Rapid Tourney Set For Sunday

Rapid Tourney Set For Sunday
by Robert Howard

Newcastle Herald (Australia)
June 4, 2004 Friday

THE Newcastle Chess Association has announced that a rapid tournament
will be held on Sunday at the Bridge Club, 12 Young Street,
Broadmeadow. Each side will have 25 minutes for all moves. Prizemoney
will depend on entries. First round starts at 9.30am.

The June Australian Chess Federation rating list is out. The top
players are as follows:

Rogers 2646 (down 22 points),Wallace 2505 (no change), Johansen 2494
(down 15), Solomon 2466 (up 20), Lane 2463 (down 30), Gluzman 2458
(no change), Tao 2439 (no change), Zhao 2424 (up a whopping 44 points
after his Doeberl Cup win), Bjelobrk 2393 (up 15), Froelich 2389
(down 11) and Smerdon 2389 (up 9).

KERRY Stead won the Mingara Major tournament held on the Central
Coast last weekend on 5.5/6. He won his first five games and then
drew with Mosaddeque Ali in the last round. Daniel Clint and Alex
Mendes da Costa shared second on 5/6.

ALEXEI Shirov swept through the field at the Bosnia 2004 tournament
held in Sarajevo. He triumphed with 7.5/9, well ahead of second place
Sergei Movsesian on 6. And Vassily Ivanchuk won the European
Individual Championship. He and Predrag Nikolic shared first on 9 but
Ivanchuk won the play-off.

THE Women’s world title series has seen a variety of upsets. Humpy
Koneru of India eliminated the last surviving player from China, Xu
Yuhua, in a 2-0 sweep, ensuring that China will not retain the title
this series. The semi-finals saw the following pairings: Ekaterina
Kovalevskaya v Humpy Koneru and Antoaneta Stefanova against former
world title holder Maia Chiburdanidze. The winners were Stefanova and
Kovalevskaya who now will play a final match for the title.

THE 75th anniversary of the birth of the late Armenian world champion
Tigran Petropsian will be marked in Moscow by a match Armenia v The
Rest of the World. It will be a six-player team match. The Armenian
team will consist of three Armenians, Vladimir Akopian, Smbat Lputian
and Rafael Vaganian and three players with Armenian connections,
Garry Kasparov, whose mother is Armenian, Peter Leko, whose wife is
Armenian, and Boris Gelfand, who studied under Tigran Petrosian. The
Rest of the World team is likely to be Viswanathan Anand, Michael
Adams, Peter Svidler, Loek Van Wely, Etienne Bacrot and Paco Vallejo.
The event should run from June 10.

Here are some games from the Women’s world title series.

Xu Yuhua (2474)v Tkeshelashvili (2307) [C10](Womens World
Championship,Elista, 2004)1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3
Ngf6 6.Nxf6ch Nxf6 7.c3 c5 8.Be3 Nd5 9.Ne5 Nxe3 10.Bb5ch Bd7 11.Qf3
Nf5 12.Bxd7ch Ke7 13.Qxb7 Kf6 14.Bc6 Be7 15.Qxa8 Qxa8 16.Bxa8 Rxa8
17.Nd7ch Resigns.

Galliamova (2502) vKhaziyeva (2110) [C41] (Womens WorldChampionship,
Elista, 2004)1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.Bc4 Be7 6.00 00
7.a4 c6 8.a5 Qc7 9.Re1 Rb8 10.h3 b5 11.axb6 axb6 12.b3 b5 13.Bf1 Re8
14.Bb2 Bf8 15.Bd3 Bb7 16.b4 exd4 17.Nxd4 Ne5 18.Nf5 Nc4 19.Bxc4 bxc4
20.Qd4 d5 21.e5 Nd7 22.Na4 c5 23.bxc5 Bxc5 24.Qg4 g6 25.e6 Rxe6
26.Rxe6 fxe6 27.Nh6ch Kf8 28.Qxe6 Qf4 29.Nxc5 Nxc5 30.Ba3 Rc8
31.Qg8ch Ke7 32.Qxh7ch Ke6 33.Re1ch Ne4 34.Qe7 mate.

Solution to Problem 1117

(The position was: 1B4k1, 5p1p, 6p1, 8, P2b4, 2p2P1P, 5P2, 5K2)1. …
Be3 wins. If 2 fxe3 c2. Whites best is 2. Be5 c2 3. Bb2 but he has a
lost endgame.

Problem 1118

Belov v Lautier, Aeroflot Open, 2004.Black to move and gain a winning
material plus.(Check: 6k1, p5pp, 8, 1b6, 4B3, P3PK2, 1rp2PPP, 4R3)