian Championship and supporting tournaments at Norths, Cammeray,
Sydney starting on Saturday 2nd January 2010 have so far attracted 171
players from all Australian States and Territories and from overseas. More
entries are welcome (tel 9211 2994) to reach the target of 200 players. The
title event is restricted to 28 high rated players over 11 rounds.

The leading players are GM Zong Zhao (NSW 2572), GM Gawain Jones (ENG 2561),
IM Aleks Wohl (NSW 2458), GM Darryl Johansen (VIC 2454), IM George Xie (NSW
2448,age 24,highest rating to date), IM Stephen Solomon (QLD 2428,the
defending champion). The battle for first place is expected to be between
Zhao (Australian Open Champion 2007) and Jones(not eligible for the
title)who are more than 100 rating points clear of the field. Australian
Open Champion Wohl has gained 116 rating points since January competing in
numerous overseas events. Live commentary by Grandmaster Ian Rogers will be
available for spectators. Six winners (Johansen x 5,Rogers x 4,Hamilton x
3,Wohl x 1,Lane x 1, Solomon x 1)who between them have been Australian
Champions for 30 of the last 45 years will be at Norths. The main threat to
the six players rated above 2400 will be from fifteen-year-old James Morris
who is playing at that level in recent Melbourne events.

There are 113 entrants so far in the Australian Junior Championship in
Hobart 14-25 January 2010. Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Behne-Smith of
Newcastle has won the NSW Country Junior Championship,a point ahead of last
year's winner Alex Mehan(also of Newcastle)and James Brodnik(Wollongong).
The Under 12 title has been retained by Edmund Yu(Newcastle)with a clean
score(10 out of 10),ahead of Elizabeth Behne-Smith(Newcastle). The
championships were conducted in three preliminary divisions,in the
north,west and south of the state,followed by finals in Sydney. The NSW
Junior League will be holding a 3-day tournament(for experienced players) on
wed-Fri 6-8 Jan,followed by 1 and 2 day events(suitable for all levels)
starting on the next two Wednesdays. Details www.nswjcl.org.au or phone
Richard Gastineau-Hills 9412 4579.

The 62nd Russian Championships men's and women's events are 10 player round
robins finishing on Wednesday at Central Chess House, Moscow with a prize
fund of $100,000 US dollars.(AUS $ 118,000). Leading scores after round 6 -
A.Grischuk(2736) 4.5, P.Svidler(2754) 4, N.Vitiugov(2694) 3.5. A game from
Round 5 - A.Grischuk 2736 v A.Riazantsev 2661 B04 Alekhine's Defence 1 e4
Nf6 2 e5 Nd5 3 d4 d6 4 Nf3 dxe5 5 Nxe5 g6 6 Bc4 Be6 7 0-0 Bg7 8 Re1 0-0 9
Nd2 Nd7 10 Nef3 N7f6 11 Rxe6 fxe6 12 Ng5 Qd6 13 Qe1 b5 14 Bb3 a5 15 a4 bxa4
16 Nc4 Qc6 17 Rxa4 Ra6 18 Rxa5 Rfa8 19 Bd2 Bh6 20 h4 Bxg5 21 hxg5 Nd7 22
Rxa6 Qxa6 23 Na5 c5 24 Ba4 Ra7 25 Bxd7 Rxd7 26 dxc5 Nc7 27 c4 Qa8 28 c6 Rd3
29 Bc3 Qf8 30 Qe5 Rd1+ 31 Kh2 1-0

Perennial World Title Challenger Viktor Korchnoi (SUI 2567) aged 78 drew 4-4
(two wins each and four draws) against Boris Spassky (FRA 2548) (World
Champion 1969-1972) aged 72 in a match in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia. 697
players from 22 countries including 49 grandmasters competed in the European
Rapid Championships in Warsaw, Poland. The 13 round event was held over 2
days with the rate of play 15 minutes each with an increment of 10 seconds
per move. Russian Physicist Vladimir Malakhov 2706 was the clear winner
scoring 11.5 points (10 wins, 3 draws) half a point ahead of Vassily
Ivanchuk (UKR 2739).

Gelfand wins World Cup

Peter Parr (SMH 21/12/09)

 41-year-old Boris Gelfand (ISR 2758) the top seed and oldest competitor has won the 128 player World Cup knock-out match tournament in Siberia. Gelfand beat former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR 2739) in a tense World Cup final.  The four game match resulted in four draws and the four rapid play tie-break resulted in 2-2 and the score from the first two lightning games 1-1. Gelfand won the next two lightning games to win the match 7-5.

 B.Gelfand 2758 v R.Ponomariov 2739 A40 game 9  1. d4 e6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. e4 Nf6 7. a3 b6 8. Be3 Bb7 9. f3 Nc6 10. Rc1 h5 11. Nd5 exd5 12. cxd5 Nxd5 13. exd5 Qe5 14. Kf2 Ne7 15. Qd2 Nxd5 16. Bg5 Ne7 17. Bc4 f6 18. Bf4 Qa5 19. b4 Qa4 20. Bb3 Qxa3 21. Ra1 1-0

 Gelfand qualifies for the eight player candidates matches in late 2010 to determine the World Title Challenger of September 2011. The twelve game Anand-Topalov World Title match 23 April - 12 May 2010 in Sofia, Bulgaria has a prize fund of 2 million Euros(AUS $3.3 million).

 19-year-old Magnus Carlsen won the London Classic after defeating his main rival former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik in the first round. The top four players on the Jan 2010 World rating list will be Carlsen 2810,Topalov 2805,Anand 2790,Kramnik 2788.  Leading final scores in London (8 players,7 rounds) M.Carlsen (NOR 2801 - perf 2839) 5,V.Kramnik(RUS 2772) 4.5,M.Adams(ENG 2698),D.Howell(ENG 2597) 4. GM Jon Hammer(2588) also aged nineteen from Norway won the 125 player supporting event scoring 8/9(perf 2756).

 Oceania Womens Champion 22-year-old WIM Arianne Caoili(AUS 2206) easily won the London Womens International scoring 8/9 (performance 2421) a full two points ahead of top seed IM Susan Lalic(ENG 2310)in second place. Caoili beat Welsh Olympic representative 22-year-old Olivia Smith (2026)in the following brevity.    WM A.Caoili v WFM O.Smith C28 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d3 Bb4 5. Nge2 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. a3 Nxc3 8. Nxc3 Ba5 9. O-O O-O 10. f4 Bb6+ 11. Kh1 exf4 12. Bxf4 Nd4 13. Ne4 Ne6 14. Qh5 Bd4 15. Bg5 Qd7 16. c3 Be5 17. Rae1 Qc6 18. Be7 1-0

 The 'Battle of the Giants' match between the 10th World Champion(1969-1972)Boris Spassky now aged 72 and multiple World Title Challenger Viktor Korchnoi now aged 78 is in progress in Elista,Kalmykia,Russia. Korchnoi,the clear favorite,leads 1.5-0.5 in the eight game match.

 17-year-old Max Illingworth (2211) of Sydney just missed an IM result(2450) but finished third(seeded 16) scoring 6/9 in the Commonwealth Championship in Singapore. The winner was IM Enrique Paciencia(2598 result,Singapore) after beating Illingworth in round 1. Results of the other 14 Australians(all 9 games) in Singapore - Ben Lazarus(QLD Champion) and Dusan Stojic 4. Challengers event - J.Attwood and S.O'Reilly 6.5. Commonwealth U20 and U16 (52 players)E.Guo 6,S.Grigg,WIM A.Jule 5.5,T.Feng,J.Ng 4,A.Kanagarajah 3. Under 12 (78 players)- I.Ng 7,S.Gu 6.5,Ce Koh 5.5,Cl Koh 5. 

 Former Commonwealth Champion IM Gary Lane will be giving a simultaneous exhibition tonight at Rooty Hill RSL Club,Sydney.   Leading final scores in the Australasian Masters in Melbourne (10 players, 9 rounds). IM S.Solomon (AUS 2427) 6.5, FM J.Morris (AUS 2200) 6, GM D.Johansen (AUS 2474), B.Cheng (AUS 2202, world under 12 champion), E.Levi (AUS 2242) 5. Australian Champion Stephen Solomon beat the leader fifteen-year-old James Morris in the final round.  The JETS(Junior Elite Training Squad) has a new sponsor Geraldine Johns-Putra who represented Malaysia in three Olympiads and has now moved from Melbourne to London.

Vincent Suttor is NSW Champion

Peter Parr (SMH 14/12/09)

 Vincent Suttor,a 21-year-old accountant,has won the 2009 NSW State Championship at Burwood. Suttor also won this year's City of Sydney Championship and becomes the ninth player in 72 years to win both events in the same year. Suttor scored 7 wins,1 draw and 2 losses - to top seed Tomek Rej and defending seven-time NSW Champion Greg Canfell. Suttor also defeated Rej and Canfell in the double round robin event. The last game was critical. Jesse Sales needed only a draw to secure the title but Suttor held an endgame advantage which he eventually won to finish outright first. Nine years ago when the 14-year-old Rej won the NSW Under 18 title the young Suttor won the NSW Under 12 title.Final scores(6 players,10 rounds,27 wins,3 draws)-V.Suttor(2183) 7.5,FM T.Rej(2337),FM J.Sales(2305) 7,FM G.Canfell(2321) 6.5,K.Thapa(2075) 1.5,I.Ilic(1956)0.5

 Leading final scores in the NSWCA Country Teams Championships at Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford (13 teams, 18 games) Newcastle University 13.5, Gosford No.1 Team 12.5, Newcastle No.1 team 11.5. FM John Curtis has won the Gosford Club Championship on 6.5/7 followed by Keith Farrell 5.5 and Colin Rowlison 5

 Leading scores in the Australasian Masters in Melbourne after round 8(10 players,9 rounds) FM James Morris(AUS 2200,aged 15) 6,IM S.Solomon(AUS 2427) 5.5,GM D.Johansen(AUS 2474) 5,FM R.Nokes(NZL 2327),FM E.Teichmann(ENG 2335) 4.5. Morris plays Solomon in the last round.  The Australian Primary and Secondary Schools Teams Finals were held at Scotch College, Melbourne. The winners were - Secondary Open-1st Scotch College (VIC), Secondary Girls - Somerset College (QLD), Primary Open - Mount View (VIC), Primary Girls - Somerville House(QLD). 

There are 140 early entries so far in the Australian Championship and three supporting events for lower rated players to be held at Norths,Cammeray,Sydney 2-13 January 2010. A number of players rated below the required minimum 2150 ACF rating have applied to play in the title event(entries closed yesterday).The ACF Selection Committee will make a decision on these applicants by 20 December. The early entry deadline for supporting events is now December 18th and an overall entry of 200 is anticipated. The Australian Junior in Hobart 14-25 January has so far attracted 109 players.

 The first three games of the World Cup Final between top seed Boris Gelfand and ex world champion Ruslan Ponomariov have all been drawn. The World Cup winner will be decided by rapid-play(and blitz if necessary) if the fourth game is also drawn. The 128 player knock-out event was held in Siberia with B.Gelfand(ISR 2758) defeating S. Karjakin(UKR 2723) 2-0 and R.Ponomariov(UKR 2739) beating V.Malakhov(RUS 2706)4-2 in semi-final matches.

S.Karjakin 2723 v B.Gelfand 2758 C55 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. Bb3 d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. h3 a5 9. a4 Nd4 10. Nxd4 exd4 11. Re1(N) Ra6! 12. Qh5(if 12 Bxd5 Qxd5 13 Rxe7 Rg6!) Nb4 13. Na3 Rg6 14. Bf4 b6 15. Qf3 Be6 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17. Qe4 Bd6 18. Bxd6 cxd6 19. Qxd4 Qg5 20. g3 Qf5 21. g4 h5 22. Re4 d5 23. Kh2 Qf3 24. Ree1 hxg4 25. Qe3 gxh3 26. Qxf3 Rxf3 27. Rg1 Rxf2+ 28. Kxh3 Rxg1 29. Rxg1 Nxc2 30. Nb5 Rf3+ 31. Kg4 Rxd3 32. Nd6 Ne3+ 33. Kf4 Nc4 0-1 

Magnus Carlsen aged 19 defeated his main rival Vladimir Kramnik in the first round of the London Classic. Results after four rounds (8 players,7 rounds) M.Carlsen(NOR 2801)-2 wins,2 draws; V.Kramnik(RUS 2772)-2 wins,1 draw,1 loss. H.Nakamura(USA 2715),M.Adams(ENG 2698),D.Howell(ENG 2597) all four draws. Oceania Womens Champion WIM Arianne Caoili(AUS 2206) leads the Womens International event in London with 5/6 (loss to top seed IM S.Lalic ENG 2310)a full point clear of the field with three games to play.

World Cup Semi-Finals

Peter Parr (SMH 7/12/09)

The World Cup semi-finals two-game knock-out Matches in Khanty-Mansisysk,Siberia are between S.Karjakin(UKR 2723) v top seed B.Gelfand(ISR 2758) and ex-world champion R.Ponomariov(UKR 2739) v physicist V.Malakhov(RUS 2706).  Ponomariov beat second seed V.Gashimov(AZE 2758) and Malakhov defeated third seed P.Svidler(RUS 2754) in round 5 quarter-final matches.

A.Shirov 2719 v P.Svidler 2754 D86 Rd 4 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 O-O 10. O-O Qc7 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. Bf4 Be5 13. Bg3 Bxg3 14. hxg3 (New and risky - fg3 is usual) e5 15. Bd5 Be6! 16. dxe5 Bxd5 17. exd5 Nxe5 18. c4 a6 19. Re1 b5 20. cxb5 axb5 21. Nc3 c4 22. Qd4 (22 Nxb5 is safer and better)Nd3 23. Ne4 Qa7! 24. Nf6+ Kh8 25. Qh4 Kg7 26. Re3 Rd6!(Black plays well under pressure) 27. Rf3 h6 28. Ne4 Rxd5 29. Qf6+ Kg8 30. Rc3 Ne5 31. Rf4 Qxa2 32. Kh2 Qe2 33. Qh4 Ra6 34. g4 g5 35. Nxg5 hxg5 36. Qxg5+ Rg6 0-1  The World Cup Final is a four-game knockout match starting on Thursday with tie-breaks if required next Monday evening.

The London Classic at The Olympia Conference Centre starts tomorrow. England's strongest four grandmasters and four leading overseas players compete in the 7 round event. The top seeds are M.Carlsen(NOR 2801 aged 19),ex-world champion V.Kramnik(RUS 2772),H.Nakamura(USA 2715),N.Short(ENG 2707). The top two seeds in the Women's event are IM Susan Lalic(ENG 2310) and Australian Number One WIM Arianne Caoili(2206)

Leading final scores in the NSW Lightning Championship at Rooty Hill RSL (26 players,11 rounds) Jason Chan 9.5,Stanislav Berezovski 9,Andrew Bird 8.5, FM John Curtis (10 times winner) and Brendan Norman 7.  Leading Progress scores in the NSW State Championship (6 players,10 rounds) FM J.Sales 5.5/7,V.Suttor 6/8,T.Rej 7/10,G.Canfell 5.5/9. Leading final scores in the supporting event(10 players,9 rounds) J.Bolens 7.5,A.Huynh 7,S.Arundel 6.5.

The Australasian Masters(10 players,av 2306) started on Saturday evening in Melbourne.The top seeds are GM D.Johansen (AUS 2474),IM S.Solomon (AUS 2427),FM V.Smirnov(RUS 2383),FM E.Teichmann(ENG 2335),FM R.Nokes(NZL 2327). Nokes beat Teichmann in round 1 and the other 4 games were all drawn.

Leading final scores in the Vikings GP Weekender in Canberra(57 players,6 rounds) - J.Ikeda(2310) 6,FM E.Ambrus (2222),T.Parker (1515) 5. This was the 48th of 51 events in the 2009 Yulgibar-Think Big Grand Prix. GP Leaders are 1st GM D.Smerdon (ACT),2nd IM S.Solomon (QLD),3rd GM G.Jones (ENG),4th IM G.Xie(NSW).   

For the December 2009 rating period there were 135 tournaments rated (99 Classic, 36 rapid) and 9541 games of which 6184 were in the ACF Classic rating system and 3357 were in the ACF rapid rating system.  Top 10 - GM Z.Zhao NSW 2568 (-6), GM D.Smerdon ACF 2510 (-25), IM A.Wohl NSW 2479 (=), GM D.Johansen VIC 2435 (-5), IM G.Xie NSW 2424 (-2), T.Tao SA 2386(=), IM S.Solomon QLD 2365 (-5), FM I.Bjelobrk NSW 2354 (-4), M.Ly QLD 2338 (+30), J.Ikeda ACT 2336 (+26). 

Seniors over 80 - W.Leonhardt WA 1917, Over 70 - FM A.Flatow NSW 2104, Over 60 - IM M.Rujevic VIC 2205. Juniors U20 and U18 M.Ly QLD 2338, U16 FM J.Morris VIC 2196, U14 and U12 - World Under 12 Champion B.Cheng VIC 2193, U10 - S.Gu NSW 1741. Women - WM A.Caoili QLD 2186, G.Nguyen SA 2101, IM I.Berezina-Feldman NSW 2079, WM L.Moylan NSW 1994, WM B.Dekic NSW 1934

Girls U20 - E.Guo ACT 1812

World Title for Bobby Cheng

Peter Parr (SMH 30/11/09)

Bobby Cheng,a student at Balwyn High School, Melbourne and pupil of GM Darryl Johansen is the new World Under Twelve Champion. Cheng won the 142 player(from 68 countries) event scoring 9/11 in his division of the World Youth Championship in Antalya Turkey (1375 players from 87 countries in 12 divisions).Anton Smirnov of Sydney tied for second place in the under eight event.   Final scores of the 14 Australians (11 rounds) Open - U18 E.Schon 4.5, U16 J.Jan 5.5, U14 Y.Yuan 7, U12 B.Cheng 9, Ce.Koh 4, U10 C.Gray 5.5 U8 A.Smirnov 8.5 (overall score 44/77). Girls - U18 T.Oliver 4.5, A.Chibnall 4, U16 M.Webb-Liddle 3.5, U14 E.Guo 6, L.Simmonds 3.5, U12 J.Pretorius 4.5, Cl.Koh 4.5 (overall score girls 30.5/77).

Three rounds of the 128 player FIDE World Cup two game knockout match tournament have been completed leaving only 16 players left in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. Oceania Champion GM David Smerdon (AUS 2525) lost 2.5-3.5 to GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (CUB 2719,World Blitz Champion 2008) in a first round match. Smerdon drew the first five games but reached a slightly inferior endgame in the sixth game(rapid play-off) and lost.  Three of the top six seeds A.Morozevich(RUS 2750),T.Radjabov(AZE 2748) and V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2739) were knocked out in second round matches. Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So,the seventh youngest GM ever,who turned sixteen last month defeated Vassily Ivanchuk 1.5-0.5 in the second round and knocked out the defending World Cup Champion Gata Kamsky(USA) 1.5-0.5 winning the following game in the first round 3 match.

G.Kamsky 2695 - W.So 2640  1 e4 e6 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 (So played 3..Bb4 against Ivanchuk) 4 e5 Nfd7 5 f4 c5 6 Nf3 Nc6 7 Be3 Qb6  8 a3 cxd4 9 Nxd4 Bc5 10 Na4 Qa5+ 11 c3 Bxd4 12 Bxd4 Nxd4 13 Qxd4 b6 (The position is equal)14 Be2 Ba6 15 Bd1 Qb5 16 b4 Rc8 17 Nb2 Qc6 18 Rc1 (draw offered but So declined) 0-0 19 a4 Bc4 20 Bg4 Bb3 21 0-0 Bxa4 22 f5 Bb5 23 Rfe1 Rfe8 24 Re3 f6 (Kamsky has only 16 minutes left compared to So 60 mins and the position is complicated)25 fxe6 Nxe5 26 Bf5 g6 27 Bh3 Qd6 28 Rd1 Rcd8 29 Rd2 Qe7 30 Rf2 Nc6 31 Qd2 d4 (black is now much better) 32 Re4 dxc3 33 Qxc3 Rf8 34 g4 Rd6 35 Bg2 Ne5 36 g5 Rxe6 37 gxf6 Rfxf6 38 Rxf6 Qxf6 39 Re3 Bc6 40 Nd1 Qg5 (Kamsky reaches the time control but his position is lost) 41 Rg3 Qf4 42 Nf2 Bxg2 43 Kxg2 Nc4 44 Qd3 Ne3 45 Kg1 Nf5 46 Qd5 Qc1 47 Nd1 Kf7 48 Rc3 Qg5 49 Kf2 Qf4 50 Kg2 Qg4+ 51 Kf2 Qe2+ 52 Kg1 Qe1+ 53 Kg2 Kg7 0-1 So trains 5-6 hours a day studying games of his opponents particularly in the openings.

The spacious Chess Academy of Armenia has opened in Yerevan. The large auditorium can seat 400 players plus a smaller auditorium, over a  dozen classrooms and 24 rooms for lodging.

The NSW Country Teams Championship 5-6 Dec will be held at Central Coast Leagues Club,Gosford. The Australian Primary and Secondary Schools team finals will also be held 5-6 Dec in Melbourne. The AGM of the NSW Chess Association at Rooty Hill RSL Club on Saturday afternoon elected the following executive:-  President - Peter Parr: Vice-President - Bill Gletsos: Secretary - Tom Accola: Treasurer - Norm Greenwood.

St George defeated Norths 33.5 - 12.5(14-2 on the bottom 16 boards) at St.George in the 2nd leg of the Big Board match last Tuesday evening. Former NSW Champion Andrew Bird (St George 2205) drew with Ronald Scott (Norths 2221) on top board. Norths beat St George 28.5-19.5 in the first leg leaving St George the overall winners 53-41.

The Australian Championship and supporting events will be held at Norths 2-13 January 2010. Early entry by 6 December. Players of all ages and standards welcome with 65 early entries to date.  More details at http://www.australianchesschampionship.com

Smerdon draws in World Cup

Peter Parr (SMH 23/11/09)

The 128 player FIDE World Cup two game knockout match tournament started on Saturday evening in Khanty-Mansiysk,Siberia. Oceania Champion GM David Smerdon(AUS) seeded 114 drew comfortably with the black pieces against 15th seed GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (2008 World Blitz Champion). Matches ending 1-1 are decided by rapid-play and if tied by blitz.   L.Dominguez Perez(CUB 2719) v D.Smerdon(AUS 2525) B76 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 Be3 Bg7 7 f3 0-0 8 Qd2 Nc6 9 0-0-0 d5 10 exd5 Nxd5 11 Nxc6 bxc6 12 Bd4 Nxc3 13 Qxc3 Bh6+ 14 Be3 Bxe3+ 15 Qxe3 Qb6 16 Qxe7 Be6 17 Bd3 Qe3+ 18 Rd2 (all theory) Rfe8 19 Qh4 Bxa2 20 Qf2 Qe5 21 Be4 Rab8 22 Qd4 Qa5 23 Rd3 Qg5+ 24 Rd2 Red8 25 Qc3 Rxd2 26 Qxd2 Qf6 27 c3 Rd8 28 Qe3 Qe5 29 g3 Bb3 30 Re1 Qa5 31 Bb1 Qa1 32 Qe7 Qa5 33 Qe3 Qa1 34 Qe7 Qa5 0.5-0.5

 Eighteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen, the top seed, won the World Blitz Championship (3 minutes for the game plus 2 second increments per more) scoring 28 wins, 6 draws, 8 losses for an overall performance of 2894. Carlsen (trained by Kasparov)beat his 4 main rivals 8-0. World Champion Viswanathan Anand was a full 3 points behind in second place (PR 2835). Sergey Karjakin was 3 points behind Anand in 3rd place. Leading final scores (22 players, 2715 average rating, 42 rounds) M.Carlsen (NOR 2801) 31: V.Anand (IND 2788) 28: S.Karjakin (UKR 2723) 25: V.Kramnik (RUS 2772) 24.5: A.Grischuk (RUS 2736), P.Svidler (RUS 2754), R.Ponomariov (UKR 2739) 23.5. 

The World Youth Championships in Antalya,Turkey has attracted 2600 people including 1375 players in 12 divisions from 87 countries. Bobby Cheng of Melbourne is one of the four joint leaders with one round to play in the World Under 12 Championship. Cheng(2202) is black against top seed Suri Vaibhav(IND 2344) in the last round. Anton Smirnov of Sydney is one of 6 players equal third on 7.5/10 with one round to play in the World Under 8 Championship. Smirnov is white on board 1 against the leader Mohammad Tabatabaei(Iran)on 8.5 and Aryan Gholami also of Iran has 8 points before round 11.   Progress scores of the fourteen Australians (total 65.5/140) after round 10 - U18 Open(23 rated above 2400)-E.Schon 4.5,U18 girls- T.Oliver 3.5,A.Chibnall 3 U16 Open-J.Tan 5,U16 girls-M.Webb-Liddle 3,U14 Open-Y.Yuan 6,U14 girls-E.Guo 5.5,L.Simmonds 3,U12 Open-B.Cheng 8, Ce Koh 4,U12 girls-J.Pretorius 4,Cl.Koh 3.5,U10 Open-C.Gray 5,U8 Open-A.Smirnov 7.5

 Leading final scores the in the Victorian State Championship (12 players, 11 rounds) GM D.Johansen (2477) 9, FM J.Morris (2194) 8, FM E.Levi(2242),W.Lee(2254) 7,IM L.Sandler(2332) 6,IM M.Rujevic(2300) 5.5.  Johansen has been Victorian State Champion a record 12 times.  

Leading final scores in the Ford Memorial at Norths (89 players, 9 rounds) IM G.Xie (2436) 8.5: FM Dr V.Smirnov (2383), A.Furst (2058) 7: B.Atzmon-Simon (2179), A.Chek (2093), S.Rewais (1998), Y.Chen (2089) 6.5. The annual big board match  will be held tomorrow evening at St. George Leagues Club between St. George and Norths. 

Progress scores in the NSW State Championship after 8 rounds(6 players, 10 rounds) FM J.Sales (2305) 4/5, V.Suttor (2183) 4/5,FM T.Rej(2337) 6/8,FM G.Canfell (2321) 4/7: I.Ilic (1956) 0.5/6,K.Thapa(2075) 0.5/7. The results of the two postponed games from 30 Sep and 4 Nov between the two leaders Vincent Suttor and Jesse Sales are awaited with interest. Sales beat the top seed Tomek Rej 2-0 but Rej won his other six games including a 2-0 score against seven time NSW Champion Greg Canfell.  The NSW State Lightning Championship will be held at Rooty Hill RSL Club on Saturday 28 November from 11am and will be followed by the AGM of the NSW Association at 2.30pm.

Kramnik wins Tal Memorial

Peter Parr  (SMH 16/11/09)

Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has won the Mikhail Tal Memorial in Moscow-one of the strongest tournaments of all time-scoring 3 wins and 6 draws. Magnus Carlsen and Vassily Ivanchuk who tied for second place were also undefeated. Eighteen-year-old Carlsen,the top seed,was unwell with a cold and drew his first seven games but recovered to win his last two  which was sufficient for him to rise to number 1 on the daily world active rating list yesterday. Here are two games from the event.

 M.Carlsen(2801) v R.Ponomariov 2739 B90  1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be3 e6 7 f3 (The English Attack in the Najdorf Sicilian leads to sharp tactical play) b5 8 Qd2 Nbd7(Former World Champion Ponomariov has played this variation many times) 9 g4 h6 10 0-0-0 Ne5(Bb7 is usual) 11 Qe1 Qc7 12 h4 b4 13 Nce2 Nc4 14 Nf4! Nxe3 15 Qxe3 Qb6 16 Bc4 Qc5? 17 Qb3 d5 18 exd5 Bd6 19 Nfxe6(19 Ndxe6 fxe6 20 Ng6 is probably even better) fxe6 20 dxe6 Be7 21 Qd3 0-0 22 Bb3 (better was g5) Rd8?(Bb7) 23 g5 Nh7 24 gxh6 Qh5 25 Qe4 Qxh6+ 26 Kb1 Ra7 27 Nf5 Rxd1+ 28 Rxd1 Qf6 29 Rd7 Bxd7 30 exd7+ Kf8 31 Qd5 1-0

 World Champion V.Anand 2788 v P.Svidler 2754 D85 Exchange Grunfeld 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. e4 Nb6 7. Be3 O-O 8. h3 e5 9. Nf3 exd4 10. Bxd4 Bxd4 11. Qxd4 Qe7 12. Qe3 Nc6 13. Bb5 Nb4 (TN) 14. Rc1 Be6 15. b3 a6 16. Be2 Nc6 17. O-O f6 18. Rfe1 Rad8 19. Bf1 Bf7 20. Nh2 Be6 21. f4 Nd4 22. f5 Bf7 23. Ng4 gxf5 24. Nh6+ Kh8 25. Qf2 fxe4? 26. Rxe4 Qd6 27. Rd1 c5 28. Nxf7+ Rxf7 29. b4 f5 30. bxc5 fxe4 31. Qxf7 Nf3+ 32. Qxf3 1-0

 Final scores (10 players, 2764 average rating, 9 rounds) V.Kramnik(RUS 2772) 6 (perf rating 2883),M.Carlsen(NOR 2801),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2739) 5.5,L.Aronian(ARM 2786), V.Anand(IND 2788) 5,B.Gelfand(ISR 2758) 4.5,R.Ponomariov(UKR 2739) 4,P.Svidler(RUS 2754) 3.5,P.Leko(HUN 2752),A.Morozevich(RUS 2750) 3. New top world live ratings M.Carlsen 2805.7,V.Topalov 2805.1,V.Anand 2789.7,V.Kramnik 2785.7,L.Aronian 2781.3.   The 20 player World Blitz(5 mins) Championship will be held in Moscow 16-18 November with 9 of the top 10 players competing. World no 21 Leinier Dominguez(CUB 2719) will be defending his world title. Oceania Champion GM David Smerdon(AUS 2525) plays a 2 game match next weekend 21-22 Nov against Leinier Dominguez in Siberia in a first round World Cup knockout match.

 The World Youth Championships in Antalya,Turkey has attracted 2600 people including 1375 players in 12 divisions from 87 countries. Progress scores of the fourteen Australians (total 19.5/42) after round 3 - U18 Open(23 rated above 2400)-E.Schon 1,U18 girls- A.Chibnall 1.5,T.Oliver 0.5,U16 Open-J.Tan 1,U16 girls-M.Webb-Liddle 1,U14 Open-Y.Yuan 2.5,U14 girls-E.Guo 2.5,L.Simmonds 1,U12 Open-B.Cheng 2.5, Ce Koh 0.5,U12 girls-Cl.Koh 1.5,J.Pretorius 1,U10 Open-C.Gray 0,U8 Open-A.Smirnov 3

 Leading final scores of the Fishers Ghost GP Weekender in Campbelltown(44 players,including 5 above 2000,7 rounds) FM J.Sales(2305)6,M.Illingworth(2214),G.Xie(2426)5.5,Y.Yuan(2129),J.Watson(1939),J.Bolens(2036),H.Rachmadi(1617) 5

 Tomek Rej,the top seed,leads the NSW State Championship after twice defeating Greg Canfell,the second seed and defending champion. Rej,Sales and Suttor have each dropped one point but Rej has played more games over the last seven weeks. Progress scores(6 players,10 rounds) FM T.Rej (2337) 6/7,FM J.Sales (2305) 3/4,V.Suttor (2183) 2/3,FM G.Canfell (2321)  4/7,K.Thapa(2075) 0.5/5,I.Ilic (1956) 0.5/6.Johny Bolens leads the supporting event with 6/7.  Leading scores in the Victorian State Championship after round 10 (12 players,11 rounds) GM D.Johansen(2477) 8.5,FM J.Morris(2194) 7,FM E.Levi(2242) 6.5. Ben Lazarus(2087) won the Queensland Championship scoring 7.5/8 with Bruce Williams (1884) in second place on 6.5 points.

Tal Memorial in Moscow

Peter Parr (SMH 09/11/09)

 Ten of the thirteen highest rated players in the world are competing in one of the strongest tournaments of all time - the Mikhail Tal Memorial in Moscow. All ten games in the first two rounds were drawn although Kramnik playing black in round 1 nearly beat the top seed eighteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen. World Champion Viswanathan Anand defeated five time Russian Champion Peter Svidler in an exchange Grunfeld in round 3 and Levon Aronian outplayed Peter Leko in a Semi-Slav. The most interesting game so far was won by former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik.

 A.Morozevich 2750 v V.Kramnik 2772 Rd 3 E32 Nimzo-Indian 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 0-0 5 a3 Bxc3+ 6 Qxc3 d5 7 Nf3 dxc4 8 Qxc4 b6 9 Bf4 Ba6 10 Qc2 Nbd7 11 e4 Bxf1 12 Kxf1 c5(new move) 13 Bd6 Re8 14 e5 Nd5 15 h4 cxd4 16 Ng5 f5 (a confident move) 17 Qc4 Qc8 18 Qxd4 Nc5 19 Rd1 Nb3 20 Qd3 Nc1 21 Qb5? Qc2! 22 Rxd5 a6! 23 Qxb6 Qc4+ 24 Kg1 exd5 25 g3 h6 26 Nf3 f4 27 g4 Qe4 28 Kg2 Nd3 29 Qb3 Qc4 30 Qb7? (The only move was 30 Qd1.Black now wins by tactics. Tal World Champion in 1960/1 was the best attacking player of all time) Nxf2 ! (decisive)31 Kxf2 Qc2+ 32 Kg1 Qd1+ 33 Kf2 Qxh1 34 e6 Rac8 35 Qf7+ Kh8 36 Bc5 Qc1 37 b4 Qc2+ 38 Kg1 Qe2 39 Nd4 Qxg4+ 40 Kf2 Qxh4+ 41 Ke2 f3+ 42 Kxf3 Rf8 43 Bxf8 Rc3+ 44 Kg2 Qg3+ 45 Kf1 Rc1+ 0-1 white is soon checkmated.  

Progress scores after round 3 (10 players,2764 average rating,9 rounds) World Champion V.Anand(IND 2788),V.Kramnik(RUS 2772),L.Aronian(ARM 2786) 2,R.Ponomariov(UKR 2739),M.Carlsen(NOR 2801),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2739),B.Gelfand(ISR 2758) 1.5,P.Svidler(RUS 2754),P.Leko(HUN 2752),A.Morozevich(RUS 2750) 1 

The World Youth Championships are being held in Antalya,Turkey 11-23 November. There are 28 in the Australian delegation - 7 in the six open age divisions from Under 8 to Under 18 and 7 in the similar girls age divisions with 14 accompanying persons.  Early registrations include 2241 (target 3500) from all delegations of which there are 1376 (target 2000) players. 

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA 2718) has won the World Junior U20  Championship on countback from GM S.Zhigalko(BLR 2646) each scoring 10.5/13 in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. GM M.Olszewski(POL 2544) was third on countback with 9 points. S.Guo-Yuthok(AUS 1966) scored 4.5 points. The World Girls (U20) was won by Swaminathan Soumya(IND 2297) on tie-break with 9.5/13. Emma Guo(AUS 1920) scored 6/13 - a good result - performance rating 2101,and Sarah Anton(AUS 1820) 3.5 points.  

The World Seniors resulted in a tie between GM Miso Cebalo(CRO 2500)winner on countback and GM J.Klovans(LAT 2408) each undefeated scoring 8.5/11. Ilija Ilic(NSW) scored 5.5 and Oleg Korenevski(QLD) 4.5 in the 170 player event.

 Oceania Champion Grandmaster David Smerdon(AUS 2525,world no 582) meets the reigning World Blitz (five minutes per game) Champion Leinier Dominguez (CUB 2719,world no 21) in his first round (two classical games) knock out match in the World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk in Siberia starting on 20 November. Nineteen countries entered the chess section of the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam. 295 players competed including 86 grandmasters with China the overall winners.

 Leading final scores in the Gosford Grand Prix weekender at Central Coast Leagues Club (32 players, 7 rounds) - Max Illingworth (2214,aged 16) 6.5, IM G.Xie (2426), A.Furst (1964) 5.5, J.Bolens (2036), P.Broekhuyse (2020), J.Chan (1969) 5. George Xie has won the Ford Memorial at Norths,Cammeray with a round to spare. There were no disputes in the annual lawyers match in Sydney directed by IA Morris Needleman. The Bench and Bar defeated The Solicitors 9-5 on 14 boards.

Azerbaijan Champions of Europe.

Peter Parr (SMH 02/11/09)

 Azerbaijan has won the European Team Championship in Novi Sad,Serbia. Dutch GM Daniel Stellwagen fought well for 69 moves to reach a drawn rook and pawn endgame against Vugar Gashimov(AZE) in the last game to finish. Move 70 was a mistake and Gashimov won the game,Azerbaijan won the match and the gold medals. 

 L.McShane (ENG 2615) v I.Cheparinov (BUL 2667) B21 1. e4 c5 2. d3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Be2 d6 6. O-O Nf6 7. Qe1 O-O 8. Qh4 c4 9. Kh1 cxd3 10. cxd3 Bg4 11. Nc3 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 Qb6 13. Bd1 Qa6 14. Rf3 Rfc8 15. Rh3 h5 16. f5 Ne5 17. Bg5 Kf8 18. fxg6 fxg6 19. Bb3 Nxd3 20. Rf3 1-0.  The best rating performances were P.Eljanov (UKR 2717) 2823,A.Morozevich(RUS 2750) 2820 and V.Gashimov(AZE 2740) 2813.

 Final match point scores after round 9 in countback order (38 countries) Azerbaijan 15/18 - gold ,Russia 14 - silver ,Ukraine 13 - bronze ,Armenia 13,Germany,Spain,Poland 12.  291 titled players including 139 grandmasters competed in the event.  Women (28 countries) Russia - 16/18 gold,Georgia - 16 silver, Ukraine - 12 bronze ,Azerbaijan 12. The best performance ratings were  IM N.Kosintseva(RUS 2665),GM A.Kosteniuk(RUS 2621),IM L.Javakhishvili(GEO 2599).

 Leading scores in the World Junior (U20) Championship in Puerto Madryn, Argentina - GM M.Vachiere-Lagrave (FRA 2718),GM S.Zhigalko( BLR 2646),GM E.Turrizaga(VEN 2605) 7/9. S.Guo-Yuthok (AUS 1966) has  scored 2.5 points.  World Girls - Emma Guo (AUS 1920) 4/9, Sarah Anton (AUS 1820) 3.5.

 Ilija Ilic (seeded 99) of NSW lost to Oleg Korenevski (seeded 127) of QLD in the fifth round of the World Seniors Championship (170 players) in Arco, Italy. GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky(RUS 2549) the top seed leads the event with 4.5/5,Korenevski has 2.5 and Ilic 1.5.   Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl (2417) performing well above his rating scored five wins and three draws (not paired in round 3) in the Arco, Italy International Open. Wohl's final score was 6.5/9 half a point behind first place.

 Top players on the November 2009 FIDE World rating List - V.Topalov BUL 2810, M.Carlsen NOR 2801,  V.Anand IND 2788, L.Aronian ARM 2784, V.Kramnik RUS 2772, B.Gelfand ISR 2753,P.Leko HUN 2752, A.Morozevich RUS 2750,T.Radjabov AZE 2748,A.Gashimov AZE 2748.  The average rating of the top 100 is 2688. Women- J.Polgar HUN 2680, H.Koneru IND 2595, Y.Hou CHN 2588.

 The average rating of the top 10 players from 135 countries - Russia 2726, Ukraine 2694, Israel 2648, China 2639,Azerbaijan 2639,USA 2636. Australia is 55th at 2443 and New Zealand is 75th at 2304. Leading Australians(601 on FIDE list)- GM Z.Zhao 2572 =(world N0.307), GM D.Smerdon 2525 =(world no 573), GM D.Johansen 2474 -3(World No.1018), IM A.Wohl 2457 +40, IM G.Xie 2437 =, IM S.Solomon 2427 +3,IM M.Chapman 2401 =. Women IM I.Berezina 2239, WM A.Caoili 2206, T.Nguyen 2108,WM B.Dekic 2091

 Progress scores in the Victorian Championship after round 7(12 players,11 rounds)GM D.Johansen(2477) 6.5,FM E.Levi(2242) 5,IM L.Sandler(2332) 4.5,FM J.Morris(2194) 4.5. Progress scores in the NSW Championship at Burwood (6 players, 10 rounds) FM T.Rej(2337) 5/6,FM J.Sales(2305) 3/4,V.Suttor(2183) 2/3,FM G.Canfell(2321) 3/5,K.Thapa(2075) 0.5/4,I.Ilic (1956) 0.5/6. There has been only one drawn game and thirteen decisive games from the fourteen games played so far in the NSW Championship.

  The next ACF Yulgilbar-Thinkbig Grand Prix Weekender Tournament is The Fisher's Ghost Open 7-8 November at Hurley Park Hall (SAT) and Collegians Club(SUN) in Campbelltown. The seven major prizes total $3000 in addition to ratings prizes for players of all standards. GM David Smerdon(ACT) leads the Grand Prix on 135.83 points ahead of IM S.Solomon(QLD) 100.10,and GM G.Jones(ENG) on 93.10 points.

Serbia Leads in Novi Sad

Peter Parr (SMH 26/10/09)

 The home team Serbia has taken the early lead in the European Team Championships in Novi Sad. Serbia,seeded 17th defeated Olympic Champions Armenia in round 3 after winning their first two matches. Russia,the top seeds were held to a 2-2 draw in the first round by Croatia. 23-year-old Vugar Gashimov is now ranked World no 7 on the daily updated World live rating list.Azerbaijan beat Germany 2.5-1.5 due to this win by Gashimov.

 GM G.Meier(GER 2664) v GM V.Gashimov(AZE 2740) A61 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 c5 4 d5 d6 5 Nc3 exd5 6 cxd5 g6 7 h3 Bg7 8 e4 0-0 9 Bd3 b5 10 Bxb5 Nxe4 11 Nxe4 Qa5+ 12 Nfd2 Qxb5 13 Nxd6 Qa6 14 N2c4 Nd7 15 0-0 Ne5 16 Nxc8 Raxc8 17 Nxe5 Bxe5 18 Re1 Rfe8 19 Bg5 Bd4 20 Rc1 Qd6 21 Qa4 Re5 22 Rxe5 Qxe5 23 Qd7 Rb8 24 Bh6 Qf6 25 Rc2 Rd8 26 Qc7 Rxd5 27 Re2 Rd8 28 Qxa7 g5 29 Qc7 Kh8 30 h4 gxh4 31 Bf4 Kg7 32 b3 Rd5 33 Kh1 Qf5 34 Qc6 Bf6 35 Re1 h6 36 a4 h3 37 a5 Bg5 38 Bg3 h5 39 Rg1 h4 40 Bh2 hxg2+ 41 Rxg2 h3 42 Rg3 Qe4+ 0-1    Leading match point scores after round 3 in countback order(38 countries) Serbia,Azerbaijan,Georgia,Israel 6,Russia,Netherlands 5. Women(28 countries) Georgia and Armenia 6

 84 players from 43 countries including 16 grandmasters and 14 IM's are competing in the World Junior(U20)in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA 2718) is the highest ranked player. Progress scores of the three Australians after round three. 77th seed Sherab Guo-Yuthok (1966) 0.  Girls(45 players from 31 countries)  Emma Guo (1920) 1.5, Sarah Anton (1820) 0.5.

 The Chigorin Memorial(264 players including 68 GM's)in St Petersburg was won by GM Sergey Volkov(RUS 2610) winning on countback in the five way tie for first place with each player scoring 7/9. Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl(2417) has scored 5 wins and 2 draws in the first 8 rounds(not paired in round 3) in the Arco Italy International Open. Wohl is half a point behind the two leaders GM E.Rozentalis(LTU 2603) and GM K.Arakhamia-Grant(SCO 2499) with one round to play.

 Leading scores after six rounds of the Victorian Championship in Melbourne(12 players,11 rounds) GM D.Johansen(2477) 5.5, FM E.Levi(2242) 5,IM L.Sandler(2332) and FM J.Morris(2194) 3.5.

FM Tomek Rej,the top seed,beat the defending champion and second seed FM Greg Canfell in the second round of the NSW Championship at Burwood. Third seed FM Jesse Sales defeated Rej in round 3. So You Think (chess patron Dato Tan and horse owner wins again in chess colours)the seven time winner Greg Canfell is in trouble until he wins the following brevity against the leader in round 4 - FM G.Canfell v FM J.Sales 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. Nc3 b5 4. d4 e6 5. d5 Bb7 6. Bg5 Nf6 7. dxe6 fxe6 8. e5 h6 9. Bd3 Qc7 10. Bg6+ Kd8 11. Bh4 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Qxe5+ 13. Ne4 Nc6 14. O-O-O 1-0 white wins more than one piece. 

Leading final scores in the Easts,Bondi Junction Winter Challenge (24 players,9 rounds) J.Bolens (2026) 8,Dr V.Zeldovich(1816) 7.5,B.Encel (1719) 7,G.Charles(2129)6. The nine round Easts Spring Challenge tournament starts tonight. Progress scores after round 7 of the Ford Memorial Open at Norths(89 players,9 rounds) IM G.Xie (2437) 6.5 ( 6 wins and a draw against Peter Lay the 1960! Australian Junior Champion),FM V.Smirnov(2383) 6,B.Atzmon-Simon(2179) 5.5     

 The 20 player Roche Memorial at Central Coast Leagues Club,Gosford was won by FM J.Curtis on 5.5/6,Z.Berry-Porter 5,J.Young 4. The seven round Gosford Open Grand Prix Weekender will be held on sat 31 Oct and sun 1 Nov over 7 rounds.

Wohl wins Munich Open

Peter Parr (SMH 19/10/09)

 Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl 2417 finished outright first in the 103 player Munich Open (GER). Wohl scored 7.5/9 winning six games and drawing with IM S.Bromberger (GER 2518), IM M.Fedorovsky (GER 2458) and IM A.Schenk (GER 2509) for an overall performance rating of 2605.   The 12 game World Championship Match between Champion Viswanathan Anand(India) and Challenger World no 1 Veselin Topalov will be held in Sofia,Bulgaria in April 2010. The bid from Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov of three million euros (AUD $4.837 million)was higher than bids from Singapore and Turkey.

 The European Team Championship(38 countries-men,28 countries-women) will take place October 21-31 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Russia (avg 2742) are top seeds led by A.Morozevich 2750, D.Jakovenko 2742, P.Svidler 2741 and A.Grischuk 2733. The next seeds are Azerbaijan (avg 2721), Armenia (avg 2703), Bulgaria (avg 2673) and Ukraine (avg 2670).Russia are also top seeds in the Women's Championship.

 Here are two games from the recent European Club Cup in Ohrid (MKD). M.Adams(ENG 2682) v G.Meins(GER 2484) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 Bg7 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Nxf3 Nf6 9. Qe2 Nd7 10. O-O Nf8 11. a3 Ne6 12. c3 O-O 13. Be3 Qb6 14. Rad1 Rad8 15. Nh2 Rd6 16. f4 f5 17. Nf3 Qb5 18. e5 Rd7 19. b4 b6 20. Qa2 1-0    V.Gashimov (AZE 2740) v S.Siebrecht (GER 2456) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 b5 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. Nf3 Bb7 8. O-O Nf6 9. e5 Nd5 10. Ng5 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Be7 12. Qh5 g6 13. Qh6 Bf8 14. Qh4 Be7 15. Qf4 Bxg5 16. Qxg5 Qc5 17. Qf6 Rg8 18. Bg5 Nc6 19. Be4 Rb8 20. Rfe1 Ne7 21. Bxb7 Rxb7 22. c4 bxc4 23. Rab1 Rb5 24. a4 Rb4 25. Rxb4 Qxb4 26. c3 Qa3 27. Rb1 d5 28. exd6 Qxd6 29. Qxe7+ Qxe7 30. Rb8+ Kd7 31. Rb7+ 1-0

 Jorge Cori(Peru) became the youngest grandmaster in the world last week at the age of 14 years and 2 months. Cori is the ninth youngest GM in history. Ray Robson(USA) also became a GM last week at the age of 14 years and 11 months and is the 17th youngest in history.  Leading final scores of The Australian Young Masters in Sydney :- A.Brown 7.5/9: B. Mandla 6: G. Nakauchi 5.5: A. Setiabudi and O.Wang 4.5  Junior Masters:-S.Hu 7.5/10: A.Cameron, N.Deen-Cowell and K.Tan 5.5.  Girls Masters:- A.Chibnall 7.5/10, S.Eustace and M.Setiabudi 6.5 

Fifteen-year-old John Papantoniou has retained his City of Sydney Junior(Under 18) title after a close finish in this year's tournament. The Under 15 title was won by Jonathan Ren.

The NSWJCL's Spring One-Day Tournament was won by Benjamin Encel. Leading final scores-Spring One-Day (160 players,9 rounds) Benjamin Encel 8,Anton Smirnov,Darwen Shi,Clive Ng 7.5. City of Sydney Under 18(15 players,8 rounds) John Papantoniou 6,Benjamin Encel,Adrian Miranda,Peng Yu Chen 5.5.  Under 15 (16 players,8 rounds) Jonathan Ren 6.5,Daniel Zhang,Joshua Lau 6. Under 12(30 players,11 rounds) Vincent Chen,Andrew Pan 10 (a play-off match will be held),Raymond Han 8.5 

Romanas Arlauskas has died in Glenelg,Adelaide at the age of 92. He played on board 6 for Lithuania in the unofficial Chess Olympiad in Munich 1936 and tied for first in the 1943 Lithuanian Championship in Vilnius. Arlauskas and many other Baltic chess players escaped to the West at the end of World War II before the advancing Soviet forces arrived, to avoid deportation to Siberia. He arrived in Fremantle in 1948 and won the South Australian Championship in 1949 and tied for first in 1968. He finished third (7.5/12) in the fourth World Correspondence Chess Championship 1962-1965 and was awarded the Correspondence Grandmaster title in 1965. Jurate Naujalis has set up a trust fund with the ACF for juniors to honour the  memory of her late husband Romanas Arlauskas.

Carlsen The King In Spring

Peter Parr (SMH 12/10/09)

Eighteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway outclassed the field finishing a massive 2.5 points above World no 1 Veselin Topalov in the Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing,China.

Carlsen's 80% score gave him a 3002 performance rating - one of the best in history.  M.Carlsen 2772 v D.Jakovenko 2742 Rd 10 D31 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Be7 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Bf4 c6 6 Qc2 Bd6 7 Bxd6 Qxd6 8 e3 Ne7 9 Bd3 b6 10 Nf3 Ba6 11 0-0 Bxd3 12 Qxd3 Nd7(New) 13 e4! 0-0 14 e5 Qe6 15 Rae1 Rfe8 16 Nh4 Ng6 17 Nxg6 Qxg6 18 Qd2 Nf8 19 f4 Qf5 20 Nd1 f6 21 Ne3 Qd7 22 Qd3 fxe5 23 dxe5 Ne6 24 f5 Nc5 25 Qd4 Ne4 26 Nxd5 Qxd5 27 Qxe4 Rad8 28 e6 Qxe4 29 Rxe4 Rd6 30 g4 Kf8 31 g5 Ke7 32 Kg2 Rd5 33 Kg3 Kd6 34 h4 c5 35 f6 gxf6 36 gxf6 Rd3+ 37 Kh2 Rd2+ 38 Kh1 1-0 


Final scores(6 players,2764 av,10 rounds,prize fund AUS $422,000) M.Carlsen(NOR 2772) 8,V.Topalov(BUL 2813) 5.5,Wang Yue (CHN 2736) 4.5,T.Radjabov(AZE 2757),P.Leko(HUN 2762),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2742) 4. Former Womens World Champion Xu Yuhua won the FIDE Womens Grand Prix event also in Nanjing. Leading final scores(12 players,11 rounds) Xu Yuhua (CHN 2485) 8,N.Dzagnidze(GEO 2535) 7.5,Zhao Xue (CHN 2542) 7


The 57 team European Club Cup in Ohrid(MKD)was won by top seeds Economist Saratov(RUS) with each of their eight players rated between 2658 and 2725. Peter Svidler(St Petersburg) had the best overall individual performance rating of 2920.   P.Svidler (RUS 2741) v S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2721) B07 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Nge2 e5 7. h3 Nc6 8. Be3 Nd7 9. f4 b5 10. a3 a6 11. O-O Bb7 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. f5 Nb6 14. Nd5 Nxd5 15. exd5 Na5 16. b3 Bc8 17. g4 Nb7 18. d6 cxd6 19. Nc3 Rb8 20. Nd5 gxf5 21. gxf5 Qh4 22. Bf2 Qg5 23. h4 Qd8 24. f6 1-0.   Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl 2417 has scored 7/8 (draws with IM S.Bromberger(GER 2518) and IM M.Fedorovsky(GER 2458)in the Munich Open(GER) and is one point ahead of the 103 player field with one game to play.


Leading final scores in the George Trundle Masters in Auckland (10 players,2332 av,9 rounds) GM G.Jones (ENG 2553) 7.5: GM D.Johansen (AUS 2477), IM S.Solomon (AUS 2424) 6: M.Steadman (NZL 2252) 5. International Master George Xie won the Ryde-Eastwood Open Grand Prix Weekender winning his first six games including wins over FM Bjelobrk 2358 and FM Smirnov 2335 and drawing in the final round with top seed GM Zong Zhao. GM David Smerdon lost in round 3 to Krishna Thapa (Nepal 2075). Leading final scores (71 players, 7 rounds) IM G.Xie (2426) 6.5: GM Z.Zhao (2574) 6: FM V.Smirnov (2335), CM M.Illingworth (2214), GM D.Smerdon (2535) 5.5.


The NSW Girls Championship(Under 18) has been won by twelve-year-old Caroline Shan. Two years ago Caroline won the NSW Girls Under 12 title and earlier this year became the Australian Girls Under 12 Champion. This year's NSW Under 12 title has been won by nine-year-old Kashish Christian,closely followed by Penelope Drastik of Wollongong. Young players also featured in the NSW Junior League's Spring Two-Day Tournament,which was won convincingly by Andrew Pan,aged 11.


Leading final scores NSW Girls(10 players,5 rounds):Caroline Shan 4.5,Clarise Koh 3.5. Under 12-Kashish Christian 8.5/9,Penelope Drastik 8. Spring two-day(142 players,11 rounds) Andrew Pan 11,Dawen Shi,Pasan Perera,Benjamin Encel,Raymond Han 8.5. The NSWJCL Spring One-Day tournament takes place today and the City of Sydney Junior Championships(in 3 age divisions,Under 18,15 and 12)will be held from Wednesday to Friday.For information see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills phone 9412 4579.

Carlsen well ahead in Nanjing

Peter Parr (SMH 5/10/09)

 Magnus Carlsen(aged 18) has taken a full two point lead with five rounds to play in Nanjing,China. All games in the tournament have been drawn except the four wins by Carlsen(now training with Kasparov). Carlsen has in the last few days overtaken Aronian and World Champion Anand in the World daily live ratings and is now in second place 12 rating points behind Topalov.

 M.Carlsen 2772 v V.Topalov 2813 E90 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. h3 Na6 7. Be3 e5 8. d5 c6 9. g4 Nc5 10. Nd2 a5 11. a3 Nfd7 12. Rg1 a4 13. Qc2 Nb6 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Kb1 cxd5 16. cxd5 Rc8 17. Bb5 Bxb5 18. Nxb5 Qd7 19. Nc3 Bf6 20. g5 Bd8 21. h4 Na8 22. Bxc5 Rxc5 23. Qxa4 Qc8 24. Rc1 ( Carlsen has strategically outplayed the World no 1) Nb6 25. Qd1 Qh3 26. Qf3 Qd7 27. Qd3 Kg7 28. Rc2 f6 29. gxf6+ Rxf6 30. h5 Rxf2 31. hxg6 h6 32. Nd1 Rxc2 33. Nxf2 Rc8 34. Ng4 Bg5 35. Nf3 Nc4 36. Nxg5 hxg5 37. Ne3 Nxe3 38. Qxe3 Qa4 39. Qxg5 Qxe4+ 40. Ka1 Re8 41. Rc1 1-0

 Progress scores after round 5 (6 players,2764 average,10 rounds) M.Carlsen(NOR 2772) 4.5,Wang Yue (CHN 2736) 2.5,T.Radjabov(AZE 2757) ,D.Jakovenko(RUS 2742),P.Leko(HUN 2762),V.Topalov(BUL 2813). Russia won the World Youth Under-16 Olympiad in Turkey,India was 2nd,Armenia 3rd,Georgia 4th. Australia did not send a team this year but New Zealand finished 20th.  

 Solomon Islands International in Honiara(10 players,9 rounds) leading final scores - CM S.Press (PNG 2076) 7.5: FM B.Jones (AUS 2065) 7: FM L.Jones (AUS 2117), K.Stead (AUS 2087), F.Aguilar (SOL) 6. Aguilar who started the event with 5/5 is the strongest player from The Solomon Islands and his first rating after this event should be above 1900.   The George Trundle Masters is in progress in Auckland(10 players, 2332 av,9 Rounds). Leading scores after eight rounds - GM G.Jones(ENG 2553) 6.5,IM S.Solomon(AUS 2424) 6,FM M.Steadman(NZL 2252),GM D.Johansen(AUS 2477) 5

 Phachara Wongwichit defeated the top seed GM David Smerdon in the third round of the Surfers Paradise Open. Wongwichit won the following spectacular game against Dr Vladimir Smirnov in round 4. P.Wongwichit 2055 v V.Smirnov 2335 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. d4 Nf6 5. e5 Ne4 6. Bd3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Bxc3 8. bxc3 Nxd2 9. Nxd2 Na5 10. Qg4 g6 11. O-O c5 12. c4 h5 13. Qf4 g5 14. Qe3 dxc4 15. Nxc4 cxd4 16. Qe4 Nc6 17. Nd6+ Ke7 18. f4 f5 19. fxg5 Qa5 20. Qh4 Qxe5 21. Nxf5+ Kd7 22. Rae1 Qc5 23. Ng7 Kc7 24. Rf7+ Kb8 25. Nxe6 Qd6 26. Qf4 Qxf4 27. Nxf4 Nd8 28. Rf6 Nc6 29. g6 Kc7 30. Nd5+ Kd8 31. g7 1-0 

Third seed Moulthun Ly beat Wongwichit to take the sole lead with 5/5 and GM Smerdon beat Ly in the final round. Leading final scores (42 players,6 rounds) P.Wongwichit(QLD 2055),GM D.Smerdon(ACT 2535),M.Ly(QLD 2308) 5,IM L.Sandler (VIC 2240),G.Lester(QLD 1857),J.Muller(QLD 1929) 4.5. World no 18 Alexei Shirov gave a 25 board simultaneous display at Surfers Paradise scoring 24 wins and one hard fought draw against ten-year-old Daniel Lapitan.

The NSW State Championship and the 10 player open supporting event started last Wednesday evening at Sydney Academy of Chess,Burwood. The game between FIDE Master Jesse Sales and Sydney Champion Vincent Suttor was postponed. The only other two entrants were FM Tomek Rej(2371) and seven time NSW Champion FM Greg Canfell(2328). Krishna Thapa(Nepal 2144) and veteran Ilija Ilic(2038) were promoted from the reserves to the title event which is now a six player double round robin. The promoted players both playing with the black pieces were no match for the top two seeds with Rej winning material in the early middlegame against Ilic and Canfell winning comfortably against Thapa..  

The NSW Junior League holiday events details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills,phone 9412 4579. An Open tournament over 7 Monday evenings commences on October 12 at Lakemba Services Memorial Club.

Kasparov too good for Karpov

Peter Parr (SMH 28/9/09)

 The twelve game match in Valencia,Spain commemorated the 25th anniversary of the start of the first Karpov v Kasparov World Championship Match in Moscow 1984. Kasparov won the rapid 3-1 and the blitz 6-2 for an overall winning score of 9-3. The first 3 games of the rapid follow. The score stood at 3.5-2.5 after 6 games but Kasparov won the next 5 consecutive blitz games. Karpov was World no 1 from 1975-1985 and Kasparov World no 1 from 1985-2005 when he retired from tournament play. 

 Karpov v Kasparov Rd 1 D72  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nb6 7. Ne2 c5 8. d5 O-O 9. O-O e6 10. Nbc3 Na6 11. h3 exd5 12. exd5 Nc4 13. b3 Nd6 14. Bf4 b6 15.Qd2 Bb7 16. Rad1 Nc7 17. g4 Qd7 (N) 18. a4 f5 19. g5 Rad8 20. Bg3 f4 21.Nxf4 Nf5 22. Nb5 Nxb5 23. axb5 Nd4 24. Ne6 0-1 time (after 24..Nxe6 25 dxe6 Qxd2 26 Rxd2 Rxd2)

 Kasparov v Karpov Rd 2 D31 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bxd6 Qxd6 8.e3 Ne7 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. Nge2 h6 (N)11. O-O O-O 12. a3 a5 13. Rad1 b6 14. e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Qb8 16. N2c3 Ba6 17. Bxa6 Rxa6 18. d5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 cxd5 20. Rxd5 Ra7 21.Qd2 Nc5 22. Nf6+!! gxf6 23. Qxh6 f5 24. Qg5+ Kh8 25. Qf6+ Kg8 26. Rxf5 Ne4 27.Qh4! Re8 28. Rh5 f5 1-0

 Karpov v Kasparov Rd 3  D72  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nb6 7. Ne2 c5 8. d5e6 9. O-O O-O 10. Nec3 Na6 11. a4 exd5 12. exd5 Nb4 13. Be3 Bd4 14. a5 Bxe3 15.axb6 Bd4 16. bxa7 Bf5 17. Na3 Rxa7 18. Ncb5 Rxa3 19. Rxa3 Bxb2 20. Re3 Qb6 21.Qe2 Bg7 22. Rd1 Bd7 23. Na3 Bd4 both players are very short of time 24. Re7 Ba4 25. Rc1 Qf6 26. Rxb7 Bb2 27. Rxc5! Bxa3 28. h4 Nd3 29. Ra5 Nc5 30. Rba7 Qd4 31. Qe3 Qxe3 32. fxe3 Bc1 33.Kf2 Nd3+34. Ke2 Bc2 35. d6 Re8 36. Ra8 1-0

 The Pearl Spring Super-GM 10 round tournament starts tonight in Nanjing,China. The 6 players (average rating 2764) - World no 1 V.Topalov(BUL 2813), no 4 M.Carlsen(NOR 2772),no 6 P.Leko(HUN 2762),no 7 T.Radjabov(AZE 2757),no 11 D.Jakovenko(RUS 2742) and no 15 Y.Wang(CHN 2736) are competing for a prize fund of 250,000 Euros(AUD $422,000).

Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl scored 5/7 just one point behind the winner GM Sebastian Siebrecht(Germany)in the 84 player Lausanne(SUI) Open. 

 Leading results from the first round of the George Trundle Masters in Auckland(10 players,av 2332,9 rounds) GM G.Jones(ENG 2553) 1  GM D.Johansen(AUS 2477)0 ,FM N.Croad(NZL 2285)0  IM S.Solomon(Australian Champion 2424) 1, M.Steadman (NZL 2252) 1 FM T.Reilly (AUS 2288) 0.  The unrated local player Fernando Aguilar has won his first five games in the Solomon Islands International in Honiara. FIDE Candidate Master Shaun Press(PNG 2076) is in second place on 4.5 followed by FM B.Jones(AUS 2065),FM L.Jones(AUS 2117) and K.Stead(AUS 2087)on 3.5/5 

 The FIDE rated Integra NSW State Championship and Open Reserves tournament organized by the NSW Chess Association were due to commence last week but will now start one week later on Wednesday evening 30 September at Sydney Academy of Chess,George Street,Burwood. Phone Brett Tindall 9745 1170.   The NSWCA is also organizing a category 4 Grand Prix Weekend tournament at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club 3-5 October. There will be seven rounds over 3 days with a prize fund of $3200 based on an entry of 70 players.

 The NSW Junior League's activities in the coming school holidays include a coaching clinic,one-day and two-day tournaments, the NSW Girls Championships and the City of Sydney Junior Championships. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills, phone 9412 4579

Canfell defends NSW Title

Peter Parr  (SMH 21/9/09)

 The Integra NSW State Championship and Open Reserves tournament start on Wednesday evening at The Sydney Academy of Chess,George St,Burwood. Tel: Brett Tindall 9745 1170. The title event is a 10 player round robin.  Greg Canfell will be defending his title. He has won the NSW State Championship seven times - 1996,1997,1998,2001,2006,2007 and 2008.Last year FM Canfell won the strongest NSW Championship ever held finishing half a point above the IM norm and ahead of IM Xie,FM Smirnov,FM Sales,GM Antic,IM Karolyi,FM Tindall,FM Bucher,FM Bjelobrk and new FM Rej.

 14-year-old Emma Guo of Canberra won the Blayney Open Grand Prix weekend tournament scoring five consecutive wins and conceding only one draw in the final round against veteran Romeo Capilitan. The top seeds were FM V.Smirnov 2335,FM B.Jones 2021,P.Broekhuyse 2020 and FM L.Jones 2007. Leading final scores (47 players,6 rounds) E.Guo(ACT 1800) 5.5,M.Ali(ACT 1717),R.Capilitan(NSW 1852),FM V.Smirnov(NSW 2335),A.Camer(NSW 1927),A.Setiabudi(ACT 1782),P.Broekhuyse(NSW 2020),F.Van Der Wal(NSW 1729) all 4.5.

 More than seventy players have so far entered the Surfers Paradise Open GP weekender 26-27 September at Gold Coast Convention Centre. Grandmaster David Smerdon is the top seed in the main event.  World no 18 and Super Grandmaster Alexei Shirov of Spain rated 2730 will be giving a lesson followed by a 25 board simultaneous exhibition at the Convention Centre on Sunday 27 September.    Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl seeded 17th has won his first three games in the Lausanne(SUI) Open. Wohl defeated IM Ilmar Starostits (LAT 2468) in round 3. Wohl intends to compete in the Australian Championship 2-13 Jan 2010 at Norths,Cammeray,Sydney.

 The following three exciting games were played last week in the Higher League of the 62nd Russian Championship in Ulan Ude.   A.Riazantsev 2646 v D.Kokarev 2630 E 90 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. Nf3 d6 6. h3 e5 7. d5 a5 8. g4 c6 9. Be3 a4 10. a3 Qa5 11. Nd2 Nbd7 12. Be2 Nc5 13. Kf1 cxd5 14. cxd5 Bd7 15. h4 b5 16. h5 Rfb8 17. g5 Ne8 18. hxg6 hxg6 19. Na2 Nc7 20. Kg2 N7a6 21. Rh4 f5 22. gxf6 Bxf6 23. Qh1 Qd8 24. Rh7 Rb7 25. Qh2 Be8 26. Rh1 Rg7 27. Rxg7+ Bxg7 28. Qh7+ Kf8 29. Bh6 Bxh6 30. Qxh6+ Ke7 31. Bg4 1-0

 D.Bocharov 2607 v  D.Khismatullin 2614 E47  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 c5 6. Nge2 d5 7. cxd5 cxd4 8. exd4 Nxd5 9. O-O Nc6 10. a3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Bd6 12. c4 b6 13. Bb2 Bb7 14. Rc1 Rc8 15. f4 Na5 16. d5 exd5 17. Ng3 Nxc4 18. Bxg7 Bc5+ 19. Kh1 Ne3 20. Qh5 Kxg7 21. Qxh7+ Kf6 22. Qh6+ Ke7 23. Rfe1 d4 24. Nf5+ Kd7 25. Rxc5 Bxg2+ 26. Kg1 Rxc5 27. Rxe3 dxe3 28. Qd6+ Kc8 29. Ba6+ Bb7 30. Ne7+ Qxe7 0-1

 A.Lastin 2648 v V.Potkin 2606 B93 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 e5 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. a4 Be7 9. Bc4 O-O 10. O-O Qb6+ 11. Kh1 exf4 12. a5 Qc7 13. Bd5 Ne5 14. Bxf4 Bg4 15. h3 Bh5 16. Qd4 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Qc8 18. Kh2 Ng6 19. Be3 Nxd5 20. Nxd5 Bd8 21. Bd2 Qxc2 22. Rac1 Qb3 23. f4 f5 24. Bc3 Bf6 25. Nxf6+ Rxf6 26. exf5 Ne7 27. Rg1 Nd5 28. Rg2 Kh8 29. Rcg1 Rg8 30. Bd2 Ne7 31. Rxg7 1-0    Leading final scores (57 players,10 rounds)-E.Tomashevsky(2688) 8,N.Vitiugov(2681),A.Riazantsev(2646),D.Khismatullin(2614) 7.5.

 Former World Champions Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov will play a 12 game match starting tomorrow in Valencia,Spain. Rapid games will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday and eight blitz games on Thursday. The event marks the 25th anniversary of their first world title match. The overall score of their five world title matches 1984-1990 was very close - Kasparov 73 v Karpov 71 from a total of 144 games.

Wohl Wins in Wiesbaden

Peter Parr  (SMH 14/9/09)

Australian Open Champion IM Aleksander Wohl outclassed the field in the Wiesbaden Open International in Germany conceding only half a point in round 5 to GM Thomas Luther who finished second. Wohl won every other game for a 2685 performance rating.

  Shane Dibley of Sydney becomes an International Master of Correspondence Chess this week at the ICCF Congress in Leeds,England. Dibley is a member of the current Australian Correspondence Chess Olympiad team. Dibley has won first prize of $900 in a crossboard tournament but last week said that he often blundered in time-trouble and he was more suited to correspondence games with ample time for each move. Dibley was the second of IM Wohl (2000 Oceania Champion) in the 2000 World Championship knock-out in New Delhi,India.

 Wohl was the second of World no 3 Levon Aronian in the Grand Slam Masters Final in Bilbao,Spain which finished yesterday.   Aronian lost to Grischuk in the first round, won the next four consecutive games and drew in the final round for an overall 2921 performance rating. Three points were awarded for a win,one point for a draw.

Final scores (4 players av 2740,6 rounds) L.Aronian(ARM 2773) 13 (4.5/6), S.Karjakin(UKR 2722) 8 (3/6),A.Grischuk(RUS 2733) 7 (3/6), A.Shirov(ESP 2730) 3 (1.5/6) 

 S.Karjakin 2722 v A.Grischuk 2733  C92 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. a3 h6 13. d5 Nb8 14. Nh2 Nbd7 15. Qf3 Qc8 16. Ndf1 c6 17. dxc6 Qxc6 18. Ng4 Re7 19. Ng3 d5 20. exd5 Nxd5 21. Nf5 Re6 22. Qg3 Kh8 23. Be3 h5 24. Rad1 Nxe3 25. Ngxe3 Rg6 26. Qh2 Rf6 27. Bd5 Qc8 28. Qg3 g6 29. Qg5 Bg7 30. Ne7 Qc7 31. Ng4 Rf4 32. Nh6 Rf8 33. Nxf7+ R4xf7 34. Nxg6+ Kh7 35. Qxh5+ Bh6 36. Bxf7 Rxf7 37. Rxd7 Rxd7 38. Nf8+ Kg7 39. Ne6+ 1-0

 The Women's World Team Championship in Yingbo,China resulted in a three-way tie for first place on 12/18 match points. China won on count-back 21.5,Russia 21,Ukraine 20.5.

116 players including 34 GM's from 17 countries played in the Kolkata(India) Open. The unassuming soft spoken GM Le Quang Liem(VIE 2602) was first with 8/10 half a point ahead of S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2721) and A.Filippov(UZB 2595).

 Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky 2688 leads the higher league of the 62nd Russian Championship(57 players including 44 GM's) with 7.5/10 in Ulan Ude,the Capital of the Republic of Buryatia. Here are two games from the event. I.Khairullin 2604 v D.Khismatullin 2614 D38  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Qa4+ Nc6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. e3 O-O 10. Be2 Be6 11. O-O a6 12. Rfc1 Bd6 13. Qd1 Ne7 14. Na4 b6 15. Nc3 g5 16. g3 Qg7 17. Qf1 f5 18. Bxa6 f4 19. exf4 Rxa6 20. Qxa6 gxf4 21. Qd3 Bf5 22. Qd2 Be4 23. Ne1 fxg3 24. hxg3 Bf4 25. Qe2 Bxg3 26. fxg3 Qxd4+ 27. Kh2 Rf2+ 28. Qxf2 Qxf2+ 29. Kh3 Qf1+ 0-1

 D.Bocharov 2607 v D.Kokarev 2630 E84 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. f3 d6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 a6 8. Qd2 Rb8 9. Rc1 Bd7 10. Nd1 e6 11. g3 b5 12. c5 dxc5 13. Rxc5 Re8 14. Bg2 Bf8 15. Rc1 e5 16. d5 Bb4 17. Ndc3 Na5 18. b3 c6 19. O-O cxd5 20. exd5 Nb7 21. Kh1 Rc8 22. g4 h5 23. Bg5 Qb6 24. Bxf6 Qxf6 25. Ne4 Qe7 26. Qh6 Rxc1 27. Rxc1 Nd6 28. N2g3 hxg4 29. Nh5 1-0

 Final scores in the FIDE rated City of Sydney Championship June-Sep (9 players,av 2049,8 games) Vincent Suttor (2183) undefeated 6.5,FM T.Rej(2316) 6,S.Siddiqi (1943) 5,A.Huynh(1916),S.Jurd(1923) 4.5,S.Kabir(2043) 3.5,G.McNamara(2043) 2.5,J.Watson(1974) 2,K.Thapa(2103) 1.5.

Experience 27.5 - Rising Stars 22.5

Peter Parr (SMH 7/9/09)

 The experienced team (rating av 2642) beat the rising stars team(rating av 2639) in a series of 10 matches on five boards in Amsterdam. Peter Svidler aged 33 and five times champion of Russia beat 21-year-old United States Champion Hikaru Nakamura in the following game from the final round.

  H.Nakamura 2710-v P.Svidler 2739 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 (Portisch-Parsonage Adelaide 1970) Nc6 4. d5 Ne5 5. e4 d6 6. Ne2 Bg7 7. Nec3 O-O 8. Be2 e6 9. f4 Ned7 10. O-O exd5 11. cxd5 Re8 12. Bf3 Nc5 13. Re1 h5 14. h3 b5 15. e5 dxe5 16. fxe5 Nfd7 17. e6 Ne5 18. Nxb5 Ncd3 19. exf7+ Kxf7 20. Rf1 Kg8 21. Be4 (better was 21.Nc3) Nxc1 22. Qxc1 c6 23. N5c3 Ba6 24. Re1 Ng4 25. Qd2 Qb6+ 26. Kh1 Nf2+ 27. Kh2 Nxe4 28. Nxe4 Rxe4 29. Rxe4 Qxb2 30. d6 Rd8 31. d7 Be5+ 32. g3 Rxd7 0-1. The oldest players L.Ljubojevic(58) scored 5.5/10 and A.Beliavsky(55) 5/10.

 Alexander Grischuk 2733,aged 25,won the Moscow blitz championship in Muzeon Park scoring 17/21. Grischuk has a classical style and was just too strong for the average 2650 GM in the event. Alexander Morozevich 2750 and Sergey Karjakin 2722 tied for second on 16.5 points. Karjakin has recently moved from Ukraine to Moscow.

 Top players on the September 2009 FIDE World Rating List - V.Topalov BUL 2813,V.Anand IND 2788,L.Aronian ARM 2773,M.Carlsen NOR 2772,V.Kramnik RUS 2772,P.Leko HUN 2762,T.Radjabov AZE 2757,V.Ivanchuk UKR 2756,B.Gelfand ISR 2756,A.Morozevich RUS 2750. Aronian advanced to third place and Ivanchuk was the biggest winner gaining 53. The average rating of the top 100 is 2689.

  Women- J.Polgar HUN 2687,H.Koneru IND 2595,Y.Hou CHN 2585(aged 15),X.Zhao CHN 2542,T.Kosintseva RUS 2536.There are 19 juniors above 2600. Leading average rating of the top 10 players from 144 countries - Russia 2728,Ukraine 2697,Israel 2651,USA 2642,China 2641,Azerbaijan 2641. Australia is 58th at 2441 and New Zealand is 70th at 2341

 Leading Australians(588 on FIDE list)- GM Z.Zhao 2572 -8(World no 289),GM D.Smerdon 2525 +23(World no 591),GM D.Johansen 2477 =(World no 990),IM G.Xie 2437 -2(World no 1458),IM S.Solomon 2424 -6,IM A.Wohl 2417 +30,FM I.Goldenberg 2404 =,IM M.Chapman 2401 =,IM G.Lane 2377 -2,FM T.Rej 2371 +24.

  Women IM I.Berezina 2239 -13, WM A.Caoili 2206 +7, WM L.Moylan 2108 =, T.Nguyen 2107 =, WM B.Dekic 2091 =, WM A.Jule 1945 +10. Eight-year-old Anton Smirnov of Sydney rated 1817 is the highest rated player on the World Rating List for players born in 2001 or later.

 For the Australian Chess Federation September 2009 rating period there were 112 Tournaments rated (88 Classic, 24 Rapid) and 10113 games of which 7404 were in the ACF Classic rating system and 2709 were in the ACF Rapid rating system. Top 10 men - GM Z.Zhao 2574 NSW,GM D.Smerdon ACT 2535,IM A.Wohl NSW 2479,GM D.Johansen VIC 2440,IM G.Xie NSW 2426,T.Tao SA 2386,  IM S.Solomon QLD 2370,FM I.Bjelobrk NSW 2358,FM I.Goldenberg VIC 2353,FM T.Rej NSW 2337. Seniors over 80 P.Viner NSW 1911,over 70 FM A.Flatow NSW 2128,over 60 IM M.Rujevic VIC 2245.

 Juniors U 20 J.Ikeda ACT 2310,U 16 E.Schon VIC 2171,U 14 and U 12 B.Cheng VIC 2163,U 10 A.Smirnov NSW 1668. Women - WM A.Caoili QLD 2186,G.Nguyen SA 2101,IM I.Berezina-Feldman NSW 2095,WM L.Moylan NSW 1994,WM B.Dekic 1947 NSW. Girls U20 WM A.Jule QLD 1819. The next ACF Grand Prix weekender will be held at Blayney(near Bathurst)Bowling Club 12-13 September.


Ivanchuk wins Armenian GP

Peter Parr (SMH 30/8/09)

 Vassily Mykhaylovych Ivanchuk aged 40 won the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Jermuk,Armenia. 11 of the 14 players were rated above 2700 and the undefeated Ivanchuk beat Vladimir Akopian(ARM 2712)with the black pieces in the exciting final round. Peter Leko lost his only game in the last round to Boris Gelfand. Leading final scores - V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2703) 8.5/13,L.Aronian(ARM 2768),B.Gelfand(ISR 2755) 8,R.Kasimdzhanov(UZB 2672),P.Leko(HUN 2756),E.Alekseev(RUS 2714) 7.5. 

Vladimir Kramnik won the World Champions 8 player,7 round Rapid tournament in Zurich.  Leading final scores V.Kramnik(RUS 2759) 5,V.Anand(IND 2788) 4.5,V.Topalov(BUL 2813),R.Ponomariov(UKR 2727) 4.   V.Kramnik (RUS 2759) v A.Karpov(RUS 2644) E05 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Bd6 11. Bg5 Nbd7 12. Nbd2 c5 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. Ne5 Bxg2 15. Nxd7 Qxd4 16. Kxg2 Rfd8 17. Nf3 1-0

Russia beat China 130.5 -119.5(men 72-53,women 58.5-66.5) in Sochi. The match (5 men and women per team) consisted of 5 classical games,10 rapid,10 blitz.Here is a classical game from the event.  V.Malakhov (RUS 2707) v Ni Hua (CHN 2701) D45 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. d4 d5 4. e3 a6 5. Bd2 e6 6. Qc2 Nbd7 7. Nc3 c5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. g4 h6 10. Bg2 Be7 11. h4 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Nxg4 13. Nxd5 O-O 14. Nf5 Bf6 15. Bb4 Re8 16. O-O-O a5 17. Nxf6+ Qxf6 18. Bc3 Nde5 19. Nd6 Rd8 20. Ne4 Rxd1+ 21. Rxd1 Qxh4 22. Qd2 Bf5 23. f4 Nc6 24. Nd6 Be6 25. Bxc6 bxc6 26. Qd4 f6 27. Qe4 Bxa2 28. Qg6 Rd8 29. b3 Bxb3 30. Rg1 Rxd6 31. Rxg4 Qh1+ 32. Kb2 Kf8 33. Rg1 Qf3 34. Qxg7+ Ke8 35. Kxb3 Qd5+ 36. Kb2 1-0

 IM Samy Shoker (EGY 2448) was the surprise winner of the 375 player Vienna Open. Shoker, seeded 15th,won his first 7 games and drew the last two to finish outright first above twelve grandmasters. Ilija Ilic of Sydney scored 4 points. 

The experienced team leads 22-18 with 10 games to play against the rising stars team in Amsterdam. 55-year-old Alexander Beliavsky of Slovenia is the highest ranked player in the world aged over 50.He was World Junior Champion in 1973. 21-year-old Hikaru Nakamura is the current United States Champion. He first won the USA Title in 2004 at the age of 16. Beliavsky reached a very strong position charging down the queenside but black broke through on the other flank with creative play.  

A.Beliavsky 2662 v H.Nakamura 2710 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. Nd2 Ne8 10. b4 f5 11. c5 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. Nc4 g5 14. a4 Ng6 15. Ba3 Rf7 16. a5 h5 17. b5 dxc5 18. b6 g4 19. bxc7 Rxc7 20. Nb5 g3 21. Nxc7 Nxe4 22. Ne6 Bxe6 23. dxe6 gxh2+ 24. Kxh2 Qh4+ 25. Kg1 Ng3 26. Bxc5 e4 27. Ra4 Rc8 28. Bxa7 b5 29. Rb4 bxc4 30. Bxc4 Qh1+ 31. Kf2 e3+ 32. Bxe3 fxe3+ 33. Kxe3 Nxf1+ 34.Bxf1 Qg1+ 0-1

 The 100 player Malaysian Open resulted in a tie for first place between 16-year-old GM Parimarjan Negi (Delhi,IND 2590)-the winner on tie-break  and IM Ronald Dableo(PHI 2417) each scoring 7/9. Negi is the second youngest grandmaster in history gaining the title more than 3 years ago at the age of 13. Victorians FM I.Goldenberg (AUS 2404)was 40th and D.Dragicevic(AUS 2251) was 42nd each scoring 5 points. The scores of the other Australians were S.O'Reilly(1925),P.Wongwichit(2032),FM B.Jones(2067),S.Grigg(1933),J.Tan(1979) all 3.5,E.Guo(1914) 3.

 The FIDE rated Ford Memorial started last Tuesday evening at Norths, Cammeray, Sydney with a record entry of 84 players including 10 rated above 1800. The top two seeds IM George Xie and FM Dr Vladimir Smirnov won their first round games.

England 26.5 Netherlands 23.5

Peter Parr  (SMH 24/8/09)

 England defeated Netherlands 26.5 - 23.5 in a series of 10 matches on 5 boards at the Staunton Memorial in London. England had taken the early lead but Netherlands fought back in round 8 leaving the score 20-20. England won round 9 by four games to one. Nigel Short(ENG 2684) scored 8/10 winning the match and he will be the new England no 1 on the September World Rating List. J.Smeets (NED 2632) with 6/10 was the top scorer in his team.  The Staunton GM event was won by J.Timman (NED 2569) on 7/9 followed by A.Cherniaev (RUS 2428) 6.5 and V.Korchnoi (SUI 2561)on 6 points. Korchnoi,the 2009 Champion of Switzerland,aged 78 played the most moves - 549.

 The Zurich(SUI)Chess Club,founded in 1809 is the oldest chess club in the world and celebrated its 200th birthday over the weekend at Zurich Main Station. Eight giants of the chessboard each played 25 games simultaneously on Saturday scoring a combined 161 wins,35 draws,4 losses for a 178.5-21.5 total from 200 games . Individual results out of 25 were Kasparov 23,Karpov 20.5,Spassky 19.5,Anand 23,Topalov 21.5,Kramnik 23.5,Korchnoi 22.5 and Ponomariov 25. Another group of eight champions Anand,Karpov,Kramnik,J.Polgar,Topalov,Khalifman, Ponomariov and Hug played yesterday in the round robin rapid event.

 China leads Russia 25.5 - 24.5 in Sochi,Russia. Russia leads the mens section 13-12 and China is ahead 13.5-11.5 in the womens. There have been five annual matches to date with China ahead 3-2.  Leading scores in the FIDE GP tournament in Jermuk, Armenia (14 players, av 2719, 13 rounds) V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2703),P.Leko(2756) 7.5 (both undefeated),L.Aronian(ARM 2768),E.Alekseev(RUS 2714),R.Kasimdzhanov(UZB 2672),B.Gelfand(ISR 2755) 7. These six players are all in contention for first place with one round to play.

 GM Zoltan Almasi 2684(winner on tie-break,now 7 time champion) and GM Ferenc Berkes 2647(2 time champion) shared first place in the Hungarian Championship in Szeged. Z.Almasi v R.Ruck 2561  B90  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3 Nbd7 9. Qd2 Qc7 10. a4 O-O 11. g4 d5 12. Nxd5 Nxd5 13. exd5 Bh4+ 14. Bf2 Bxf2+ 15. Qxf2 Qd6 16. O-O-O b5 17. axb5 Bb7 18. Kb1 Rfc8 19. Bd3 axb5 20. Bxb5 Nf6 21. Rd3 Ba6 22. Bxa6 Qxa6 23. Qe3 Rc4 24. Re1 Qa2+ 25. Kc1 Rac8 26. Re2 Nd7 27. d6 h6 28. Rd5 Rb4 29. Rxe5 Nxe5 30. Qxe5 Rbb8 31. d7 Rd8 32. Qxb8 Rxb8 33. Re8+ Kh7 34. Rxb8 1-0

 Vladislav Tkachiev 2650 won the French Championship in Nimes scoring 8.5/11 ahead of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2703 in second place on 8 points.  M.Vachier Lagrave v J.Degraeve 2559 B12 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Ne2 Nc6 5. c3 g6 6. h4 h5 7. Nf4 e6 8. Bd3 Qb6 9. O-O Bd7 10. Re1 a6 11. Nd2 cxd4 12. c4 dxc4 13. Nxc4 Qc7 14. Nd5 Qb8 15. Ndb6 Ra7 16. Bg5 Nh6 17. Qf3 Rh7 18. Rad1 Ng4 19. Qf4 Bc5 20. f3 Ne3 1-0 (White has many winning moves eg. Nxd7, Rxe3 and Nd6+)

 J.Le Roux 2485 v V.Tkachiev 2650 D73 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. Bg2 dxc4 6. Qa4+ Nfd7 7. Qxc4 Nc6 8.Bf4 O-O 9. Nbd2 Nb6 10. Qc1 Nxd4 11. Nxd4 Qxd4 12. Qxc7 Nd5 13. Bxd5 Qxd5 14.O-O Bh3 15. e4 Qh5 16. Rfe1 Rad8! 0-1 (White cannot stop the threat of Rxd2 followed by Qf3 mating).  The country of Moldova has included chess lessons conducted in all schools in its curriculum from 1 September.

 A lightning tournament will be held this evening at Lakemba Services Memorial Club,Sydney. The nine round World Rated Ford Memorial Open starts tomorrow evening at Norths,Cammeray,Sydney.

World Record in Iran

Peter Parr (SMH 17/8/09)

 Iranian Grandmaster Morteza Mahjoob has broken the Guinness World Record for simultaneous play(minimum 80% score) supervised by 55 arbiters in Tehran. Iran Vice-President Mohammad Aliabadi opened the 500 board exhibition at 10am last Thursday. Mahjoob scored 397 wins,90 draws and 13 losses (442/500  88.4%) finishing at 04.12 am on Friday morning. The previous record was held by GM Kiril Georgiev(Bulgaria) with 360 games over 14 hours

 The FIDE Grand Prix tournament is in progress in Jermuk,Armenia and is held in memory of former World Champion Tigran Petrosian(Armenia).  D.Jakovenko(2760) v G.Kamsky(2717) D15 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. d4 d5 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 g6 6. Bd3 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. Qb3 e6 9. e4 dxe4 10. Bxe4 Nbd7 11. Be3 Qc7 12. c5 Ng4 13. Bg5 e5 14. Be7 exd4 15. Na4 Qf4 16. Rfe1 Re8 17. Bd6 Be5? 18. Bc2 Re6 19. h3 Nxf2 20. Nxe5 Nxe5 21. Rf1 Nf3+? 22. Qxf3 Qxf3 23. gxf3 Nxh3+ 24. Kh1 Re2 25. Bd1 Nf2+ 26. Rxf2 Rxf2 27. Kg1 Rd2 28. Nb6 Ra7 29. Nc4 1-0   Leading scores(14 players,av 2719,13 rounds) L.Aronian(ARM 2768),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2703),R.Kasimdzhanov(UZB 2672),P.Leko(HUN 2756) all 4/6.

 The Staunton Memorial England-Netherlands Match in London stands at 20-20 after 8 of 10 rounds. Eighteen-year-old British Champion David Howell brilliantly sacrificed his queen in the following game in round 7.  D.Howell(ENG 2614) v I.Sokolov(NED 2655)   1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4 Bb4+ 5 c3 Bc5 6 Be3 Bb6 7 Qg4 g6 8 Nd2 Nge7 9 Qh4 Nxd4 10 cxd4 d5 11 Bg5 Bxd4 12 0-0-0 h6 13 exd5 hxg5 14 Qxd4 Rh4 15 Ne4 Bf5 16 f3 Bxe4 17 fxe4 Kf8 18 g3 Rh7 19 Bc4 Qd6 20 Rhf1 b5 21 Bxb5 Rxh2 22 Rf6 Qxg3 23 Rdf1 Rh7 24 Bc4 Ke8 25 Bb5+ Kf8 26 Bd7 Nc8 27 R6f3 Qh2 28 Qh8+!! Ke7 (28...Rxh8 29 Rxf7+ Kg8 30 Rf8+ Kg7 31 R1f7+ Kh6 32 Rxh8 mate) 29 Rxf7+  1-0.

  Nigel Short has scored 6/8 and may replace Michael Adams as England no 1 on the September rating list. N.Short (ENG 2684) v I.Sokolov (NED 2655) C 58 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Bd3 h6 9. Ne4 Nd5 10. O-O g6 11. Re1 Bg7 12. Bf1 O-O 13. d3 f5 14. Nc5 Qd6 15. Nb3 Nb7 16. g3 Be6 17. c4 Nb6 18. Qc2 Nd7 19. Nc3 a5 20. Na4 g5 21. Bd2 Bf7 22. Bc3 Rfe8 23. d4 e4 24. Rad1 Bg6 25. c5 Qc7 26. d5 cxd5 27. Rxd5 Bxc3 28. Qxc3 Ne5 29. Red1 f4 30. c6 Qxc6 31. Rxe5 1-0  Jan Timman (NED),the top seed,raced into the sole lead with 5/6 in the Staunton GM event but lost to Viktor the Terrible - 78-year-old Viktor Korchnoi(SWI) in round 7.

 Leading final scores in Zurich,Switzerland(272 players from 32 countries,128 titled,43 grandmasters) - A.Areshchenko(UKR 2651) and B.Avrukh(ISR 2641) 7.5/9. Australian Open Champion Aleks Wohl scored 6/9,one point behind the four joint winners,in the Arctic Challenge in Tromso,Norway. Australian Grandmaster David Smerdon won the 41 player Waikato Open scoring 5.5/6 in Hamilton,New Zealand.

  NSWCA Interclub Grade Match Under 1600 division final results - Parramatta 30.5/40(Andrew Pan 7/7),St George Saints 24.5/40 (Peng Yu Chen 8/10),Rooty Hill 19/40,Norths Grizzlies 18.5/40,Norths Bears 13/28,Manly and St George Dragons 12/28,Canterbury 6.5/28. A lightning tournament will be held tomorrow evening at Norths, Cammeray. This event will be followed by the FIDE rated Ford Memorial which will be held over 9 rounds commencing on Tuesday 25 August. The Australian Championship and supporting tournaments will also be held at Norths 2-13 January 2010.

Viktor The Terrible

Peter Parr  (SMH 10/8/09) 

 Viktor Korchnoi became the fiercest competitor in history after living through the World War 11 Siege of Leningrad 1941-1943. He is now aged 78 and is the most splendid example of gerontological achievement by winning the Championship of Switzerland again and is probably the oldest player ever to win a national championship title. Korchnoi is the strongest player never to become World Champion. He scored 50% from 304 games(60 wins,184 draws,60 losses) against 7 World Champions Botvinnik,Smyslov,Petrosian,Tal,Spassky,Fischer and Karpov in the period 1946-1992.

  He was a World Championship candidate ten times(1962-1991) and played two World Title matches against Karpov. The 1978 match stood at 5-5 and 21 draws but Korchnoi lost the final 32nd game. Korchnoi has also beaten World Champions Kasparov,Ponomariov and Topalov. He has to date competed in 17 Chess Olympiads - 6 times for the USSR 1960-1974 winning 6 gold medals and after defecting in 1976 he played on board 1 for Switzerland in 11 Olympiads 1978-2008. Korchnoi is by far the oldest among the world's elite players and is easily the strongest player for his age in chess history. Korchnoi (2561) is second seed in the Staunton Memorial which has just started in London.

 Eighteen-year-old GM David Howell (60 years younger than Korchnoi) won the British Championship and Under 21 and Under 18 titles in Torquay last week.

 R.Griffiths 2137 v D.Eggleston 2341  1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. f4 Qc7 8. Qf3 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. fxg5 hxg5 11. Bxg5 Qc5 12. Qe3 Ng4 13. Qd2 Bg7 14. Nf5 Bxc3 15. Qxc3 Qf2+ 16. Kd1 Rxh2 17. Bh4 Rxh4 18. Nxh4 Ne3+ 19. Kc1 Nxf1 20. Nf5 Nf6 21. Qf3 Qd2+ 0-1

 J.Hawkins 2325 v R.Palliser 2413 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. Nge2 O-O 9. O-O Ng4 10. Ng3 Qh4 11. h3 Nxf2 12. Rxf2 Qxg3 13. Bf4 Qh4 14. Nb5 a6 15. Nc7 Ra7 16. Bxd6 Bd4 17. Qd2 Nd7 18. Bxf8 Ne5 19. Raf1 Kxf8 20. Ne6+ Bxe6 21. dxe6 b6 22. Bc2 Kg7 23. Bb3 fxe6 24. Bxe6 Re7 25. Bd5 Nf3+ 0-1

 Leading final scores (76 players,11 rounds) GM D.Howell(2614) 9 (perf 2714),GM S.Williams(2527),GM M.Hebden(2468) 8.5,IM R.Palliser(2413) 8. Former Australian Champion IM Gary Lane(2379) was placed eleventh(perf 2418) on 7 points.

 Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl (2387) has scored 5/8 so far in the Arctic Challenge in Tromso,Norway. Australian no 2 GM David Smerdon (2502) beat New Zealand no 2 IM Puchen Wang(2465) 4-2 in a six game match winning games 1 and 6 with 4 draws at Auckland Grammar School last week.

 The following events have just finished in Mainz,Germany.  Levon Aronian (ARM 2754) had no trouble beating 19-year-old Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS 2628) 3-1 in the final of the World Rapid Play Championship. World Champion Viswanathan Anand (IND 2783) tied for third place with Arkadij Naiditsch (GER 2697).

 Azeri GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE 2717) won the 694 player two day rapid Ordix Open (172 titled including 60 GM) scoring a record breaking ten points from eleven games half a point ahead of A.Naiditsch (GER 2697), V.Akopian (ARM 2712) and V.Gashimov (AZE 2740) on 9.5 points.

 Hikaru Nakamura (USA 2710) beat Levon Aronian (ARM 2754) 3-0 in the final of the Chess 960 (the starting position is randomly set up,subject to certain rules) World Rapid Championship. Alexander Grischuk (RUS 2733) won the 263 player (106 titled including 50 GM's) Chess 960 Rapid tournament scoring 9.5/11. WIM Arianne Caoili (AUS 2199) scored 6 points.


Vachier-Lagrave wins Biel

Peter Parr  (SMH 3/8/09) 

 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave aged 18 scored two wins and eight draws to finish outright first in the Biel,Switzerland Super-Grandmaster tournament. He is now number 26 on the daily updated live world rating list.Maxime became a GM at the age of 14 years and 4 months. Morozevich played the most exciting games drawing only 3 times but losing from an excellent position against the winner in round eight. Caruana is only sixteen and beat his first grandmaster at the age of ten.

 V.Ivanchuk 2703 v A.Morozevich 2751 D24 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e3 a6 6. a4 b6 7. Bxc4 Bb7 8. O-O Bb4 9. Qb3 Nc6 10. Rd1 Bd6 11. Qc2 Nb4 12. Qe2 Ne4 13. Nxe4 Bxe4 14. Bd2 Bxf3 15. Qxf3 O-O 16. a5 c6 17. axb6 Qxb6 18. h4 a5 19. h5 Be7 20. Rdc1 Rfc8 21. b3 h6 22. Ra4 Nd5 23. e4 Bb4 24. exd5 Bxd2 25. dxe6 Bxc1 26. Qxf7+ Kh8 27. Bd3 Qd8 28. Qg6 Qg8 29. Rc4 Ba3 30. g3 Be7 31. d5 cxd5 32. Rf4 Bd6 33. Rf7 Rc7 34. Rd7 Be5 35. Qf5 Rxd7 36. exd7 Bc7 37. Bb5 Rf8 38. Qg6 Qf7 0-1

 Final scores(6 players,2716 average rating,10 rounds) M.Vachier-Lagrave(FRA 2703) 6,A.Morozevich(RUS 2751),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2703) 5.5,E.Alekseev(RUS 2714) 5,B.Gelfand(ISR 2755),F.Caruana(ITA 2670) 4.

 Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl (AUS 2387) had scored 5.5/8 in the 93 player Dutch Open in Dieren losing only to GM Friso Nijboer(NED 2552). Wohl needed to beat his fifth GM opponent rated over 2500 in the final round to achieve a GM norm(2600+). Wohl lost this vital tactical game to the top seed Sipke Ernst(NED 2598) and finished with a 2506 performance. GM E.L'Ami(NED 2593) was first on 7.5/9. GM A.Giri(NED 2518)aged 15 tied for second on 7 points. Wohl is seeded 23 in the 118 player Arctic Challenge in Tromso (Norway) 400km inside the Arctic Circle 1-9 August. Wohl won his first round game against Enzo Pieri of Italy. Tromso is bidding for the 2014 Chess Olympiad - The 2010 Olympiad is in Siberia.

 Grandmasters David Howell(2614),the top seed,and Gawain Jones(2554)seeded 3rd have taken the joint lead with 5/6 in the 76 player British Championship in Torquay. Howell played in his first British Championship nine years ago at the age of nine and became a GM at the age of 16 two years ago.  Former Australian Champion IM Gary Lane (AUS 2379) has scored 3.5 points.

 Grandmaster David Smerdon won the Australian National University Grand Prix Weekender in Canberra scoring five wins and two draws with Junta Ikeda and IM Andras Toth (HUN 2368).

Leading final scores (31 players, 7 rounds). GM D.Smerdon (ACT 2526) 6, J.Ikeda (ACT 2272) 5.5, M.Illingworth (NSW 2190), Z.Searle (SA 1746), FM E.Ambrus (ACT 2273), Y.Yuan (ACT 2199) 5. Smerdon now leads the Australian Grand Prix ahead of GM G.Jones(ENG) in second place. Australian no 2 Smerdon is playing a six game match against New Zealand no 2 IM Puchen Wang (NZL 2465) at Auckland Grammar School 1-6 August. Smerdon won the first game in 56 moves.

 The NSW Chess Association inter-club grade match competition saw 24 teams from 7 clubs competing in 3 divisions. There was no open or under 2000 rated divisions this year. Final scores Under 1800-  Norths Bear Cubs 26/40 (Harry Ruan 7.5/10),Norths Brown Bears 24.5,Norths Grizzlies 21 (Oscar Wang 6.5/8),St George Saints 20,Parramatta 16,Ryde-Eastwood 12.5. Under 1600 in progress - Parramatta leads. Under 1400- Rooty Hill 26.5/36(G.Smit and M.Banovic 7.5/9),Ryde-Eastwood Checks 26.5(G.Edwards 8/9,V.Chiara 7.5/9),St George Saints 21.5,Manly A 18,Parramatta Eels 17.5,Ryde-Eastwood Mates 17,St George Dragons 16.5,Norths 13.5,Parramatta Blues 12,Manly B 7. The Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club (Bondi Junction) Winter Challenge tournaments over 9 rounds on Monday evenings starts tonight.


Peng Yu Chen wins NSW Junior

Peter Parr (SMH 27/7/09) 

 The NSW Junior Championship produced a tie for first place after an exceptionally close tournament. Twelve-year-old Peng Yu Chen and seventeen-year-old Adrian Chau scored 7/9 half a point ahead of Jack Ruan and five players another half point away. A two-game play-off for the title was won 1.5-0.5 by Chen. The Under 12 division was dominated by girls,with 11-year-old Shirley Gu emerging a clear winner. Leading final scores: Under 18(48 players,9 rounds) - Peng Yu Chen and Adrian Chau 7,Jack Ruan 6.5,John Papantoniou,Harry Ruan,Sean Gu,Joshua Lau and Clive Ng 6;Under 12(36 players,10 rounds) - Shirley Gu 9,Clarise Koh and Vincent Chen 8,Cedric Koh 7. The World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad will be held in Akhisar,Turkey 24 September to 3 October.

 Australia's leading grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao won every game in the Coffs Harbour Open. David Lovejoy won the title of NSW Country Champion. Leading final scores (21 players, 7 rounds) GM Z.Zhao (2593) 7, D.Lovejoy (1839), M.Duffin(QLD 1549) 5, Dr S.Myers (1567), M.Canfell (1613), A.Stahnke (QLD) 1389 4.5.   Shan Siddiqi(1943) leads the City of Sydney Championship at Burwood with 4/4. The Rooty Hill RSL Open over 9 rounds on Monday evenings starts on 3rd August.  The 33 player Geelong Open weekender was jointly won by IM Leonid Sandler(2228) and Bobby Cheng(2130) each scoring 5/6 half a point ahead of L.Matheson (1989) and M.Lojanica (1974).

 A player claiming a draw by repetition of position (a) writes his/her move on the score sheet then (b) declares to the arbiter his/her intention to make this move (a major dispute in Leiden). The updated July 2009 FIDE Laws of Chess,Title and Rating regulations are now available at www.fide.com

 Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl seeded 15th finished 11th to 17th equal scoring 6/9 in the 117 player Leiden Open (Netherlands). IM B.Lalith (IND 2472) was the winner on 7.5 followed by GM Van Den Doel (NED 2590) and GM S.Savchenko (UKR 2526) on 7.   Wohl has scored 3.5/5(draws with GM Yuri Vovk(UKR 2567),GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov(RUS 2556) and GM Andrey Vovk(UKR 2506)in the 93 player Dutch Open in Dieren. Wohl(2387) has a good performance rating so far  but needs to increase it slightly to 2600 in the last four rounds for a Grandmaster Norm. The brilliant fifteen-year-old Grandmaster Anish Giri(NED 2518)leads the event with 5/5.  

 833 players have entered the British Championship and supporting tournaments which commence this afternoon in Torquay,Devon,England. Former Commonwealth and Australian Champion Gary Lane(AUS 2379) who lived in Paignton,Devon is seeded 18th with GM David Howell (ENG 2614) top seed.

 Alexander Morozevich took the early lead in Biel,Switzerland with 2/2. All six players are now within a half point of 50% with four rounds to play. A.Morozevich 2751 v E.Alekseev 2714 E32 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d5 7. cxd5 Ne4 8. Qc2 exd5 9. Bf4 Bf5 10. Qxc7 Qxc7 11. Bxc7 Rc8 12. Bf4 Rc2 13. f3 Nf6 14. g4 Bg6 15. h4 Rxb2 16. h5 Bc2 17. e3 Ba4 18. Rh2 Rb3 19. Ne2 Nbd7 20. g5 Ne8 21. Nc1 Rb6 22. Na2 Nf8 23. Nb4 Rd8 24. h6 Ne6 25. hxg7 Nxf4 26. exf4 Nxg7 27. Bd3 Ne6 28. f5 Nf4 29. f6 h5 30. Kf2 a5? 31. Kg3 Ng6 32. Rxh5 axb4 33. Rah1 bxa3 34. Rh7! 1-0      Leading scores (6 players, 2716 average rating, 10 rounds) V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2703) 3.5,M.Vachier-Lagrave(FRA 2703),E.Alekseev(RUS 2714),A.Morozevich(RUS 2751),F.Caruana(ITA 2670) all 3,B.Gelfand(ISR 2755) 2.5

Kramnik wins Dortmund

Peter Parr (SMH 20/7/09) 

 Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik after an inauspicious start with one win from his first seven games beat the early leader and top seed Magnus Carlsen in round 8 and won the following game in fine style in the final round.

 V.Kramnik 2759 v A.Naiditsch 2697  D37  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 Bb4 6. Bg5 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qa5 10. Bb5+ Bd7 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. Bxd7+ Nxd7 13. O-O a6 14. Rb1 Qc7 15. Qh5 Nc5 16. Rb4 Qe5 17. Qh6 new move Rc8 18. Nf3 Qxc3 19. Rd4 Ke7 20. e5 Nd7 21. Qh4 Rhg8 22. Kh1 b5 23. h3 Rc4 24. Rxd7+ Kxd7 25. Qxf6 Qd3 26. Qxf7+ Kc6 27. Qxe6+ Kb7 28. Re1 Rg6 29. Qf7+ Rc7 30. Qf4 Rc4 31. Qf8 Rc8 32. Qe7+ Rc7 33. Qh4 Qc4 34. Nd4 Qxa2 35. Qe4+ Kb6 36. Qe3 Kb7 37. Qf3+ Kb6 38. Nb3 Rc2?(better was 38...Qa3) 39. Qe3+ Kb7 40. e6 Rxf2 41. Qe4+ Kb6 42. Qd4+ 1-0

 Kramnik won the Dortmund Super GM event eight times previously and finished undefeated and a full point ahead this year. Leko beat Bacrot and drew his other nine games. Carlsen and Jakovenko each scored two wins, seven draws and one loss. Leko played only 274 moves compared to Jakovenko 470.  Final scores (6 players, average rating 2744, 10 rounds) V.Kramnik (RUS 2759) 6.5 - rating performance 2851, P.Leko (HUN 2756), M.Carlsen (NOR 2772), D.Jakovenko (RUS 2760) all 5.5, E.Bacrot (FRA 2721) 4, A.Naiditsch (GER 2697) 3.

 21-year-old United States Champion Hikaru Nakamura led the San Sebastian,Spain GM tournament for the first eight rounds but was caught in the final round by former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov. Nakamura won the blitz off 2-0. 58-year-old Anatoly Karpov(RUS 2644) World Champion 1975-1985 had his worst result ever finishing in last place on 1.5/9. The event was played in the same Town Hall where 22-year-old Jose Capablanca(Cuba)famously won the very strong 1911 event on 9.5/14 ahead of Rubinstein(Poland),Vidmar(Slovenia) 9,Marshall 8.5 etc. Marshall insisted that Capablanca be allowed to play although Bernstein and Nimzovich objected.

 M.Vachier-Lagrave 2703 v P.Svidler 2739 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall (first played in Capablanca-Marshall 1918 1-0) 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Re4 g5 16. Qf1 Qh5 17. Nd2 f5 18. Re1 f4 19. Bd1 f3 20. Ne4 Bh3 21. Qd3 Rae8 22. Bd2 Rxe4! 23. Qxe4 Bxg3 24. Bxf3 Bxh2+ 25. Kxh2 Bg4+ 26. Kg1 Bxf3 27. Qe6+ Kg7 28. Qe5+ Rf6 29. Qh2 Rh6 0-1

 Final scores(10 players,av 2682,9 rounds) H.Nakamura (USA 2710),R.Ponomariov (UKR 2727) 6.5,P.Svidler(RUS 2739) 5.5,R.Kasimdzhanov(UZB 2672,ex world champion),F.Vallejo Pons(ESP 2693) 5. Leading final scores in the Vins Du Medoc Open in France(65 players,9 rounds) GM T.Abergel(FRA 2497) 7.5,IM E.Fomichenko(RUS 2512) 7,Australian Open Champion IM A.Wohl(AUS 2376)6.5.

Wohl gained 6 rating points from the event.

 Benjamin Encel,who achieved his first major success last April in tying for first in the NSW Junior League's Autumn Two-Day Tournament,showed consistent form by finishing equal first in the League's two Winter Tournaments. Leading final scores One-Day(194 players,9 rounds) B.Encel,Hayden Van Rys 8,Vignesh Raman,Cedric Koh 7.5: Two-Day (143 players,12 rounds)- B.Encel,Jonathan Behne-Smith 10,Pasan Perera 9.5. The NSW Junior Championships are being played this week at Lidcombe. The under 18 division started yesterday and the under 12 will start on Wednesday. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills,phone 9412 4579.

Kramnik beats Carlsen

Peter Parr (SMH 13/7/09) 

Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik beat the top seed Magnus Carlsen in the following game to take the lead from Carlsen in the Dortmund,Germany Super GM Tournament. V.Kramnik 2759 v M.Carlsen 2772  Rd 8 D37 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 Be7 5 Bf4 0-0 6 e3 c5 7 dxc5 Bxc5 8 a3 Nc6 9 Qc2 Qa5 10 Rd1 Be7 11 Be2 dxc4 12 Bxc4 Nh5 13 0-0 Nxf4 14 exf4 g6 15 g3 Rd8 (new move) 16 Rxd8+ Qxd8 17 Rd1 Bd7 18 f5 gxf5 19 Qd2 Qb6 20 Qh6 Be8 21 Ng5 Bxg5 22 Qxg5+ Kf8 23 Qh6+ Kg8 24 Qg5+ Kf8 25 Rd6 Qc7? 26 Qh6+ Ke7 27 Qh4+ Kf8 28 Qh6+ Ke7 29 Nb5! (Decisive) Qa5 30 b4 Nxb4 31 Rxe6+ fxe6 32 Qxe6+ Kd8 33 Qf6+ Kc8 34 Qxf5+ Kd8 35 Qf6+ Kc8 36 axb4 1-0.

 A.Naiditsch 2697 v V.Kramnik 2759  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. c4 c6 9. Re1 Bf5 10. c5 Bc7 11. Nc3 Nd7 12. Qc2 Re8 13. Be3 h6 14. b4 Ndf6 15. h3 Qd7 16. Ne2 Bxh3 17. Ne5 Bxe5 18. dxe5 Rxe5 19. f3 Rae8 20. Bf4 Rh5 21. fxe4 dxe4 22. Bc4 Bxg2 23. Ng3 Bf3 24. Qb3 Rh4 25. Bd6 Qh3 26. Bxf7+ Kh7 27. Qb2 Ng4 0-1 (or 27..Qxg3+ 28 Bxg3 Rh1+ 29 Kf2 Ng4 mate)

 Kramnik has already won Dortmund eight times and is the sole leader this year with one round to play. Eighteen-year-old World No 3 Magnus Carlsen led the event undefeated for the first seven rounds. Peter Leko has scored one win and eight draws and Russia's top rated player World no 5 Dmitry Jakovenko is also only half a point behind Kramnik. Progress scores after round 9 (6 players,av rating 2744,10 rounds) V.Kramnik(RUS 2759) 5.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2772),P.Leko(HUN 2756),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2760) all 5,E.Bacrot(FRA 2721) 3.5,A.Naiditsch(GER 2697) 3.

 The City of Sydney Championship open to all players with ACF ratings 1800 + or FIDE 2000+ is being held at The Sydney Academy of Chess in Burwood. Shan Siddiqi 1943 is the early leader in the ten player round robin with 3/3 followed by Vincent Suttor 2183 on 2.5/3.  IM I.Berezina and J.Bolens tied for first(7.5/9) half a point ahead of G.Charles in the Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club Autumn tournament.A lightning event will be held this evening.

 This year's Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament was contested by 47 teams from 23 schools, including two teams from Newcastle. The Terrey Shaw Shield, was won by Knox Grammar School for the fourth time in five years. The Junior Division was a close battle with North Sydney Boys High finishing just ahead of Trinity Grammar. Leading final scores (7 rounds) Open Division (23 teams): Knox Grammar 17, North Sydney Boys High 15, Sydney Technical High 14.5; Junior Division (24 teams): North Sydney Boys High 15, Trinity Grammar 14.5, Sydney Boys High, Sydney Grammar and Newtown High 14.

 The NSW Junior League is conducting a one-day tournament this Wednesday and a two-day tournament on Thursday and Friday for players of all standards. The NSW Junior Championships will be held the following week and GM Ian Rogers will be present for post-game analysis with the players. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills, phone 9412 4579.

The 6th Coffs Harbour Catholic Club Open 7 round GP weekender incorporating the NSW Country Championship will be held 18-19 July.

 Grandmaster David Smerdon won his first five games in the Freytag Checkmate GP weekender in Adelaide and drew with Trevor Tao and 15-year-old IM James Morris in the last two rounds. GM Darryl Johansen scored 3 wins and four draws. Leading final scores (39 players,7 rounds) GM D.Smerdon (ACT 2526) 6,IM J.Morris(VIC 2089) 5.5,T.Tao(SA 2397),Y.Yuan(ACT 2199),GM D.Johansen(VIC 2459) all 5.

GM Gawain Jones Wins Gold Coast GP

Peter Parr (SMH 6/7/09) 

 English Grandmaster Gawain Jones has won the Gold Coast Open at Tweed Heads, Queensland. New Zealand IM Puchen Wang took the early lead with 5 out of 5 after defeating grandmaster Jones and David Smerdon (winner of the Oceania Zonal last week). Sydney junior Max Illingworth became the sole leader on 5.5/6 when he beat Wang in round 6.

 G.Jones 2560 v Moulthun Ly 2382 Rd 6   1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bd3 c5 7. O-O cxd4 8. Nb3 Nc6 9. Re1 O-O 10. Nbxd4 Nc5 11. Bf1 f6 12. Bf4 Qb6 13. c4 fxe5 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Bxe5 Ne4 16. Qc2 Bb7 17. Bd3 Rf5 18. Bg3 Raf8 19. Bxe4 dxe4 20. Ne5 Rxf2 21. Bxf2 Rxf2 22. Qb3 Qd4 23. Rad1 Rd2+ 24. Kh1 Qf2 25. Qh3 Bc8 26. Qg3 e3 27. Rxd2 Qxg3 28. Rd8+ Bxd8 29. hxg3 c5 30. Rxe3 Bf6 31. Nc6 Bd7 32. Nxa7 Bxb2 33. Rb3 Bd4 34. Nb5 e5 35. a4 e4 36. a5 e3 37. Nxd4 cxd4 38. Kg1 1-0

 Gawain Jones outplayed Illingworth in the final round winning the game and the tournament. Wang drew with Australian Champion Stephen Solomon in round 7. Fifteen-year-old James Morris of Melbourne who gained the IM title last week in the Zonal tournament won 5 games but lost to Jones and Solomon. 51 players competed in the main event and 67 in supporting tournaments.

 Leading final scores (7 rounds)- GM G.Jones (ENG 2560) 6, IM P.Wang (NZL 2361), IM D.Smerdon (ACT 2526), IM S.Solomon (AUS 2379), M.Illingworth (AUS 2190) 5.5. Progress scores in the Freytag Checkmate Open in Adelaide - IM D.Smerdon(ACT)and IM M.Chapman (SA) 4/4,FM J.Morris(VIC) 3.5.

 The NSW Junior Chess League's activities in the coming school holidays will include a coaching clinic on Monday 13 July, one-day and two-day tournaments later that week and the NSW Junior Championships in the following week. The coaching clinic caters for young players of different levels and includes a class for beginners who do not yet know the moves. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact Richard Gastineau-Hills, phone 9412 4579.

 Top players on the July 2009 FIDE World Rating List - V.Topalov(BUL 2813),V.Anand(IND 2788),M.Carlsen(NOR 2772),L.Aronian(ARM 2768),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2760),V.Kramnik(RUS 2759),P.Leko(HUN 2756),T.Radjabov(AZE 2756),B.Gelfand(ISR 2755),A.Morozevich(RUS 2751). Women- J.Polgar(HUN 2687),H.Koneru(IND 2623),Y.Hou(CHN 2584),X.Zhao(CHN 2544),A.Muzychuk(SLO 2542).

 Leading average top 10 players from 152 countries - Russia 2727 (191 GM,459 IM,1906 titled,11547 rated), Ukraine 2688,Israel 2648,China 2643,Azerbaijan 2642,USA 2641. Australia is ranked 58th (+2) at 2435 (3 GM,17 IM,77 titled, 578 rated) and New Zealand 71st at 2343(1 GM,6 IM,28 titled,188 rated). Top 10 Australians - GM Z.Zhao 2580 -3 (World no 254) ,IM D.Smerdon 2502 +13(World no 759),GM D.Johansen 2477 +25(World no 992),IM G.Xie 2439 +37 (World no 1435),IM S.Solomon 2430 -25,FM I.Goldenberg 2404 -6, IM M.Chapman 2401 =,IM A.Wohl 2387 +11,IM G.Lane 2379 +8,FM E.Ambrus 2348 -27,  Women WM A.Caoili 2199,WM L.Moylan 2108,T.Nguyen 2107,WM B.Dekic 2091,WM A.Jule 1935.

 The top 100 players from Russia are rated between 2760 and 2518 and the average age of their top ten players is 29 (World 31,Australia 39). The FIDE rating list from 1 July is now from 1200 upwards. Progress scores after 3 rounds in Dortmund,Germany(6 players,av rating 2744,10 rounds) M.Carlsen(aged 18,NOR 2772) 2, V.Kramnik(RUS 2759),P.Leko(HUN 2756),E.Bacrot(FRA 2721),D.Jakovenko(RUS no 1, 2760) all 1.5, A.Naiditsch(GER 2697) 1.   Former World Champion Garry Kasparov meets US President Barack Obama in Moscow tomorrow.

Smerdon and Caoili Win Zonals        

Peter Parr (SMH 29/6/09) 

David Smerdon(24)and Arianne Caoili(22) have won the Oceania Zonal tournaments last week at the Gold Coast,Queensland and qualify for the  World Cup 2009/10 to be held in Russia. Smerdon who completed his requirements for the grandmaster title 3 weeks ago and IWM Caoili both played aggressively each winning 7 out of 9 games. The top seeds GM Zong Zhao and IM Irina Berezina both played solidly and were undefeated but Zhao won only 4 games and Berezina 5.  Fifteen-year-old James Morris of Melbourne for the purpose of IM norms(2450+) performed above 2500! against a very strong field. Morris has steadily increased his rating over the last 7 years but this result shows a vast improvement on all his previous results. Igor Bjelobrk was equal leader on 6/7 but faltered,twelve-year-old Bobby Cheng's result is very impressive for his age,Michael Steadman(also 6.5) won his last 5 games(pr 2180).Tomek Rej 6 points scored a double IM norm(2450+perf rating).

 P.Garbett 2319 v D.Smerdon 2489 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. c3 c5 7. Bd3 Nc6 8.O-O a5 9. Re1 cxd4 10. cxd4 g5 11. Nb1 g4 12. Nfd2 h5 13. Nc3 Nxd4 14. Qa4 Nc6 15. Nb3 d4 16. Nxd4 Nc5 17. Nxc6 bxc6 0-1.  J.Morris 2114 v G.Lane 2371 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8.Be3 h6 9. h3 c6 10. Qd2 Kh7 11. Rfd1 Qe7 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Rac1 Nc5 14. Qc2 Nh5 15. b4 Ne6 16. c5 Nef4 17. Bf1 f5 18. Rd6 Nf6 19. Bxf4 exf4 20. Re1 Qc7 21. e5 Ne8 22. Rdd1 Qf7 23. Ne2 g5 24. Ned4 Nc7 25. e6 Nxe6 26. Nxf5 Kh8 27.Nd6 Qc7 28. Bc4 1-0

 Eleven of the thirteen players aged over 35 who are IM's or FM's all lost rating points (IM G.West and FM Levi were the exceptions each gaining 6). Leading final scores in countback order (73 players including 24 FIDE titled,9 rounds) IM D.Smerdon(AUS 2489) 7.5,FM J.Morris(AUS 2114),GM Z.Zhao(AUS 2583),FM I.Bjelobrk(AUS 2332),Australian Champion IM S.Solomon(AUS 2455),B.Cheng(AUS 2103),M.Steadman(NZL 2262) all 6.5

Women's leading final scores(18 players including 6 FIDE Titled players,9 rounds) WIM A.Caoili(AUS 2172) 8,IM I.Berezina (AUS 2252) 7,WFM S.Maroroa(NZL 1894)6 V.Reid(AUS 1837) 5.5.   The following international titles will be awarded from the 2009 Oceania Zonal(subject to confirmation from FIDE) IM J.Morris,FM B.Cheng,FM M.Steadman. Women - WIM S.Maroroa,WFM V.Reid,WFM E.Guo.Seven  Australians(Zhao,Smerdon,Feldman,Berezina,Chapman,Rujevic,Morris) have been awarded the IM Title from Zonals since the formation of the Oceania sub-zone 10 years ago. There is no FIDE requirement to attain a 2400  rating or to score any IM norms(2450+) in zonals for the IM title nor any minimum rating requirements for any other title.

 Leading scores after round 4 of the Gold Coast Grand Prix weekender (118 Players in 3 divisions) - Open - IM P.Wang(NZL 2361) 4,IM G.Xie(NSW 2460),IM D.Smerdon(ACT 2526),M.Illingworth(NSW 2190) 3.5. GM Gawain Jones(ENG 2560) the top seed lost to Puchen Wang in round 4. The next GP weekender is the Freytag Checkmate Open(7 rounds,prize fund $6500) 4-5 July in Adelaide.  The annual Secondary Schools One-Day Teams Tournament for the Terrey Shaw Shield will be held on Sunday 5th July. The event commemorates IM Terrey Shaw,a Sydney barrister who represented Australia with distinction at nine consecutive Olympiads and who died in 1997. For details see the NSW Junior League website www.nswjcl.org.au or phone Richard Gastineau-Hills 9412 4579

 Vassily Ivanchuk in a welcome return to form won the King's tournament in Bazna,Romania.  V.Ivanchuk 2746 v L.Nisipeanu 2675 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be3 Be7 7. f4 O-O 8.Qf3 e5 9. Nf5 Bxf5 10. exf5 Nbd7 11. Bc4 Rc8 12. Bb3 d5 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14.Qxd5 exf4 15. Bxf4 Bb4+ 16. c3 Qe7+ 17. Kf1 Rc5 18. Re1 Qh4 19. Qe4 Ba5 20.Bd6 Qxe4 21. Rxe4 Rxf5+ 22. Ke2 Nc5 23. Re3 Rc8 24. g4 1-0 Final scores (6 players,av 2729,10 rounds) V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2746) 7,B.Gelfand(ISR 2733) 6,T.Radjabov(AZE 2756),A.Shirov(ESP 2745) 5.5,G.Kamsky(USA 2720),L.Nisipeanu(ROU 2675) 3

Zong Zhao top seed in Zonal

Peter Parr (SMH 22/6/09)

 Australia's leading grandmaster Zong Yuan Zhao is top seed in the World Championship Zonal Tournament in the Gold Coast,Queensland.

Rd 2 CM M.Illingworth(AUS 2243) v GM Z.Zhao(AUS 2583) 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4 Nf6 3 Nc3 Nc6 4 g3 d5 5 cxd5 Nxd5 6 Bg2 Nc7 7 0-0 e5 8 a3 Bd7 9 e3 Ne6 10 Re1 Be7 11 d4 exd4 12 exd4 cxd4 13 Nd5 a5 14 Nxe7 Qxe7 15 Ng5 0-0 16 f4? h6 17 Nxe6 fxe6 18 Bxc6 Bxc6 19 Qxd4 Qf7 20 Qe5 Rad8 21 Qxa5 e5! 22 Qc5 Qb3 23 Rf1 Rd3 24 Bd2 Rxd2 0-1.

  The top 15 seeds all won their first round games. Eugene Schon(AUS 2186) beat 5th seed FM Endre Ambrus(AUS 2375) and  Jason Chan(AUS 2056) defeated 13th seed IM Vladimir Feldman(AUS 2298)in the two upsets in the second round. Leading scores after round two (73 players from 6 countries including 24 FIDE titled players-1 GM,8 IM,1 WIM,10 FM,1 WFM,3 CM,9 rounds) Zhao,Smerdon,Solomon,Lane,West,Ly,Canfell,Garbett,Rujevic,Smith all 2. International Master Irina Berezina (AUS 2252) the top seed in the women's zonal drew with Vaness Reid(AUS 1837) and has 1.5/2. Leading scores(17 players from 3 countries including 6 FIDE Titled players - 1 IM,1 WIM,3 WFM,1 WCM) - WIM A.Caoili(AUS 2172),WFM S.Maroroa(NZL 1894),S.Anton(AUS 1718) 2.

 The zonal tournaments are organized by former ACF President Graeme Gardiner(Gold Coast,QLD). GM Ian Rogers(AUS 2545) who scored 100% in the Mohd Badshah Memorial in Fiji last month provides live commentary. FIDE General Secretary Iganatius Leong(SIN),Oceania Zone President Gary Bekker(AUS),A.Rosario(AUS,The Closet GM) who is blogging daily,GM G.Jones(ENG 2550) and World no 4 Armenian GM L.Aronian (last 7 weeks in Australia) are at the event.

 The Yulgilbar Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix 2009 has reached the half-way stage with 25 out of 49 events completed. Leading scores GM G.Jones(ENG) 63.10,IM S.Solomon(QLD) 42.6,IM D.Smerdon(ACT) 40.60,FM E.Teichmann(ENG 40.00),IM G.Xie(NSW) 38.52,GM D.Johansen(VIC) 30.10. Leaders in the other divisions are Women and Girls E.Guo(ACT),Under 2000 and Junior E.Schon(ACT) Under 1600 A.Chibnall(ACT). The 26th event in the series is the Gold Coast Open 27-28 June at the same venue as the Zonal Tournament which finishes on 26 June. 80 early entries have been received so far competing for a prize fund of $6000.

 The City of Sydney Championship organized by the NSW Chess Association commences on Wednesday evening 24 June at Level 1,30A George St,Burwood. The 7 round event is for players rated ACF 1800+ or FIDE 2000+ and will be rated by the ACF and the World Chess Federation. 

 Australia had two representatives at the 10th Asean Age Group Championships in Hue City,Vietnam. Ethan Lim scored 4.5/9 in the under 8 open division and Denise Lim scored 3/9 in the Under 10 Girls Section.

 The King's Tournament in Bazna (the heart of Transylvania), Romania is category 20 (average rating 2729). Six of the world's best players are competing in the double-round robin. B.Gelfand 2733 v L.Nisipeanu 2675 E97 Kings Indian Classical  1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. e4 Nf6 5. Nc3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 a5 11. bxa5 f5 12. Nd2 Nf6 13. c5 Rxa5 14. Nb3 Ra8 15. f3 f4 16. a4 g5 17. Ba3 h5 18. a5 Ng6 19. cxd6 cxd6 20. Na4 g4 21. Nb6 Nxe4 22. fxe4 (if 22 Nxa8 Nf2! 23 Kxf2 Qh4+ wins) f3 23. Rf1 Nf4 24. Bxf3 gxf3 25. Rxf3 Bg4 26. Nxa8 Qxa8 27. Bxd6 Rf7 28. Qf1 Qd8 29. Bc5 Bf8 30. Rf2 Qh4 31. Kh1 Ne2 32. Rxf7 Ng3+ 33. Kg1 Bxc5+ 34. Nxc5 Ne2+ 35. Qxe2 Bxe2 36. Rf2 1-0

 Progress scores after round 6 - V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2746) 4.5,B.Gelfand (ISR 2733) 4,A.Shirov(ESP 2745) 3.5,T.Radjabov(AZE 2756) 3,G.Kamsky(USA 2720),L.Nisipeanu (ROU 2675) 1.5

Grandmaster Title for Smerdon

Peter Parr  (SMH 15/6/09)

 David Smerdon won the Integra NSW Open at Parramatta gaining more than the seven rating points he required to reach 2500 and the grandmaster title. Smerdon aged 24 had earlier achieved his International Master Title in the Gold Coast Zonal in 1999 and 4 Grandmaster results 2006-2009. Smerdon is Australia's fourth grandmaster(on the July 2009 FIDE rating list) after I.Rogers,D.Johansen and Z.Zhao. 

 Leading final scores (59 players,7 rounds) IM D.Smerdon 6.5 ($1250),IM G.Lane,FM I.Bjelobrk,FM G.Canfell 5.5. Herman Rachmadi won the 65 player under 1600 rated supporting event scoring 6.5/7 ($750).

  Leading final scores in the Victorian Open in Melbourne(94 players,7 rounds) IM M.Rujevic (VIC 2223) and FM E.Teichmann (ENG 2296) 6,D.Dragicevic(VIC 2166),GM G.Jones(ENG 2560),IM S.Solomon(QLD 2379),FM I.Goldenberg(VIC 2384),IM G.West(VIC 2292) 5.5. Grandmaster Gawain Jones,the top seed  lost to Eddie Levi in round 4 and drew with Mirko Rujevic in the final round. M.Lojanica 1974 v GM G.Jones 2560 (B78) 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. O-O-O Rb8 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. h4 Qa5 13. Nb1 Nxe4 0-1

 The Oceania World Championship Zonal Tournament for Men and Women will be held at the Outrigger Twin Towers Resort,Tweed heads,Gold Coast 20-26 June. The winner of the nine round events with players from Australia,Fiji,New Zealand,Palau,Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands advance to the next stage of the World Championship. The top seeds from 60 early entries are:- men GM Z.Zhao(AUS 2583),IM D.Smerdon(AUS 2489),IM S.Solomon(AUS 2455),IM G.Xie(NSW 2402),FM E.Ambrus(AUS 2375) women-(16 entries to date) IM I.Berezina (AUS 2252),WIM A.Caoili(AUS 2172),WCM J.Gao(NZL) 1907.

 Meanwhile overseas Australian Open Champion IM Aleks Wohl(AUS 2376)was seeded no 12 in the Hamburg,Germany International.Wohl was joint leader with one game to play. GM Mircea Parligras(ROU 2586) defeated Wohl in the final round. IM J.Bosch(NED 2429) and GM S.Siebrecht(GER 2433) won the event with 6.5/9,Wohl was 6th-10th on 5.5 points(pr 2463). 

 The tenth Karpov tournament in Poikovsky,Western Siberia was won by former Russian Champion Alexander Motylev aged 29. Here are two games from the event.  E.Sutovsky (2660) v  E.Inarkiev (2676) C42  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. Re1 Bg4 9. c4 Nf6 10. Nc3 Nxd4 11. cxd5 Bxf3 12. gxf3 c5 13. d6 Qxd6 14. Nb5 Qd7 15. Nxd4 cxd4 16. Qe2 Kf8 17. Bb5 Qd8 18. Qd3 h5 19. Bg5 Qd5 20. f4 Bd8 21. Qa3+ Kg8 22. Re5! 1-0

 A.Motylev (2677) v  A.Shirov (2745) C48  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Nd4 5. Bc4 d6 6. Nxd4 exd4 7. Nd5 Nd7 8. O-O g6 9. c3 Bg7 10. cxd4 Bxd4 11. d3 c6 12. Ne3 O-O 13. Kh1 Nc5 14. f4 d5 15. exd5 cxd5 16. Bb3 Re8 17. Qf3 Nxd3 18. f5 Kh8 19. fxg6 fxg6 20. Qd1 Bxe3 21. Qxd3 d4 22. Bxe3 Rxe3 23. Rf8+ Kg7 24. Rg8+! 1-0

 Leading final scores (10 players,av 2694) A.Motylev(2677) 7/9(pr 2914),V.Gashimov(2730) 6. Top seed A.Shirov(2745) was in last place on 2/9. World Champion Anand defeated Leko (+2 =6) in an 8 game rapid match in Miskolc,Hungary.

 Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield of Saint Louis,sponsors of the 2009 US Championships paid AU $75,000 at auction last week for Bobby Fischer's Chess Collection. Fischer beat Boris Spassky in the Match of the Century in Iceland 1972 and the reclusive Fischer died in Iceland in Jan 2008 at the age of 64. The collection included 320 volumes on chess,400 periodicals and numerous handwritten pages.

Sixteen-year-old wins the Championship of China

Peter Parr  (SMH 8/6/09)

 Sixteen-year-old untitled Ding Liren has won the Championship of China in Jiangsu ahead of ten grandmasters all rated above him. He started the event with three draws and a win in the first four rounds but was 1.5 points behind nineteen-year-old Wang Hao with two rounds to play. Wang Hao was in excellent form having scored seven wins and two draws in the first nine rounds.

 Li Shilong 2557 v Wang Hao 2696 E32  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. Qc2 Bb7 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. Qxc3 d6 8. e3 Nbd7 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Ne4 11. Qc2

f5 12. b4 Rf6 13. d5 Rg6 14. Bb2 c5 15. Rad1 Qe7 16. Qb3 Rf8 17. Ne1 Qh4 18.

Qa4 Ne5 19. Qxa7 Ba8 20. Qc7 exd5 21. cxd5 Ng5 22. Bxe5 dxe5 23. Nf3 Qg4 24.

Nxg5 Qxe2 25. f4 h6 26. Rfe1 Qg4 27. Rd2 hxg5 28. fxe5 Qe4 29. bxc5 bxc5 30.

Qxc5 Qxe5 31. Qd4 Qxd4 32. Rxd4 Rd6 33. e4 fxe4 34. Rexe4 Bxd5 35. Re5 Bc4!


 Wang Hao 2696 v Ni Hua 2724 D17  1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5.

a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Qc7 8. g3 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Bf4 Nfd7 11. Bg2 g5 12. Ne3 gxf4 13. Nxf5 O-O-O 14. Qc2 Nc5 15. O-O fxg3 16. hxg3 a5 17. Rfd1 h5 18. Rxd8+ Qxd8 19. Rd1 Qf6 20. Bh3 Kb8 21. Qd2 h4 22. g4 Rg8 23. Kh1 Ne6 24.

Ne4 Qg6 25. Qxa5 Nxg4 26. f3 Nh6 27. Qe5+ Ka7 28. Nf6 1-0

 Ding Liren beat Wang Hao in a rook and knight endgame in round 10 leaving Wang Hao half a point ahead with one round to play with the white pieces against tailender Liang Chong. Ding Liren won on forfeit against GM Zhou Jianchao (2635) in the last round. Wang Hao did not take a simple draw in the endgame and tried to win but lost - as a tie for first would have placed

him runner-up on countback.  

 Leading final scores(12 players,2588 av rating,11 rounds) Ding

Liren(2458,undefeated) 8.5,GM Wang Hao (2696) 8,GM Bu Xiangzhi(2704) 7,GM Zhou Weiqi (2563) 6.5.  Women(12 players,11 rounds) WGM Shen Yang(2420) 9,GM Zhao Xue(2531) 8.5

 The Australian Chess Federation has rated 123 Tournaments (90 Classic,33

Rapid) and 9332 games (6570 Classic,2762 Rapid) in the last three months.

Leading players June 2009:- GM Z.Zhao (NSW 2593)-9, IM  D.Smerdon (ACT 2526)+6, IM  A.Wohl(NSW 2479)=, IM G.Xie (NSW 2460)+53,  GM D.Johansen (VIC 2459)+47, FM  I.Goldenberg (VIC 2384)+8, IM S.Solomon (QLD 2379)-40, FM G.Canfell (NSW 2339)=, FM V.Smirnov (NSW 2335)+11, S.Chow (VIC 2329)-19.

 Juniors U20 & U18 - J.Ikeda (ACT 2272), U16 & U14 - Y.Yuan (ACT 2199), U12 - B.Cheng (VIC 2130), U10 - A.Smirnov (NSW 1627). Seniors over 60 - IM M.Rujevic (VIC 2223), over 70 - FM A.Flatow (NSW 2162), over 80 - P.Viner (NSW 1911), over 90 - L.Fell (NSW 1580).  Women - WIM A.Caoili (QLD 2194), IM I.Berezina-Feldman (NSW 2146), G.Nguyen (SA 2072), WIM L.Moylan (NSW 1994), WIM B.Dekic (NSW 1947).Girls U20 - E.Guo (ACT 1864) 

 Australian Master John Hanks died in Melbourne on 31 May at the age of 83.

Hanks beat Australian Master John Purdy(twice Australian Champion) in the following brevity in the Aust Championship. J.Hanks v J.Purdy Adelaide 1960 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 c5 6. dxc5 Qa5 7. Bd2 Qxc5 8.

Qe2 Bg4 9. Nf3 Nc6 10. Be3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Nd4 12. Bxd4 Qxd4 13. Rd1 Qc5 14.

Be2 O-O 15. b3 Nd7 16. Nd5 e6 17. b4 wins the queen 1-0.

  Hanks was one of Australia's leading players for over 30 years and was one of only eight players to be awarded the Australian Master Title in the period 1950-1970. The strict ACF Master Points Scheme ensured only the very strongest players earned the lifetime title. Australia has now 76 internationally titled master players with much easier conditions. Hanks represented Australia in our first Olympiad in Tel-Aviv 1964 scoring 6/11 on board 2. Hanks was Champion of Victoria in 1955,1956 and 1968 and was one of only seven Honorary Life Members of the Australian Chess Federation. The seven round winter tournament at Lakemba Services Memorial Club starts on Monday evening 15 June.

Gelfand Wins Rapid

 Peter Parr  (SMH 1/6/09)

Boris Gelfand won the 3rd ACP World Rapid Cup in Odessa, Ukraine defeating Peter Svidler 3-1 in the final. The event was a 16 player knockout with a prize fund of AU $71000 including first prize of AU $12,500. Semi-final

results:-B.Gelfand(2733) 3 v D.Jakovenko (2753) 2:P.Svidler(2726) 1.5 v

A.Grischuk(2748) 0.5.  Gelfand and Ivanchuk who finished in a four way tie for first place in the Adelaide 1988 World Junior are the only two players aged over 40 ranked in the top 50 players in the world.

Here are two games from the event. A.Moiseenko (2690) v E.Bacrot(2728) A63 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. g3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. Bg2 Bg7 8.

Nc3 O-O 9. O-O Nbd7 10. h3 a6 11. Bf4 Ne8 12. a4 Rb8 13. a5 b5 14. axb6 Rxb6 15. Qc1 Qe7 16. e4 Rb4 17. Re1 Nc7 18. Bg5 f6 19. Bd2 Re8 20. Kh2 Nb6 21.

Qc2 Qf8 22. Nb1 Rc4 23. Qb3 Nca8 24. Ba5 Bd7 25. Nc3 f5 26. exf5 Rxe1 27.

Rxe1 Qxf5 28. Nd2 Rd4 29. Nf3 Rc4 30. Re2 Qd3 31. Re3 Qf5 32. Nd2 Rd4 33.

Nce4 Ba4 34. Qa2 Bd7 35. Bc3 Ra4 36. Qb3 Bb5 37. Bxg7 Kxg7 38. Nxd6 Qxf2 39.

N2e4 Qf8 40. Qc3+ Kh6 41. Rf3 Qe7 42. Nf7+ Kh5 43. Nf6+ 1-0


A.Grischuk (2748) v A.Moiseenko (2690) E00 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 c5 4. d5

exd5 5. cxd5 b5 6. Nf3 Bb7 7. e4 Nxe4 8. Bg2 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Re1 f5 11.

Nc3 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Bf6 13. Rb1 a6 14. c4 d6 15. h4 Nd7 16. Bf4 Nb6 17. cxb5

axb5 18. Rxb5 Rxa2 19. Ng5 Ra1 20. Rb1 Rxb1 21. Qxb1 Bxd5 22. Bxd5+ Nxd5 23.

Qxf5 1-0

 The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilhum Aliyev has announced that The Ministry of Youth and Sports will include chess education in all schools in Azerbaijan and construction of The Chess Palace in Baku will be completed by 2014. Levon Aronian of Armenia won the FIDE Grand Prix event in Nalchik,Russia in April taking his World Ranking from no 6 to World no 4-now 2768. Aronian spent the whole of May in Australia with his partner WIM Arianne Caoili of Queensland who played top board for Australia in the Womens 2008 Dresden Olympiad. Aronian returns to Europe from Australia in late June. IM Aleks Wohl,the Australian Open Champion,spent three weeks driving the couple to Armidale,The Hunter Valley and around NSW. Wohl is seeded no 12 in the Hamburg,Germany International which started on Saturday evening.  

 Leading final scores in the NSWCA City of Sydney Rapidplay Championship at Parramatta RSL (58 players,7 rounds) M.Illingworth 7,P.Broekhuyse,E.Agulto,I.Zirdum,B.Mandla 5.5. The Integra NSW Open Weekender will also be run by the NSW Chess Association at Parramatta RSL.

The seven rounds will be played over three days 6-8 June with an Open Division and a separate Under 1600 rated event. The prize fund of $7075 is based on 110 entries. The 60 early entries include IM D.Smerdon(ACT) 2489,IM G.Xie 2402,IM G.Lane 2371,FM I.Bjelobrk 2332,FM G.Canfell 2327,FM T.Rej 2308. There are also 60 advanced entries in the Victorian Open 6-8 June in Melbourne including GM G.Jones(ENG) 2550,IM S.Solomon(QLD) 2455,FM I.Goldenberg 2410,IM G.West 2343,IM L.Sandler 2332,FM E.Teichmann(ENG) 2323. 

The World Rated Club Championships of Sydney's two largest chess clubs have been won by mathematicians without defeat. Leading final scores:- Norths(12

players,11 rounds) Dr Vladimir Smirnov(FM) 10.5,A.Hariman,B.Mandla,K.Hursky

7 and St George(10 players,9 rounds) Dr Charles Zworestine(IA) 7.5,A.Rose 7,S.Rewais 5.5. 

The NSWCA inter-club grade match competition started last week with 24 teams from 7 clubs competing in three rating divisions Under 1800, Under 1600 and Under 1400.

Norths entered 6 teams, St. George 5, Parramatta 4, Manly and Ryde-Eastwood 3, Rooty Hill 2, Canterbury 1.


Shirov on Fire

Peter Parr (SMH 25/5/09)

 Alexei Shirov noted for his fiery play was half a point behind the undefeated leader 18-year-old Magnus Carlsen before their final round game in the M-Tel Masters in Sofia,Bulgaria. After 20 moves of theory Shirov captured three pawns allowing the World no 3 to place his pieces dominantly but Shirov remained cool in the heat of battle winning the game and the tournament.

 Rd 10 23 May A.Shirov 2745 M.Carlsen 2770 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov 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 Bxf6 (9 Nd5 is safe and positional but Shirov has to win) 9... gxf6 10 Nd5 Bg7 (10...f5 is also well known) 11 Bd3 Ne7 12 Nxe7 Qxe7 13 c4 f5 14 0-0 0-0 15 Qh5 Rb8 16 exf5 e4 17 Rae1 Bb7 18 Qg4 Rfe8 19 cxb5 d5 20 bxa6 Bc6 (black has active play for his sacrificed pawns) 21 b3 (21 f3 is an alternative variation) 21...Kh8 (first suggested by Rogozenko)22 Nc2 Be5 23 Be2 d4 24 Bc4 Rg8 25 Qh3 Rg7 (too slow 25... e3! 26 g3 Qd6 leads to unclear complications) 26 g3 Rbg8 27 Qh6 Qc7?(27...Ba8 was better) 28 Nb4! (now black is lost) Ba8 29 Nd5 Qd8 30 Rxe4 1-0

 Rd 7 M.Carlsen 2770 v L.Dominguez Perez 2717 D97 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Nc6 8. Be2 e5 9. d5 Nd4 10. Nxd4 exd4 11. Qxd4 c6 12. d6! Nd5 13. Qd3 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Qf6 15. Bb2 Rd8 16. Rd1 Qe6 17. f4 Qxa2 18. Rd2 Qa5 19. Qe3 (white has an ideal centre) Bd7 20. Kf2 Re8 21. Ra1 Qd8 22. c4 Bxb2 23. Rxb2 b6 24. Bf3 Qh4+ 25. Kg1 Qf6 26. Qd2 g5 27. g3 gxf4 28. gxf4 Kh8 29. Kh1 Rg8 30. e5 Qh4 31. Qd4 Rg7 32. Rg2 Rag8 33. e6 Bxe6 34. Rxg7 Rxg7 35. Bxc6 f6 36. d7 Bxd7 37. Bxd7 Re7 38. Be6! Rxe6 39. Qd8+ Kg7 40. Rg1+ Kf7 41. Qg8+ Ke7 42. Rg7+ Kd6 43. Qf8+ 1-0 (after 43...Kc6 44 Qc8+ Kd6 45 Rd7 mate).

 Shirov,the Latvian born GM (now aged 36)plays for Spain but now resides in Lithuania after his marriage to WGM Victoria Cmilyte(LTU). He had one of the best tournament results in his career with a 2866 performance rating scoring 3 wins and 7 draws and Carlsen performed at 2823. Vassily Ivanchuk has played too many tournament games in the last twelve months which is affecting his below par results. 

 Final scores(6 players,2755 average rating,10 rounds):- A.Shirov(ESP 2745) 6.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2770) and V.Topalov(BUL 2812) 6,Wang Yue (CHN 2738) 4.5,L.Dominguez(CUB 2717) 4,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2746) 3. The Top World Daily Live Ratings are now :- Topalov 2813,Anand 2788,Carlsen 2772,Aronian 2768,Shirov 2764.

 Hikaru Nakamura 21, finished outright first in the US Championship (AUS $ 51,000 first prize) in St Louis. Leading final scores (24 players, 9 rounds, prize fund AUS $ 166,000) GM H.Nakamura (2701) 7, IM R.Hess (2485), GM A.Onischuk (2684) 6.5, GM G.Kamsky (2720),  GM V.Akobian (2612) 6.

 GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR 2693) won the cat 18 (av 2691) tournament in Sarajevo (BIH) scoring 7/10 for a 2839 performance rating. GM Wang Hao (CHN 2696) and GM Borki Predojevic (BIH 2652) tied for second place on 5.5 points.

 Leading final scores in the 8th Asian Continental Championship in Olongapo City, Philippines (86 players including 40 GM's from 15 countries) :- GM S.Ganguly(IND 2625) winner on countback and GM W.Zhou(CHN 2563) 8/11. Women (46 players including 1 GM and 13 WGM's from 11 countries):- WIM X.Zhang(CHN 2340) 9/11,WGM Q.Huang(CHN 2410) 8.

 The Australian team for the 18th Correspondence Chess Olympiad starting in September was selected last week. The six player team in board order is SM R.Oates 2559, SM S.Kerr 2502, SM T.Runting 2432, S.Dibley 2472, J.Fenwick 2402, C.Murden 2392. Captain is D.Keast.

M-Tel Masters

Peter Parr (SMH 18/5/09)

 The fifth M-Tel Masters in Sofia,Bulgaria is a FIDE Category 21 event(average rating 2755). There have been only five tournaments in history of that rank. The event is a six player double round robin played in a glass pavilion on the square in front of the National Theatre in Sofia. Eighteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen (World no 4) beat local hero Veselin Topalov(World no 1) in the first round but drew his next three games. Alexei Shirov shares the lead with Carlsen winning the following game in fine style.

 V.Ivanchuk 2746 v A.Shirov 2745 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 g6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bg7 9. f3 O-O 10. Be3 Nc6 11. O-O Rac8 12. b3 e6 13. Rc1 Rfd8 14. Qd2 d5 15. exd5 (15 cxd5 was played in Blau-Fischer Zurich 1959) exd5 16. c5 (An error - Nxc6 was better) Nxd4 17. Bxd4 Ne4! 18. Qe3 Nxc5 (18...Bxd4 is also good for black) 19. Rcd1 Bxd4 20. Rxd4 Qc6! 21. Ne2 Ne6 22. Rd2 d4 23. Nxd4 (loses material but there was no saving move) Qb6 24. Rfd1 Rd5! 0-1

 Topalov is now only half a point behind the leaders after winning the following game in round 4.   V.Topalov 2812 v Wang Yue 2738 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 f3 Nfd7 10 e4 Nxe5 11 dxe5 Qxd1+ 12 Kxd1 Be6 13 Kc2 f6 14 Rb1 Nd7 (This novelty was recommended by Huebner in 2003) 15 b4 Nxe5 16 bxa5 Bc8 17 a6 bxa6 18 a5!(good opening preparation by the World no 1) Nd7 19 Na4 e5 20 Bc4 Bc5 (20...Bd6 is also better for white) 21 Rd1 Bd4 22 Ba3 c5 23 Rb3 h5 24 Rdb1 Ke7 25 Bd5 Ra7 26 Rb6! Rc7 27 Re6+ (white has a winning position) Kd8 28 Nb6 Nxb6 29 axb6 Rb7 30 Rd6+ Ke7 31 Rc6 Rd7 32 Re6+ Kf7 33 b7! 1-0

 Progress scores after 4 rounds (6 players,10 rounds) A.Shirov (ESP 2745) and M.Carlsen(NOR 2770) 2.5, V.Topalov(BUL 2812),Wang Yue(CHN 2738),L.Dominguez(CUB 2717) 2,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2746) 1

 Seventeen-year-old IM Robert Hess shares the lead with GM Hikaru Nakamura after eight rounds of the United States Championship in St Louis. Nakamura,aged 21,was the youngest ever USA Grandmaster at age 15. Hess has now qualified for the GM title. There is one round left to play.

 J.Benjamin (2583) - T.Hughes (2230) [B40] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Na5 5.d4 a6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Qc7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Qe2 d6 10.f4 b5 11.e5 Nd7 12.Kh1 b4 13.Ne4 d5 14.Ng5 Qb6 15.Ndxe6 (15.f5 was an alternative) 15...fxe6 16.Qh5+ g6 17.Bxg6+ Kd8 18.Bxh7 Kc7 19.Nf7 Rxh7 20.Qxh7 Bb7 21.f5 Re8 22.Bf4 Kc8 23.Qg6 Nc4 24.Nd6+ Nxd6 25.exd6 Rd8 26.fxe6 1-0

 Leading scores after eight rounds(24 players including 15 grandmasters, 9 rounds):- IM R.Hess (2485) and GM H.Nakamura (2701,2nd seed) 6, Former World Title Challenger GM G.Kamsky(2720,top seed),GM A.Onischuk(2684),GM V.Akobian (2612) 5.5, GM J.Friedel (2516) 5 

 The first leg of the annual big board match held at Norths, Cammeray was won by Norths 28.5 v St.George 19.5.

Norths out rated their opponents on 44 of the 48 boards in their bid to regain the John Kellner/Terrey Shaw Trophy.

Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao (St.George 2602) defeated FIDE Master Malcolm Stephens (Norths 2327) on top board.

 The City of Sydney Rapid Championship (20 mins plus 10 sec per move) organized by the New South Wales Chess Association will be held over seven rounds from 11am-7.30pm on Sunday 24 May at Parramatta RSL Club.


8500 in NSW Schools Event

Peter Parr (SMH 11/5/09)

 The NSW Junior League's main primary and secondary schools teams competitions for 2009 have commenced. The primary schools competition is being held in 37 zones across the state with 1001 teams from 375 schools. In the secondary schools 280 teams from 88 schools are taking part in metropolitan areas. A separate country districts secondary schools competition started last term with 145 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 events have finished.

 Norths beat Manly 14.5-9.5 in the Little Board Match at Norths in Cammeray last week and plays St George at Norths tomorrow night in the Big Board Match. Leading final scores in the St George club lightning J.Watson 11/11,J.Chan 10,J.Plant and N.Kordahi 7.5

 Australian Champion Stephen Solomon won the 44th Peninsular Open GP Weekender in Brisbane scoring 7/7 in the 37 player event. 18 of the 48 tournaments in the 2009 Yulgilbar Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix have now been completed. Leading scores:- GM G.Jones(ENG) 55.50, IM G.Xie(NSW) 33.85, IM S.Solomon(QLD) 35.00, GM D.Johansen(VIC) 30.10   

 Leading final scores in the Dubai Open (140 players including 34 GM's from 29 countries,prize fund AUS $59,000) - T.Kotanjian (ARM 2552), D.Bocharov (RUS 2606) and A.Anastasian (ARM 2554) 7/9.  M.Perunovic 2580 v B.Lalith 2480 B12 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h5 5. Bg5 Qb6 6. Bd3 Bxd3 7. Qxd3 Qxb2 8. e6 Qxa1 9. Qb3 Qxd4 10. Qxb7 fxe6 11. Be3 Qa4 12. Qxa8 Qa5+ 13. Nd2 Qd8 14. Ngf3 Nf6 15. O-O g6 16. Rb1 Nbd7 17. Qxc6 Bg7 18. Ng5 1-0

 U.Bajarani 2331 v D.Arutinian 2548  B70 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. Bg5 Nc6 9. Nb3 a6 10. a4 Be6 11. Kh1 Rc8 12. f4 Na5 13. Nxa5 Qxa5 14. Bd3 Rc5 15. Qf3 Rxg5 16. fxg5 Qxg5 17. e5 Qxe5 18. Rae1 Qc5 19. Qxb7 Ng4 20. Ne4 Qh5 21. h3 Qh4 22. Qb6 Be5 23. c3 Bd5 24. Be2 Bxe4 25. Bxg4 Bxg2+! 0-1

 The FIDE World Team (average rating 2752) defeated Azerbaijan(av 2718) 21.5-10.5 in the President's Cup rapid match which finished on Saturday evening in Baku.The best performers were former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik(RUS) 6.5/8 pr 2968,World Champion Viswanathan Anand(IND 5.5/8) pr 2855,S.Karjakin(UKR) 5/8 pr 2812.

 Former world championship candidate Miroslav Filip (1928-2009) died last week in Prague. He represented Czechoslovakia in 12 Olympiads (1952-1974). Filip won the following game against Mikhail Tal World Champion 1960/61. Filip made a timely counter-attack in the centre with an exchange sacrifice and Tal had no shelter for his king.

 M.Tal v M.Filip Curacao Candidates 1962 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. f4 b5 7. a3 Bb7 8. Qf3 Nf6 9. Bd3 Bc5 10. Nb3 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. Bd2 d6 13. g4 d5 14. e5 Nfd7 15. Qh3 g6 16. Nd4 Nc6 17. Nce2 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 Nc5 19. b4 Ne4 20. Be3 Rfe8 21. Rae1 Bf8 22. Nf3 a5 23. f5 exf5 24. gxf5 Rxe5 25. fxg6 hxg6 26. Nxe5 Qxe5 27. c3 axb4 28. Bd4 Bc8 29. Qg2 Qh5 30. Bxe4 dxe4 31. Qxe4 Qg5+ 32. Kh1 Be6 33. Be5 Rd8 34. h4 Qh5 35. Qf4 Rd3 36. Bf6 Qd5+ 37. Kg1 bxc3 38. Re4 Bc5+ 39. Kh2 Qa2+ 0-1

Aronian first in Nalchik

Peter Parr (SMH 4/5/09)

 Levon Aronian,aged 26,has won the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Nalchik,Russia. He was in the joint lead with his last round opponent the undefeated Peter Leko. Aronian's brilliant exchange sacrifice resulted in his two centre pawns becoming very strong winning the game and the event.

 L.Aronian 2754 v P.Leko 2751 Rd 13 E55 Nimzo-Indian  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nbd7 9. Qe2 b6 10. Rd1 cxd4 11. exd4 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Bb7 13. Bb3 Qc7 14. c4 Rfe8 (N Rfd8) 15. Bb2 Qf4 16. Qe3 Qf5 (Qxe3!?)17. Ne1 b5 18. c5 Nd5 19. Qg3 (Qd2 maybe better)Nf4 20. Rd2 Nf6 21. f3 N6h5 22. Qf2 Bd5 23. Bc2 Qg5 24. Kh1 Bc4?! 25. g3 Ng6 26. Ng2 Bd5 27. Ne3 Nf6 28. h4 Qh5 29. Nxd5 Nxd5 30. Re1 Red8 31. Rde2 Rab8 32. Bc1 h6 33. Kg2 Nc3?(a5) 34. Re5!! Nxe5 35. Rxe5 f5 36. Bb3 Nd5 37. Rxe6 Kh8 38. Qe1 Nf6 39. Qe5 Re8 40. c6 Rbc8 41. Qxb5 Qg6 (white has a decisive advantage) 42. h5 Qxh5 43. Bf4 a6 44. Qxa6 Nh7 45. c7 Ng5 46. Rxe8+ Qxe8 47. d5 Ra8 48. Qc4 Kh7 49. d6 Qe1 50. Qf1 Qe8 51. Qd3 Qd7 52. Qc4 Qe8 53. Bxg5 hxg5 54. Qg8+ 1-0(after 54..Qxg8 55 Bxg8+ followed by d7).

 Aronian's result makes him number 3 in the World behind Topalov and Anand. Aronian was World Under 12 Champion in 1994,under 20 World Junior Champion in 2002,and World number 5 in 2005. The other thirteen players in Nalchik all finished within one point of fifty per cent.

  P.Svidler 2726 v V.Ivanchuk 2746 C78 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bb7 7. d3 Be7 8. a4 O-O 9. Re1 d6 10. Nbd2 Re8 11. Nf1 h6 12. Ne3 Bf8 13. g4 Nd4 14. Nxd4 exd4 15. Nf5 d5 16. axb5 dxe4 17. dxe4 axb5 18. Rxa8 Qxa8 19. e5 Ne4 20. e6 fxe6 21. Nxd4 Rd8 22. Bxe6+ Kh8 23. g5 Rxd4 24. Qxd4 Bc5 25. Qe5 Bxf2+ 26. Kf1 Qf8 27. gxh6 Bxe1+ 28. Bf4 Nd2+ 29. Ke2 1-0

 S.Mamedyarov 2725 v P.Svidler 2726 D45 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 h6 8. h3 a6 9. c5 Bc7 10. Bd2 b5 11. cxb6 Nxb6 12. Bd3 Bd6 13. e4 Be7 14. O-O-O Bb7 15. Kb1 Rc8 16. Rhg1 c5 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. g5 dxe4 19. Nxe4 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 Bxe4 21. Qxe4 Qd5 22. Qe2 hxg5 23. Nxg5 Rh4 24. Bc3 Qc4 25. Qf3 Rf4 26. Qb7 Bxf2 27. Rgf1 Nd5 28. Be5 Rf5 29. Rc1 Qd3+ 30. Ka1 Rd8 31. Qc6+ Ke7 32. Rxf2 Rxg5 33. Qb7+ Rd7 34. Rxf7+ Kxf7 35. Qxd7+ Kg8 36. Bxg7!! 1-0 (after 36..Rxg7 37 Qe8+ Kh7 38 Qh5+ Kg8 39 Rc8 mate)

 Final scores (14 players, 2725 average rating, 13 rounds):- L.Aronian (ARM 2754) 8.5: P.Leko (HUN 2751), V.Akopian (ARM 2696) 7.5: A.Grischuk (RUS 2748), E.Bacrot (FRA 2728) 7: E.Alekseev (RUS 2716), B.Gelfand (ISR 2733) 6.5: G.Kamsky (USA 2720), S.Karjakin (UKR 2721), P.Svidler (RUS 2726), S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2725) 6: V.Ivanchuk (URK 2746), R.Kasimdzhanov (UZB 2695), P.Eljanov (URK 2693) 5.5.

 The President of The Philippines Gloria Arroyo has approved the inclusion of chess in the primary and secondary schools curriculum across the country. The first aim is to train 35,000 chess teachers by November 2009.

  Grandmaster Gawain Jones(ENG) and IM David Smerdon(ACT) tied for first place with 4.5/5 in the 21 player Melbourne Anzac Day Weekender. The Easts Autumn Challenge tournament at Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club, Bondi Junction will be held in two divisions, open and under 1700 rated, over 9 consecutive Monday evenings starting tonight. 

GM result for Xie

Peter Parr (SMH 27/4/09)

 IM George Xie of Sydney scored his first Grandmaster result finishing half a point ahead of the GM norm in the Sydney International Open last week at Parramatta Town Hall. Xie shared in the four way tie for first place with the highest performance rating of 2616. GM Darryl Johansen(Melbourne) aged 50 won the trophy on countback.

 GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW) the top seed was undefeated but drew 5 games. FM James Morris (VIC) and Yi Yuan (ACT) both aged 14  beat Australian Champion Stephen Solomon(QLD). Bobby Cheng (VIC) aged 12 drew with IM's Lane and Solomon for a 2197 results.FIDE Master Daniel Fernandez (SIN 2171) scored an IM norm.

 GM Gawain Jones tied for first place in both the Doeberl Cup and the SIO yet played no Grandmaster in either event from 18 games. George Xie scored 6 points from 9 games against grandmasters from his 18 games. After processing the results from these two events the amended ratings of Australia's top five players become :- GM Z.Zhao 2580 (-3), IM D.Smerdon 2493 (+4), GM D.Johansen 2477 (+25), IM G.Xie 2447 (+49), IM S.Solomon 2431 (-24).

 GM D.Johansen 2452 v IM K.Akshayraj 2404 A24 1. c4 e5 2. g3 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 O-O 6. e4 d6 7. Nge2 c6 8. O-O a6 9. a4 a5 10. h3 Kh8 11. Be3 Na6 12. f4 Ng8 13. d4 Be6 14. b3 Qd7 15. f5 gxf5 16. d5 1-0     IM G.Xie 2402 v GM D.Neelotpal 2514 B22 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bc4 Nb6 6. Bb3 c4 7. Bc2 Nc6 8. O-O d6 9. exd6 Bxd6 10. d4 cxd3 11. Qxd3 Be7 12. Qe4 Nd5 13. Rd1 Qc7 14. Na3 a6 15. Bg5 b6 16. Bxe7 f5 17. Qa4 Kxe7 18. Bxf5 Nf4 19. Re1 Bd7 20. Nc4 b5 21. Qa3+ Kf6 22. Ne3 exf5 23. g3 Nh3+ 24. Kg2 Be6 25. Qc5 Qc8 26. Rad1 Rd8 27. Rxd8 Nxd8 28. Qe5+ Kf7 29. Nxf5 Bxf5 30. Qe7+ Kg6 31. Ne5+ 1-0

 Leading final scores (100 players including 8 GM's,9 rounds) GM D.Johansen(AUS 2452),IM G.Xie(AUS 2402),GM A.Kunte(IND 2513),GM G.Jones(ENG 2550) 7,GM Z.Zhao(AUS 2583),GM C.Deepan (IND 2482),IM K.Akshayraj(IND 2404),IM H.Mas(MAS 2425) 6.5 and 12 players on 6 points. Challengers(53 players,9 rounds) C.Savige(1999)8.5,T.Weller(1987) 7,A.Miranda(1469) 6.5

 Thirteen-year-old Bernard Chau has won the NSW Junior League's Autumn One-Day Tournament with a clean score, repeating his convincing win of the Summer One-Day Tournament in January. He followed this up by sharing first place in the Autumn Two-Day Tournament,tying with 16-year-old Benjamin Encel (both undefeated). Leading final scores (204 players, 8 rounds): Bernard Chau 8, Tim Diemer, Andrew Pan, Jonathan Behne-Smith 7;Two-Day Tournament(196 players,11 rounds) Bernard Chau,Benjamin Encel 9.5,Peng-Yu Chen,Vignesh Raman,Dawen Shi,Hayden Van Rys,Clive Ng,Matthew Leung-Harrison 8.5

 The Fourth World Chess Federation 2009 Grand Prix tournament in Nalchik, Russia is the strongest in the series. S.Karjakin 2721 v L.Aronian 2754 Ruy Lopez 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. a4 b4 9. d4 d6 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Qxd8 Rxd8 12. Nbd2 Bd6 13. a5 h6 14. Bc4 Kf8 15. b3 (new move) Ke7 16. Bd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 Na7 18. Nxe5 Kf8 19. Ndc4 Bxe5 20. Rxe5 Nc6 21. Bg5 hxg5 22. dxc6 f6 23. Rc5 Be6 24. Nb6! Rab8 25. Nd7+ Bxd7 26. cxd7 Rxd7 27. Rc6 Rb5(Rd2 was better) 28. Rxa6 Rd2 29. Ra8+ Kf7 30. g4 Rc5 31. a6 Rcxc2 32. Rc8 c6 33. a7 Rxf2 34. Rh8 1-0

 Leading scores after round 9 (14 players,2725 average rating,13 rounds) L.Aronian(ARM 2754),E.Alekseev(RUS 2716) 5.5,P.Leko (HUN 2751),P.Svidler(RUS 2726),E.Bacrot(FRA 2728) 5,S.Karjakin(UKR 2721),A.Grischuk(RUS 2748),V.Akopian(ARM 2696),P.Eljanov(UKR 2693) 4.5

Johansen is Back

Peter Parr (SMH 20/4/09)

 Australian Grandmaster Darryl Johansen aged 50 is back to the peak of his form in outright first place after eight rounds of the Sydney International Open at Parramatta Town Hall. Johansen,ranked no 11, has conceded only three draws and plays the top seed Australian Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao in the final round. Johansen has won the Australian Championship a record 5 times in 1984,1988,1990,2000 and 2002 and represented Australia in 13 Chess Olympiads. IM George Xie is close to a GM norm(2600+)result.

 Rd 6 GM D.Reinderman (NED 2560) v GM D.Johansen (AUS 2452) 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Bb4 3 Nd5 Bc5 4 e3 Nf6 5 b4 Nxd5 6 bxc5 Nf6 7 a4 0-0 8 Ba3 Re8 9 Nf3 b6 10 Be2 bxc5 11 Bxc5 d6 12 Ba3 Nc6 13 d4 Ne4 14 Rc1 exd4 15 exd4 Bg4 16 0-0 Ng5 17 h3 Nxf3+ 18 Bxf3 Bxf3 19 gxf3 Qg5+ 20 Kh2 Qf4+ 21 Kg2 Nxd4 22 Bb2 Ne2 23 Rc2 Re6 24 Qd3 Qg5+ 25 Kh2 Nf4 0-1.

 Rd 8 GM G.Jones(ENG 2550) v IM S.Satyapragyan (IND 2428) 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 e6 3 f4 d5 4 Nf3 Be7 5 Bb5+ Bd7 6 Bxd7+ Qxd7 7 Ne5 Qd8 8 Qh5 g6 9 Qh3 d4 10 Ne2 Nd7 11 0-0 Ngf6 12 d3 0-0 13 Nf3 Re8 14 Ng5 Nf8 15 f5 exf5 16 exf5 Qd7 17 Ng3 Rac8 18 Bf4 Bd8 19 Bd6 Be7 20 N3e4 Nxe4 21 Nxe4 Rc6 22 Bxe7 Qxe7 23 f6 Qe5 24 Qh6 Ne6 25 g4 1-0

 Leading scores after round 8(100 players from 16 countries -62 AUS,14 IND - including 33 titled - 8 GM,3 WGM,10 IM,1 WIM,8 FM,2 WFM,1 CM):- GM D.Johansen(AUS 2452) 6.5,IM G.Xie (AUS 2402),GM C.Deepan (IND 2482),GM A.Kunte(IND 2513,GM Z.Zhao(AUS 2583),IM K.Akshayraj(IND 2404),GM G.Jones(ENG 2550),IM C.Roy(IND 2469),GM S.Ghane(IRI 2415),IM J.Sriram(IND 2453)all 6.

Colin Savage (1999) has won the 53 player Challengers(Under 2000) event with a round to spare.

 IM Deep Sengupta of India won the Doeberl Cup Easter weekend tournament in Canberra on countback from GM Gawain Jones (England) and GM Chakkravarthy Deepan (India). Sengupta won his first five games and lost only in the final round against Deepan after he had already scored his second GM norm (above 2600). IM George Xie of Sydney was a pawn ahead in the last round against top seed Dimitri Reinderman but drew and missed his first GM norm by half a point. IM David Smerdon gained 4 rating points and is now 7 points away from his GM title.

Tomek Rej of Sydney required a win for an IM norm and his opponent Kauttika Nadig a win for a WGM norm in the last round but the game was drawn.

 Nkrithika Pon (India) scored a WIM norm. 22 players including 13 of the 15 from India and 6 Australians scored 5.5 or more points. White lost a piece in only 9 moves in the following board 1 game in round 8 against the Cup winner. GM D.Johansen(AUS 2452) v IM D.Sengupta(IND 2466) 1. c4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. e4 d6 4. Nc3 Nd7 5. Nf3 e5 6. Be2 Ne7 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 h6 9. b3? exd4 10. Nxd4 c5 11. Ndb5 a6 and black won.

 Leading final scores (76 players from 13 countries, 9 rounds):- IM D.Sengupta (IND 2466), GM G.Jones (ENG 2550), GM C.Deepan (IND 2482) 7 ($2667 each): IM G.Xie(AUS 2402), IM D.Smerdon (AUS 2489), GM Johansen (AUS 2452), IM J.Sriram (IND 2453), GM A.Kunte (IND 2513) 6.5 ($470 each): GM D.Reinderman (NED 2560), IM S.Satyapragyan (IND 2428) 6.

 A record entry of 237 participated in the 4 events of the O2C Doeberl Cup for a prize fund of $18,850. Colin Cloudsdale (1932) and Brendon Norman (1922) tied for first ($1150 each) in the major supporting event. Meanwhile at Cabra Vale Diggers Club J.Bolens won the Sydney Easter Cup,A.Camer was second with A.Faris,H.Rachmadi and G.Losh equal third. A lightning tournament will be held this evening at Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club,Bondi Junction.

Sengupta and Xie Lead

Peter Parr (SMH 13/4/09)

 International Masters Deep Sengupta of India and George  Xie of Sydney share the lead after six rounds of the O2C Doeberl Cup Easter weekend tournament in Canberra. Sengupta won his first five games against players from India,Indonesia,Hungary and Malaysia. He drew with 2nd seed GM G.Jones of England in round 6 and has a performance rating so far of 2766 (GM norm is 2600+ over 9 games). George Xie (pr 2699) has also only conceded half a point in the first six rounds against Tomek Rej and beat grandmasters Johansen and Deepan.

 Round 6 - GM Chakkravarthy Deepan(IND 2482) v IM George Xie(AUS 2402) 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6 3 g3 c5 4 Bg2 cxd4 5 Nxd4 Nc6 6 0-0 Qb6 7 Nb3 d5 8 Nc3 Bb4 9 e4 d4 10 Ne2 e5 11 c3 dxc3 12 Nxc3 Bxc3 13 bxc3 0-0 14 Rb1 h6 15 h3 Qc7 16 Qe2 Re8 17 Be3 b6 18 Rfc1 Bb7 19 c4 Nd4 20 Nxd4 exd4 21 Bxd4 Bxe4 22 Bxf6 Bxb1 23 Qb2 Be4 24 Bxe4 Rxe4 25 Bxg7 Qc6 26 Bh8 Qg6 27 c5 Kh7 28 Bc3 bxc5 29 Qb7 Rae8 30 Qxa7 Qf5 31 a4 Re2 32 Rf1 Rc2 33 Ba1 Re1!! 0-1

 Round 2 GM Gawain Jones(ENG 2550) v FM Tomek Rej(AUS 2308) 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 0-0 Nf6 5 d4 Bxd4 6 Nxd4 Nxd4 7 f4 d6 8 fxe dxe 9 Bg5 Be6 10 Na3 Qe7 11 c3 Bxc4 12 Nxc4 Ne6 13 Bxf6 Qc5+ 14 Kh1 Qxc4 15 Bxe5 0-0 16 Qg4 f5 17 Qg3 fxe4 18 R(f)e1 Rf5 19 b3 Qc6 20 h4 Qd5 21 Bxc7 Nc5 22 Rf1 Nd3 23 Qe3 Qc5 24 Qe4 Rxf1+ 25 Rxf1 Nf2+ 26 Rxf2 Qxf2 27 Kh2 h6 28 Qd5+ Qf7 29 Qxb7 Re8 30 Qxa7 Qe7 31 Kh3 Rc8 32 Bb6 Rxc3 33 g3 Qe4 34 Bg1 Qh1+ 35 Bh2 Qf1+ 36 Kg4 h5+ 37 Kg5 Qf6+ (after 38 Kxh5 Qf5 mate) 0-1.  

 IM David Smerdon(AUS 2489) needed 11 more rating points to finalise his GM title but has lost 3 so far(2486). Tomek Rej is above the 2450 IM norm with a 2479 performance and J.Ikeda,E.Schon and A.Bird are all performing above 2350. GM Shojaat Ghane(IRI 2415) was over 2500 eighteen months ago but is clearly out of form losing four games to Australians A.Brown,G.Saw,A.Caoili and A.Bird.

 Leading scores after round 6 (76 players including 9 Grandmasters,9 rounds) - IM D.Sengupta(IND 2466),IM G.Xie(AUS 2402) 5.5 ; IM K.Akshayraj (IND 2404),IM J.Siram(IND 2453),GM G.Jones(ENG 2550),GM D.Johansen(AUS 2452),IM K.Rathnakaran (IND 2427),WGM E.Karavade(IND 2359) 4.5; FM T.Rej(AUS 2308),IM H.Mas(MAS 2425),GM A.Kunte(IND 2513),GM C.Deepan (IND 2482),FM G.Nakauchi(AUS 2076),IM D.Smerdon(AUS 2489),GM D.Neetopal(IND 2514),IM G.Lane(AUS) 2371,IM L.Sandler(AUS 2332),J.Ikeda(AUS 2261),WIM K.Nadig(IND 2361),E.Schon(AUS 2186),IM G.West(AUS 2343) all 4.  A. Mendes Da Costa and B.Norman of NSW lead the O2C  Under 2000 major 68 player supporting event with 4/4. There are 66 in the Under 1600 minor and 27 in the under 1200 section for an overall record entry of 237.

 The Sydney International Open April 15-19 will held at Parramatta Town Hall. 107  players (34 titled - 10 GM, 3 WGM, 10 IM, I WIM, 6 FM, 4 WFM)  have entered the open division and there are 54 in the Challengers event.  The top seeds are GM Z.Zhao (Aus 2583), GM D.Reinderman (NED 2560), GM G.Jones (ENG 2550).

 Leading final scores in the Thailand Open (121 players,29 titled,33 countries)  - D.Xiu (CHN 2422, untitled) 8/9: GM E.Moradiabadi (IRI 2512) 7.5: GM N.Short (ENG 2674) 7. Scores of the four Sydney players were FM T.Reilly (2280) 5.5 which included a win over GM S.Ghane (IRI 2415), M.Drummond (2252) 5: J.Attwood (2071) 4.5: S.Watharow (2057) 3.

Seven students from Geelong Grammar School and history teacher Justin Corfield are in Chess City near Elista, Kalmykia, Russia playing chess with local students. The President of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has declared chess compulsory in all primary schools in his Republic. He is also President of the World Chess Federation.


Record Entry in Doeberl Cup

Peter Parr (SMH 6/4/09)

 The 47th annual Doeberl Cup Easter Weekend tournaments at the Hellenic Club, Wooden, Canberra has so far attracted 233 entries breaking last year's record entry of 229.

There are 80 in the main event April 9-13 (35 titled -7 GM,3 WGM,14 IM,2 WIM,6 FM,3 WFM). Top seeds are - GM D.Reinderman(NED 2560),GM G.Jones (ENG 2550),GM D.Neelotpal(IND 2514),GM A.Kunte(IND 2513),IM D.Smerdon(AUS 2489). Entries to date in the supporting events April 10-13 are Under 2000-65, Under 1600-60, Under 1200-28.

 The annual two day Sydney Easter Cup on April 11 (4 rounds) and April 13(3 rounds) will be held at Cabra Vale Diggers Club, Canley Vale. A separate Chinese chess competition will also be held. Seniors and juniors all welcome at both events - Contact Ernest Dorn 0419 260 240 

 Raul Samar, the top seed, was forfeited when his mobile phone rang during his fourth round game against David Castor in the Dubbo Open weekend tournament. Leading final scores(43 players,6 rounds)- D.Castor(1997) 5.5,A.Camer(1933) 5,E.Guo (1820),F.Van der Wal(1695),A.Setiabudi(1673),T.Weller(1716),S.Press(1803) 4.5.

 The NSW Junior League will hold the following events during the April school holidays: a coaching clinic on Wed 15 April,a one-day tournament on Thur 16 April and a two-day tournament on Wed/Thur 22-23 April. These events are for players aged 17 and under and sometimes attract players as young as four. A special class in the coaching clinic will cater for absolute beginners(players who do not yet know the moves). For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or phone Richard Gastineau-Hills 9412 4579.

 Top players on the April 2009 FIDE World Rating List :- V.Topalov BUL 2812(+16), V.Anand IND 2783, M.Carlsen NOR 2770, V.Kramnik RUS 2759, T.Radjabov AZE 2756, L.Aronian ARM 2754, D.Jakovenko RUS 2753, A.Morozevich RUS 2751(-20), P.Leko HUN 2751, A.Grischuk RUS 2748. V.Ivanchuk was the biggest loser dropping from no 3 to no 12(-33). Women:- J.Polgar HUN 2693, H.Koneru IND 2612, Y.Hou CHN 2590, A.Stefanova BUL 2549, N.Dzagnidze GEO 2541.

 Leading av top 10 players from 153 countries,over 100,000 rated players:- Russia 2724 (190 GM,454 IM,1885 titled,11312 rated), Ukraine 2692,China 2652, Israel 2640, Azerbaijan 2640, USA 2633.  Australia is ranked 60 at 2431 (3GM,17 IM,76 titled,551 rated). New Zealand is 71 at 2343 (1GM,6 IM,28 titled,185 rated). 

 Leading Australians:- GM Z.Zhao 2583, IM D.Smerdon 2489, IM S.Solomon 2455, GM D.Johansen 2452, FM I.Goldenberg 2410, IM G.Xie 2402, IM M.Chapman 2401, IM A.Wohl 2376, E.Ambrus 2375, IM G.Lane 2371. Women:- IM I.Berezina 2252, WM A.Caoili 2172, WM L.Moylan 2108, T.Nguyen 2105, WM B.Dekic 2100.

 Reykjavik(Iceland Open) Y.Shulman USA 2639 v S.Conquest ENG 2531  A00 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Rb1 O-O 9. Be2 b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. d5 Bxc3 12. Bc4 Bg7 13. Bb2 Qc8 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Qd2 Ba6 16. Rfc1 Rd8 17. Rb3 Nd7 18. e5 Nf8 19. Bxa6 Qxa6 20. Ng5 Qa4 21. Rf3 f6 22. Rf4 Qd7 23. Qc3 Qxd5 24. exf6+ exf6 25. Qxf6+ Kg8 26. h4 Rd6 27. Ne4 Rc6 28. Qe7 Qe6 29. Qb7 Rac8 30. Ng5 Qxa2 31. Rf7 Ne6 32. Rxh7 Rf8 33. Rh8+ 1-0. Leading final scores(110 players including 21 GM) GM H.Steingrimsson(ISL 2547),GM Y.Kryvoruchko (UKR 2604),GM H.Stefansson(ISL 2563),GM M.Marin(ROU 2556) all 7/9

 Deshun Xiu (CHN 2422 no title) leads the Thailand Open(121 players from 33 countries including 29 titled) with 5.5/6. Scores of the four Sydney players are FM T.Reilly(2280) 4,M.Drummond(2252) 3,S.Watharow(2057) 2.5,J.Attwood(2071) 2

Aronian Wins Amber

Peter Parr (SMH 30/3/09)

 Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian has won the 18th annual Amber Blindfold and Rapidplay extravaganza after winning the 17th edition last year in the luxurious Hotel Palais in Nice,France. Aronian drew both games against World no 1 Veselin Topalov in the final round to finish half a point ahead of World Champion Viswanathan Anand and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. World no 4 eighteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen finished fourth. The twelve players were ranked 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,13,17 and 27 in the World. The following three games are from the Amber Rapidplay.

 V.Topalov 2796 v G.Kamsky 2725 B42 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O d6 7. c4 b6 8. Nc3 Bb7 9. a4 Be7 10. a5 bxa5 11. Qa4+ Nbd7 12. Nb3 O-O 13. Nxa5 Qc7 14. f3 Rab8 15. b4 Ba8 16. Kh1 d5 17. c5 Qe5 18. Bd2 Qd4 19. Qc2 Ne5 20. Bxa6 dxe4 21. Ne2 Qd8 22. f4 Nf3 23. Bc3 Ng4 24. c6 Nfxh2 25. Rfd1 Bd6 26. Be1 Qf6 27. Rxd6 Nf3 28. Ng1 Nxe1 29. Qe2 Qxf4 30. g3 Qh6+ 0-1           L.Aronian 2750 v P.Leko 2751 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 Nc6 11. Qa4 Nf6 12. Nh4 g6 13. Bh6 Bf8 14. Bxf8 Kxf8 15. Nc3 Kg7 16. Rd6 Na5 17. Qf4 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 h6 19. Ne4 Nxe4 20. Qxe4 Re8 21. Rxg6+ fxg6 22. Qxg6+ Kf8 23. Qxh6+ Ke7 24. Nf5+ Kf7 25. Nd6+ Ke7 26. Rd1 Rf8 27. Rd5 Rf6 28. Qh7+ Kf8 29. Rg5 1-0           L.Aronian 2750 v A.Morozevich 2771  E04 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 a6 6. O-O Nc6 7. e3 Bd7 8. Qe2 b5 9. Rd1 Bb4 10. b3 cxb3 11. axb3 O-O 12. e4 Ne7 13. Ne5 Nc6 14. Bg5 Be7 15. Nxd7 Qxd7 16. d5 exd5 17. Nc3 Rae8 18. Bxf6 Bxf6 19. Nxd5 Bd4 20. Qc2 f5 21. e5 f4 22. Nf6+ Rxf6 23. exf6 Nb4 24. Qd2 c5 25. Re1 Rf8 26. Re7 Qf5 27. fxg7 fxg3 28. gxf8=Q+ Kxf8 29. Re2 gxf2+ 30. Kh1 Nd3 31. Qh6+ Kf7 32. Rf1 Ne5 33. Qh4 Ng4 34. h3 Nf6 35. Rexf2 Bxf2 36. Rxf2 1-0

 The blindfold and rapid each resulted in a triple tie for first with 7/11. Blindfold - Aronian,Carlsen,Kramnik and Rapid - Aronian,Anand,Kamsky. Final combined scores (12 players,2759 average rating,22 games) - L.Aronian(ARM 2750) 14,V.Anand(IND 2791) and V.Kramnik(RUS 2759) 13.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2776) 13,A.Morozevich(RUS 2771) 11,S.Karjakin(UKR 2706) and V.Topalov(BUL 2796) 10.5, G.Kamsky(USA 2725) and P.Leko(HUN 2751) 10,V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2779) 9.5,T.Radjabov(AZE 2760) 9,Y.Wang(CHN 2739) 7.5

 The Reykjavik(Iceland)Open has attracted 110 players including 21 GM's(15 over 2500) from 22 countries. Fabien Guilleux(FRA 2303) seeded 48th shares the lead on 4.5/5 with GM Yuriy Kryvoruchko(UKR 2604). The ninth annual Thailand Open 1-6 April will be held in the beautiful Aisawan Resort and Spa in quiet Wongamart Beach 2km from the famous Pattaya Beach. 191 players including 12 grandmasters from 34 countries have so far entered including four Sydney players - FM Tim Reilly 2280,Matthew Drummond 2252,James Attwood 2071 and Sean Watharow 2057. Top seeds above 2500 are grandmasters Short(ENG),Mchedlishvili(GEO),Li(CHN),Timoshenko(UKR),Paragua(PHI),Kunte(IND),Moradiabadi(IRI)   

 University of Baguio(Philippines) President Herminio Bautista has conferred an Hon Degree (Doctor of Humanities) on former World Chess Federation President Florencio Campomanes(PHI).

A new chess club which meets in Sydney every Saturday afternoon from 12 noon to 6pm has opened at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club. All players are welcome - Contact Elpidio Bautista tel 9737 9506.  NSW Chess Association President Bill Gletsos advises that The City of Sydney Rapid will not be held on 4 April. It will be rescheduled for later in the year at a venue to be determined.  

Russians win European Titles

Peter Parr (SMH 23/3/09)

 Evgeny Tomashevsky(RUS 2664) won the European Championship in Budva,Montenegro and Tatiana Kosintseva(RUS 2497) won the European Womens Title in St Petersburg,Russia. 306 players including 138 grandmasters competed over 11 rounds in Budva with the top 22 players qualifying for the World Cup to be held in Siberia in November. The event resulted in an eleven way tie for first place on 8 points and a thirteen way tie on 7.5 points. A series of play-offs were held to determine the qualifiers. Tomashevsky beat Vladimir Malakhov (RUS 2692) 2-1 in the final match for the title. Jobava Baadur(GEO 2669) finished third. 

 E.Tomashevsky 2664 v A.Shomoev 2567 A65 1 c4 g6 2 e4 Bg7 3 d4 d6 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 f3 0-0 6 Be3 c5 7 Nge2 Nc6 8 d5 Ne5 9 Ng3 e6 10 Be2 exd5 11 cxd5 h5 12 0-0 Nh7 13 Qd2 h4 14 Nh1 f5 15 Nf2 Bd7 16 Kh1 a6 17 a4 Re8 18 Rg1 g5 19 exf5 Bxf5 20 Rae1 Rc8 21 Nce4 Nf7 22 Bd3 Re5 23 Bc2 Qd7 24 g3 Kh8 25 gxh4 gxh4 26 Rxg7 Kxg7 27 Rg1+ Kh8 28 f4 Rxe4 29 Bxe4 Bxe4+ 30 Nxe4 Qf5 31 Qc3+ 1-0

 E.Tomashevsky 2664 v A.Smirnov 2449 A29 1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e5 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 g3 Nd4 5 Bg2 Nxf3+ 6 Bxf3 Bb4 7 0-0 0-0 8 d3 c6 9 Bg2 Re8 10 Bd2 h6 11 a3 Bf8 12 Rc1 a6 13 Kh1 d6 14 Qb3 Nd7 15 f4 Nc5 16 Qc2 exf4 17 gxf4 Bg4 18 d4 Nd7 19 e4 b5 20 cxb5 axb5 21 f5 c5 22 Be3 Rc8 23 dxc5 Nxc5 24 Nd5 Nxe4 25 Qxc8 Qh4 26 Bxe4 Rxc8 27 Rxc8 Be2 28 Rf4 Qe1+ 29 Bg1 Qd2 30 Ne7+ Kh7 31 f6+ g6 32 Rxf8 1-0 (After 32...Qxf4 33 Rxf7+ Kh8 34 Nxg6+ Kg8 35 Rg7 mate)

 Kosintseva defeated Lilit Mkrtchian(ARM 2460) in a play-off match 1.5-0.5 after the two players were equal first on 8.5/11 in the 168 player European Womens championship. Natalija Pogonina(RUS 2467) was third. The top 14 qualified for the Womens World Cup.

 Womens Grand Prix in Istanbul(12 players,2481 average,11 rounds) -  Humpy Koneru (IND 2621,aged 21,World Womens no 2) 8.5/11, Elina Danielian (ARM 2496),Yifan Hou(CHN 2571,aged 15,World Womens no 3) 8, Xue Zhao (CHN 2508) 7.5.

 The 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament is in progress in Nice,France. Magnus Carlsen leads the Blindfold with 5.5/7,Vladimir Kramnik is second with 5 points. Gata Kamsky leads the Rapid with 5/7 half a point ahead of Viswanathan Anand and Levon Aronian.

 Former World Champions Kramnik and Topalov again did not shake hands before their two games as a result of their bitter World Title Match in Elista,Russia in 2006.

Combined scores after 14 games (12 players,2759 average rating,22 games) - World Champion V.Anand(IND 2791 world no 2) and ex-World Champion V.Kramnik(RUS 2759 no 8) 9, L.Aronian(ARM 2750 no 11),M.Carlsen(NOR 2776 no 4) 8.5,P.Leko(HUN 2751 no 9) 7.5, G.Kamsky(USA 2725 no 17),A.Morozevich(RUS 2771 no 5),ex-World Champion V.Topalov(BUL 2796 no 1) 7,T.Radjabov(AZE 2760 no 6) 6, V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2779 no 3),S.Karjakin(UKR 2706 no 27) 5, Y.Wang (CHN 2739 no 13) 4.5.

 The Norths Club Championship in Cammeray,Sydney is being held in six rating divisions. FIDE Master Dr Vladimir Smirnov,the firm favorite,has scored 2/2. Blair Mandla has 4/5 and Karel Hursky 3.5/5.  The Easts Leagues Summer Challenge at Bondi Junction is in progress with Moissei Pevzner leading on 5.5/6 followed by Johny Bolens and Jonathan Montances on 4.5 points. 

 An Open Class 1 ACF Grand Prix Weekend tournament over 6 rounds will be held 28-29 March at Dubbo RSL Club (408 km WNW of Sydney). Three rounds will be held each day commencing at 10.30am on Saturday with first prize of $350 guaranteed as well as divisional and junior prizes.


Top six players in Nice
Peter Parr (SMH 16/3/09)

The top six rated players in the world are competing in the 18th Blindfold
and Rapid Tournament (22 rounds,prize fund $AU 423,000) which started on
Saturday evening in Nice,France. The twelve players(average rating 2759) in
the event are V.Topalov(BUL 2796 no 1),V.Anand(IND 2791 no 2),V.Ivanchuk(UKR
2779 no 3),M.Carlsen(NOR 2776 no 4,aged 18),A.Morozevich(RUS 2771 no
5),T.Radjabov(AZE 2760 no 6),V.Kramnik(RUS 2759 no 8),P.Leko(HUN 2751 no
9),L.Aronian(ARM 2750 no 11),Y.Wang(CHN 2739 no 13),G.Kamsky(USA 2725 no 17)
and S.Karjakin(UKR 2706 no 27,aged 19). Levon Aronian beat Vassily Ivanchuk
2-0 in a first round match and the other 5 matches were all drawn 1-1.

Darren Swiercz who tied for first place in the City of Sydney Championship
Tournament two years ago at the age of twelve is competing in the European
Individual Championship in Budva,Montenegro. Swiercz is expected to become a
grandmaster later this year. World no 35 Arkadi Naiditsch (German no 1)
chased black's king across the board in the following game.

GM A.Naiditsch(GER 2693) v IM D.Swiercz(POL 2472) B96  1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4
cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Bg5 e6 7 f4 Qc7 8 Qe2 Nc6 9 0-0-0 Nxd4 10 Rxd4
Be7 11 g4 h6 12 Bh4 g5 13 e5 dxe5 14 Rc4 Qb8 15 fxg5 hxg5 16 Bg3 Nd7 17 Bg2
b5 18 Rc6 b4 19 Nb1 0-0 20 h4 Bb7 21 Nd2 Rd8 22 hxg5 Bxg5 23 Kb1 Nf6 24 Nc4
Bxc6 25 Bxc6 Qc8 26 Qxe5 Qxc6 27 Qxg5+ Kf8 28 Qh6+ Ke8 29 Ne5 Qg2 30 g5 Ng8
31 Qh7 Ke7 32 Qxf7+ Kd6 33 Rd1+ Kc5 34 Qc7+ Kb5 35 Qc4+ Ka4 36 b3+ 1-0
(after 36...Ka3 37 Qxa6+ Rxa6 38 Nc4 mate).

 Twelve-year-old IM Illya Nyzhnyk (2504) is performing above his rating and
has scored 4/8 including 6 games against grandmasters. GM A.Pashikian (ARM
2621) v IM I.Nyzhnyk (UKR 2504) D27 1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 Nf6 3 c4 dxc4 4 e3 e6 5
Bxc4 c5 6 0-0 a6 7 dxc5 Qxd1 8 Rxd1 Bxc5 9 Be2 Nbd7 10 Nbd2 b6 11 Nb3 Be7 12
Nfd4 Bb7 13 f3 Rc8 14 Bd2 0-0 15 Rac1 Rfd8 16 Kf2 Bf8 17 e4 Nc5 18 Nxc5 Bxc5
19 Be3 Ne8 20 a3 Rxd4 21 Rxc5 bxc5 22 Bxd4 cxd4 23 Rxd4 Rc6 24 b4 Kf8 25 e5
Ke7 26 b5 axb5 27 Bxb5 Rc2+ 28 Ke3 Bd5 29 Rd2 Rc3+ 30 Rd3 Rc5 31 a4 Nc7 0-1.

 The first 22 players qualify for the World Cup. Progress scores after round
8(306 players from 34 countries including 138 GM's,11 rounds) E.Inarkiev(RUS
2656) and B.Jobava(GEO 2669) 6.5.

GM Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN 2483) leads the European Womens Championship(168
players,11 rounds) in Saint Petersburg,Russia with 6/7. The first 14 qualify
for the Womens World Cup. Leading scores in the Womens Grand Prix in
Istanbul(12 players,2481 average rating,11 rounds) WGM Y.Hou(CHN 2571)
6.5/7, GM X.Zhao(CHN 2508) 6,GM H.Koneru(IND 2621) 5
Leading final scores in the Ballarat Open in Victoria (91 players including
15 above 2000,7 rounds) - FM I.Goldenberg (2376),FM E.Teichmann(2240)
6,C.Wallis(2124),IM M.Rujevic(2217),B.Cheng(2133) 5.5. Bobby Cheng is more
than 300 rating points higher than any other junior in the under 12 division
of the March 2009 ACF rating list.

Dr Vladimir Smirnov of Sydney won the 28 player Tasmanian Open in Burnie
scoring 6.5/7. The title of Tasmanian Champion was shared between
A.Dyer,N.Markovitz and T.Dowden on 5 points. The  Canterbury Championships
over 7 rounds start on Monday March 23 at Lakemba Services Memorial Club.

Grischuk wins Linares
Peter Parr (SMH 9/3/09)

Alexander Grischuk aged 25 won the Linares,Spain trophy on countback (most
won games)- 3 wins,1 loss,10 draws compared to Vassily Ivanchuk 2 wins,12
draws. World Champion Viswanathan Anand only scored 7/14. The eight players
all finished within one point of 50%. Eighteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen won
the following game against the tournament winner in round 12

 M.Carlsen 2776 v A.Grischuk 2733 B 84 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6
5 Nc3 a6 6 Be2 e6 7 0-0 Be7 8 a4 Nc6 9 Be3 0-0 10 f4 Qc7 11 Kh1 Re8 12 Bf3
Bf8 13 Qd2 Rb8 14 Qf2 e5 15 fxe5 dxe5 16 Nb3 Nb4 17 Ba7 Ra8 18 Bb6 Qe7 19
Rad1 Be6 ?(Bg4 was stronger) 20 Nd5 Bxd5 21 exd5 e4 22 d6 Qe6 23 Nc5 Qf5 24
Be2 Qxf2 25 Rxf2 Nbd5 26 a5 Nxb6 27 axb6 Rab8 (better was 27..Rec8)28 Rxf6
gxf6 29 Nd7 f5 30 c4 a5 31 c5 Bg7 32 Nxb8 Rxb8 33 Ba6!! (White's pawns
cannot be stopped) Bf6 34 Bxb7 Rxb7 35 c6 Rxb6 36 Rc1 Bxb2 37 d7  1-0

Final scores (8 players,2756 average rating,14 rounds,prize fund AUS $
620,000) A.Grischuk(RUS 2733),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2779) 8,M.Carlsen(NOR 2776)
7.5,V.Anand(IND 2791) 7,Y.Wang(CHN 2739),T.Radjabov(AZE 2761),L.Aronian(ARM
2750) 6.5,L.Dominguez(CUB 2717) 6. Ivanchuk first won Linares 20 years ago
above Karpov in 1989 and again in 1991 above Kasparov.  
Grischuk was World Blitz Champion in 2006 and Ivanchuk World Blitz Champion
in 2007.

Leading final scores in the Cappella Grande Open,France(610 players from 58
countries including 106 grandmasters) GM Y.Vovk(UKR 2545) 7.5/9,GM
V.Zakhartsov(RUS 2529),GM M.Dzhumaev(UZB 2529),GM P.Jaracz(POL 2518) 7. The
European Individual Championship has started in Budva,Montenegro with 306
players(240 are titled including 138 GM's) from 34 countries.

The Doeberl Cup Easter weekend tournaments 9-13 April at the Hellenic
Club,Woden,Canberra have so far attracted 162 advanced entries and a record
entry over the next four weeks is anticipated. 40 players are registered
with 16 overseas federations.  There are 76 (limit 80) in the main event(35
titled - 8 GM,3 WGM,13 IM,2 WIM,6 FM,3 WFM) including 17 rated above 2400
FIDE including two Australians. The top ten seeds are GM D.Reinderman(NED
2549),GM G.Jones(ENG 2540),GM A.Kunte(IND 2536),GM E.Moradiabadi(IRI
2505),GM N.Das(IND 2490),IM A.Simutowe(ZAM 2485),GM C.Deepan(IND 2472), IM
D.Smerdon(AUS 2470), GM D.Johansen(AUS 2455),IM S.Chowdhury (IND 2447).

The Sydney International Open 15-19 April will be held at Parramatta Town
Hall. 86 players (37 titled - 10 GM, 4 WGM, 12 IM, 1 WIM, 5 FM, 5 WFM) from
14 countries have so far entered the Open Division and supporting
tournament. The top ten seeds are GM Z.Zhao(AUS 2577),GM D.Reinderman(NED
2549),GM G.Jones(ENG 2540),GM A.Kunte(IND 2527),GM E.Moradiabadi(IRI
2505),GM D.Laylo(PHI 2504),GM D.Neelotpal(IND 2490), IM A.Simutowe(ZAM
2485),GM C.Deepan(IND 2472),IM S.Solomon(AUS 2460).      

The two day Sydney Easter Cup on 11 and 13 April will be held at Cabra Vale
Diggers Club,Cabramatta.
The next Australian Championship and supporting tournaments are scheduled
for 2-14 January 2010 at Norths Club,Abbott St,Cammeray,Sydney. The
Australian Junior Championships are to be held in Sandy Bay,Hobart Tasmania
13-24 January 2010. These national events are subject to final confirmation
by the Australian Chess Federation.

Topalov beats Kamsky
Peter Parr (SMH 2/3/09)

Veselin Topalov,ranked number 1 in the world,beat Gata Kamsky 4.5-2.5 in
their World Title Challenge Match in Sofia,Bulgaria. The prize fund of AUS $
390,000 was shared equally.The score stood at 2-2 at the halfway stage but
Topalov won the fifth and seventh games with the white pieces. Topalov
played for complicated positions and Kamsky was in serious time trouble in
some games. Topalov will play a match for the World Championship against the
reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India later in the year.

GM Kiril Georgiev(BUL) has broken the Guinness Simultaneous record on 21
February in Sofia. He played 360 opponents scoring 284 wins,70 draws and 6
losses(88% score - at least 80% result was required) in 14 hours and 8

Alexander Grischuk leads in Linares,Spain by a full point with 6 rounds to
play. Grischuk beat Aronian,Wang and Radjabov and drew five in the first 8
rounds. Ivanchuk defeated Aronian and drew seven,18-year-old Carlsen lost
his first game in round 8 in 93 moves after 6.5 hours against Aronian. World
Champion Anand is on 50%.

 Linares(8 players,2755 average rating,14 rounds) progress scores after
round 8 - A.Grischuk(RUS 2733) 5.5,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2779) and L.Aronian(ARM
2750) 4.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2776) and V.Anand(IND 2791) 4,L.Dominguez(CUB 2717)
3.5,Y.Wang(CHN 2739) and T.Radjabov(AZE 2761) 3.  Grischuk is married to WGM
Natalia Zhukova(UKR 2490). GM Robert Fontaine (FRA 2546) married GM Kateryna
Lahno(UKR 2488) last Wednesday.

The top division of the Aeroflot Open in Moscow was for players rated 2550
and higher and attracted 76 participants from 22 countries including 69
grandmasters.  Leading final scores - GM Etienne Bacrot(FRA 2722) and GM
Alexander Moiseenko(UKR 2676) 6.5/9. Bacrot was the winner on tiebreak as he
had played more games with the black pieces. GM Jianchao Zhou(CHN 2612) was
3rd on tie-break from the 7 GM's on 6 points.

 The top seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was crushed on board 1 in round 6 by
Igor Kurnosov in 21 moves and withdrew from the event accusing his opponent
of cheating by using a computer during the game. The first 16 moves however
was theory and white resigned five moves later. S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2724) v
I.Kurnosov (RUS 2602)  D70  1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 f3 d5 4 cxd5 Nxd5 5 e4 Nb6 6
Nc3 Bg7 7 Be3 0-0 8 Qd2 Nc6 9 0-0-0 f5 10 h4 fxe4 11 h5 gxh5 12 d5 Ne5 13
Bh6 Nec4 14 Qg5 Rf7 15 Bxc4 Nxc4 16 Rd4 Qd6 (New move,Novelty) 17 Bxg7 Rxg7
18 Qxh5 Qf4+ 19 Kb1 Bf5 20 fxe4 Bg4 21 Nge2 Qd2! 0-1. The 165 player blitz
event was won by Sergey Karjakin(UKR 2706) scoring 15/18 half a point ahead
of Vugar Gashimov(AZE 2723).

The Australian Chess Federation has rated 86 tournaments(51 classic,35
rapid) and 7186 games(4517 classic,2669 rapid) in the last three months.
Leading players March 2009 - GM I.Rogers(NSW 2605)=,GM Z.Zhao(NSW 2602)=,IM
D.Smerdon(ACT 2520)+43, IM A.Wohl(NSW 2479)=, IM S.Solomon (QLD 2419)-27, GM
D.Johansen(VIC 2412)+2, IM G.Xie (NSW 2407)-4, T.Tao(SA 2397)=, FM
I.Goldenberg(VIC 2376)+21, FM T.Reilly(NSW 2359)+40. From the top 20 players
- 11 NSW,4 VIC,2 ACT,2 SA,1 QLD.

 Juniors U20 and U18- J.Ikeda(ACT 2239), U16 and U14 - Y.Yuan(ACT 2144), U12
- B.Cheng(VIC 2133), U 10 - S.Gu(NSW 1530).  Seniors over 60 - IM M.Rujevic
(VIC 2217), over 70 - 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.Ngyen(SA 2067),WIM L.Moylan(NSW 1994),WIM B.Dekic(NSW
1962). Girls U20 - E.Guo(ACT 1820)

Kamsky Strikes Back
Peter Parr (SMH 23/2/09)

Gata Kamsky(USA) struck back by winning the fourth game of his World Title
Challenge Match in Sofia,Bulgaria against World Number One Veselin
Topalov(Bulgaria). The score at the half way stage is 2-2 with 4 games to
play. The winner plays a match for the World Title against the current
champion Viswanathan Anand (India)later this year. Game 1 - Topalov played
the first 17 moves in only 3 minutes. Kamsky under pressure drew in 36 moves
by perpetual check.

 Game 2 - G.Kamsky(USA 2725)-V.Topalov(BUL 2796) 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6
4 0-0 Bc5 a surprise 5 Nxe5 Nxe4 6 Qe2 Nxe5 7 d4 Qe7 8 dxc5 Nxc5 9 Nc3 white
has good compensation for the pawn sacrifice with better development and
strong bishops. Topalov has used only one minute. 9...Ng6 10 Qh5 c6 11 Bg5
f6 12 Rae1 Ne6 13 Bd3 0-0 14 Bd2 d5! 15 f4 Qc5+! Kamsky had only 8 minutes
left 16 Kh1(Be3 was better) 16...d4 17 Bf5 Rf7?(much stronger was
17..Nexf4!) 18 Ne4 Qd5 19 Bxg6 hxg6 20 Qxd5 cxd5 21 Nd6 Rc7! 22 c4?(Kamsky
should have accepted the sacrifice with 22 Nxc8 Raxc8 23 Rxe6 Rxc2) but with
less than 3 minutes left has no time to think. 22...dxc3 23 Bxc3 d4 24 Bb4
Bd7 25 Rf2 a5 26 Ba3 b5 27 b3 b4 28 Bb2 Ra6 29 Ne4 Rac6 30 Kg1 Rc2 31 g3 d3
32 Rd1 f5 0-1.

Game 3 - Another Gruenfeld as in game 1 and drawn in 37 moves. Game 4 was a
very long complicated struggle. Kamsky handled his clock times very well and
gained a positional advantage in the late middlegame soon after the first
time control at move 40. Kamsky steadily improved his position and Topalov
resigned after 73 moves. Game five will be played on Monday evening. If the
eight game match is tied 4-4 rapid games will decide the winner.

World Champion Viswanathan Anand beat World number 6 Teimour Radjabov to
take the sole lead after the first round of the Linares,Spain (8
players,2756 average rating, 14 rounds) Super Grandmaster Tournament. Anand
playing white stood much better after 33 moves against World number 11 Levon
Aronian in the second round. The position was very sharp but Anand missed a
tactical trick and lost. Alexander Grischuk beat Wang Yue in the only other
decisive game in the tournament so far. Progress scores after round 3 -
L.Aronian(ARM 2750),A.Grischuk(RUS 2733) 2   L.Dominguez(CUB
2717),M.Carlsen(NOR 2776),V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2779),V.Anand(IND 2791) 1.5
T.Radjabov(AZE 2761),Y.Wang(CHN 2739) 1

There are 76 participants including 69 grandmasters in the top section(for
players rated 2550 or higher) of the Aeroflot Open in Moscow. Leading scores
after round 5 - S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2724),A.Moiseenko(UKR 2676) and
I.Kurnosov(RUS 2602) 4 with nine players on 3.5 points.  

Sixteen-year-old Max Illingworth of Dee Why won the Newcastle Grand Prix
Weekender conceding only half a point in seven games. Illingworth defeated
the top two seeds IM Gary Lane 2336 and FM Vladimir Smirnov as well as FM
Lee Jones and drew with third seed FM Jesse Sales. Former NSW Champion
Andrew Bird tied for second place beating IM Lane and WIM Heather Richards
2132 in the last two rounds. Leading final scores(43 players,7 rounds)
M.Illingworth (2114) 6.5,FM J.Sales(2304),A.Bird(2118) 5.5,FM
V.Smirnov(2324),R.Scott (2191),D.Castor(1974) 5

A nine round 15 minute allegro tournament will be held at Lakemba Services
Memorial Club on Monday March 2nd and March 9th.

Onischuk Wins The Moscow Open
Peter Parr (SMH 16/2/09)

Alexander Onischuk aged 33 of Baltimore USA has won the Moscow Open ahead of
eighty grandmasters. Onischuk immigrated to America from Ukraine in 2001
winning the United States Championship in 2006. Over 1500 players competed
in the seven divisions of the Moscow Open.

S.Tiviakov(NED 2685) v R.Vaganian(ARM 2596) Alekhine's Defence 1 e4 Nf6 2 e5
Nd5 3 d4 d6 4 Nf3 g6 5 Bc4 c6 6 exd Qd6 7 0-0 Bg7 8 h3 (Short played 8 Nbd2
against Vaganian)0-0 9 Nbd2 Nd7 10 Bb3 b6 11 Ne4 Qc7 12 Bg5 N7f6 13 Re1 Ba6
14 Qd2 Rad8 15 Nxf6! exf 16 Bh4 Ne7 17 Bg3 Qb7 18 c3 Nf5 19 Bf4 c5 20 Bc2
Nd6 21 dxc! Nc4 22 Qc1 bxc 23 b3 Nd6 24 c4 Qb6 25 Re7 f5 26 Bh6 Bf6 27 Bf8
Rf8 28 Re1 Ba1 29 Qa1 Bb7 30 Ne5 Qc7 31 f3 Rd8 32 Nd3 a5 33 Qf6 Re8 34 Re5
Qb8 35 Re8 Ne8 36 Qe7 Ng7 37 Ne5 Qe8 38 Qxe8 Nxe8 39 Nd3 1-0

Leading final scores (318 players,9 rounds) GM A.Onischuk(USA 2659) 7.5,GM
S.Tiviakov(NED 2685),GM E.Inarkiev(RUS 2656),GM I.Nepomniachtchi(RUS
2628),GM A.Korotylev(RUS 2587),GM V.Iordachescu(MDA 2584) 7

The Aeroflot Open starts in Moscow tomorrow in four ratings divisions. The
Title event(stronger than the Moscow Open) is restricted to players with a
minimum rating of 2550 and has so far attracted seventy-four players.

The eight game match between Veselin Topalov(BUL 2796) and Gata Kamsky(2725)
starts tomorrow in Sofia,Bulgaria. Topalov is ranked number one in the world
and is clear favorite to win against Kamsky ranked World number seventeen.
Topalov has played Kamsky eight times before scoring 4 wins and 4 draws. The
winner qualifies for a world title match in September against Viswanathan
Anand (IND 2791) the defending champion.

The eight player Linares,Spain Super Grandmaster Tournament "The Wimbledon
of Chess" takes place from 18 Feb to 8 Mar. World Champion Viswanathan
Anand,winner in 1998,2007 and 2008 is top seed in a very strong field. The
average rating of the 8 players is 2755 - V.Anand(IND 2791),V.Ivanchuk(UKR
2779),M.Carlsen(NOR 2776),T.Radjabov(AZE 2761),L.Aronian(ARM 2750),W.Yue(CHN
2739),A.Grischuk(RUS 2733),L.Dominguez(CUB 2717).

Serbian Grandmaster Dejan Antic (2495) won the Bulgarian Open(over 300
players) in Plovdiv last week. Six tied for first place each scoring 7.5/9
and Antic was declared the winner on countback just ahead of GM Vasil
Spasov(BUL 2595). Antic also won the Serbian Open in November. Antic is
still seeking permanent residence in Australia after teaching chess in most
states in this country in recent years. Antic would be ranked no 2 in
Australia behind only GM Zong Yuan Zhao.

NSW Chess Association Vice-President Jason Hu (also an expert at poker) won
the Mingara Club one-day Rapid Play tournament(46 players,7 rounds) in Tumbi
Umbi on the NSW Central Coast scoring five wins and draws with Smirnov and
Curtis.Hu beat the leader Jesse Sales in the last round. Leading final
scores J.Hu(2171) 6,FM J.Sales(2304),FM V.Smirnov(2324),FM
J.Curtis(2242),B.Mandla(2048) 5.5.

The Tasmanian Chess Association has set a provisional schedule for the
Australian Junior Championship in Hobart 13 -24 January 2010. The Australian
Championship and supporting events are expected to be held in Sydney(NSWCA
has accepted its option to hold the Championships) before the Australian
Junior. The expressions of interest from at least three clubs and bids are
to be discussed at the NSWCA delegates meeting on 25 February at
Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.

Karjakin Wins Corus
Peter Parr (SMH 9/2/09)

Six players shared the lead with one round to play in the Corus Grandmaster
"A"tournament in Wijk aan Zee,Netherlands. Sergey Karjakin beat World Blitz
Champion Leinier Dominguez leaving him in outright first place as none of
his five rivals won their last game. Karjakin became the youngest
grandmaster in history at the age of 12 years and 7 months. Karjakin turned
19 last month and is ranked World no 27 on the latest January World ranking
list. Magnus Carlsen is 18 (GM at 13) and is ranked World no 4.  

Round 12 S.Karjakin 2706 v M.Adams 2712 C92  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 Bb7 10 d4 Re8 11 Nbd2 Bf8
12 a4 Na5 13 Bc2 b4 14 cxb4 Nc6 15 Nb3 exd4 16 Bd2 d5 17 e5 Ne4 18 Nc5 Bxc5
19 bxc5 Rb8 20 b4 Ba8 21 Rb1 g6 22 b5 axb5 23 axb5 Nxe5 24 Nxe5 Rxe5 25 Bf4
Nc3 26 Qxd4 Rxe1+ 27 Rxe1 Nxb5 28 Qe5 Qf8 29 Bd3 Na7 30 Qxc7 Nc6 31 Ra1 Rb7
32 Qd6 Ra7 33 Rxa7 Nxa7 34 Qd7 Nc6 35 Bb5 1-0

All the players(except for the winner)finished within one point of 50%.
Final scores(14 players,2716 average rating,13 rounds) S.Karjakin(UKR 2706)
8,L.Aronian(ARM 2750),T.Radjabov(AZE 2761 - GM at 14 in
2001),S.Movsesian(SVK 2751) 7.5,M.Carlsen(NOR 2776),L.Dominguez(CUB 2717)
7,G.Kamsky(USA 2725) 6.5,L.Van Wely (NED 2601),Wang Yue(CHN
2739),J.Smeets(NED 2601) 6,V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2779),D.Stellwagen(NED
2612),M.Adams(ENG 2712),A.Morozevich(RUS 2771) 5.5.

Sixteen-year-old Fabiano Caruana  won the "B"Group defeating the leader
Nigel Short in the last round.  Caruana beat his first GM at the age of 10.
D.Navara 2638 v K.Sasikiran 2711 B25 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 d6 3 g3 Nc6 4 Bg2 g6 5 d3
Bg7 6 f4 Rb8 7 Nf3 b5 8 a3 e6 9 Be3 Nge7 10 d4! b4 11 axb4 Rxb4 12 dxc5 d5
13 exd5 exd5 14 Ne5 Nxe5 15 fxe5 d4 16 Bg5 dxc3 17 Qxd8+Kxd8 18 bxc3 Rg4 19
0-0-0+ Ke8 20 Bf6! Bxf6 21 exf6 Ra4 22 c6 Bg4 23 Rd2 h5 24 c7 Bd7 25 Bc6!!
1-0. Leading final scores(av 2641) F.Caruana(ITA 2646) 8.5/13,N.Short(ENG
2663),A.Motylev(RUS 2676),R.Kasimdzhanov(UZB 2687) 8.

 Fifteen-year-old GM Wesley So(PHI 2627)won the "C"Group(av 2521) scoring
9.5/13. So was an IM at the age of 12 and a GM at the age of 14 yrs and 2
months.  Fourteen-year-old Anish Giri(RUS 2469) tied for second place and is
now the World's Youngest Grandmaster.  195 players (17 over 2600,34 over
2500) competed in the Gibtelecom Masters International in Gibraltar. Five
times Russian Champion Peter Svidler 2723 and Vadim Milov SUI 2669 tied for
first scoring 8/10.Svidler won the play-off. Vugar Gashimov(AZE 2723),the
top seed scored 7.5 and I.Ogada-Osir(AUS 2110) 4 points.

The Moscow International Open (prize fund 7 million rubles = AUS $286,000)in
seven separate divisions is in progress. Alexander Onischuk(USA 2659) leads
the main event(318 players including 32 above 2600,87 over 2500) with 7/8.
There are 518 players in the second division(under 2300).

Leading final scores in the St George Leagues Club Summer Open(47 players,7
rounds) A.Rose, A.Huynh, N.Radev, J.Plant 5.5, Q.Reitmans 5. FIDE Master
John Curtis won the 23 player Central Coast Leagues Club,Gosford Open last
month. The Norths Club Championship in six round robin rating divisions
start tomorrow evening in Cammeray. The Newcastle Open Grand Prix Weekender
will be held over 7 rounds at Panthers Newcastle 14-15 February.

Corus - A Stunning Event
Peter Parr (SMH 2/2/09)

The 2009 Corus tournament in the windswept Dutch seaside town of Wijk aan
Zee has been the most stunning annual event in its 70 year history. First
place has constantly changed hands and six players share the lead with a low
score of 7/12 and only one round left to play.

Sergey Karjakin led with 4/6. Rd 7 - Sergei Movsesian defeated top seed
Vassily Ivanchuk. Leaders- Karjakin,Movsesian 4.5. Rd 8 - Ivanchuk beats
Karjakin.  Movsesian is ahead on 5/8. Round 9 - Karjakin 1 Movsesian 0.
Eighteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen has drawn all nine games. Round 10 -
Aronian takes the sole lead with 6.5 after winning against Adams. Carlsen
wins his first game against Dominguez from a completely drawn position.

 Round 11 - the new leader Levon Aronian and winner in 2007 and 2008 lost to
the World Blitz Champion Leinier Dominguez in the following game
L.Dominguez 2717 - L.Aronian 2750 Rd 11 C88  1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4
Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 d4 Nxd4 9 Nxd4 exd4 10 e5 Ne8 11 c3
dxc3 12 Nxc3 d6 13 Bd5!? Rb8 14 Be3 Be6 15 Ba7 Bxd5 16 Bxb8 Bb7 17 Ba7 Qa8
18 exd6 Bxd6 19 Bd4 b4 20 Na4 Bxg2 21 Rxe8 Qxe8 22 Kxg2 c5 23 Be3 (all home
analysis by white!) Qc6+ 24 f3 Re8 25 Bf2 c4 26 Nb6 c3 27 bxc3 bxc3 28 Qd5
Qc7 29 Nc4 Bb4 30 Rc1 Re2? 31 Rxc3 h6 32 Re3 Rxa2 33 Re8+ Kh7 34 Ne3 Rxf2+
35 Kxf2 Bc3 36 Kg2 1-0.

 There were now four joint leaders with two rounds to play. Round 12 - The
four leaders all drew. Karjakin joined them by beating Adams. Carlsen became
joint leader for the first time with the following win.   M.Carlsen 2776 -
J.Smeets 2601 Rd 12 B10 1 c4 c6 2 e4 d5 3 exd5 cxd5 4 cxd5 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nxd5 6
Nf3 Nc6 7 Bb5 e6 8 0-0 Be7 9 d4 0-0 10 Re1 Bd7 11 Bd3 Rc8?! 12 Nxd5 exd5 13
Ne5 Bf6 14 Bf4 g6 15 Qb3 Na5 16 Qb4 Be6 17 Bh6 Bg7?! 18 Bxg7 Kxg7 19 h4 Re8
20 h5 f6 21 Nf3 b6 22 Bb5 Re7 23 Re2 Rcc7 24 Rae1 Kf7 25 Qd2 Qf8 26 Qf4 Bf5
27 g4 Bc8 28 b4 Nb7 29 Bc6! 1-0

 Leading scores after 12 rounds (14 players,2716 average rating,13 rounds)
M.Carlsen(NOR 2776),T.Radjabov(AZE 2761),L.Aronian(ARM 2750),S.Karjakin(UKR
2706),L.Dominguez(CUB 2717),S.Movsesian(SVK 2751) all 7,G.Kamsky (USA 2725)

Former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov(UZB 2687) and ex-world title
challenger Nigel Short(ENG 2663) share the lead in the "B"Group(av 2641)
with 8/12. Fifteen-year-old GM Wesley So(PHI 2627)leads the "C"Group(av
2521) with 9/12. FM Anish Giri a fourteen-year-old Nepalese-Russian boy
living in Holland is in second place on 8/12. This was the third and final
GM norm for Giri who becomes the World's Youngest Grandmaster at 14 years,7
months. Karjakin became the youngest GM ever at the age of 12 years,7
Leading final scores in the Queenstown,New Zealand Rapidplay(49 players,9
rounds) GM G.Jones(ENG 2537) 8,GM V.Mikhalevski(ISR 2608) 7,GM
D.Mastrovasilis (GRE 2580),GM E.Rozentalis(LTU 2590) 6.5

The first two tournaments in the 2009 Yulgibar-Think Big Australian Chess
Grand Prix were held over the Australia Day Weekend. The 20-player
Launceston event resulted in a triple-tie for first place between
M.Bretag(TAS 1641),FM L.Jones(NSW 1967) and T.Dowden(TAS 1970) each scoring

FIDE Master Jesse Sales defeated top seed IM George Xie in the final round
to win the NSWCA Australia Day Weekender at Norths,Cammeray. Leading final
scores(69 players,7 rounds) FM J.Sales(2304) 6,IM G.Xie(2411),FM
G.Nakauchi(2039),M.Morris(2153),N.Chernih(2060) 5.5. The Lakemba Services
Memorial Club is holding a 9-round rapidplay championship over three Monday
evenings starting on 9th February.

Smerdon wins Queenstown Classic
Peter Parr (SMH 25/1/09)

Australian International Master David Smerdon won the NZ $10,000 first prize
in the NZ Queenstown Classic tournament finishing half a point ahead of six
higher rated Grandmasters. Smerdon won four of his first six games drawing
only with top seed GM Mikhalevski and GM Wells in rounds 4 and 5. Smerdon
was in brilliant form beating three strong grandmasters Rozentalis,Bischoff
and Mastrovasilis in rounds 7,8 and 9. Smerdon with 8/9 was well clear of
the field but although he lost in the final round to GM Gawain Jones he
remained in outright first place. Smerdon has scored all his Grandmaster
norms but needs a minimum 2500 rating for his GM title. He gained 26 points
in Queenstown which raises his rating from 2463 to 2489.

Black's queen is soon in trouble in the following brevity. GM V.Mikhalevski
2608 - GM G.Jones 2540 Rd 8 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5 4 cxb5 a6 5 b6 a5 6 Nc3
Ba6 7 f4 d6 8 Nf3 Qxb6 9 e4 Bxf1 10 Rxf1 Qb4 11 a3 Qc4 12 Nd2 Qd4 13 Qe2 c4
14 Nxc4 Qa7 15 e5 1-0. IM Anthony Ker recovered from the following game to
become New Zealand Champion for the tenth time. Ker scored 6.5/10 and was
the only New Zealand player to finish in the top 24 places.  GM
L.Johannessen(2539) -IM A.Ker(2321) A41  1 Nf3 d6 2 d4 Bg4 3 c4 Bxf3 4 exf3
g6 5 Nc3 Bg7 6 Be3 Nh6 7 g4 Nd7 8 h4 f6 9 Qc2 e5 10 h5 Nf8 11 0-0-0 Qd7 12
dxe5 fxe5 13 c5 Nf7 14 cxd6 Nxd6 15 Ne4 gxh5 16 Rxd6 1-0

 IM D.Smerdon 2463 - GM E.Rozentalis 2590 Rd 7 1 e4 Nf6 2 e5 Nd5 3 d4 d6 4
c4 Nb6 5 exd6 cxd6 6 Nc3 g6 7 Bd3 Nc6 8 d5 Ne5 9 Nge2 Bg7 10 0-0 a5 11 Be3
0-0 12 b3 a4 13 Bc2 axb3 14 axb3 Rxa1 15 Qxa1 Ng4 16 Bd4 e5 17 dxe6 Bxd4 18
Nxd4 fxe6 19 h3 Nxf2 20 Nde2 d5 21 Rxf2 Rxf2 22 Kxf2 d4 23 Ne4 d3 24 Bxd3
Qxd3 25 Qe5 Bd7 26 Nf4 Qc2+ 27 Kg1 Qxb3 28 Nxe6 Bxe6 29 Qxe6+ Kf8 30 Nd6
Qd1+ 31 Kh2 Qf1 32 Qe8+ Kg7 33 Qe7+ Kg8 34 Qd8+ 1-0

Australian IM Aleks Wohl who won the Australian Open Title at Manly two
weeks ago had a solid result scoring 50% against 4 GM's and 1 IM. FM Igor
Goldenberg (Champion of Victoria)scored his third and final IM norm raising
his rating above 2400 completing all the requirements for his IM Title.
Samuel Chow(VIC), Domagoj Dragicevic(VIC) and 16-year-old Andrew Brown(ACT)
all scored IM norms(2450+ performance ratings).

Leading final scores(120 players,10 rounds) IM D.Smerdon(AUS 2463) 8,GM
E.Rozentalis(LTU 2590),GM V.Mikhalevski(ISR 2608),GM K.Bischoff(GER 2545),GM
G.Jones(ENG 2540),GM D.Mastrovasilis(GRE 2580),GM L.Johannessen(NOR 2539)
7.5, IM A.Wohl(AUS 2342),D.Dragicevic(AUS 2205),S.Chow(AUS 2267),GM
D.Johansen(AUS 2455) 7

Progress scores after round 7 of the Corus GM event in Wijk aan Zee (14
players,2716 average rating,13 rounds) S.Movsesian(SVK 2751),S.Karjakin(UKR
2706) 4.5,L.Aronian(ARM 2750),T.Radjabov(AZE 2761),L.Dominguez(CUB 2717) 4.
Eighteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen(NOR 2776) has drawn all 7 games. Wang
Yue(CHN 2739),A.Morozevich(RUS 2771) and top seed V.Ivanchuk(UKR 2779) share
last place on 2.5 points.

Twelve-year-old Jack Ruan has won the NSW Junior League's Summer Three-Day
Tournament,half a point ahead of another twelve-year-old,Peng Yu Chen.
Brothers Adrian and Bernard Chau,who topped the earlier two Summer
tournaments,came third and equal fourth respectively. Leading final
scores(107 players,9 rounds):Jack Ruan 8,Peng Yu Chen 7.5,Adrian Chau
7,Bernard Chau,Kevin Tan,Dawen Shi,Peter Yang,Cedric Koh,Jonathan Ren,Pasan
Perera 6.5 each. The Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club 9 round Open and Under
1700 rated events start on Monday evening 2 February.

Wohl wins Australian Open
Peter Parr (SMH 19/1/09)

IM Aleks Wohl who started with 6.5/7 won the Australian Open title at Manly
on countback from IM George Xie who won his last 5 rounds. The following
game was awarded the brilliancy prize.
K.Tan-A.Papp B78 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 Be3 Bg7 7
f3 0-0 8 Qd2 Nc6 9 Bc4 Bd7 10 0-0-0 Rc8 11 Bb3 Ne5 12 h4 h5 13 Rdg1 Nc4 14
Bxc4 Rxc4 15 g4 hxg4 16 h5 gxh5 17 fxg4 Bxg4 18 Bh6 Rxd4 19 Qg5 Ne8 20 Rxh5
Bxh5 21 Bxg7 Bg6 22 Bxd4 Nc7 23 Bh8(if 23 Rh1 e5 24 Qh6 Qf6) e5 24 Bf6 Ne6
25 Qh4 1-0

Leading final scores(76 players,11 rounds) IM A.Wohl(NSW 2342),IM G.Xie(NSW
2397) 9,IM M.Chapman(SA 2402),E.Schon(VIC 2115),J.Hu (NSW 2182) 8,FM
V.Smirnov(NSW 2372),B.Mandla(NSW 2116),D.Stojic(VIC 2219),M.Lyall(ENG 2287)
7.5.  Seniors-R.Voon(VIC) and S.Javor(NSW). Women-L.Russell (VIC)and

The 54 player Under 1600 event was won jointly by Calvin Bennett(VIC)and
Anton Smirnov(NSW)with 9/11. Smirnov is aged seven - a remarkable result. He
is a member of Manly and Norths Chess Clubs.
ACF President Gary Wastell presented the ACF Medals. 2008 Steiner medal
(player)-GM Zong Yuan-Zhao(NSW),2009 Koshnitsky medal
(administration)-Charles Zworestine(NSW),Purdy medal (journalism)-Amiel
Rosario(NSW). The NSWCA Australia Day Weekender over 7 rounds will be held
24-25 January at Norths,Cammeray with a prize fund of $2340 based on 60

12-year-old Bernard Chau scored a convincing win in the NSW Junior League's
Summer One-Day tournament and followed this up by tying for first place in
the Summer Two-Day tournament with his 16-year-old brother Adrian. Several
very young players performed well,including 10-year-old Andrew Pan(equal
second in the One-Day),7-year-old Anton Smirnov(equal third in the
Two-Day)and 5-year-old Kevin Willathgamuwa(5 points out of 9 in the
One-Day). Leading final scores -One Day(177 players,9 rounds): Bernard Chau
9;Andrew Pan,Hayden Van Rys,Clive Ng 7.5 - Two-Day(161 players,11 rounds);
Bernard Chau,Adrian Chau 9/11;Kevin Tan,Eric Shi,Nicholas Deen-Cowell,Anton
Smirnov 8.5. The Junior League's Summer Three-day tournament will be held
this Wednesday to Friday. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact
Richard Gastineau-Hills phone 9412 4579

The 100 player Australian Junior Championships were held in Adelaide. The
winners were U18 Open- C.Antolis(VIC),U16 Y.Yuan(ACT),U14
G.Nakauchi(QLD),U12 S.Gu(NSW),U10 C.Gray(QLD),U8 E.Lim(VIC) Girls U18
S.Yu(VIC),U16 S.Eustace(SA),U14 N.Bortsova(SA) U12 C.Shan(NSW),U10
D.Lim(VIC),U8 G.Shan(NSW)

Progress scores in the Queenstown Classic,New Zealand (120 players,10
rounds) GM V.Mikhalevski(ISR 2608),GM G.Jones (ENG 2540),FM I.Goldenberg(AUS
2398),GM E.Rozentalis(LTU 2590),IM D.Smerdon(AUS 2463),IM S.Solomon(AUS
2460),IM M.van Delft(NED 2397) all 3/3 and 13 players on 2.5 points
including GM D.Mastrovasilis (GRE 2580),GM K.Bischoff(GER 2545),GM
L.Johannessen (NOR 2539),GM P.Wells(ENG 2513),GM H.Hecht(GER 2394),IM H.Van
Riemsdijk(BRA 2392),WGM J.Krivec(SLO 2343),IM A.Wohl(AUS 2342) etc.

The top four seeds (ranked 3,4,5,6 in the world) between them scored 1/4 in
the first round of the Corus Super-Grandmaster tournament in Wijk aan Zee,
Netherlands on Saturday evening. Leading results(14 players,2716 av
rating,13 rounds)  Young Dutch GM Jan Smeets(NED 2601) playing black
defeated top seed Vassily Ivanchuk(UKR 2779),S.Karjakin(UKR 2706) 1
A.Morozevich(RUS 2771) 0,M.Carlsen(NOR 2776) 0.5 T.Radjabov(AZE 2761) 0.5.

Masters lead Australian Open
Peter Parr (SMH 12/1/09)

Three International Masters are competing in the Australian Open
Championship at Manly-Warringah Leagues Club and all three Aleksander
Wohl,Mark Chapman and George Xie share the lead after 10 rounds. FIDE Master
Jesse Sales set the early pace by winning his first 5 games but lost to Wohl
in round 6. Wohl was a full point ahead with 6.5/7 but drew with top seed
Chapman in round 8 and lost to second seed Xie in round 9. Wohl met the
strongest field in the 11 round event. Xie lost to Mandla and Schon but won
his last four games to join the leaders. The only undefeated player after 10
rounds is local junior 16-year-old Max Illingworth of Dee Why.

J.Sales 2340 - G.Xie 2397 Rd 10 D90 1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 c6 3 c4 Nf6 4 Nc3 g6 5
cxd5 cxd5 6 Bf4 Bg7 7 e3 0-0 8 Bd3 Nc6 9 h3 Qb6 10 a3 Na5 11 0-0 Bf5 12 b4
Nc4 13 Bxc4 dxc4 14 Ne5 a5 15 b5 Rac8 16 g4 Be6 17 e4 Nd7 18 Nf3 f6 19 Qc2
h5 20 d5 Bf7 21 gxh5 g5 22 Be3 Qd8 23 Nd4 Nc5 24 h6 Bxh6 25 Nf5 Kh7 26 Bxc5
Rxc5 27 Rad1 Rg8 28 f3 Bg6 29 Nd4 Qd6 30 Kg2 Rcc8 31 a4 Qe5 32 Nce2 c3 33
Ng3 Rc4 34 Ndf5 Rb4 35 Rb1 Rc8 36 Ne3 Rc7 37 Rfd1 Rb2 38 Rxb2 cxb2 39 Nc4 g4
40 hxg4 Bc1 41 Rh1+ Kg7 42 d6 Rxc4 43 Qxc4 b1 Q 44 Rxc1 Qeb2+ 45 Kh3 Q1xc1

A.Wohl 2342-B.Mandla 2116 Rd 10 B40 1 Nf3 c5 2 e4 e6 3 b3 d5 4 Bb5+ Nc6 5
exd5 exd5 6 0-0 Nf6 7 d4 Be7 8 Ne5 Qb6 9 Bxc6+ bxc6 10 Ba3 Be6 11 Nc3 cxd4
12 Na4 Qc7 13 Bxe7 Qxe5 14 Re1 Qf4 15 g3 Qh6 16 Ba3 Qh3 17 f3 0-0-0 18 Qxd4
Kb8 19 Be7 Rde8 20 Bxf6 gxf6 21 Nc5 Ka8 22 Qxf6 Rhg8 23 Qf4 Rc8 24 Re5 h6 25
Rae1 Rg6 26 Kh1 Rcg8 27 Rxe6 Rxe6 28 Nxe6 fxe6 29 Qc7 Qf5 30 Qxc6+ Kb8 31 f4
Rxg3 32 Rxe6 Rg8 33 Re7 Rg1+ 34 Kxg1 Qg4+ 35 Kf1 Qxf4+ 36 Ke2 Qg4+ 37 Kd3
Qd1+ 38 Kc3 Qa1+ 39 Kb4 Qd4+ 40 Ka3 1-0

Leading scores after round 10 in count-back order (76 players,11 rounds) -
IM A.Wohl(NSW 2342),IM M.Chapman(SA 2402),IM G.Xie(NSW 2397) 8 ;
E.Schon(VIC 2115),FM V.Smirnov(NSW 2372),FM J.Sales(NSW 2340),FM T.Rej(NSW
2330),M.Illingworth (NSW 2250),D.Stojic(VIC 2219),J.Hu(NSW 2182) all 7. The
final round pairings to decide first place are Xie-Chapman and

Three players C.Bennett(VIC 1567),A.Smirnov(NSW 1440),D.Shi(NSW 1466) share
first place on 8/10 with one round to play in the supporting 54 player
Norths Chess Club Centenary Year under 1600 rated tournament. Fred Schuetz
was the main organizer at Manly and his many hours of hard work ensured the
success of the championships. Arbiters Nick Chernih and Ronald Scott were
efficient with pairings and all 674 games published soon after they were

Leading final scores in the Australian Open Lightning Championship(66
players,11 rounds) - Max Illingworth and FM Jesse Sales 9,Michael Morris
8.5,Kevin Sheldrick and Blair Mandla 8. Sales beat Illingworth in the
play-off for the title. Gary Wastell(VIC) was re-elected as President of the
Australian Chess Federation.The new ACF Secretary is Tom Accola(NSW).

Cedric Antolis(VIC) and Yi Yuan (ACT) share the lead with 7/8 in the 45
player,11 round Australian Junior Under 18 Championship in Adelaide. FIDE
Master Gene Nakauchi(QLD) won the 73 player Australian Junior Rapidplay
scoring 6/6.

The Queenstown,New Zealand Chess Classic (prize fund over NZ $50,000)
starting on Thursday has so far attracted 121 players from 20 countries. The
top seeds are GM V.Mikhalevski (ISR 2608),GM E.Rozentalis (LTU 2590),GM
D.Mastrovasilis(GRE 2580),GM K.Bischoff(GER 2545),GM G.Jones(ENG 2540),GM
L.Johannessen(NOR 2539),GM M.Chandler(NZL 2518),GM P.Wells(ENG 2513),IM
D.Smerdon(AUS 2463),IM S.Solomon(AUS 2460),GM D.Johansen(AUS 2455),FM
I.Goldenberg(AUS 2398).

130 in Australian Open at Manly
Peter Parr (SMH 5/1/09)

The Australian Open Championships are in progress at Manly-Warringah Leagues
Club with players from overseas and all states of Australia - 76 in the
title event and 54 in the supporting Norths Chess Club Centenary Under 1600
rated division. The top seed International Master Mark Chapman of Adelaide
won the following sparkling game in the first round M.Chapman 2402 - D.Wan
1930 B06 1 e4 d6 2 d4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 Be3 Nd7 5 Qd2 e5 6 Nf3 b6 7 Bc4 exd4 8
Nxd4 Bb7 9 0-0-0 Ngf6 10 Bh6 0-0 11 Bxg7 Kxg7 12 Rhe1 a6 13 Bf1 Re8 14 f3
Nc5 15 e5 dxe5 16 Nf5+ Kh8 17 Qh6 Ncd7 1-0

Three upsets occurred in the third round. Blair Mandla 2116 beat second seed
IM George Xie 2397,FM James Morris 2089 aged 14 won against FM Tomek Rej
2330 and Ian Rout 1949 defeated Johny Bolens 2180. The following seven
players share the lead with 3/3 - IM M.Chapman(SA 2402),FM V.Smirnov(NSW
2372),IM A.Wohl(NSW 2342),FM J.Sales(NSW 2340),B.Mandla(NSW 2116),FM
J.Morris (VIC 2089),I.Rout(ACT 1949). The Australian Open Lightning
Championship will be held tomorrow afternoon starting at 2pm.

The Lidums Australian Junior Championships have just started in Adelaide
with 100 players in four divisions. The NSW Girls Championship has been won
by Sarah Behne-Smith of Newcastle. A second play-off was required after
Behne-Smith,Kathy Kuestler and Clarise Koh tied in the tournament and again
in the first play-off. Sarah's brother David won the NSW Junior Championship
in 2005;they are the third pair of siblings to have won both titles-after
John and Dianna Purdy(in 1953 and 1957)and Michael and Catherine Lip(both in

Alex Mehan from Thornton(between Maitland and Newcastle) has won the NSW
Country Junior Championship(under 18). The Under 12 division was won by
Edmund Yu,also from near Newcastle. The finals in each division were
contested by six players,two from each of three qualifying tournaments in
the north,west and south of the state.

The NSW Junior Chess League's summer holiday activities start with a one-day
tournament on Thursday 8 January. Two-and three-day tournaments will take
place in the following weeks. For details see www.nswjcl.org.au or contact
Richard Gastineau-Hills,phone 9412 4578.

Leading final scores in the World Chess Federation Grand Prix event in
Elista,Kalmykia,Russia (14 players,2713 av,13 rounds) T.Radjabov(AZE 2751
age 21),D.Jakovenko(RUS 2737 age 25),A.Grischuk (RUS 2719 age 25)
8,V.Gashimov(AZE 2703) 7.5,P.Leko(HUN 2747),E.Bacrot(FRA
2705),S.Mamedyarov(AZE 2731),Y.Wang(CHN 2736) and former World Champion
R.Kasimzhanov(UZB 2672) 6.5. All 14 players were within 1.5 points of 50%.

Top players on the January 2009 FIDE World Rating List; V.Topalov BUL
2796,V.Anand IND 2791,V.Ivanchuk UKR 2779,M.Carlsen NOR 2776,A.Morozevich
RUS 2771,T.Radjabov AZE 2761,D.Jakovenko RUS 2760,V.Kramnik RUS 2759,P.Leko
HUN 2751,S.Movsesian SVK 2751. Women J.Polgar HUN 2693,H.Koneru IND
2621,Y.Hou CHN 2571,A.Stefanova BUL 2557,P.Cramling SWE 2548. Leading av top
10 players from 148 countries Russia 2723(186 GM,451 IM,1857 titled),Ukraine
2691,China 2645,Israel 2643,Azerbaijan 2638,USA 2632.Germany has 1074 titled
players. Australia is ranked 60 at 2418(3GM,17 IM,76 titled) New Zealand is
70 at 2347(1GM,6IM,27 titled). Leading Australians - GM Z.Zhao 2577(world no
263),IM D.Smerdon 2463(world no 1131),IM S.Solomon 2460,GM D.Johansen
2455,FM I.Goldenberg 2398,IM G.Xie 2397,E.Ambrus 2375,IM G.Lane 2371,IM
G.West 2346,IM A.Wohl 2342. Women - IM I.Berezina 2252,WM A.Caoili 2182,WM
L.Moylan 2108,T.Nguyen 2105,WM B.Dekic 2100.