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Newsletter 19/11

30 November 2019

Editor: Frank Low 



Contributions are welcome. This issue is the last for the year. The next one will be on 31 January 2020.

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Photo: Valeria Gordienko / World Chess

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich announces move of Chess Olympiad to Moscow at Hamburg leg of Grand Prix Photo: Valeria Gordienko / World Chess


For better or worse, the next 12 months will see a gravitation of important international events to Russia:
  25-30 December: King Salman World  Rapid & Blitz in Moscow
  15 March-5 April: Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg
  29 July-4 August: Chess Paralympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk.
  5-17 August: Chess Olympiad in Moscow - a late shift from Khanty-Mansiysk and touted as a move to make it all bigger and better.

And on the home front, we will have wall-to-wall tournaments throughout the summer:
  7-13 December: Lidums Young Masters in Adelaide
  14-22 December: Australasian Masters in Melbourne
  27-30 December: Canterbury Swiss in Melbourne
  2-13 January: Australian Championships & Reserves in Sydney
  8-26 January: Australian Junior Championships in Brisbane

Not to mention, across the ditch:
   4-12 January: George Trundle Masters in Auckland 
  14-24 January: 127th New Zealand Congress in Tauranga

Happy days!



INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 2020 – Inquiries & Applications

Potential participants in the following events may obtain additional information by emailing . When available, a hyperlink to the organiser’s regulations will normally be incorporated in the listed name of the event.

Events requiring national federation selection of official ACF representatives are listed with an ACF deadline for notification of preliminary interest. This deadline can be up to three months before the event’s starting date and may be revised when the organiser’s regulations and administrative timetable become available.

If the ACF selections deadline has passed (indicated by ACF-x), inquiries concerning participation as an additional player should be directed without delay to the ACF Manager for the event and to

World Senior Teams Championships 50+, 65+ (Prague, Czech Republic) 4 to 15 Mar (ACF 25 Dec)

World Amateur Championship (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) 2 to 12 Apr (ACF 2 Feb)

Asian Amateur Championship (Muscat, Oman) 6 to 14 Apr (ACF 7 Feb)

*World Youth u14, u16 u18 Rapid & Blitz Championships (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) 12 to 16 Apr (ACF 12 Jan)

*World Cadet u8, u10 u12 Rapid & Blitz Championships (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) 12 to 16 Apr (ACF 12 Jan)

Chess Paralympics (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) 29 July to 5 Aug (ACF 29 Apr)

44th FIDE Olympiad (Moscow, Russia) 5 to 18 Aug (ACF 5 May)

*World Youth u14, u16, u18 Championships (Mamaia, Romania) 7 to 20 Sep (ACF 7 Jun)

FISU World University Mind Sports Championships (Bydgoszcz, Poland) 11 to 26 Sep (11 Jun)

*World Cadet u8, u10, u12 Championships (Batumi, Georgia) 18 to 31 Oct (ACF 18 Jul)

World Senior Championship (Assisi, Italy) 6 to 16 Nov (ACF 6 Aug)

*denotes events for younger players, for which a volunteer Manager is yet to be appointed. Manager responsibilities include registration of intending participants, compliance with the organiser’s regulations and application of ACF behavioural guidelines during the event. Please email inquiries concerning manager appointments to with cc to and phone 0409 525 963 or (03) 9787 7974 if an inquiry is not acknowledged within two days.



Nominations for the annual Australian Player-of-the-Year awards close on 3 January 2020.

The awards will comprise the:

  • Steiner Medal (Australian Player of the Year), any age;
  • Arlauskas Medal (Australian Under-16 Player of the Year), for players born in or after 2003; 
  • Viner Medal (Australian Senior Player of the Year), for players born in or before 1969.

Previous winners may be nominated but citations are limited to the nominee’s accomplishments between 1 January and 31 December 2019.

Please address medals and awards inquiries and nominations to



Bids to present the following events on behalf of the ACF are now invited and may be lodged by email addressed to

2021 Australian Open Championship and Associated Events

Although usually presented over approximately 10 days during early January, dates and number of rounds may be varied to avoid clashes with other major events.

Participation in the open by players from overseas is actively encouraged.

Australian Women’s and Australian Seniors Championship titles, if not awarded in separate tournaments at other times, may be awarded to the highest-scoring eligible players in the Australian Open.

Associated events include the Australian Blitz Championship and may include a shorter, limited-rating tournament.


2021 Australian Junior and Girls Championships and Associated Events

The 2021 championships will comprise the annual national under-age championships for players in even-numbered age groups from Under-8 to Under-16, and the official Australian Junior and Australian Girls Championships for players born in or after 2003.

Separate open and girls-only tournaments are normally offered for classical-rate titles. Blitz championships and problem-solving competitions are normally presented on a single day during the schedule.



The closing date for applications for FSP activities commencing between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2020 is 31 December 2019.

Applications and reports must be endorsed by the ACF-affiliated State Association concerned and provide the information specified in the relevant form, including the schedule for the activity and statements of expected and actual income and expenditure.

Email for further information and forms.


COUNCIL VACANCIES as at 28 November 2019

Inquiries are invited from persons who may be interested in serving the Federation in any of the following Council-appointed positions, details of which may be obtained by email to .

Advertising Manager

Archives Director (General)

Assistant Secretary

Assistant Treasurer

Government Relations Director

Managers (see International Events 2020 above)

FIDE Olympiad 2020 – Head of Delegation

FIDE Olympiad 2020 – Open Team Captain

FIDE Olympiad 2020 – Women’s Team Captain

Publicity Director

Selections Director

Trophies Officer




The 33rd National Conference of the ACF is to commence in the morning of Wednesday 8 January 2020 at St George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Highway, Kogarah, NSW.

Participation intentions by authorized State association representatives and inquiries should be conveyed to the relevant State Association President:

NSWCA – Bill Gletsos

CV – Leonid Sandler

CAQ – Mark Stokes

CAWA – Alan Wolstencroft

SACA – George Howard

TCA – Denis McMahon

ACTCA – Cam Cunningham

Starting time and meeting room location details will be notified to confirmed participants.



The ACF Council has approved arrangements for the next Australian Championship and Reserves tournament to be presented at the St George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Highway, Beverley Park (Kogarah), NSW, from Thursday 2 to Monday 13 January 2020.

A revised playing schedule and other arrangements are at

A seven-round, subsidiary event limited to players rated below 1800 – the St George Chess Classic – will begin on 4 January and be played daily (except 8 January) from 10 am to January 11.

The main playing area will be the air-conditioned Riviera Room, with seating for up to 150 players. The club is fully licensed and has bistro facilities.

The St George Leagues Club dress regulations are at

Assistance with accommodation is to be offered to visiting players, with requests for billets to be considered.

The early cut-off date for entries for all events is 13 December 2019. Applications to enter the Australian Championship from players rated under 2150 will not be accepted after 6 December 2019. No entries will be accepted after 31 December 2019.



The Chess Association of Queensland will present the next Australian Junior and Girls Championships and associated events from Saturday 18 to and including Sunday 26 January 2020.

The confirmed venue is The Southport School on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Details are at

When an arbiter is seeking a norm for the titles of FIDE Arbiter or International Arbiter for an event, it is vital that they be registered as an arbiter for that tournament as part of the tournament registration process. This applies even if they are not the Chief Arbiter. It is the joint responsibility of the arbiter seeking the norm and the event organiser to ensure that this is done.

RECURRING NOTICE: FIDE RATING SUBMISSIONSNote that events for FIDE ratings that are completed in the last seven days of the month need to be submitted to ACF FIDE Ratings Officer Bill Gletsos for ratings immediately so that any issues with them can be resolved in time for events to be rated in that month. Also, note that intended changes of names or dates of FIDE-rated events need to be notified immediately as they may affect the event's rating status. Note also that all FIDE rated events must be submitted for ACF ratings – no exceptions.

Australian tournaments to be FIDE rated must be advised to the ACF FIDE Ratings Officer at least 40 days prior to the start of the tournament for tournaments where norms are available and at least 14 days prior to the start of the tournament for all other tournaments. Where these conditions are not met, the decision whether to register it or not is solely at the discretion of the ACF FIDE Ratings Officer.

FIDE has issued a warning that they will not accept tournaments for FIDE rating where those tournaments contain players who do not have FIDE ID numbers. Although new Australian players can be registered by the ACF national ratings officer, this does not apply to new players from overseas. Therefore, organisers should not immediately accept the entries of overseas players who lack FIDE ID numbers to FIDE rated tournaments; instead, those players should be required to first obtain a FIDE ID from their own national federation.

Tournaments submitted that include foreign players who do not have ID numbers may be rejected. Players without ID numbers should only be submitted as Australian if they are citizens or long-term residents; if a player is registered under the wrong country they may incur transfer costs later. For further information/clarification contact the ACF FIDE Ratings Officer Bill Gletsos <>





Jim passed away peacefully on 5 November 2019. A funeral service celebrating Jim's was held in St Mary's Anglican Church, 455 Main Street, Kangaroo Point Queensland on 13 November 2019.

CAQ President Mark Stokes’s said: I am also very sad that Jim passed away on Tuesday. He was a kind and wise man who always looked for the good in everyone he met. He is the immediate past Treasurer of the CAQ and his common sense approach to all CAQ matters was appreciated by the whole Council and me in particular. He kept the CAQ financial records up to date year in and year out and made sure our Public Liability insurance was paid on time. He was a most reliable Treasurer and our auditors always were happy with Jim's financial records.

He was kind enough to offer his house as a place to hold our bi-monthly CAQ Council Meetings and many meetings were held there. Jim always offered us all a cup of tea or coffee and a lamington before we started the meeting! He really enjoyed playing chess and hardly missed a Thursday night at Brisbane Club in recent years. He also played in quite a few weekenders and his sportsmanship was second to none. Jim will be missed by all who knew him.



It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of my former clubmate from Elwood Chess Club [Vic] Leonid Delion in Melbourne.

Originally from Ukraine, Leonid played a great deal of chess in Victoria in the last decade of the twentieth century. He won several tournaments and always enjoyed the game. Rest in peace.

-Leonid Sandler






[See FIDE Regulations for the training of the chess arbiters & FIDE Notice]

The Chess Association of NSW has scheduled a FIDE Arbiters Seminar, which will be presented by IA Peter Tsai. This course will be held during the 2020 Australian Championships.


Date: Saturday 4 to Tuesday 7 January, then Thursday 9 to Friday 10 January 2020

Venue: St George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Hwy, Kogarah, NSW, 2217 Australia

Times: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm each day

a) Laws of Chess.
b) Tournament Rules.
c) System of Games, tie breaks.
d) Regulations for the rating and the over the board titles.
e) Swiss system and pairing rules.
f) Regulations for the titles of the Arbiters.
g) Use of the electronic clocks.
h) Anti-cheating Guidelines
h) Examination


Cost: (Examination fees included)

NSWCA and NSWJCL - $55

Rest of Australia - $100

Oceania - $150


1) Pay by direct deposit. Commonwealth Bank BSB 062-181 A/C 1011-6372. Please ensure the attendee’s name appears in the description on the direct deposit details to identify your payment and then send an email to

2) Pay by PayPal/Credit card via the NSWCA website 


Register and payment to Robert Watson via <>


Questions regarding the course to Peter Tsai  <>





Magnus Carlsen has withdrawn from membership of the Norwegian chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund). His withdrawal follows a period of conflict over strategy and sponsorships.


Magnus Carlsen PHOTO: FRChess/Nick Barton


“As indicated already last summer, Magnus is withdrawing from Norges Sjakkforbund, gladly as soon as possible,” his father Henrik Carlsen wrote in a letter to the federation. “He will still take advantage of the opportunity to represent Norway, as clarified with FIDE (the international chess federation).”


His federation had voted against an agreement with the gaming group Kindred earlier this year which Carlsen had vigorously backed. He later told state broadcaster NRK that he had been critical of the federation since he was young and felt it has not done enough to recognize and develop young talent. 




After finishing his year 12 exams, Australia's number one player [FIDE 2573  ACF 2680] GM Anton Smirnov left straight for Europe to play chess.


FIDE profile Born 28 January 2001


He has just played in the French League (16-17 November) winning his 2 games at Besançon for the Strasbourg team and in the German League Bundesliga (23-24 November) also winning his 2 games for the Munich team to ensure victories for both teams.

The projected rating for Anton on December 1st would be FIDE 2585.

His itinerary is as follows:

London Chess Classic (29 November -6 December)

Rome International Festival (8-15 December) 

Montebelluna near Venice (27 December -6 January) 

*Wijk Aan Zee (10-26 January) 

Dutch League (1 February) 

English League (8-9 February)

* Participating in the Challengers 2020 Tournament with the following masters - a severe test]:

GM Anton Guijarro, David     ESP 2686

GM Grandelius, Nils             SWE 2681

GM Eljanov, Pavel                UKR 2655

GM Mamedov, Rauf              AZE 2648

GM Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2644

GM Abdusattorov, Nodirbek  UZB 2633

GM L'Ami, Erwin                   NED 2623

GM Nihal Sarin                       IND 2612

GM Smeets, Jan                   NED 2596

GM Smirnov, Anton               AUS 2573

GM Van Foreest, Lucas         NED 2531

IM Keymer, Vincent               GER 2518

IM Saduakassova, Dinara     KAZ 2505

IM Warmerdam, Max             NED 2501

Average rating: 2600

Category: 14

FIDE ratings: November 2019 


We wish Anton well in his quest to reach a FIDE 2600 rating.

- IM Leonid Sandler 26 November 2019

[who also will be itinerant:
Auckland NZ George Trundle Masters 4-12 January
Tauranga NZ 127th New Zealand Congress  14-24 January]




Australia celebrates as Max Illingworth and Tô Ngọc wed in Rạch Giá, Vietnam on 29 October.


With Tô Ngọc and mum Dianne Facebook 26 October 2019 Vietnam


Any plans? He writes: “As for my chess plans, my dream is to create a complete system for chess improvement”.


Photo: Facebook




Peter Lay (Australian Junior Champion 1960) reports:


“I was in London in September and happened to walk past Christie’s in St James when I noticed some chess items on display in the window ... the sets are certainly unusual, not the sort conducive to good play, chess that is!”


Photo: Peter Lay


The Christie’s auction on 18 September offered a specially curated collection of 14 chess sets by artists ranging from Bauhaus sculptor Joseph Hartwig to YBAs [Young British Artists] such as Tracey Emin and Rachel Whiteread.


The realized price [hammer price plus buyer’s premium] of the above item by British visual artists Iakovos "Jake" and Konstantinos "Dinos" Chapman was GBP 27,500.


Catalogue description:

JAKE & DINOS CHAPMAN (b. 1966 & b. 1962)

Chess set

32 pieces in bronze with hand-painting, real hair wigs styled by Eugene Souleiman*, lead crystal bases, ebony and rosewood board and box with inlaid skull and crossbones veneer, 2003, number 2/7 (there were also three artist's proof sets), published by RS & A Ltd., London

Knight 220 mm., Pawn 110 mm.

Board 300 x 790 x 790 mm.

  * London-born British hair-stylist who has created hair for Lady Gaga: ‘ I don’t work for people who want a ponytail.’




By Kevin Bonham




Morphy Numbers are a degrees-of-separation amusement believed to have been started by a note by Tim Krabbé in 2000.  Krabbé wrote on his site “I once played an official game with Euwe who played Tarrasch, who played Paulsen, who played Morphy.”  A player’s Morphy Number is the number of links in the shortest such chain so that a player who played Morphy has MN 1, a player who played someone who played Morphy has MN 2, and so on.  “Played” includes any kind of verifiable chess game – tournaments, simuls, casual games, games with odds etc. The concept is similar to Erdős numbers (for co-authoring mathematical papers – mine is 5 because I co-wrote an ecology paper with a mathematician) or Bacon numbers for acting alongside other actors in films.


Many findings of Morphy numbers have been known for at least the past five years (eg see the Wikipedia page and various articles linked from it).  Today there are relatively few living MN 3s who have played serious chess, perhaps a few dozen.  These are concentrated in the UK, where, for instance, several players played Edward Guthlac Sergeant (1881-1961), who played James Mortimer (1832-1911), who according to the September 1892 Chess Monthly played numerous casual games against Paul Morphy.


As for undisputed World Champions, Steinitz and Lasker were 2s, Capablanca through Smyslov were 3s, and all the rest are/were 4s, with the apparent exception of Carlsen (5) and possibly Kramnik.  Kramnik seems very likely to be an MN 4, but I have not yet found proof that he is. Kramnik knew Smyslov well, but I have found no record that they played even casual games (can anyone confirm?).


Among Australian players, I haven’t been able to find any living MN 3s.  There are at least a few dozen living Australian MN 4s, with perhaps the commonest link being the late Bob Wade (who played Tartakower, who played Mortimer and was hence MN 3). Other common links are C.J.S. Purdy and Frank Sulik, while some players played famous MN 3s such as Euwe in simuls.  I’ve played at least twelve MN 4s, and met at least one MN 3 (IA Stewart Reuben) but never played one.


Two early Australian Champions (Esling and Jacobson) and one prominent non-Champion (Gossip) were MN 2s.  I have posted a very rough provisional Morphy Numbers for all the Australian champions here.  Improvements are very welcome and can be posted on the thread or emailed to me at


Those interested in Fischer numbers instead may note that in the October issue [ACF Newsletter} John Winkelman was noted as an Australian with Fischer number 1!  





Abhimanyu Mishra of New Jersey has qualified for the International Master title at the age of 10 years, nine months and three days, breaking the previous record held by Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu of India by 17 days.


Mishra scored his third IM norm earlier this month at the inaugural Chess Max Academy Fall Invitational organized by GM Maxim Dlugy's chess school in New York.





This year’s South Australia State Under 11-8 Championships and the associated October 25 and October 60 Tournaments were disrupted around 9:15 AM on Friday 11 October by a fire in the fire exit stairwell. Players and parents evacuated the building within 90 seconds and the fire brigade was just a few minutes away.


The Chess Centre itself was not damaged apart from a lot of smoke and soot. SACA President George Howard has reported that The South Australian chess community has rallied and the Chess Centre has been put back as before. Some areas were repainted, the walls have been cleaned, chairs and carpet steam cleaned – a fortunate outcome.


The final day of the tournaments will now be played on the first day of the Summer School Holidays – Monday 16th December.


SA Junior Chess League






by Robert Johnson 

Advance Notice


Author: Robert Johnson 


Robert Johnson’s book on Adolf Anderssen will be available very early in 2020. A hardcover book with ten chapters, it contains a biography, 22 photographs and 80 of Anderssen's best games.

Married with two children, Johnson has worked on a sheep farm for the last 34 years. He learned chess at the local primary school in 1977 when he was 11 and seldom plays OTB but has regularly played correspondence chess. Anderssen has always been his favourite player and he wrote the book partly out of frustration at there being no book on him in English.

He acknowledges the assistance of famed historian and problemist Bob Meadley. “It would be fair to say that without Bob's help the project would not have got off the ground.” 

Below is the first chapter, which deals with Anderssen's early years, and two games: a blindfold exhibition game of 1848  and Anderssen’s best game from the great international tournament of London 1851 (using notes from the masters of that era).




       Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen was born in Breslau in Prussian Silesia (today Wroclaw in Poland) on July 6th, 1818, the son of August Heinrich Anderssen, a merchant in Breslau, and Elisabeth Karoline Schenck.[1] Very little is known of his early years. His parents were relatively poor and as a result financial security was a priority for him all his life. Hermann von Gottschall stated: ‘Adolf Anderssen was born to lowly and poor circumstances and he worked his way up through his own power from its oppressiveness to the liberating heights of a secured and carefree existence.’[2] At the age of nine Anderssen learned chess from his father and it became his lifelong devotion, though his genius for the game ripened very slowly. Unlike Morphy he did not take the world by storm at twenty-one.


       As a young boy, from 1830 until 1838, Anderssen attended the Elisabeth Gymnasium (public school) in Breslau, receiving the standard Prussian education: reading, writing, and arithmetic, along with strict lessons in duty, discipline, and obedience. Chess was an important part of his life during these early school years. It was around this time that he studied two profound instructional chess books which elevated his understanding of the intricate game: Analyse du jeu des Échecs (1749), by Francois Philidor, and Neue theoretisch-praktische Anweisung zum Schachspiel (1795), by Johann Allgaier. There were times that chess interfered with his schooling; he often concealed chess problems and endgames in his school books during class, and sometimes he even shirked school altogether, preferring instead to play chess with one of his young friends. Steinitz reported that ‘on one occasion the peace of the school was seriously disturbed by the discovery of a conspiracy between Anderssen and a large number of pupils whereby the future Professor was enabled to carry on, clandestinely, a correspondence game during the class lectures with a comrade, who sat at a distant bench.’[3]


       Eventually, as he matured into a young man, Anderssen realized the importance of a good education, and disciplined himself accordingly: devotion to academics became his priority, whenever serious study was necessary, chess was temporarily abandoned. After completing his basic education Anderssen attended Breslau’s University, devoting himself to the study of philosophy and mathematics. In 1845, after many years of lectures and examinations, he obtained the necessary qualifications to begin a teaching career and was given a trial post for one year at the Friedrichs Gymnasium in Breslau. His tuition proved so successful that he retained this position for a further three years.


       All the while Anderssen’s chess skills were steadily improving. Inspired by the games of the Labourdonnais-McDonnell chess match in London in 1834, he sought practice against whatever opponents were available. He frequently visited the Nova coffee-house in Breslau, a popular meeting place for the local chess players. These early games taught him the necessity of accuracy, foresight, concentration, and endurance. It was at the Nova, in 1845, that Anderssen was first able to test his strength against an acknowledged master of the game, Ludwig Bledow. Anderssen fared badly, losing all five games played. This thrashing in no way discouraged him, for during this period he developed what would become a lifelong habit of using his vacations to travel to bigger cities like Berlin and Leipzig, where most of the strongest German players could be found. Very slowly a great chess master was emerging.


       In 1842, at the age of twenty-four, Anderssen first achieved some prominence in the chess world with the publication of Aufgaben für  Schachspieler, a collection of sixty problems he had composed. The German chess scene was proving equally fruitful: in 1843 Paul Rudolf von Bilguer’s Handbuch des Schachspiels appeared for the first time, and in 1846 the first national German chess magazine, the Schachzeitung der Berliner Schachgesellschaft (renamed the Deutsche Schachzeitung in 1872) was founded with Anderssen as a contributing editor, a role he kept until 1865. The Deutsche Schachzeitung was destined to be the longest running chess magazine in the world: apart from a five year break (1945-1949) following the Second World War, it was in continual publication from its founding in 1846 until its final issue in December, 1988.[4] In January, 1989, the magazine merged with Deutsche Schachblätter – Schach Report, and has continued as Schach to the present day. Bilguer’s Handbuch was also a resounding success, it was the most comprehensive work on chess ever published up to that time and remained the definitive opening reference for decades after.


       In 1848, at the age of thirty, Anderssen contested a match, for the best of eleven games, against Daniel Harrwitz, and this match marked the beginning of his serious chess career. Harrwitz was an experienced player of considerable strength, having spent the previous two years living and working in London as a professional chess player, having his skills enhanced by solid practice against all the leading English players, including Staunton. Prior to the start of the match Anderssen and Harrwitz played one blindfold game, with a very unexpected result: Harrwitz, an expert blindfold player, was defeated by Anderssen (See Game No. 1). The outcome of the match produced another surprise: after ten games, with the score tied at five wins apiece, both players agreed to a drawn outcome. This perhaps somewhat modest achievement was nevertheless Anderssen’s first step in establishing himself as a first-class player.


       In 1849 Anderssen left Breslau to take up a well-paid private teaching job for two years at Stolpe in Pomerania (today Slupsk in Poland). His departure from the Friedrichs Gymnasium was seen as a real loss for the institution.


       In 1851 the first Great Exhibition of Industry and Art was held in London, from May until October. Its purpose was for countries all around the world to share their culture and exhibit technological and scientific advancements. During the reign of Queen Victoria, which lasted from 1837 until 1901, the British Empire was the largest on earth, and led the world in advanced engineering and technology. The Exhibition, naturally, presented the English with an excellent opportunity to display their achievements. A special building called the Crystal Palace, a massive glasshouse, was erected specifically to showcase the event. It was proposed that a chess tournament, the first of its kind, be arranged to coincide with the Exhibition. The idea was well received by the English chess establishment, and preparations were undertaken to host such an event. Howard Staunton, England’s foremost chess player regarded by many as the strongest in the world, was an enthusiastic supporter and he worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition. Generous prizes were offered and invitations extended for all chess-playing nations to send representatives.


       Anderssen was one of the two players (the other was Carl Mayet) chosen to represent Germany on this historic occasion, an honour he declined at first, being unable to incur the expense involved (at no stage during his life was he ever a wealthy man). However, his participation was made possible by generous sponsorship from some Berlin friends, who provided him with the necessary funds for the journey abroad. Staunton also pledged to reimburse Anderssen’s travel expenses if he failed to win an adequate prize. With the financial issue resolved Anderssen agreed to go to the English capital. Beforehand, however, he travelled to Berlin seeking first-class practice. During a prolonged stay of several months he played numerous games, mostly against masters such as Falkbeer, Dufresne, Mayet, and Lange. Jean Dufresne fondly recalled this experience with Anderssen: ‘The memory of this period of chess will never fade from my recollection. Anderssen was inexhaustible, and played in best humour from early till late. As I lived in Pankow, in the environs of Berlin, I used to drive early in the morning at eight o’clock to town, where he expected me at Eliason’s. He was a very punctual man, and quite out of humour if I was not in my place at nine o’clock sharp. However, I was not the first with whom he fought, generally Assessor Gubitz had already paid his respects, to lose in all dispatch a few early games. We played till noon. In the afternoon, in the Club, other players had their turn, especially Carl Mayet, the youthful Max Lange of Magdeburg, and Master Falkbeer of Vienna. The last two has expressly come to Berlin to play with Anderssen. Thus Anderssen, before his departure for London, had considerably increased his strength by playing with able opponents.[’5]


1 Neue Deutsche Biographie (1953)

2 Adolf Anderssen, der Altmeister deutscher Schachspielkunst, Hermann von Gottschall (1912) Pg. 1.

3 Steinitz’s column, The Field, March 29th, 1879.

 4 The Oxford Companion to Chess, David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld (1992), Pg. 297.

 5 Reminiscences of German Chess, Jean Dufresne, Brentano’s Chess Monthly, June, 1882, Pg. 4.


Courtesy Lothar Schmid Collection, Bamberg


1).    Breslau 1848 (Blindfold Game)       King’s Gambit

        WHITE: Daniel Harrwitz

        BLACK: Adolf Anderssen

1. e4 

    This was a blindfold exhibition game. 

1. . . . . . e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 h5 6. Bc4 Rh7 7. d4 f3 8. gxf3 d6 9. Nd3 

    9. Bxf7+ Rxf7 10. Nxf7 Kxf7 yields White no advantage. 

9. . . . . . Be7 10. Bg5 Bxg5 11. hxg5 Qxg5 12. f4 Qe7 13. Nc3 Be6 14. d5 Bc8 15. Qe2 Nd7 16. O-O-O Nb6 17. Bb3 Bd7 18. e5 O-O-O 19. Ne4 Bf5 20. Ng3! 

    Excellent play. The fate of the Black pawns is thus sealed – Gottschall. 

20. . . . . . Bxd3 21. Qxd3 Rh8 22. Qf5+ Kb8 23. Rxh5 Rxh5 24. Qxh5 Nf6?! 

    Something for the spectators! The move has no purpose. Of course White does not play 25. exf6 since 25. . . . . . Qe3+ 26. Kb1 Qxg3 simply follows – Gottschall.  

25. Qg5 

    Whereupon the Black Knight has to sadly return home – Gottschall. 

25. . . . . . Ng8 26. Qxg4 dxe5 27. Re1 Nf6 28. Qf5 Nfxd5 




29. Rxe5? 

    An error that could easily be made by a ‘seeing’ player. Right was 29. fxe5. It is remarkable how the White game now collapses immediately – Gottschall.  

29. . . . . . Ne3!! 

    Ingenious and perfectly sound, in fact, practically deciding the game in Anderssen’s favour – Bird. 

    The ‘blind man’ had overlooked this little malice – Gottschall. 

30. Qh5 

    Not 30. Rxe7?? Rd1 mate. 

30. . . . . . Qd6 

    Threatening 31. . . . . . Qd1+ 32. Qxd1 Rxd1 mate. 

31. Bd5 

    Giving up a piece is the only way for White to prolong the game: 

A. 31. Rxe3? Qd2+ 32. Kb1 Qd1+ 33. Qxd1 Rxd1 mate; 

B. 31. c3? Qd2+ 32. Kb1 Qe1+ 33. Bd1 Qxd1+ 34. Qxd1 Rxd1 mate. 

31. . . . . . Nbxd5 32. Ne4 Qc6 

    Threatening 33. . . . . . Qxc2 mate.

33. c3 Nxf4 34. Qf3 Nd3+!? 

    Winning the exchange, but overlooking a much quicker win by 34. . . . . . Qa4! (threatening 35. . . . . . Qc2 mate) 35. b3 Qa3+ 36. Kb1 Nd3 37. Qxe3 Qb2 mate

35. Kb1 Nxe5 36. Qxe3 f5 37. Nd2 Nc4 38. Nxc4 Qxc4 0-1 

    This interesting and excellent game, played by both without sight of board and men, would be considered a masterpiece if played by any two players with the board and men before them – Bird.


8).     London Tournament 1851 (4th Match Game)    Sicilian Defence

         WHITE: Jozsef Szen

         BLACK: Adolf Anderssen

1. e4 c5 

    The Sicilian Defence was favoured by Anderssen throughout his long chess career. 

2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Bc4 a6 5. a4 Nge7 6. Qe2 

    In order to prevent 6. . . . . . d5. Better, however, is 6. d4 now – Gottschall. 

6. . . . . . Ng6 7. d3 Be7 8. Be3 O-O 9. O-O f5 10. exf5 Rxf5 11. Nb1?

    11. d4 seems free from objection, the retreat of this Knight gives Anderssen too much time – Bird. 

    Unless to afford Mr. Anderssen time to consolidate his attack, I am quite at a loss to understand the object of this retreat. If, by taking the Knight home, he could afterwards be brought into freer action, the lost time might be justified, but here, nothing whatever can be gained by withdrawing him. Why not rather have played 11. d4? – Staunton. 

11. . . . . . b6 12. c3 Bb7 13. Nbd2 Qc7 14. d4 Nf4 15. Qd1 Raf8 

    Black has now every piece in good play, and a fine game – Bird. 

    It is one great merit in Mr. Anderssen’s game, that he aims always at bringing his forces into play as early as possible. In the present instance, every superior piece on his side is doing active duty, while his opponent’s are, comparatively, out of the field – Staunton. 

16. dxc5 bxc5 17. Bxf4 Qxf4 18. Re1? 

    Badly played. It is difficult, at this stage, however, to find a satisfactory move on the board – Staunton. 

    18. Bd3!? is perhaps a viable alternative. 

18. . . . . . Ne5 

    It is evident this Knight cannot be taken without loss – Bird. 

19. Be2 Rg5! 

    Beautifully played – Bird. 

    Black has now got the game in his hands, and he certainly finishes it off in the style of a master – Staunton. 

    Threatening 20. . . . . . Nxf3+ 21. Nxf3 Bxf3 22. Bxf3 Qxf3 23. Qxf3 Rxf3 and Black has won a piece. 

20. Kf1 

    Not 20. Nxg5?? Qxf2+ 21. Kh1 Qxg2 mate. 

20. . . . . . Ng4 21. h4 




21. . . . . . Qh2!? 

    Exceedingly pretty and forcible – Bird. 

    Prettily played. If White take the Queen, mate follows in three moves (Author’s note – by 22. Nxh2? Rxf2+ 23. Kg1 Rxg2+ 24. Kh1 Nf2 mate). Black, however, had a still shorter road to victory, by a forced mate, which I leave the reader to discover with the aid of the accompanying diagram of the field before Black played 21. . . . . . Qh2 – Staunton. 

    In December, 1871, the Westminster Papers published an exhaustive analysis of this position, submitted by a London solicitor, John Odin Howard Taylor (1837-1890). Taylor’s analysis, which indeed found a forced mate for Black, is far too daunting to be presented in full, however, the two prettiest variations he found are given here, with slightly abridged notes – Author. 

    The diagram shows the position after the 21st move of White. The reply of Professor Anderssen (one of extreme beauty) was 21. . . . . . Qh2 and although both Queen and Rook were en prise the Hungarian champion could take neither. The alternative line of play, which I submit, is also founded upon a sacrifice, and shall now be presented: 21. . . . . . Nh2+ 22. Kg1 (best) Rxg2+ 23. Kxg2 Qg4+ after which; 

A. 24. Kxh2 Bd6+ 25. Kh1 (best) Qh3+ 26. Kg1 Rf4 27. Ne4 Rxh4 28. Ng3 (if White takes the Rook, Black mates in two moves by 28. . . . . . Qh2+, followed by 29. . . . . . Qh1 mate) Bxg3 29. fxg3 (if 29. Nxh4 Qh1 mate) Qxg3+ 30. Kf1 Rh2 31. Nxh2 Qg2 mate, White having five pieces to two; in other words, being two Rooks and a Knight ahead in vain; 

B. 24. Kh1 (White has accepted the Rook but declined the Knight) Qh3 25. Bf1 Nxf1+ 26. Kg1 Nxd2 27. Re3 (if 27. Qxd2, mate follows in two moves, and if 27. Nxd2, it is mate on the move) Rxf3 28. Qxd2 (if 28. Rxf3, or 28. Qxf3, Black mates in two moves) Qh1+ 29. Kxh1Rh3++ 30. Kg1 Rh1 mate – Taylor. 

22. Bc4 Qh1+ 23. Ke2 

    A terrible mistake would be 23. Ng1?? Rxf2 mate. 

23. . . . . . Qxg2 24. Nxg5 Bxg5 25. hxg5 Qxf2+ 26. Kd3 Qf5+! 27. Ke2 Qe5+ 

    Forcing the White King into a devastating Knight fork. 

28. Kd3 

    If 28. Ne4? there follows 28. . . . . . Rf2+ 29. Kd3 Bxe4+ 30. Rxe4 Qg3+ 31. Re3 Qxe3 mate. 

28. . . . . . Nf2+ 29. Kc2 Qf5+ 30. Kb3 Nxd1 31. Raxd1 Qxg5 32. Bd3 Rf2 33. Ne4 c4+! 34. Ka2 

    White avoids two inferior continuations: 

A. 34. Kxc4?? Qd5+ 35. Kb4 Rxb2+ 36. Ka3 Qa2 mate; 

B. 34. Bxc4? Bxe4 35. Rxe4 Qg2! (threatening 36. . . . . . Qxe4 and  36. . . . . . Rxb2+) 36. Re2 (White appears to have nothing better) Rxe2 37. Bxe2 Qxe2 38. Rxd7 h5 after which White’s position is hopeless. 

34. . . . . . Bxe4 35. Bxe4 Qa5




36. Ra1? 

    The final mistake. After 36. Kb1!? Qxa4 37. Rc1 Qb5 38. Rc2 Rxc2 39. Bxc2 White prevents immediate defeat, if indeed there is any merit in prolonging a lost game. 

36. . . . . . Qxc3 0-1 

    Mate is inevitable, e.g. 37. Bc2 Rxc2 38. Rab1 Qb3+ 39. Ka1 Qxa4 mate.




By David Turner


More great players, writers and theorists past and present, with bios, interviews and games to illustrate what they love doing best: beating each other. Many of the quotes and nicknames are true, some may be apocryphal…


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GM Gedeon Barcza

Hungarian: 1911-1986

8 times Hungarian Champion, the Barcza opening system was named after him.

Interviewer: ''Well, how did you manage to defeat the experienced Hungarian grandmaster Barcza?''  Karpov: '''Very simply. I quickly exchanged off all the knights, and they are his favourite pieces''.

Barcza v Smyslov, Moscow, 1956, 1-0:



GM Pal Benko

Hungary, USA: 1929-2019

Two time World Chamionship Candidate, composer of endgame studies and puzzles

Patience is the most valuable trait of the endgame player.

Benko v Fischer, Willemstad, 1962, 1-0: 

Henry Bird

English: 1830-1908

Bird’s opening was named after him.

Bird v Steinitz, London, 1867, 1-0:


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Joseph Blackburne 

“The Black Death”

English: 1841-1924

At one point the wold’s second most successful player, Blackburne’s mate was named after him.

“My opponent left a glass of whisky en prise and I took it en passant.”

Blackburne v Steinitz, London, 1883, 1-0:

Efim Bogoljubov

Russian, German: 1889-1952

Twice challenged Alekhine for the World Championship, the Bogo Indian defence was named after him.

“When I am white I win because I am white, when I am black I win because I am Bogoljubov.” 

“To have a knight planted in your game at K6 is worse than a rusty nail in your knee”

Bogo-Indian defence:

Bogoljubov v Alekhine, The Hague, 1929, 1-0: 

GM Isaac Boleslavsky

Ukraine, Soviet Union: 1919-1977

3 time Ukranian Champion, writer.  Peak rating 2560 (1971)

"The devil (Botvinnik) is not so terrible as he is painted."

Euwe v Boleslavsky, Zurich, 1973, 0-1:


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GM Mikhail Botvinnik

The Great Stoneface”

Russian: 1911-1995

World champion for most of 1948-63, the Panov-Botvinnik Attack against the Caro Cann was named after him, developed computer chess

“In short we can see Karpov is an exploiter of other people’s ideas.  His ability to use those ideas is not an issue but he himself is about as fertile as a woman who has been sterilised.”

If Tal sacrifices a piece, take it. If Petrosian sacrifices a piece, don't take it.

Yes, I have played a blitz game once. It was on a train, in 1929.

News footage on beating Tal for the World Championship:  1 min 40 sec

Botvinnik v Alekhine, Netherlands, 1938: 1-0:


As ever, all comments welcome.


David Turner




By Henrik Mortensen


[Mortensen has had a love affair with Australia which has not abated in over two decades.

Originally a geography and social studies teacher, he now works mostly with children with special needs. Even if a former pupil does not remember his name, at least they will remember that he loves VfL Bochum a German football team based in North Rhine-Westphalia. 

The author of five chess books in Danish, his latest The Most Violent Sport will be published by Quality Chess in 2020. He has written for Skakbladet (the Danish chess union magazine) and now writes a fortnightly chess column for a Danish newspaper.

Here then is the chess-player Bent Larsen called "the man who can't play endgames"].


Which player took part in all these ten tournaments? A little help might be needed. For a start, find who played in both Mount Buller 2005 and in Melbourne (Ashwood) 2019? This whittles the field down.


My name is Henrik Mortensen and I’m from Denmark. I think I’m the only player to have played in the last ten Opens. I will try to explain how it all started with Australia and me. First, some (un)necessary Q & A details:


Australia or New Zealand? Australia

Cheese or chocolate? None of these, please

Coles or Woolworths? Coles all the way

Favourite animal? Cats and Komodo Dragons (but not together)

Favourite Australian movies? Lantana (Ray Lawrence 2001) and the road movie lookalike Boxing Day (Kriv Stenders 2007)

Favourite Australian artists? Dan Romeo (Sydney), Evanna (Melbourne), Preatures and of course Men at Work.

Favourite Australian football (soccer) team? Melbourne Victory. 

Favourite football team? VfL Bochum

Favourite place in Australia? State Library of Victoria (incorporating the M. V. Anderson Library). Or the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Melbourne.



Two days after my first arrival in Australia I began the tournament with a double round. I won quite easily in the first round and I will show you the second game of the day. I don’t remember if it was in the Tournament Bulletin but at least I don’t think my opponent has published it before.


White: Henrik Mortensen
Black: Peter Cormick (AUS – 1770)

1.e4,d6 2.d4,Nf6 3.Nc3,c6 4.a4,Da5 5.Bd2,e5 6.Ng1-e2,exd4 7.Nxd4,Qb6 8.Nb3,Ng4 9.Qe2,Na6 10.a5,Qd8 11.h3,Ne5 12.Bf4,Be6 13.Ra4? (No, I did not touch the rook by accident, just jet-lagged and the beginning of one of the worst exchange sacrifices ever seen).


Your Generated Chess Board


Bxb3 14.cxb3,Nc5 15.Bxe5,Nxa4 16.Bd4,Nxc3 17.Bxc3,Be7 18.a6,b5 19.e5,0-0 20.Qf3,d5?! 21.Bd3,d4 22.Qe4 (When you are sitting on death row, you aren’t worried about salmonella poisoning in your last meal, so when in time trouble, just attack  - you can only lose once) g6 23.Bxd4,Bb4+ 24.Ke2,Re8 25.Rd1,Qc7 26.f4,Ra8-b8 27.Kf1,c5 28.Bf2,Qa5?! 29.f5,Qxa6 (Black got one pawn, but probably the most unimportant one. Now I got chances.) 30.e6,Qb7 31.Qe5,fxe6 32.fxg6,Qg7 33.gxh7+,Kh8 34.Bg3!,Rf8 35.Ke2,Rb8-d8 36.Qxg7+,Kxg7 37.Be5+,Kh6 38.h8(Q)+,Rxh8 39.Bxh8,Rxh8 40.Bxb5! (Move 40 and White has good chances) Kg5 41.Rd6,e5 42.Ra6,Rh7 43.Bd3,Rg7 44.g3,Rf6?? 45.h4!,Resigns 1-0. (A very unlucky finish for Cormick. After the game we shared some beautiful beers together and Hilton Bennett joined us, as he himself had missed an awful back-rank mate which his young opponent Ruberto Lugo didn’t miss.)


So far so good … In the third round, there was this young guy who demolished me completely.


White: Henrik Mortensen
Black: Zong-Yuan Zhao (AUS – 2341, 14 year-old)

1.e4,e6 2.d4,d5 3.Nd2,Nf6 4.e5,Nf6-d7 5.c3,c5 6.f4,Nc6 7.Nd2-f3,Qb6 8.h4!? (Spassky’s move. Zhao was well prepared and knew that I had played both this move and the mainline before. Actually he seemed to know my ”unknown” Danish games better than I did) cxd4 9.cxd4,Bb4+ 10.Kf2,f6 11.Kg3? (11.Le3) 0-0 12.Bd3? (12.Ne2)


Your Generated Chess Board


Nxd4! 13.Nxd4,fxe5 14.fxe5,Nxe5 15.Bxh7+,Kxh7 16.Bf4,Rxf4! 17.Kxf4,Ng6+ 18.Kf3,e5 19.h5,Qf6 20.Ke2,Nf4+ 21.Resigns. 0-1. (I think, I learned something from the analysis afterwards. After all, it’s not a shame to lose to a much better man.)


After five rounds I had 3½ out of 5 and it was time for a really interesting game that later turned up in the British Chess Magazine.


White: IM Guy West (AUS – 2372)
Black: Henrik Mortensen


1.b4,Na6 (I once read in a Swedish chess magazine – either Schacknytt or Tidskrift för Schack – that 1.-,Na6 was the only move you couldn’t play against 1.b4. I never understood why)


Your Generated Chess Board


2.b5,Nc5 3.d4,Ne6 4.e4,c5 5.d5,Nc7 6.c4,d6 7.Bd3,e5 8.dxe6,Nxe6 9.Bb2,Be7 10.Nc3,Bf6 11.Ng1-e2,Ne7 12.0-0,Nd4 13.Nf4,g6 14.Kh1,Ne6 15.Nf4-e2,0-0 16.f4,Ng7 17.e5,dxe5 18.Ne4!,Ne7-f5 19.Nxf6,Qxf6 20.fxe5,Qh4 21.Rf3,Be6 22.Qc2,Rf8-d8 23.Be4,Rd7 24.Ra1-f1,Ra8-d8 25.Bc1,b6 26.Rf4,Qe7 27.Qa4 (After this move Guy was in serious time trouble.) Nd4 28.Nc3,Bf5 29.Bxf5,Nd4xf5 30.Nd5,Qxe5? (I missed his next move and now we were both in time trouble. Most likely it had been time for some desperation with 30.-,Rxd5!?) 31.Re4!,Da1 32.Rf1-e1,Ne6 33.Bg5,Nxg5 34.Rxa1,Nxe4 35.Re1,Nf2? (Now it’s too easy) 36.Kg1,Nd3 37.Re4?!,Nb2 38.Qc2,Nxc4 39.Nf6+,Kg7 40.Nxd7,Resigns.


In the analysis after the game Guy behaved like a really great guy and he has done that every time since.


Henrik Mortensen and Guy West (2018)


I ended up scoring 6 out of 11. In the 8th round, I lost with Black to the Egyptian IM Walaa Sarwat (2357).


All in all, this tournament was the best organized I have ever played in, so maybe it was no surprise that I keep coming back to Australia. No one mentioned and no one is forgotten.

Normally I lose all my simul games against stronger players. Here is an interesting exception from 7th January 2001. Grandmaster Alexander Volzhin was very unlucky and missed a plane and only turned up for the 5th round! Australia can be so far, far away. If I remember correctly, he, therefore, gave a simul.


White: Alexander Volzhin (RUS – 2542)
Black: Henrik Mortensen

1.d4,Nf6 2.c4,c5 3.d5,d6 4.Nc3,g6 5.e4,Bg7 6.Nf3,0-0 7.h3,Re8 8.Bd3,e6 9.0-0,exd5 10.cxd5,a6 11.a4,Nb8-d7 12.Bf4 (12.Re1 is probably slightly stronger.) Qc7 13.Re1,Nh5 14.Bh2,Ne5 15.Be2,Nxf3 16.Bxf3,Nf6 17.a5,Nd7 18.Be2,Rb8 19.Qd2,b5 20.axb6,Rxb6 21.Bf1,c4 22.Ra1-b1,Ne5 23.f4,Sd3!? 24.Bxd3,cxd3 25.Qxd3


Your Generated Chess Board


Rxb2!?/! 26.Rxb2,Bxc3 27.Rb2-e2! (The grandmaster remains calm.) Bxe1 28.Rxe1,a5 29.e5,a4 30.Bg3,Bb7 31.Rd1,Rd8 32.e6,fxe6 33.dxe6,Qc6 34.Rd2,Te8 35.f5,gxf5 36.Qxf5,Qc5 37.Qxc5,dxc5 38.Re2,Bd5 39.e7,a3 40.Bd6,a2 41.Re1,c4 42.Bb4,Kf7 43.Kh2,c3(=) ½-½. (Some Danish friends told me afterwards that I had played a good game. Don’t blame them, it’s almost twenty years ago.)  



This time I brought a Danish mate Jesper Fischer-Nielsen (2100 something, but long retired, as his kids were more interested in basketball and computer games) who had a great tournament until the last round.


I had prepared back home a special line in the Sveshnikov, including a sacrifice, which I could already use in the first round against the young Toshi Kimura (AUS – 1725). He had several times less than 60 seconds on the clock but defended very well, so I went home with an empty basket.


The rest of my games were drawn except for the wins in the rounds 3 (Harolds Petersons – AUS), 5 (WIM Nancy Lane – AUS), a lucky one and 7 (Bernd Neudel – GER). In round 6 I really tried to beat the legendary Lloyd S. Fell (AUS), but he defended well and saved a draw despite being a pawn down. A few months before his death we chatted together, and he still remembered our game.


I scored 6½ of 11.


At the prizegiving the main organizer Brian Jones gave the real foreign players a nice book present, namely Australia at the Yerevan Chess Olympiad by Ian Rogers. I later had Rogers sign this book (and if my writings really bore you that much, then go to page 22 of this book and follow the Ekström game].


Gary Lane organized a great Chess Quiz dinner evening and (sorry to have to say this) there was never any doubt about the result with me being on the same team as Shaun Press. Here are the happy winners.


From left Henrik Mortensen, Denis Jessop (almost hidden), Lee Forace, Gary Bekker, Roger McCart, Shaun Press, Andrew Greenwood and Rory O’Brien



In many ways a tournament that was not so appealing. It was far away from everything, but at least I was surrounded by a lot of great guys. About the new year’s party ... there were a lot of rumours, but, as we say in Denmark, what happened around the green table remains at the green table.


The tournament itself was my weakest performance ever in an Australian Open. I won the first and the seventh round. In round three I lost to FM Bill Jordan (AUS – 2316), but after the game, it has always been a pleasure to discuss chess matters with him. In round eight I was completely crushed by youngster Ilia Zvendeniouk (AUS – 2168) and the game has been used at some chess/educational DVDs.


Three guys from that tournament aren’t around us anymore, namely Ali Mosaddeque, Richard Voon and Andrew Saint (from the organizing team). I miss them all. They made a difference.


Henrik Mortensen, Darryl Johansen, Max Illingworth and Andrew Hardegen are celebrating the fact that we aren’t so far away from 2005 - probably just minutes.


Andrew Saint, Mount Buller 2005



I was glad to be back in Canberra, but my play often lacked the final killer touch in this tournament.

In the second round I lost to IM Mirko Rujevic (AUS – 2278) and in the fourth round, the same happened against Dusan Stojic (AUS – 2204).


My best game came in the eighth round:


White: Henrik Mortensen
Black: WFM Shannon Oliver (AUS – 1918)

1.e4,c5 2.Nf3,d6 3.d4,cxd4 4.Nxd4,Nf6 5.f3,g6 6.c4,Bg7 7.Nc3,Nc6 8.Be3,0-0 9.Qd2,Bd7 10.Nc2 (On that day I wanted to keep the pieces at the board.) a6 11.Be2,Na7?! 12.a4,Bc6 13.0-0,b6 14.b4,Qc7 15.Rf1-c1,Nc8 16.Ra1-b1,e6 17.Nd4,Bb7 18.Nb3,Rd8 19.a5!,bxa5 20.Nxa5,Qe7 21.Rd1 (White has a pretty position, but how to break through?)  Na7 22.Nxb7,Qxb7 23.Na4,Nc6 24.Nb6,Ra8-b8 25.b5,axb5 26.cxb5,Ne5! 27.Nc4,Nxc4 28.Bxc4,d5 29.Bf1,dxe4 (29.-,d4 30.Bxd4 followed by 31.Qf2. After the text move Shannon was in serious time trouble.) 


Your Generated Chess Board


30.Qxd8+!,Rxd8 31.Rxd8+,Bf8 32.Ra1! (32.Lh6??,Qb6+ and Black wins.) Qe7 33.Ra1-a8,Nd7 34.Rxd7!,Qxd7 35.Bh6,Resigns.


Henrik Mortensen vs. Shannon Oliver (5th January 2007)


In the eleventh and final round, I was up against Douglas Stones (AUS – 1779) and we had a topsy- turvy game which might have annoyed most of the organizers and other players, as we delayed the prize giving for 45 minutes. And if Douglas and I hadn’t seen enough of each other, the next day in the bus from Canberra to Melbourne we were sitting next to each other.


I scored 5½ of 11.


After this Open I later played the first of many National Day Opens in Melbourne Chess Club, but that’s another (long) story.





Australian Championships 2020

2 January– 13 January 2020





Venue: St Georges Leagues Club, 124 Princes Hwy, Kogarah, NSW.



  • Australian Championship (closed) 11 Rounds – FIDE Rated

  • Australian Reserves (U2150) 11 Rounds – FIDE Rated

  • St George Chess Classic (U1800)  7 rounds - ACF Rated

  • Australian Blitz (Open) 11 Rounds – FIDE Rated


Playing Schedule: 

Thurs, 2 Jan: Registration from 11.00 am

Welcome Reception 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Round 1 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Fri, 3rd Jan: Round 2 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Sat, 4th Jan: Round 3 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 1 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Sun, 5th Jan: Round 4 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 2 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Mon, 6th Jan: Round 5 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 3 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Tues, 7th Jan: Round 6 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 4 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Wed, 8th Jan: Rest Day

Australian Blitz 2 pm

Thurs, 9th Jan: Round 7 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 5 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Fri, 10th Jan: Round 8 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 6 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Sat, 11th Jan: Round 9 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 7 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Sun, 12th Jan: Round 10 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Mon, 13th Jan: Round 11 (Champs and Reserves) 10.30 am

Prizegiving at 4.00 pm


Prize Fund: $14000

  • Over $8000 for the Championships;

  • Over $4800 for the Reserves,

  • Over $1200 for the Classic.


TIME CONTROLS (FIDE time controls)

Championships: 40 moves in 90 mins, + 30 mins to finish the game,

with an increment of 30 secs per move from Move 1.

Reserves: All moves in 90 mins, with an increment of 30 secs

per move from Move 1.

Classic: All moves in 60 mins, with an increment of 30 secs

per move from Move 1.


Early Entry - Entry By 13 December 2019


Championship $170 $130

Reserves $150 $110

Classic $100 $80

Standard Entry - Entry After 13 December 2019


Championship $200 $160

Reserves $170 $130

Classic $120 $100

Lightning $25 $20

Note: GM’s, IM’s and WIM’s receive free entry to the Championship


Entry to the Championship after 6 December is not permitted for

players rated Under 2150 ACF.

Entry for foreign players needs ACF approval.


Contact Details:

Charles Zworestine 0410563965 or

Sarwat Rewais 0417246183


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Southport School Australian

Junior Championships 2020



[A special guest from America will be making an appearance at the Australian Junior Chess Championships... FunMaster Mike (FM Mike Klein) from! FunMaster Mike is no stranger to National Junior Tournaments as he himself won a U.S Junior National Title when he was 8 years old. Another fun fact is that he played against Joshua Waitzkin in the same tournament featured at the end of the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer.
Q. Do you have any advice for juniors on how to best prepare for a National Tournament?

A. As Bear Grylls says about collecting firewood for a night of camping in the cold, collect as much firewood as you think you’ll need. Then, collect 5 times that amount. The same can be said of solving tactics puzzles. Probably ¾ of junior’s games are won not by long, protracted struggles but by major tactical oversights! So kids should be solving puzzles basically daily. It’s like jogging for a marathoner.]

See website 


The Southport School,
Lupus Street, Southport,

Under 16 + 18 Open: 18 to 26 January
Under 12 + 14 Open: 22 to 26 January
Under 8 + 10 Open: 18 to 20 January
Under 12 - 18 Girls: 22 to 26 January
Under 8 + 10 Girls: 24 to 26 January
Problem Solving + Blitz: 21 January

Each event is a 9 round swiss event, except the Under 8 and 10 girls which has 8.


Time Controls

Under 16 + 18 Open: 90 mins + 30 secs/move
Under 12 + 14 Open: 60 mins + 30 secs/move
Under 8 + 10 Open: 60 mins + 10 secs/move
Under 12 - 18 Girls: 60 mins + 30 secs/move
Under 8 + 10 Girls: 60 mins + 10 secs/move
Blitz: 3 mins + 2 secs/move



To register and pay go to the website and click on registration.




Shaun Curtis and

Andrew FitzPatrick







14th – 24th JANUARY 2020


Trinity Wharf 51 Dive Crescent Tauranga New Zealand - one of Tauranga’s top hotels.


Organised by the NZ Chess Federation in association with The Mount Chess Club 


$10,000 minimum prize-fund


NZ Open Championship 14th – 22nd January 

NZ Major Open 14th – 22nd January 

Buffet banquet 7 pm 22nd January 

NZ Open Junior Championship 15th – 20th January 

NZ Rapid Championship 23rd – 24th January 

NZ Lightning Championship 24th January 


Entry form includes schedules, conditions and full details here


Chief Organiser: Bob Smith cellphone 0274786282 


Tauranga Guide



The Lidums Australian Young Masters will open shortly at the University of Adelaide, giving opportunities for IM norms to the under 30.

Final entries are:


Young Masters IM 


1 GM Frode Urkedal NOR 2566

2 GM Bobby Cheng AUS 2529

3 IM Erlend Mikalsen NOR 2383

4 FM Maung Maung Kyaw Zaw Hein MYA 2274

5 FM Lim Zhuo-Ren MAS 2245

6 Tom Maguire AUS 2178

7 Albert Winkelman AUS 2143

8 Kyle Leaver AUS 2092

9 FM Michael Kethro AUS 2075

10 Aaron Lee AUS 2003


Young Masters Open


1 Sankeertan Badrinarayan AUS 1900

2 George Bartley AUS 1710

3 Caleb He NZ 1668

4 Paul He NZ 1612

5 Oliver Fenton AUS 1511

6 Zerui Xing AUS 1453

7 Hamish Pattison AUS 1409

8 Aristotelis Giouvantsioudis-Mousiadis AUS 1374




This starts on 14 December at the Melbourne Chess Club. The website is here.

The Australian Masters has been held in Melbourne annually since 1987. The tournament is an invitational event, normally run as a 10-player round-robin tournament. Since 2013 the tournament has become Australia's only round-robin Grandmaster tournament. A major sponsor of the tournament since its inception has been Eddy Levi and his company Hallsten.


This year’s GM Norm tournament will comprise 10 all-titled players.


Both current Victorian Champions will be playing (Chris Wallis is 2019 Victorian Champion and Ray Yang is the Junior Champion). Ray Yang has been awarded his FM title only a few weeks ago by reaching a 2300 rating. 


Victorian GM Bobby Cheng will be a tough examiner for GM Norm aspirants.  Bobby will debut in a GM Norm event as GM (he made his last GM Norm in 2018). Interest centres on how the two Norwegians will perform.


The IM Norm tournament will have some strong players like veteran FM Eddy Levi who performed so well in the recently completed World Seniors Championship in Bucharest and the youngest participant Albert Winkelman from ACT who performed well above his rating at the recent World Junior Championship in India.


IM Leonid Sandler has now organised nearly 20 events with IM and GM Norms available over the years (even as it has been ten years since he became Chess Victoria President)!

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GM Norm Event

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Round Start Times

  1.    6.30 pm Sat 14th December

  2.    6.30 pm Sun 15th December

  3.    4 pm Mon 16th December

  4.    4 pm Tue 17th December

  5.    4 pm Wed 18th December

  6.    4 pm Thu 19th December

  7.    4 pm Fri 20th December

  8.    6.30 pm Sat 21st December

  9.    2 pm Sun 22nd December 


GM Event Players:

GM Frode Olav Olsen Urkedal (NOR)

GM Bobby Cheng (AUS)

GM Temur Kuybokarov (AUS)

IM Junta Ikeda (AUS)

IM Brodie McClymont (AUS)

IM Xiangyi Liu (SGP)

IM Erlend Mikalsen (NOR)

FM Christopher Wallis (AUS)

FM Ray Yang (AUS)

FM Stephen G Lukey (NZL)


IM Norm Players: 

IM James Morris (AUS)

IM Ari Dale (AUS)

IM Alexej Khamatgaleev (RUS)

Albert Winkelman (AUS)

FM Maung Kyaw Zaw Hein Maung (MYA)

FM Daniel Hanwen Gong (NZL)

FM Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang (NZL)

Tom Maguire (AUS)

Hoai Nam Nguyen (VIE)

FM Eddy L Levi (AUS)




21-22 December 2019


Presented by TopChess, this is a new open event for adults and junior players. ACF & QJ Rated. Canteen onsite & central location. Xmas Hamper Raffle. DOP: Alex Stahnke.





DATE: Saturday 21 December & Sunday 22 December 2019.

VENUE: Buranda State School – Hall, 24 Cowley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102.

COST: $60 per player. $10 early bird discount if paid before Thursday 19 December, 5.00 PM. Non-CAQ members must also pay membership of $20.

SCHEDULE: Saturday Registration 9:30 – 9:45AM | Round 1 – 10:00AM Round 2 – 12:30PM | Round 3 – 3:00PM  Sunday Round 4 – 9:00AM | Round 5 – 11:30AM Round 6 – 2:00PM | Prize-giving 5:00PM

FORMAT: 6 round Swiss computer draw. The time control is 60 minutes per player + 20 seconds per move. Only 2 half point byes allowed. No byes in the final round. Forfeit time is 30 minutes after the commencement of each round.

PRIZES: 1st – $1000 2nd – $500 3rd – $250 Rating group A – $200 | Rating group B – $175 | Rating group C – $150


Go to our website

and fill out the enrolment form. Follow the prompts.

A/C name: Topchess | BSB: 062 692 | A/C #: 3598 9804

*CW + name as a reference. *Cash or cheque payments accepted.

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Australia's number 2 player, International Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov (West Australia) has confirmed his participation.


Schedule: Monday 23 December 2019 starting at 5-30 pm


Venue: Melbourne Chess Club, 66 Leicester Street, Fitzroy


Prizes: $1000 total prize fund

1st $300

2nd $200

3rd $150

4th $100

5th $50

Top Victorian player $100 plus the Victorian Blitz Champion 2019 title

2 rating group prizes of $50 each


Entry Fees: $25 per player. GMs and IMs free


Payment:  in person before the event at the Box Hill Chess Club to the CV Treasurer Trevor Stanning. Alternatively, you can pay at Melbourne Chess Club to Alexei Khamatgaleev or Leonid Sandler


Format: 13 round Swiss system.


Time Control: 3 minutes per game plus 2 seconds per move from move one.


Ratings: ACF quick and FIDE blitz rated


Half Point Byes: A maximum of two half point byes only will be permitted for rounds 1 to 7.

Enquiries: Leonid Sandler <> mobile 0412 201 891



27-30 December 2019

7 Round Swiss Tournament

The Box Hill Chess Club will again run the Canterbury Summer Swiss after an absence of a year due to the Australian Open being held last year. This is the last chance to play in Melbourne before the 2020 Australian Chess Championship in Sydney and the Australian Junior Chess Championship on the Gold Coast. 


Australian Open Winner GM Temur Kuybokarov is an early entrant.



Herzl Club 222 Balaclava Road Caulfield 3161


Playing Schedule

Round 1: Friday 27 December  1:00 pm

Round 2: Saturday 28 December  10:00 am

Round 3: Saturday 28 December  3:00 pm

Round 4: Sunday 29 December  10:00 am

Round 5: Sunday 29 December  3:00 pm

Round 6: Monday 30 December  10:00 am

Round 7: Monday 30 December  3:00 pm


Entry Fee

Box Hill/ Canterbury Junior Club Members: $60 plus admin fee if registered and paid by Mon 23 December. Full fee for Non-Members: $80 plus an admin fee. Free entry for GM, IM, FM members of the Box Hill Chess Club – contact Peter Tsai via email


Total Prize Fund $2500

First Prize $1000

Second Prize $500

Third Prize $250

5 Rating Group Prizes $150 each


Rate of Play: 90 min. / player / game plus 30 sec. per move from move one

Ratings: ACF rated, FIDE rated  

Forfeit time: 30 minutes from the scheduled start time

Half point Byes: A maximum of two half-point byes only will be permitted for rounds 1 to 5. 

Tournament Organiser: Peter Tsai Telephone 0419 324 870 Email:

Arbiter: IA Peter Tsai Telephone 0419 324 870


Register and Pay Online via Try Booking Click here





9 - 13 April 2020

Australia's Premier Grand Prix Chess Tournament Since 1963
Canberra Southern Cross Club 92-96 Corinna Street, Woden ACT 2606



2020 Premier Tournament (9 rounds) 90mins+30secs

The Premier is a FIDE and ACF rated tournament. Players must be titled (GM, WGM, IM, WIM, FM, WFM), or have a minimum rating FIDE (1900) or ACF (1800) to play in the Premier Event.

2020 Major Tournament Tournament (7 Rounds) 90mins+30secs

The Major is a FIDE and ACF rated tournament. An ACF rating between 1400 and 2000 is required to play in the Major division. Players without an ACF rating are eligible if they hold a FIDE rating between 1500 and 2000.

2020 Minor Tournament (7 Rounds) 90mins+30secs

The Minor is a FIDE and ACF rated tournament. An ACF rating below 1600 is required to play in the Minor division. Players without an ACF rating are eligible if they hold a FIDE rating below 1600 (or have no rating at all).

2020 U1200s Tournament (6 Rounds) 60mins+10secs

The Under 1200's is an ACF rated tournament. An ACF rating below 1200 points is required.


AUD$ 23,135 prize money pool is on offer.






Running only for the second year and featuring eight gruelling 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom during weekends in September, with the top two players in each qualifier making the final, GM Justin Tan has emerged the sole winner on 16 November at Solihull (outside Birmingham). There was a large margin between the first two places and the rest of the field.


The Women’s Open was won by GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant.


[From a far-ranging YouTube interview in April with GM Justin Tan about chess, childhood, academics, law, tournaments, norms, chess culture and ambition on nurtr's platform [“being a GM is not really enough these days”]


Players received 3 minutes for the entire game, plus a 2-second increment starting from move one. 


Official website


Full Results


                                Points    Rating


GM Tan, Justin




IM Ghasi, Ameet K




GM Gormally, Daniel 




GM Turner, Matthew J




GM Arkell, Keith C




IM Greet, Andrew N




FM Haydon, David L




IM Camacho, Jose




FM Willow, Jonah B




IM D`Costa, Lorin




IM Rendle, Thomas E




IM Adair, James R




Beardsworth, Allan




Pein, Jonathan




IM Sherwin, James T




Rush, Stephen




Bruising Battles in Bucharest

By Alan Goldsmith


A report on the 2019 World Seniors Championships which took place in Romania from the 11th-14th November 2019.


The FIDE World Seniors Championships took place in Bucharest last month and amazingly, not one of the four events was won by a Russian, despite Russia being the powerhouse when most players were in their prime. 


There were 366 players in total with about half having titles - FIDE made the events extra attractive by giving an extra 10,000 Euros to the prize fun and free entry to the players. The majority of players were naturally from Romania but Germany and Russia each had 26, Israel 22, Australia 5 and New Zealand 3. 


The Open 50+ tournament was won by 50-year-old Vadim Shishkin from Ukraine, and tying in second place were Vladislav Nevednichy (Moldova) and Fernandez Ivan Morovic (Chile). There were 63 titled players in the field of 138, with 20 GMs and 18 IMs making up the bulk, including Lev Psakhis, Alexander Shabalov and Rogelio Antonio.


The 65+ Open had 150 competitors and was won by chess legend Rafael Vaganian from Armenia ahead of Anatoli Vaisser (France) and Yuri Balashov (Russia) on countback. Also in the field were Evgeny Sveshnikov and Vlastimil Jansa.


The Women’s 50+ Championship was won by Elvira  Berend from Luxemburg, ahead of Tatiana Bohumil was second and Galina Strutinska (RUS), Tatiana Grabuzova (RUS) and marina Makropoulou (Greece) were equal third.


The Women’s 65+ Tournament was won by the amazing Nona Gaprindashvili from Georgia while the Russians Elena Fatalibekova and Valentina Kozlovskaya tied for second. Nona received a standing ovation at the closing ceremony - she has had an amazing career and coincidentally on the same weekend that the tournament finished, a team called Nona representing Georgia, won the European Club Cup for Women.




The trouble with practically all chess games is that they are very personal things - generally between just the two players - and rarely do you learn about events that may be happening in the players’ lives that may have an effect on the game. There is a TedX talk somewhere on YouTube that describes playing a serious game of chess as the equivalent of running a marathon and while obviously for most of us that certainly is not the case, watching many of the GMs you could see the huge energy involved in calculating a huge number of moves for often more than 4 hours at a time.  For some of us lesser mortals, it was only required in a few games to concentrate that long, and often there were miscalculations that blew up in our faces, but even so, most games were a serious battle.


So here is a brief snapshot from the Australian and New Zealand viewpoint.


CM Hilton Bennett, IA Charles Zworestine and WFM Helen Milligan Photo: Alan Goldsmith

There were 5 Aussies taking part - IA Charles Zworestine, Kok Siong Teo (from Melbourne but playing under the Singapore flag) and CM Aurel-John Buciu in the Open 50+ and in the Open 65+ there was FM Eddy Levi and myself. And alongside us were 3 Kiwis - Hilton Bennett in the Open 50+, Bob Gibbons in the 65+ and CM Helen Milligan in the Women’s 50+. And how great it was to have a bunch of friends around, especially with Barbara Gibbons and Romy Levi sharing the laughs and giving valuable help - but not at the chessboard. Another player who was constantly in our orbit was the wonderful IM Herman van Riemsdijk from Brazil.


None of us apart from Herman who scored 7.5/11 had a particularly brilliant result though Eddy and I both scored 6.5/11 and Helen and Hilton scored 50% - but we all had a few good wins. Charles scored 5 points but he was in considerable pain for most of the tournament when he managed to practically dislocate his right shoulder coming down an embankment at breakneck speed; however, thanks to assistance from Dr Barbara and Helen, he managed to cope with the pain and bruising to struggle through his games using only his left hand - he resisted the lure of forfeiting the immediate game after the accident.  Another fellow walking wounded was Herman who sported some serious bandages on his face for most of the tournament after tripping on an uneven Bucharest sidewalk. 


The blood bank Photo: Alan Goldsmith

Here are some sample games from the event - these are the relatively quick wins but we all had huge battles that often ended in draws or tears after about 60 moves.


Eddy Levi (2080) vs Boris Gruzmann (2222)

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.O-O Na5 8.Be2 e6 9.f5 exf5 10.d3 Nc6 11.Qe1 Nd4 12.Bd1 Kf8 13.Bf4 Nxf3+ 14.Bxf3 Be5 15.Bxe5 dxe5 16.exf5 Bxf5 17.Bxb7 Qd4+ 18.Kh1 Rd8 19.Be4 Be6 20.Qg3 Rb8 21.a4 a6 22.Nd5 Qxb2 23.c3 Bxd5 24.Bxd5 Nh6 25.Qxe5 Kg8 26.Ra2 Qb6 27.Raf2 Rf8 28.Rxf7 Nxf7 29.Bxf7+ Rxf7 30.Qe8+ Kg7 31.Rxf7+ Kh6 32.Qe3+ g5 33.Qh3+ Kg6 34.Qf5+ Kh5 35.Qf3+ Kg6 36.Qf5+ Kh5 37.g3 h6 38.Kg2 Re8 39.g4+ 1-0


Leon Piasetski (2246) vs Eddy Levi (2080)

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.h3 Bf5 5.e3 e6 6.Bb5 Bd6 7.Ne5 Bxe5 8.dxe5 Nd7 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Bh2 c6 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Ng6 13.f4 Qh4+ 14.Kd2 O-O-O 15.Raf1 d4 16.exd4 Ndxe5 17.Qe2 Rxd4+ 18.Kc1 Nc4 19.Qf2 Qf6 20.Rd1 Rhd8 21.Rxd4 Rxd4 22.Rd1 Rxd1+ 23.Nxd1 Qd8 24.f5 Qg5+ 25.Kb1 Nd2+ 26.Ka1 Nf1 27.Ne3 Nxe3 28.fxg6 Nd1 29.Bf4 Qf6 0-1


Janez Barle (2221) vs Alan Goldsmith (2036)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.a3 Be7 7.Nge2 Bg4 8.f3 Bh4+ 9.Kf1 Be6 10.Be3 Nh6 11.Nf4 O-O 12.Qd2 g5 13.Nh5 f5 14.g3 Qe8 15.Bf2 Qxh5 16.gxh4 f4 17.Rg1 Bh3+ 18.Ke1 Qxf3 19.Rxg5+ Kh8 20.Nxd5 Rae8+ 21.Be2 Ng4 22.Bg1 Qf1# 0-1


Alan Goldsmith (2036) vs Nils-Gustaf Renman (2331)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.O-O Bd7 8.Qe2 Nge7 9.Bf4 Ng6 10.Bg3 Be7 11.h4 h5 12.Nbd2 dxc3 13.bxc3 Qd8 14.Rab1 b6 15.c4 dxc4 16.Nxc4 O-O 17.Rfd1 Nb4 18.Rxb4 Bxb4 19.Ng5 Be7 20.Nxf7 Kxf7 21.Qxh5 Rh8 22.Bxg6+ Kg8 23.Bf7+ Kf8 24.Qf3 Bf6 25.exf6 gxf6 26.Bxe6 1-0


Charles Zworestine (2147) vs Ian Wilkinson (1796)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Qa5+ 6.Nc3 a6 7.Ba4 b5 8.Bb3 Bb7 9.Bd2 Qb6 10.Nd5 Qxd4 11.Nxd4 Rc8 12.a4 e5 13.Nf5 g6 14.Nfe3 Nc5 15.f3 Nxb3 16.cxb3 Bg7 17.Bb4 Bf8 18.O-O Nh6 19.Rac1 f5 20.Rxc8+ Bxc8 21.Rc1 Be6 22.Nc7+ Kf7 23.Nxa6 Bxb3 24.axb5 fxe4 25.fxe4 Ba4 26.b6 Be7 27.Rc7 Bb5 28.Bxd6 Bxa6 29.Rxe7+ Kf6 30.Nd5+ Kg5 31.b7 Bxb7 32.Rxb7 Ra8 33.Be7+ Kg4 34.h3+ Kh5 35.Nf6+ Kh4 36.Nxh7+ Kh5 37.Nf6+ Kg5 38.g3 Nf7 39.Ng8+ Kh5 40.g4# 1-0


Herman Van Riemsdijk (2228) vs Evgeni Kalegin (2431)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 Na6 7.Nf3 Qe8 8.Nd2 Nd7 9.Nb3 e5 10.d5 f6 11.Be3 f5 12.f3 f4 13.Bf2 h5 14.Qd2 Ndc5 15.Nxc5 Nxc5 16.b4 Na4 17.c5 Nxc3 18.Qxc3 Bd7 19.a4 Bf6 20.O-O Bxa4 21.c6 b5 22.Bd1 Bxd1 23.Rfxd1 a6 24.Ra5 g5 25.Rda1 g4 26.Rxa6 Rxa6 27.Rxa6 Qg6 28.Qd3 Kh8 29.Ra7 Bd8 30.Be1 Rg8 31.Kf1 Kh7 32.Qe2 Rf8 33.Rb7 h4 34.h3 gxh3 35.gxh3 Rg8 36.Qh2 Qh5 37.Ke2 Qe8 38.Rxb5 Be7 39.Bf2 Qa8 40.Ra5 Qb8 41.b5 Kh6 42.Qh1 Bd8 43.Qa1 Qc8 44.b6 cxb6 45.Ra8 Qc7 46.Qa7 Rg7 47.Qxc7 Bxc7 48.Ra7 1-0


Here is one of the candidates for the Brilliancy Prize but unsure if it was the winner - I missed the name in the closing ceremony.


GM M Godena (2449) vs N Konstantinos (2179) 2019 WS M50+

1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 e5 4.Ngf3 Bd6 5.d4 exd4 6.Bd3 c5 7.O-O Ne7 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.Re1+ Be7 10.Ng5 g6 11.Qf3 O-O 12.Rxe7 Nxe7 13.Nde4 Nd7 14.Nxh7 Kxh7 15.Qh3+ Kg8 16.Bg5 f6 17.Bc4+ Rf7 18.Bxf6 Nxf6 19.Nxf6+ Kg7 20.Qh7+ Kxf6 21.Qxf7+ Ke5 22.Re1+ Kd6 23.Qf6+ Kd7 24.Re6 Nf5 25.Qf7+ Ne7 26.Bb5+ Kc7 27.Qf4+ 1-0




New Delhi, India

14 - 26 Oct 2019 

Official Site


By Albert Winkelman


 I didn’t actually play very well in this tournament.  [Ed.-It was, in fact, an outstanding performance well above rating].There are only two games here that I am particularly proud of (but it was still a lot better than any other tournament I’ve been in – I’m happy I’m improving at least). I don’t think any of my opponents did anything special either. While juniors are known for being underrated they are much more often quite overrated, at least in my experience.



The venue was pretty nice. It had a pool, a gym (that doesn’t play pop music the entire time!) and was generally quite well decorated. The room was satisfactory, it had lots of space, a good view, we didn’t have any real complaints about it. Sometimes they’d be playing some loud music somewhere in the distance at night but that’s obviously not the hotel’s fault.


The buffet was good, it has a mixture of Indian and foreign dishes so that most people should be able to find something they enjoy. But it was a bit strange, the players could eat at a much better place for breakfast (where there are more selections of food, many more tables, the waiters treat you like a king/dictator) than lunch and dinner, where sometimes there wasn’t even a table to sit at.


The playing conditions were generally quite good. You couldn’t go into the playing hall without getting scanned by metal detectors and spectators weren’t allowed in after the games started, making it harder for players to cheat. The schedule was also good, this is usually expected but anybody who’s been to the Doeberl Cup can appreciate it a lot more. One problem though is that they’d often be hosting some kind of party in another room with music; in my game against Amin, the distant death metal screams gave my table a chuckle. I was fine with it but distractions like those shouldn’t exist in important tournaments like this.


When we went to the hall and started to wait for the opening ceremony, it took about 1.5 hours to start since the organisers wanted to begin only when the FIDE president arrived (he was quite late because of the busy traffic). I was fine with daydreaming in the meantime, although my opponent looked annoyed (and maybe is related to why he played so aggressively in my game).



We met Temur and his mother, they were quite friendly and my father often talked to Temur’s mother. Temur got quite sick shortly after the tournament began, but he played quite well despite this. We briefly met a lot of other players from all sorts of countries, one friendly guy was apparently coaching at the Sydney Academy of Chess and watched a lot of my games (I can’t remember his name, unfortunately).


The closing ceremony wasn’t like most others I experienced; it played the national anthems of the winners’ countries and then the Indian one. That stuff is fine in an Olympiad but a bit ridiculous in this kind of tournament IMO.


I’m sorry I don’t have much to write about India. I mainly stayed in the hotel the whole trip and didn’t go to the Taj Mahal on the free day (I was very disappointed by my previous game and just wanted to rest in the hotel). It seems like a waste to get the chance to visit India and not explore their culture, history, tourist attractions, but I’ve never had much interest in that stuff. I think it’s pointless to do something you don’t enjoy for the sake of “making the most out of your trip”.


I attach 4 of my games with annotations. Two are quite nice, one is just how I drew with Amin and the other is badly played but fun.


Albert Winkelman - GM Amin Tabatabaei [B67]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0–0–0 Bd7 9.f3 Be7 10.Kb1 Qc7 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Ne2 b5 13.Nd4 Bd7 14.c3 [I did not remember much theory but I remembered this being an idea from the f3 variation. I thought white has quite a nice position here, it doesn't seem like black can do much in the centre or the queenside, while white can easily strike on the kingside.]

14...Rb8 15.h4 h6 16.Be3 h5 17.Bg5 a5 18.Bd3 Qb6 19.Nc2 [This gives him a chance to play b4, but it will only help white.]

19...Bc6 20.Ne3 Ba8 21.Rhg1 g6 22.g4? [I do not think this is a good move. Since there is no rush for white he should try to improve his pieces as much as possible. Bc2 at the very least would be decent, putting more pressure on d6 (or potentially breaking through with e5 later).]

22...hxg4 23.Nxg4 Nxg4 24.Rxg4 b4 25.c4 Bxg5 26.Rxg5 Rxh4 27.Bc2 Rc8 28.Bb3 Kf8 29.Rb5 Qc7 30.Qxd6+ Qxd6 31.Rxd6 Rh1+ 32.Rd1 Rh3 33.Rf1? [Tabatabaei was shocked. He looked at me for a few seconds and carefully searched the position to see if he had missed something.]

33...Rxf3 34.Re1 Rf4 35.Bc2 f5 36.Rxa5 Bxe4 37.Bxe4 Rxe4 38.Rxe4 fxe4 39.b3 Kf7 40.Kc2 Rd8 41.a3 bxa3 42.Rxa3 Kf6 43.c5 Ke5 44.b4 Kf4 [He offered a draw here, and I immediately accepted. This was quite a poor, cowardly decision, white should at least try c6 here, or use up his time a bit more. ]



Albert Winkelman - FM Sarkar Rajdeep [B67]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0–0–0 Bd7 9.f3 Be7 10.Kb1 Qc7 [It was quite strange to repeat Tabatabaei's moves. The main reason I managed to draw with him was the very nice position I got out of the opening...]

11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Ne2 b5 13.Nd4 Bd7 14.c3 Rb8 15.Bd3 a5 16.Rhe1 [This time I was trying to play in the centre instead of h4, etc. I think it's a much better plan to try for e5 and activating the white bishop than just pushing pawns.]

16...0–0 17.Qe2 [Threatening f4 (if f4 on the previous move then h6, bh4, nxe4) while provoking b4 and supporting e5.]

17...b4 18.c4 Rfe8 [Getting ready to play e5, bxf5/b5 and nd7. Maybe it would have been better to play e5 immediately, but the position still looks bad for him.]

19.e5 dxe5 20.Qxe5 Bd6 [I think trading queens would have given him a much better position. It removes any danger for his king, sure it's quite unpleasant to play but it's not nearly as terrible as this.]

21.Qe3 Nh5 22.Ne2 Be7 23.g4 Nf6 24.Bf4 Qb6 25.Ng3 Bc5 26.Qd2 Ba4 27.b3 Bc6 [My opponent started getting very excited and confident, but his attack was not so dangerous and I am simply an exchange up.]

28.Bxb8 Rxb8 29.g5 Nd7 30.Be4 Nf8 31.Bxc6 Qxc6 32.Ne4 Be7 33.Qf4 Ra8 34.Nd6 Bxd6 35.Rxd6 Qc7 36.Rd4 Qa7 37.Qd2 a4 38.Rd8 Rxd8 39.Qxd8 Qf2 40.Qd1 Qxh2? [If he had continued to control c5 the game would have been harder to win.]

41.c5 a3 42.Qc2 Qc7 43.c6 e5 44.Re4 Ne6 45.Rxb4 Nd4 46.Rb7 Qc8 47.c7



IM Srihari Raghunandan - Albert Winkelman [D00]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.e3 [I had forgotten what I should do here and started thinking. I remembered a nice f5 idea, so I tried h6.]

3...h6 4.Bxf6 exf6 5.c4 dxc4 6.Bxc4 Bd6 7.Nc3 f5 8.Nf3 Nd7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Qc2 Nf6 11.Rfd1 a6 [Preventing nb5, c6 would allow d5 so I went for this instead.]

12.a3 [I don't really understand this move.]

12...Qe7 13.Nh4 Ng4 14.Ng6? Bxh2+ 15.Kf1 Qg5 16.Nxf8 Bg3? [A cool looking move, but totally unnecessary. ]

17.Nd5 [I had planned to play c6 but I thought he could play nb6 and defend on the kingside, but looking at the position again I regret bd6 a lot.]

17...Bd6? 18.Be2 Kxf8 19.Bxg4 Qxg4 20.Nxc7 Rb8 21.Rdc1?? [This was a very bad move, he needs to urgently prevent my white squared bishop from getting activated. This can probably be done by just moving the knight back to d5.]

21...Bd7 22.Nd5 Bc6 23.f3 Qh4 24.Nf4 g5 25.Nh3 g4 26.fxg4 fxg4 27.Nf2 Bb5+ 28.Ke1 [I am just playing nonsense. Re8 is a logical and obvious move, giving that useless piece a purpose and creating a large threat.]

28...Bg3 29.a4 Qh1+ 30.Kd2 Qxg2 31.Qc5+ Kg8 32.axb5 Bxf2 33.Qf5 Bxe3+? [I didn't have much time but I had calculated that I end up checkmating with qxb5. A simple move like re8 would have been so much better...]

34.Kxe3 Re8+ 35.Kd3 Qe2+ 36.Kc3 Re3+ 37.Kb4 Qxb2+ 38.Ka5 Ra3+ 39.Kb6 Qxd4+ 40.Kxb7 Rxa1 41.Rxa1 axb5 42.Rf1 Qg7 43.Rf4 h5 44.Qxh5 f5+ 45.Kc6



IM Saha Neelash - Albert Winkelman [D00]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.e3 c5 [I didn't know much about this variation, but just wanted to avoid my opponent's likely preparation for the previous move I played (h6). I didn't consider the Trompowsky to be very dangerous so even if I made some mediocre moves I wouldn't get into serious trouble.]

4.Bxf6 exf6 5.Nc3 Be6 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0–0 9.0–0–0 [The king is so poorly placed there, it just doesn't make any sense. Castling queenside is known for being attacking and 'cool' and that's probably the only reason he chose that over rd1. You can say he wanted to attack on the kingside, but it's hard to see how to.]

9...Qa5 10.Kb1 Rfd8 11.Nd4 Nxd4 12.exd4 Bb4 13.a3 Bf8 14.Bd3 b5 15.Nxb5 Qb6 16.Ka2 Rab8 17.b3 f5 18.Be2 Rdc8 19.Nc3 Bd7 [It doesn't look like such a useful move, it makes a4 possible to play with the knight still on c3, but my real intention was to prevent nb1 with ba4. ]

20.Ra1 a5 21.Nxd5? Qd6 22.Ne3 Qxa3+ 23.Kb1 Rxc2 24.Rxa3 Rxd2 25.Ra2 Rxb3+ 26.Ka1 Ra3 27.Rxa3 Bxa3 28.Bf3 Bb2+ 29.Kb1 Bxd4 30.Nc4 Rd3 31.Be2 Rb3+ 32.Ka2 Rb7 [The rest isn't interesting.]




Teams Chess with an Irregular Twist

24 September 2019 Newcastle


by Greg Wilson


The Doug Carey Memorial Challenge is named after one of Newcastle's much loved, but now sadly departed members of the Newcastle District Chess Association. Doug was a true gentleman in life as well as at the chequered lozenge. Doug only ever opened with 1.c4, or the Irregular Opening as it was known back in Doug's heyday! It is mandatory that the team with the White pieces open with 1.c4 (the English).


Doug Carey holding the 1961 NSW Country Teams Championship Trophy


  1. Teams of 2 players with their combined ratings as the team rating.

  2. 5 Round Swiss.

  3. Time Control of 1 Hour + 10 seconds Fischer with games to be scored.

  4. The highest-rated team member moves first - Player 1 for White makes a move, then Player 1 for Black, Player 2 for White, then Player 2 for Black and so on.

  5. NO collusion between teammates! You are not allowed to discuss anything with your partner.

  6. Draws or resignations are offered/made by the player whose turn it is to move.


The Doug Carey Memorial Challenge has seen some strange bedfellows in the past, and this year was no exception, with chess dilettantes forming alliances more questionable than Trump’s foreign policy. Amid Verdelho infused lips (Doug's favourite white wine), these odd couples sipped and slurped their way into the chess dustbin with precision inaccuracies that could only be described as gobsmacking. Carlsen-like gems were non existent, as these weary combatants trundled out their pedestrian and ill-thought moves. As Tartakower quipped: The blunders are all there on the board waiting to be made. And in the Doug Carey Memorial Challenge, it is not always the lower-rated player that is blunder-prone .. be rest assured, there were plenty of blunders, as will be seen from the following messy-pieces below.


Andrew Murdoch sponsored and adjudged a cash prize for The Best Game Played in The Spirit of Doug Carey. This was won by the team of Rudy Gotzy & Brian Brown.


Somehow Michael Cvetanovski and Steve Kucera muddled their way through the tournament to emerge victorious with a remarkable score of 4.5 out of 5 points. A very fine effort indeed. 


And after the dust had settled:


Place Name                                                Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Steven Kucera, Michael Cvetanovski                 2690 4.5 6.5 10.5 14.0

 2-3  Brett Saunders, Philip Tan                         2866 4 8.0 14.0 11.5

      David Absalom, Bela Nemeth                         2665 4 7.0 12.5 10.5

 4-6  Rudy Gotzy, Brian Brown                            2477 2.5 8.5 15.0 8.0

      Andrew Murdoch, Heath Murdoch                      2747 2.5 8.5 13.5 9.0

      Ron Groenhout, Greg Wilson                         2800 2.5 6.5 12.0 6.0

 7-8  Alex Boyd, Tre Clifford                            2750 2 8.0 13.0 7.0

      Grant Taljaard, Martin Strick                      2350 2 7.0 11.0 6.0

  9   Peter Groenhout, Ki Antes                          2042 1 6.5 12.5 3.0

 10   Sarah & Elizabeth Behne-Smith (withdrew)           2889 0 3.5 8.5 0.0


Battlefield campaigns:


Ron Groenhout & Greg Wilson - Rudy Gotzy & Brian Brown [A10]
2019 Doug Carey Memorial Challenge (1.3), 24.09.2019

1.c4 b6 2.e4 e5 3.g3 Bb4 4.Ne2 Nf6 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.Nbc3 Bxc3 7.bxc3 d6 8.0-0 0-0 9.d3 h6 10.h3 Ne7 11.f4 Be6 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.a4 Qc8 14.Kh2 c5 15.g4 Nh7 16.Ng1 Ng6 17.Ra2 Rd8 18.Raf2 Bxc4 19.Rf3 Ng5 20.Bxg5 hxg5 21.Qc2 Be6 22.Ne2 Nh4 23.R3f2 Rd6 24.Bh1 Qd7 25.d4 Rd8 26.d5 Bxg4 27.hxg4 Qxg4 28.Bf3 Nxf3+ 29.Rxf3 Rh6+ 30.Rh3 Qxh3+ 0-1


Ron Groenhout & Greg Wilson - David Absalom & Bela Nemeth [A20]
2019 Doug Carey Memorial Challenge (2.4), 01.10.2019

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.e4 g6 5.Ne2 d6 6.h3 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.d3 Bd7 9.Be3 Qc8 10.Kh2 Nd8 11.Nbc3 c6 12.Qd2 Ne6 13.Rac1 Rd8 14.f3 a6 15.Na4 Rb8 16.Nb6 Qc7 17.Nxd7 Rxd7 18.f4 exf4 19.Nxf4 Nxf4 20.Bxf4 Nh5 21.Rc2 Nxf4 22.Qxf4 Be5 23.Qe3 Re8 24.d4 Bg7 25.Qd3 Qb6 26.Rd2 Qc7 27.b3 Rde7 28.Re1 Bh6 29.Rf2 Qa5 30.Ree2 ½-½


David Absalom & Bela Nemeth - Alex Boyd & Tre Clifford [A37]
2019 Doug Carey Memorial Challenge (3.3), 08.10.2019

1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Rb1 Nf6 7.0-0 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.d4 Ne4 10.Be3 0-0 11.Rc1 Nxc3 12.bxc3 c4 13.Rb1 Re8 14.Bc1 b6 15.Nd2 Bf5 16.Rb2 Rb8 17.Nxc4 Nxd4 18.cxd4 dxc4 19.e3 c3 20.Rb3 c2 21.Qd2 Rc8 22.Bb2 c1Q 23.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 24.Qxc1 Bh6 25.Qd2 Qd7 26.Rc3 Rb8 27.Qc1 Qa4 28.Ra3 Qe8 29.Rxa7 Rc8 30.Rc7 Bxe3 31.Rxc8 Bxf2+ 32.Kxf2 Bxc8 33.Qc3 Bg4 34.d5 Qe2+ 35.Kg1 Qd1+ 36.Bf1 Kf8 37.Qh8+ Ke7 38.Qf6+ Kf8 39.d6 1-0


Martin Strick & Grant Taljaard - Ron Groenhout & Greg Wilson [A10]
2019 Doug Carey Memorial Challenge (3.4), 08.10.2019

1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 Be7 6.d3 0-0 7.b3 Nc6 8.Bb2 a6 9.0-0 Qe8 10.Qd2 Qh5 11.e4 e5 12.d4 f4 13.h4 Bg4 14.d5 Bxf3 15.dxc6 bxc6 16.Qd3 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Ng4 18.Rad1 f3+ 19.Kg1 Bxh4 20.c5 Bg5 0-1


Rudy Gotzy & Brian Brown - David Absalom & Bela Nemeth [A25]
2019 Doug Carey Memorial Challenge (4.2), 15.10.2019

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bxc3 0-0 7.Nf3 d6 8.d3 h6 9.h3 Re8 10.g4 e4 11.Nd4 Ne5 12.dxe4 Nh7 13.Nf5 Be6 14.Qd4 Bxf5 15.exf5 Nc6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.h4 Qe7 18.Be3 c5 19.Qd2 Qe4 20.Rg1 Rad8 21.g5 hxg5 22.hxg5 Qxf5 23.Rh1 Re5 24.Rg1 Rde8 25.Kd1 d5 26.Bxc5 dxc4 27.Be3 Rd5 28.Bd4 c5 29.e3 cxd4 30.cxd4 Nxg5 31.Rf1 Rb8 32.Rc1 Qf3+ 33.Ke1 Ne4 34.Qc2 c3 35.Qd3 Rb2 36.Rc2 Rxc2 37.Qxc2 Rb5 38.Qc1 Rb2 39.d5 Qe2# 0-1


Peter Groenhout & Ki Antes - Steve Kucera & Michael Cvetanovski
2019 Doug Carey Memorial Challenge (5.1), 22.10.2019

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 b6 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb7 6.e4 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Qa4+ Bc6 9.Qb3 Qe7 10.Bd3 Na6 11.Be3 Nc5 12.Qd1 Nxd3+ 13.Qxd3 Nf6 14.Ng5 h6 15.Nf3 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Bxe4 17.Qe2 0-0-0 18.0-0 Bb7 19.Nd4 Bxd4 20.Qg4+ f5 21.Qxd4 g5 22.Rae1 Qd7 23.f3 g4 24.fxg4 fxg4 25.Qf6 Qc6 26.Qe6+ Kb8 27.Qxg4 Rhg8 28.Qf3 Qxc4 29.Qf4 Rxg2+ 30.Kh1 Rf2+ 31.Kg1 Rxf4 32.Rxf4 Rg8+ 0-1


David Absalom & Bela Nemeth - Andrew Murdoch & Heath Murdoch [A38]
2019 Doug Carey Memorial Challenge (5.2), 22.10.2019

1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.e3 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.d4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Nxd5 Nb5 12.a4 Nc7 13.Qb3 Nxd5 14.Bxd5 Qb6 15.Qa3 e5 16.a5 Qb5 17.e4 Kh8 18.Bd2 Rb8 19.Bb4 Bh3 20.Bxf8 Bxf8 21.Qc3 Bxf1 22.Qxe5+ Kg8 23.Qxb8 Bc4 24.Qxb7 Qxb7 25.Bxb7 Bg7 26.Rc1 Be6 27.b4 Bf8 28.b5 Bb4 29.Ra1 Bd7 30.Bc6 Bc8 31.b6 axb6 32.axb6 Bd6 33.Ra8 Kg7 34.Rxc8 Bc5 35.b7 Bd6 36.Kf1 f5 37.b8Q Bxb8 38.Rxb8 fxe4 39.Bxe4 Kh6 40.Bf3 Kg5 41.Rh8 h5 42.h4+ Kf5 43.Rf8+ Ke5 44.Ke2 Kd4 45.Rf6 Ke5 46.Rxg6 Kf5 47.Rg5+ Kf6 48.Rxh5 Kg6 49.Ke3 Kg7 50.Ke4 Kg6 51.Rg5+ Kh6 52.Kf5 Kh7 53.Rg6 Kh8 54.Kf6 Kh7 55.Be4 Kh8 56.Bh1 Kh7 57.Kf7 Kh8 58.Rh6# 1-0


Ron Groenhout & Greg Wilson - Alex Boyd & Tre Clifford [A30]
2019 Doug Carey Memorial Challenge (5.4), 22.10.2019

1.c4 c5 2.e4 e5 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Ne2 Nc6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Nbc3 d6 8.h3 0-0 9.d3 Nd4 10.Be3 a6 11.Qd2 Be6 12.Bg5 Bxh3 13.f4 Qd7 14.fxe5 Nh5 15.exd6 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Qxd6 17.Nf4 Nf6 18.Rae1 Rae8 19.Nfd5 Ng4 20.Bf4 Ne5 21.Ne2 f5 22.Nxd4 cxd4 23.exf5 Rxf5 24.g4 Rf7 25.Re4 Qd7 26.Bxe5 Rxe5 27.Rxf7 Qxf7 28.Rxe5 Bxe5 29.Qg5 Qe6 30.Nf4 Qd6 31.Kf3 Kg7 32.Nh5+ Kf7 33.Nf4 Bxf4 34.Qxf4+ Qxf4+ 35.Kxf4 Kf6 36.g5+ Kg7 37.Ke5 h5 38.Kxd4 h4 39.Ke3 h3 40.Kf3 h2 41.Kg2 h1Q+ 42.Kxh1 Kf7 43.d4 Ke6 44.Kg2 Kf5 45.Kf3 Kxg5 46.d5 Kf6 47.Kf4 b6 48.b4 g5+ 49.Kg4 Kg6 50.c5 bxc5 51.bxc5 1-0

Doug Carey at the NCDCA Dinner 25 November 2009


MCC Greg Hjorth Open Weekender


Two draws on the last day was sufficient for WGM Julia Ryjanova to sweep the field in this 84-player event with 7.5/9 held at the Melbourne Chess Club ahead of IM Stephen Solomon, IM James Morris, Sean Goh & Kai Jie Soo all on 7.0.


WGM Julia Ryjanova 


Melbourne - 01/11/2019, 05/11/2019

Standings at round 9 (last round)-leading scores:

  Pos   N NAME                      | Rtg PRtg Fed | Pts Buc1   BucT  


  1   3 WGM Ryjanova, Julia           | 2290 2298 VIC | 7.5 48.0 

  2   2 IM Solomon, Stephen J        | 2328 2034 QLD | 7.0 48.5 

  3   1 IM Morris, James             | 2485 2089 VIC | 7.0 47.5 

  4  10     Goh, Sean Christian       | 1917 1984 OS | 7.0 46.0 

  5   4   Soo, Kai Jie              | 2054 2078 VIC | 7.0 45.5 

  6   8   Kolak, Chris              | 1920 2001 VIC | 6.5 46.0 

  7   5   Gusain, Daniel            | 1965 1921 VIC | 6.5 44.5 

  8   9   Ilic, Nicholas            | 1918 1753 VIC | 6.5 41.5 

  9  16     Holland, Daniel           | 1774 1803 VIC | 6.0 48.5 

 10  15 CM Narenthran, Tharmaratnam  | 1785 1761 VIC | 6.0 47.5 

 11  27   Kalisch, Tom              | 1671 1626 VIC | 6.0 41.5 

 12   6 Bahra, Pardeep S          | 1956 1852 ENG | 6.0 40.5 

 13  26   Hawkins, Sean             | 1679 1370 VIC | 6.0 38.5 

Tie Break legend:

  Buc1   : Buchholz Cut 1 

  BucT   : Buchholz Total 



21 October 2019

Results are here. Kevin Bonham reports:

Mind Moves Chess School won the primary section for the first time with an overwhelming margin, 29 points of a possible 36 ahead of Ulverstone 23.5 and Princes St third on countback on 22. Clark Wagner (Zeehan) and Luwanna Beeton (Mind Moves) tied for primary honours on 8/9 with Bayani Beeton, Fletcher Jones, Monty Brown and Quinn Elliott all on 7. Luwanna Beeton is the first female player to tie or win a Tasmanian age state title for a very long time (I am not sure exactly how long but am thinking about 30 years). Zeehan is a small mining town on the west coast so great to see a state winner from there!

Launceston College defended its secondary title with 26 from Hutchins 25 and Scotch-Oakburn 23.5. Playing in the U18 for the first time, Will Rumley won the U18 title with 8.5/9 from John Patrick 8/9 and Dannan Williams (Launceston) 7.5. (Rumley drew with Williams.)


These events are privately run by Kids Unlimited (aka Chess Kids) and the TCA from 2013 has been recognising the individual winners as state junior titleholders.


There were 76 players in the Primary and 63 in the Secondary. 


There is an Honour Board since 2004 for team results at these events here






By Adrian Chek


On 14 November the annual chess match between the Bar & Bench and the Solicitors took place at its now regular venue, the offices of law firm Allens in the Sydney CBD.


The match is named in honour of the late IM Terrey Shaw, who conceived the idea of the first match back in 1993 and was captain of the Bar & Bench team in those early years.  Terrey, who in his prime was one of Australia’s strongest chess players, and was a practising barrister, passed away in 1997.


Now, for those readers who are unfamiliar with the terminology and hierarchy of the legal profession, think of that classic Australian movie The Castle in which ordinary citizen Darryl Kerrigan fights the compulsory acquisition of his house for the expansion of the neighbouring airport.  The lawyer who initially represents him is Dennis Denuto, a bumbling suburban legal practitioner who is out of his depth; who types up his own dictation; and whose best legal argument is “it’s the vibe!”. He is at the bottom of the legal hierarchy, and if he were a chess player (and a real person), he would turn out for the solicitor's team.


In the movie, Darryl’s case is taken up by Lawrence Hamill QC, a senior barrister who specialises in constitutional law and who argues the case before the High Court of Australia.  A QC who specialises in constitutional law is near the very top of the legal hierarchy - he is a member of the “Bar” and would represent the Bar and Bench chess team. And a judge “sits on” the “Bench”, and would also represent the Bar and Bench team.


And in fact a number of senior barristers (known as QCs or Senior Counsel) and judges have represented the Bar and Bench team over the years; two senior counsel and one judge played for them this year. And a number of humble suburban solicitors have represented the solicitor's team.  Two former members of the solicitor's team, Marcus Pesman and Michael Hall, have even defected and now play regularly for the other team.


So if legal ability and the legal hierarchy mean anything, you would expect the Bar & Bench team to trounce the Solicitors every time, right?  Well, as chess players, we know that the most important hierarchy is measured by chess-playing ability - and the solicitors in fact chalked up their fifth win in a row, by a margin of 10 points to 4 (one of their largest wins ever). As in the movie, a victory for the underdogs.  Perhaps the movie should be renamed “The Rook”?


(At this stage I should disclose that I have been a regular member of the solicitor's team throughout the years, and served as its captain for a number of years. Admittedly the Bar & Bench have in the past won their fair share of matches, many by comfortable margins.)


So what is the quality of the chess in these matches?  Well, the matches have certainly featured some of Australia’s strongest players on the top boards over the years. For example, IM Terrey Shaw, as mentioned above; the late Justice John Purdy, twice Australian champion; Roy Travers, former NSW champion; Mark Robertson, former Queensland champion; and the regular combatants on Board 1 in recent matches, FM Malcolm Stephens and FM Tim Reilly.


On the middle boards feature a number of regular (and not so regular) club players.  See the full list of this year’s players and the individual board results below - I am sure many of these names are familiar to those of you who play club chess in Sydney. Did you know they were lawyers in their day jobs?


The time limit is 45 minutes per player for all moves, with a 10-second increment from the start. Enough time for some reasonable chess, but short enough to allow sufficient time for socialising over food and drinks afterwards, where there is much chat over important matters of chess and the law (in that order).


A big thank you goes to the respective captains, Chris Dimock for the solicitors, and Ken Pryde for the Bar & Bench, for organising the teams, and for Malcolm for organising the venue and catering.  Thanks also to qualified arbiter Morris Needleman, who has been the DOP for every one of these matches!


Board          Solicitors                 Bench & Bar            Result

1.                 Malcolm Stephens  Tim Reilly                1-0
2.                 Eric Shi                    Kim Anderson         1-0
3.                 Ian Parsonage         Ken Pryde            0.5-0.5
4.                 Adrian Chek            Michael Hall          0.5-0.5
5.                 Zubin Hiramanek     Stephen Epstein     1-0
6.                 Alex Feldman          Marcus Pesman      0-1
7.                 Tom Chisholm         Charles Alexander  1-0
8.                 Chris Dimock          Jonathon Cohen     1-0
9.                 Paul Reynolds        Robert Colquhoun   1-0
10.               Frank Low               Steven Rares          1-0
11.               Robert Laurie          Gordon McGrath     1-0
12.               Kevin O’Rourke      Faraz Maghami       1-0
13.               Grant Watson          Justin Brown           0-1
14.               Paul Blake               Nick Condylis          0-1

                                                    TOTAL:                  10-4

Finally, for a flavour of the evening, see this video of the finish of the Board 1 game between Malcolm Stephens and Tim Reilly from last year’s match – as usual a time scramble, but the last game to finish, and deciding the outcome of that match in favour of the solicitors by one point.





The 2019 Queensland Veteran Chess Championship (confined to players 50 years and older) was held as a 6-round Swiss on the weekend of the 16 and 17 November in the Staff Room of Saint Joseph's Primary School at Phillips Street, Bracken Ridge, Queensland.


Tony Dowden won for the third time in a row with 5/6 and went through undefeated.


Peter Cronin got a willing spectator to take this great historic photo while he jumped into the back.

Front row of 5 (not including the guy in white socks in 2nd row): from left to right are Lachlan Hurse glasses on, blue T-shirt, Rex Scarf grey shirt, hand on desk, Tony Dowden the winner, hand on arm, long black pants, Ric Ambatali white shirt, hand on hand, visitor from the Philippines who loved loved the friendly atmosphere, Jim Ritchie red shirt, guy in front, sunglasses on shirt.

The rest from left to right: John Paliwoda grey shirt, Peter Bender orange T-shirt, John Nothdurft up from Victoria, grey shirt, sunglasses on T-shirt, Tony Weller check shirt, Mark C Stokes glasses on, pink, white and black shirt, Peter Cronin right at back, blue shirt on, Michael Cashman white hair, David Lovejoy beanie on at back, Chris Belton up from NSW, "heavy metal" words on T-shirt, Martin Carter at back and  Allan Fossey with teacup in hand. 

Sartorial comment provided exclusively by Mark Stokes.


Place Name              Federation   Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.


  1   Dowden, Tony      QLD 2147 5   13.5 19.5 18.5

  2   Nothdurft, John D VIC   1660 4.5 13.0 19.0   14.5

 3-5  Stokes, Mark C    QLD 1431 4   15.5 22.5 16.0

      Fossey, Allan     QLD 1701 4   14.5 22.0 15.0

      Lovejoy, David    QLD 1612 4   12.5 18.5 13.0

  6   Cashman, Michael  QLD 1826 3.5   12.5 20.0 12.5

 7-8  Belton, Chris     NSW 1645 3   12.5 19.5 11.5

      Weller, Tony      QLD 1572 3   12.0 17.5 11.0

9-12  Ritchie, Jim      QLD 1462 2.5   12.0 17.5 9.5

      Cronin, Peter     QLD 1650 2.5   11.5 17.5 9.5

      Bender, Peter G   QLD 1158 2.5   9.5 15.5 9.0

      Scarf, Rex        QLD 1072 2.5   9.0 14.5 6.0

 13   Ambatali, Ric     QLD 1479 2   10.0 16.5 7.0

 14   Carter, Martin    QLD 868 1.5   10.0 16.0 5.5

15-16 Hurse, Lachlan    QLD 643 0.5 5.0  10.0 1.0

      Paliwoda, John    QLD 1306 0.5   4.0 11.0 1.5




Cammeray NSW
Big Board Match: Second Leg 19 November

By Eric Shi


Much can be said and debated about home ground advantage in modern competitive sport, whether it concerns one’s familiarity with the bounce and swing offered by a pitch, a team’s ability to acclimatise to high-altitude conditions or the patriotic partisanship expressed through the cheers and jeers from the local rabble. 


But when the second leg of the annual two-stage match between Norths Chess Club and St George Chess Club was played on 19 November at Norths, the thoughts of the visitors were likely less focused on their opponents’ predisposition to the playing rooms’ décor or their superior familiarity with the rarefied air that only exists that side of the bridge and more on the sobering fact the average rating difference on each board was a touch over 146 points in favour of Norths. 


With regular captain Charles Zworestine missing in action, having absconded to Bucharest (not so much to book a rest but to participate in the World Senior Chess Championship), the responsibility to rally and inspire the troops fell on the shoulders of St George’s ever-reliable president Sarwat Rewais. The task was not to avoid defeat, but simply to protect the 14-point lead that was being carried over from the first leg that had been played in the dragons’ den some six months earlier. However, the fact that Norths had managed four second-leg victories with a margin of 15 or more points (and one as high as 30 points) hardly provided much solace to the St George players.


IM Johannes Haug of Norway on Board 1 for Norths Photo: F. Low


Perhaps driven by an innate unwillingness to perform any worse than their namesake team did in the NRL this year, the ensuing Thermopylaean struggle was indeed hard-fought. The trajectory of the evening was characterised by powerful onslaughts by the Norths players across the board(s), notching up regular wins that cut into St George’s lead. These victories were interspersed with the occasional full point or half point for St George, obtained through determined defence and resourceful resistance, each of which brought the Dragons closer to the elusive 15 point mark that would secure overall victory. 


When the dust settled, Norths’ superior forces recorded a convincing 11-point victory, which however meant that they fell just short by 3 points in the cumulative tally. To paraphrase Sarwat, the battle was lost but the war was won. 


The heroes of the battle were St George’s middle boards: Norths were utterly dominant on the top 16 boards, scoring 14-2, and swept the bottom four boards 4-0.  It was the winning St George margin of 14-9 on the other 23 boards that secured the return of the John Kellner/Terrey Shaw Trophy to southern climes. Amongst the individual skirmishes, Eva Ge, Brendan Anderson, Ralph Shaw and Andrew Li deserve particular recognition for defeating opponents rated over 165 points higher. 


And so another chapter of the Big Board rivalry came to a close, until next year when the forces will reassemble to resume the contest all over again.  Over-egged prose and mixed metaphors aside, it was a genuine pleasure to be part of another evening where so many players across the gamut of experience levels could come together and compete valiantly for their club, whether for the first or tenth (or more-th) time. Such matches would bear little meaning without the players, who provide the lifeblood of a spirited competition that will undoubtedly endure for many future iterations. 


The full results for the second leg were as follows:




St George








Haug, Johannes


1 - 0

Dwyer, Danny



Ranaldi, Lucas


1 - 0

Chen, Pengyu



Stephens, Malcolm


1 - 0

O'Chee, Kevin



McGowan, Cameron


½ - ½

Shi, Eric



Rodgers, Jack


0 - 1

Tefanis, Frank



Mandla, Blair


1 - 0

Ng, Clive



Xuan, Thomas


1 - 0F

Jurd, Sebastian



Bukreyev, Andriy


½ - ½

Watharow, Sean P



Champion, Patrick


1 - 0

Gunawan, Hadi



Bayaca, Sterling


1 - 0

Rewais, Sarwat



Zheng, Marco Le Lun


1 - 0

Dragalchuk, Vladislav



Dekic, Biljana N


1 - 0

Kordahi, Nicholas



Miscenko, Dmitry


1 - 0

Radev, Nikola



Murray, Bruce D


1 - 0

Babic, Michael S



Abbott, Peter


1 - 0

O'Donoghue, Malachi



Brand, Peter


1 - 0

Song, Warren



Rares, Steven D


0 - 1

Eccles, Richard



Ball, Christopher


1 - 0

Murgoski, Kole



Balan, Jigando


0 - 1

Peykov, Andriy



Brown, Joshua


0 - 1

Ge, Eva



Russell, Paul


0 - 1

Anderson, Brendan



Lay, Peter D


½ - ½

Baterowicz, Mark



Glissan, Paul


½ - ½

Allison, Brian C



Cregan, Robert


1 - 0

Butler, Reece



Sirkka, Pertti T


0 - 1

Wu, Celina (Yijia)



Tulevski, Vasil G


1 - 0

Tjahja, Albert



Anderson, Michael


0 - 1

Fotaras, Jordan



Watson, Robert A


0 - 1

Lamb, Raymond



Armstrong, Gary


1 - 0

Lendvai, Tibor



Tasevski, Kristian


1 - 0

Udovitch, Elijah



Garner, Stephen J


½ - ½

Curtis, Darren



Lane, Clive D


1 - 0

McLean, Nathan



Macfarlane, John D


0 - 1

Brown, Chris J



Blaszczyk, Michael


0 - 1

Goldsmith, Colin



James, David


0 - 1

Buza, Muhamed



Aleksovski, Bosko


1 - 0

Wolf, Ludwig



Dibley, Shane E


0 - 1

Li, Andrew



Creek, Peter


½ - ½

Baldwin, A(Tony) C



Johnson, Andrew


1 - 0

Radevski, Vane



Li, Joshua


1 - 0

Boan, Mark



Li, Yuze (Ethan)


1 - 0

Liu, Kevin



Case, Ivan


1 - 0

Liu, William




Brisbane, Queensland

By Hughston Parle


On 19 November 2019, Queensland, and namely, the Anglican Church Grammar School, had the privilege of hosting the World Blindfold Champion, Timur Gareyev, in a 16-player blindfold simultaneous exhibition. Which, according to all the data I could find, is an Australian record.


Pedalling onstage blindfolded


Timur managed to win 9 of his 16 games in the first four and a half hours of the event. However, as it reached 8 pm, Alex Wohl and I adjudicated wins for Timur on five of the other boards where he had a decisive advantage. However, Sravan Renjith (board 6) and Jai Turner (board 12) still had unclear positions. As a result, Timur being Timur, proceeded to play blindfolded blitz against these two participants and go onto win these games. Bringing his final score to 16/16.


Again, a massive thank you to all those that made this event happen, including David Esmonde, for his tireless work broadcasting all the games, Alex Wohl's commentary, with the assistance of Tyson Walker, and especially Max Condon for coordinating the venue. I believe it goes without saying, but also a massive congratulations to Timur Gareyev.


All games are available here.


Elizabeth Williams age 7 faces the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit played by the master.







24 Oct-3 Nov European Team Championship Batumi Georgia

The European Team Championship in Batumi ended with the Russian teams' claiming gold in both open and women’s sections. (Men: Andreikin, Vitiugov, Matlakov, Dubov and Alekseenko; Women: Goryachkina, Lagno, Gunina, Kashlinskaya and Girya).



A brilliant play by GM Daniil Dubov of Russia against GM Rasmus Svane of Germany was tweeted around the world:



36.Bb3! (the only move) Bd7 37.Qc1+ Kxb3 38.Qc2 Ka3 39.Qa2#


27 Oct-2 Nov World Fischer Random Chess Championship Oslo Norway

America's third-ranked player wins the first official world championship for this variant over classical world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.


At the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter art museum located close to Oslo, Norway, Wesley So defeated Magnus Carlsen by 13.5 to 2.5. This was the first time the International Chess Federation has recognized a new variety of chess.


“I just want to congratulate Wesley So, he played a lot better than me,” said Carlsen after his defeat.




28 Oct- 6 Nov World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2019 Corum Turkey

This team event was won by Azerbaijan [population ten million]. The Australian Team captained by FI David Koetsier of South Australia was seeded 46 out of 48 teams and came 46th. It comprised Chathula Kiripitige, Deepak Thadani Aman, Amanda Cheng & Rachel Watkins.




4-18 Nov FIDE Grand Prix Series Hamburg, Germany

Alexander Grischuk beat Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3.5-2.5 by winning two games in a row after falling behind losing the third tie-break game.




11-24 Nov World Senior Championship 2019 Bucharest, Romania

See separate report.

Outstanding performances were made by Eddy Levi & Alan Goldsmith well above their seeding.



22-26  Nov Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz 2019 Kolkata India
This event was won by Carlsen with 7.5/9 from second place-getter Hikaru Nakamura 5.5. Everyone else got 50% or less (Wesley So, Aronian, Giri 4.5, Anand, Harikrishna, Ding 4, Nepomniachtchi 3.5 & Vidit 3).

“It’s a big deal for me to have a good performance here. I haven’t played so well in rapid and blitz lately, and I think with this result, I showed I’m still the man to beat,” said Carlsen.

The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) is a circuit of tournaments where players compete for multiple prize pools over a season. Evolving since conceived in 2015, the 2019 GCT comprises 8 tournaments, with 12 full participants and 14 wild card participants. Of those played, 5 are rapid/blitz tournaments and 2 are classical tournaments.

The top 4 players after the 7 events qualified for the GCT Finals at the London Chess Classic the semi-finals of which start on 2 December with the matches Carlsen v Vachier-Lagrave & Ding v Aronian.




1-5 Nov MCC Greg Hjorth Open Weekender Fitzroy Vic

See separate report.


2 Nov Launceston Open Lightning Kings Meadow Tas

Aidan Cox returns with a vengeance.


Cross Table

 Pos   N NAME                 Elo T Fed Pts | 1   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  10 


  1   2 Cox,Aidan            1848 TAS 8.0 | *   1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1   1  

  2   9 Escobar,David           0 TAS 7.0 | 0 * 0   1 1 1 1 1 1 1  

  3   1 McMahon,Denis        1919 TAS 6.0 | 0   1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1   1  

  4   4 Djatschenko,Addison  1495 TAS 6.0 | 1   0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1   1  

  5   5 Patrick,John         1475 TAS 6.0 | 0   0 1 1 * 1 0 1 1   1  

  6   6 Beeton,Kerry         1449 TAS 5.0 | 0   0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1   1  

  7   3 Brown,Monty          1594 TAS 4.0 | 0   0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1   1  

  8   7 Beeton,Luwanna       1002 TAS 2.0 | 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1   1  

  9   8 Beeton,Bayani         585 TAS 1.0 | 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1  

 10  10 Kamat,Saurabh           0 TAS 0.0 | 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 *


2-3 Nov Launceston Cup 2019 Kings Meadows Tas

Denis McMahon and James Peirce shared first place with 6.5/7.  


Pos NAME                           Rtg T Fed Pts | 1 2 3     4 5 6 7 |   


  1 McMahon,Denis                  1919 TAS 6.5 | +W10 +B3 =W2   +B4 +W7 +B8 +W6 |    

  2 Peirce,James                   1900 TAS 6.5 | +B9 +W7 =B1   +W6 +B3 +W5 +B12 |    

  3 Djatschenko,Addison            1495 TAS 5.0 | +B6 -W1 +B5   +W8 -W2 +B11 +W7 |   

  4 Beeton,Kerry                   1449 TAS 4.0 | +B5 +W8 -B7   -W1 -B6 +B12 +W9 |   

  5 Keerthiratne,Himash               0 TAS 4.0 | -W4 +B11 -W3 +B9   +W12 -B2 +W8 |    

  6 Escobar,David                     0 TAS 3.5 | -W3 +B10 +W11 -B2   +W4 =B7 -B1 |   

  7 Patrick,John                   1475 TAS 3.5 | +W12 -B2 +W4   +B10 -B1 =W6 -B3 |   

  8 Brown,Monty                    1594 TAS 3.0 | +W11 -B4 +W9   -B3 +W10 -W1 -B5 |    

  9 Hartwell,Thomas                 771 TAS 2.0 | -W2 +B12 -B8   -W5 -W11 +B10 -B4 |   

 10 Beeton,Luwanna                 1002 TAS 2.0 | -B1 -W6 +B12  -W7 -B8 -W9 +W11 |    

 11 Beeton,Bayani                   585 TAS 2.0 | -B8 -W5 -B6   +W12 +B9 -W3 -B10 |    

 12 Kamat,Saurabh                     0 TAS 0.0 | -B7 -W9 -W10 -B11  -B5 -W4 -W2 


Following the Launceston Cup, TCA President Denis McMahon announced that the 2019 Glen Gibbs Award has been awarded to John Patrick as the most deserving junior player in Tasmania.


3 Nov Maccabi Blitz Yokine WA

Jay Lakner reports:


“The Maccabi Blitz Chess Competition was held on Sunday 3rd November and was hosted by the Maccabi Junior Chess Club at the site of their venue, the Gordon Bloomfield Hall in Yokine. The event attracted 32 players, composed of 24 juniors and 8 adults.


“The event was won by Rebo Fu with a score of 9.5/11, only half a point ahead of second place finisher Jamie Laubbacher. Following on from their excellent results in the WA Rapidplay Championships, both these young players showed impressive skill to finish ahead of their much older and more experienced competitors. Third place was taken by Ronen Diamant with a score of 8/11. There was 5-way tie for fourth between Dylan Gough, Nedeljko Tomic, Alan Wolstencroft, Paul Ivankovich and 10-year-old Barath Harirajesh, all scoring 7/11.


“Barath Harirajesh was awarded first place junior/under1200 prize. It should also be pointed out that his win against Nedeljko Tomic was one of the biggest upsets in the entire tournament. Second place junior/under1200 was awarded to Ram Manav Soni who scored an impressive 6.5/11.


“Since Barath and Ram had secured prizes already, the upset prizes went to Paul Ivankovich for his win against Rebo Fu, Dylan Gough for his draw to Rebo Fu, and Anthony Nguyen for his draw to Alex Janceski.”


6 Nov Victorian 2019 Primary Open Grand Final North Balwyn Vic

Waverley Christian College decisively won from Candlebark School in second place and Mount View Primary in third place. WCC will represent Victoria in the Australian Schools Teams Championship in the ACT.


9-10 Nov Vikings Weekender Condor ACT

IM Junta Ikeda won scoring 6/7. He lead the field by a point and a half going into the final round, but drew in the last game to finish allowed the chasing pack to narrow the gap. Second place was shared between IM Stephen Solomon, Fred Litchfield and Wenlin Yin. WIM Biljana Dekic won the Under 2000 prize, while Ryan Hii won the Under 1600 prize. The Minor (Under 1600) was won by Craig Stewart with 6.5/7.


9-10 Nov 2019 Kingsley Open Woodvale WA

David Ellis reports: "The Kingsley Open had a disappointingly small field but it did include two former state champions and the current WA Women's champion. The final round's last two games to finish involved all four players vying for the top prizes. Ian McAteer brought off a spectacular finish to defeat Albany's Gary Donaldson while WFM Kathryn Hardegen secured a marathon win against junior Jamie Laubbacher with R + p vs R."


Results: 1st Kathryn Hardegen 5/6, 2nd Ian McAteer 4.5: Under 1600 1st= Jamie Laubaccher and Gary Donaldson 3pts. Emily Zhang was awarded an encouragement prize.


10 Nov Carmel Open Junior Tournament Yokine, WA 

The 2019 Carmel Open Junior Chess Tournament was held at Carmel Primary School raising $1000  to help send the Carmel Primary School Chess Team to Melbourne to represent WA in the National Chesskids Interschool Chess Championships.


List of prize winners:

Under 18:  1st  Rebo Fu – First place trophy.

2nd   Ishaan Barbare – Second place trophy.

3rd  David Levy – Third place trophy.

4th Rafael Levine – Medal 


Under 13:  1st  Alex Pimenov – First place trophy.

2nd   Kovi Leib – Second place trophy.

3rd   Tom Freitag – Third place trophy.

4th  Nibesh Khatri – Merit Trophy

=5th  Ram Manav Soni – Merit Trophy

=5th Brett Thomson - Medal


Under 10:  1st  Eu Jin Khaw – First place trophy.

2nd  Anthony Nguyen – Second place trophy.

=3rd   Finian Jordan – Third place trophy.

=3rd Yonal De Vas – Merit Trophy

=3rd Daniel Levin – Merit Trophy

=3rd Isaac Li – Merit Trophy

Top Girl Paula Gruber – Merit Trophy

=2nd Girl Olivia Hou – Medal

=2nd Girl Kobe Wu – Medal

=2ndGirl Senudi De Vas – Medal


16 Nov NSW Country Secondary Schools Competition Finals Parramatta NSW

Smiths Hill High School from the South Coast Region won for the third year in a row and Merewether High School from the Hunter Region came second, also for the third consecutive year.


16-17 Nov Queensland Veteran Chess Championship Bracken Ridge Qld

See separate report.


21 Nov 7 South Australian Seniors Championship 2019 [completed] Adelaide SA

Michael Hoff is the new South Australia Seniors Champion and the new Veterans Champions are Peter Sanders with Edgar Mdinaradze.

Final Standings:

Pos NAME                 Rtg T Fed Pts | 1   2 3 4 5 6 |  Buc1 BucT  


  1 Hoff,Michael R       2061 SA 5.0 | +B5   +W3 =B2 +W4 +W8 =B7    | 17.0 18.5 

  2 Turcaj,Pavel         1914 SA 4.0 | +W4   =B6 =W1 +W3 -B5 +B9    | 19.0 19.5 

  3 Mdinaradze,Edgar     2098 SA 4.0 | +W7   -B1 +W6 -B2 +B9 +W8    | 15.5 16.0 

  4 Sanders,Peter J      1588 SA 4.0 | -B2   +W8 +B9 -B1 +W7 +W5    | 15.5 16.0 

  5 Staak,Eric           1678 SA 3.5 | -W1   +BYE +B7 =B6 +W2 -B4    | 18.0 20.0 

  6 Hams,Jeff L      (W) 2110 SA 3.0 | +B8   =W2 -B3 =W5 +BYE -- |   17.5 19.0 

  7 Steffensen,Dennis A  1716 SA 2.5 | -B3   +W9 -W5 +BYE -B4 =W1    | 18.0 18.5 

  8 Loughlin,Tom         1800 SA 2.0 | -W6   -B4 +BYE +W9 -B1 -B3    | 17.5 18.0 

  9 Jeanes,David          871 SA 0.0 | -- -B7   -W4 -B8 -W3 -W2 | 17.5    19.0


24 Nov 2019 Gold Coast Blitz Championships Nerang Qld

This was won by well-loved returning GM Temur Gareyev with a perfect score of 9/9 from GM David Smerdon on 8/9 and Jayden Ooi and Oliver Yang both on 7/9 from a field of 66 at the Hinterland Hotel. I wonder what the GM does with all his trophies.


Gardiner Chess Shaun Curtis with GM Temur Gareyev


24 Nov Primary Schools One-Day NSW Finals NSW

This year's series of Primary Schools One-Day Tournaments consisted of 25 district tournaments plus finals. Forty schools took part in the NSW finals, including schools from far-ranging areas such as Coonabarabran, Deniliquin, Griffith, Tumbarumba, Newcastle and Wollongong, as well as several teams from the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast. Beecroft Public School won the finals, half a point ahead of Sydney Grammar St Ives and Ironbark Ridge Public School.

24 Nov NSW Blitz Championship West Ryde NSW
There was a tie for first place between FM Jason Hu, IM Johannes Haug visiting from Norway and Jac Rodgers all with 9/11 in a field of 68 starters held at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club. FM Lucas Ranaldi also visiting from Norway was fourth on 8.5, and CM Clive Ng fifth on 8.

26 Nov Lidums November Allegro Adelaide SA
WCM Nguyen Mai Chi Phan and Fernandez Rodriguez of Spain shared first place with 4.5/5 followed by Kyle Leaver on 4 points. There were 20 participants at the South Australia Chess Centre in Adelaide.


30 Nov-1 Dec 2019 Australian Schools Teams Chess Championships Red Hill ACT


And they’re off! South Australia's East Marden Primary School teams are on their way with coach David Koetsier. Chesslife

This event starts today. Chess Victoria President IM Leonid Sandler (as a bold spirit in a world of timorous souls)  predicts a clean sweep of all 4 events by Victoria, although the less adventurous Patrick Byrom merely states that his home state Queensland is a good chance in the Secondary Schools Open competition.





For listings of major events &  tournaments, see FIDE Calendar & The Week In Chess Calendar


2-15 Dec  Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series Monaco


10-24 Dec FIDE Grand Prix Series Jerusalem Jerusalem Israel


17-26 Dec Asian Nations Cup Under-14 Team Championship 2019 Shenzen China


25-28 Dec King Salman World Rapid Championship 2019 Moscow Russia 

Under a 3-year contract signed in 2017, the company Sela Sport Company Limited (acting for and on behalf of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) is a partner of FIDE and the owner of the rights to the World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2017-2019.


Tournament schedule:

December 25 — Opening Ceremony

December 26-28 —  Rapid competition

December 29-30 — Blitz competition


There is a prize fund of 1 million US dollars for this event. The organizer will provide full board accommodation in a standard room (4-star hotel minimum), from December 25th to 31st 2019, to the players who meet the following criteria: 


Open competition

Players rated at least 2750 in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Rapid or Blitz) from January 1st to December 1st, 2019.

Women's competition

Players rated at least 2500 in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Rapid or Blitz) from January 1st to December 1st, 2019.


28 Dec-5 Jan 20 95th Caplin Hastings Congress 2019-20 Hastings England


4-12 Jan George Trundle Masters 2020 Auckland NZ

Includes Qualifiers, Reserves and Talents tournaments. This superb tournament is an annual highlight, an opportunity to play closely contested, one round a day classical chess in good conditions, with an ideal round-robin format. To request an invitation, email Mike Steadman, or visit the tournament website. Participants include GMs Vasily Papin (Russia), Daniel Fernandez (England) and Darryl Johansen (Australia). 

[Regretfully, you’d be missing out on the Australian Open in Sydney 2-13 January.]


4-24 Jan Women's World Chess Championship Shanghai/Vladivostok, China/Russia


10-26 Jan 20 82nd Tata Steel 2020 Wijk aan Zee Netherlands


14-24 Jan 20 127th NZ Chess Congress, Tauranga NZ

Over $10,000 in prizes. All events open to players of any nationality


19-31 Jan 20 Gibraltar Chess Festival 2020 Caleta England


1-14 Mar 20 Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series Lausanne Switzerland


5-15 Mar 20 World Team Chess Championship 50+, 65+ 2020 Prague, Czech Republic


15 Mar-5 Apr Candidates Tournament Yekaterinburg Russia


2-12 Apr 20 World Amateur Chess Championship 2020 Heraklion, Creta, Greece


6-14 Apr 20 Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2020 Muscat Oman


11-19 April 20 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open Bangkok Thailand


12-16 Apr 20 World Youth U14, U16, U18 Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2020 Heraklion, Creta, Greece


12-16 Apr 20 World Cadet U8, U10, U12 Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2020 Heraklion, Creta, Greece


2-10 May 20 World School Individual Championships 2020 unspecified


2-15 May 20  Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series Sardinia Italy


18-29 Jul 20  53rd Biel Chess Festival 2020 Biel Switzerland


29 Jul-5 Aug  20 1st FIDE Congress 2020 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia


29 Jul-5 Aug 1st World Chess Paralympiad 2020 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia


5-18 Aug 20 44th World Chess Olympiad 2020 Moscow Russia


7-20 Sep 20 World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships 2020  Mamaia, Romania


10 Sep-3 Oct 20 Women's World Chess Cup 2020 Minsk, Belarus 


18-31 Oct 20 World Cadet U8, U10, U12 Championships 2020 Batumi, Georgia


6-16 Nov 20 World Senior Championship 2020 Assisi, Italy


1-28 Aug 21 World Chess Cup 2021 Minsk Belarus




30 Nov-1 Dec 2019 Australian Schools Teams Chess Championships Red Hill ACT


30 Nov-1 Dec The Charm City Motel Open Thabeban Qld


30 Nov-1 Dec Christmas Open North Woodvale WA


3 Dec December Blitz Adelaide SA 


5 Dec 2019 Victorian Primary Junior Open Final Brighton, Vic


7-9 Dec Lidums Australian Young Masters U/1200 Adelaide SA


7-13 Dec Lidums Australian Young Masters IM and Open Adelaide SA


8 Dec NSW Country Junior Championships - Finals Killara NSW


8 Dec Queensland Blitz Championships Qld


8 Dec Transfer Chess Tournament and Presentation Day [junior] Campbell ACT 


10 Dec 2019 Norths Summer Blitz Cammeray NSW 


10 Dec Lidums December Allegro Adelaide SA


14-15 Dec 2019 MCC Fastplay Rapid Championship Fitzroy Vic


14-22 Dec 2019 Australasian Masters Fitzroy Vic


15 Dec Christmas Blitz North Woodvale WA 


15 Dec Queensland Teams Championships Qld


16 December State Under 11-8 Championships Adelaide SA  

These tournaments, and the associated October 25 and October 60 Tournaments, disrupted by fire alarm on 11 October, will be completed.


17 Dec Lidums Christmas Allegro Adelaide SA


21 Dec ACT Rapid Championships 2019 Civic ACT


21-22 Dec Topchess Christmas Weekender Woolloongabba Qld


23 Dec Victorian Blitz Championship Fitzroy Vic


26 Dec Lidums Australian Allegro Championship Adelaide SA


27-30 Dec Canterbury Summer Swiss Caulfield Vic


2-13 Jan Australian Championships & Reserves Tournament Kogarah NSW


4-10 Jan FIDE Arbiters Seminar Kogarah NSW


8-10 Jan  Sydney Summer Three-Day Tournament [junior] North Ryde NSW


15 Jan Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament [junior] North Ryde NSW


18-26 Jan Australian Junior Championships Southport Qld


21-24 Jan Summer Holiday Boot Camp Campbell ACT


22-23 Jan  Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament [junior] North RydeNSW


23 Jan  Orange Summer Tournament [junior] Orange NSW


24 Feb  Wollongong Summer Tournament [junior] Fairy Meadow NSW TBC


7-9 Mar Ballarat Begonia Open Ballarat Vic

Not yet officially propagated but a moveable feast nevertheless invariably held over Easter.

Last year’s website can be seen here.


9-13 Apr 2020 Doeberl Cup Woden ACT

Presages a gathering of the tribe for Australia’s pre-eminent weekender hallowed by a long and sacred history and celebrated in Bill Egan’s peerless book published in 2012 functioning as a de facto history of Australian chess in the post-war years with a dedication to Australia’s first GM Ian Rogers.


14-19 Apr Sydney International Open 2020 North Ryde NSW

The Blitz section of the event will be on the night of the 14th while the classical section will run from the 15th to the 19th with there being double round each day except on the 19th where there will be a single round. There will be an open section along with a challenger section (under 2000 FIDE). [This is a useful preliminary announcement preceding the dinky-di one].


2-6 Jul Gold Coast Open Mermaid Waters Qld

“One of the premier events in the Australian chess calendar”, this will be held at The Quality Hotel in 3 divisions. it will coincide with the Junior Elite Training Squad which is also being held on the Gold Coast.  Enquiries contact Shaun Curtis:


4-9 Jul Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS) Camp Gold Coast Qld

[Sort of not yet officially announced anywhere]






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People’s Daily, China 19 November 2019


Nature quietly created unique ice sculptures as temperatures fell to minus 15° Celsius at dawn along NE China's Songhua River. 




British GM David Howell combines the chutzpah of chess with the prowess of poker at a photo shoot for the game of Choker.


See how it’s played HERE.


Shaken not stirred 



Problem of the Month – No.43

Selected by Peter Wong


Noam Elkies

Probleemblad 2000

Position after Black’s 7th move

Reconstruct the game


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Clubs without individual websites may be individually listed under their state associations.


 Australian Capital Territory


Belconnen/University of Canberra Belconnen

Canberra Canberra City

Tuggeranong Wanniassa


 New South Wales


Canterbury Lakemba

Central Coast Leagues Gosford

Dubbo RSL


Harbord Diggers Freshwater

Newcastle District Chess Association Newcastle West

Norths Cammeray

Port Macquarie

Rooty Hill

Ryde Eastwood West Ryde

St George Kogarah

Sydney Burwood


Wagga Wagga

Wilton Community

Wollongong Balgownie




Brisbane Woolloongabba



Gold Coast Runaway Bay & Coombabah

A chess group now meets on Mondays and Thursdays in the Gold Coast around Runaway Bay and Coombabah area at 10 am. For meeting place please contact Allan Menham on 0417073094

Gold Coast Nerang

Logan City Springwood


City of Redcliffe Rothwell

Redlands Cleveland

Suncoast Buderim

The Gap


Townsville Pimlico



South Australia



Adelaide University North Terrace

Ingle Farm Library

LeFevre Queenstown

Marion Cultural Oaklands Park

Modbury Modbury North


West Torrens North Plympton





Burnie Havenview  

Devonport East Devonport Revived

Hobart Sandy Bay

Launceston  Kings Meadow






Bandicoot Craigieburn


Box Hill Ashwood

Canterbury Junior Ashwood




Hobsons Bay Altona

Melbourne Fitzroy

Noble Park

Serbian North Fitzroy




Western Australia


Metropolitan Nedlands

Perth Woodvale

Southern Suburbs Leeming




The Australian Chess Federation is an incorporated association (association number A 01325) under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 of the ACT. It is the governing chess organisation in Australia and is affiliated to FIDE (the Fédération Internationale des Échecs). 


President Gary Wastell:

Deputy President Bill Gletsos:

Vice-president Kevin Bonham:

Vice-president Leonid Sandler:

Treasurer Bob Keast:

Secretary Rob Watson:



ACT: Cam Cunningham:

NSW: Richard Gastineau-Hills:

Queensland: Mark Stokes:

SA: George Howard:

Tasmania: Tom Saltmarsh:

Victoria: Chris Wallis:

WA: Andrew Hardegen:



Archivist (Games): Paul Dunn

Equipment Coordinator: Bob Keast

FIDE Delegate & Administrative Officer: Kevin Bonham

FIDE Ratings Officer: Bill Gletsos

FIDE Trainers Contact: Leonid Sandler

Grand Prix Director: Ian Little

Junior Chess Coordinator: Hughston Parle

Medals & Awards Convenor: Gary Wastell

National Ratings Officer: Bill Gletsos

National Ratings Officers: Graham Saint

Newsletter Editor: Frank Low

Public Officer (incorporation): Paul Dunn

Council Representative – Australian Schools Teams Championships:

  Cam Cunningham

Council Representative – Australian Allegro Championship:

  George  Howard

Council Representative – Australian Championship 2020:

  Bill Gletsos

Council Representative – Australian Junior Championships:

  Mark Stokes




Solution to Problem of the Month – No.43

Position after Black’s 7th move

1.e4 Nf6 2.Qh5 Ne4 3.Qxh7 Nc3 4.Qh5 Nxa2 5.Qd1 Nxc1 6.Qxc1 Rxh2 7.Qd1 Rh8.






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