Archive for May, 2010

Welcome to the future of chess! Only 48hrs after the iPad was released in Australia the RJ Shield took advantage of the new technology. Thanks to web based chess tournament management Swiss Tournament players were able to touch their own results in after every game, see instant rating updates and the arbiters able to mingle with the players and still have the entire tournament at their fingertips!

There were actually 4 RJ Shield events running in different locations today; Ormond, Doncaster, Frankston and Mildura. With the events running online we were able to sneak a peak at other results in progress during the day.

Thumula Gamage took out the Ormond event (full results) and Karl Zelesco the Doncaster event (full results) with a perfect score.

And yes, I am writing this report from my iPad too!

Archive for May, 2010

Archive for May, 2010

What’s the most thrilling thing that you can do in chess?   To play a former World Champion or a famous grandmaster must go close.   In Australia we are a bit isolated so these opportunities are rare.  Of course grandmaster Ian Rogers, himself once a top 100 player, has played many of the world’s better players, but what about the result of us?

I’ve played Euwe (World Champion 1935-37) in a simul in Melbourne in the early 1970’s.   I lost but the two juniors I was helping on either side of me both won!   When Australia played against Russia in a telechess match in 1977 I played Mikhail Tal (World Champion 1960-61) and on the junior board Guy West lost in a dozen or so moves to a kid named Kasparov!     IM John-Paul Wallace from Sydney was apparently playing some friendly games on the Internet Chess Club on day and he lost two games to one opponent (but had chances to win in one of them).  He found out later that his opponent had been the World Champion – that Kasparov kid again.

Going back a bit earlier in time I’ve been writing an article about Karlis Ozols, (Australian Co-Champion in 1956), who originally came from Latvia and played in some master tournaments in Europe in the late 1930’s.   It was interesting to see that in one of these tournaments Ozols played against the World Champion, Alexander Alekhine.   Must have been a big thrill for him.

In today’s puzzle we have a position from Ozols’ game against Rueben Fine, the USA grandmaster who was in the top half-dozen players in the world in the 1930’s and 40’s.

Fine is White and has just played 1.f3 attacking Ozols Knight.   Normally you would move it back to d6, but Ozols sneakily plays 1…Qc7 as after 2.fxe4 fxe4 he has trapped Fines B on d3.   Is Ozols’ plan sound or does Fine find a flaw in it?

[fen caption=”White to Play – can he take the N”]r1b2rk1/ppq3pp/2p1pn2/3p1p2/2PPn3/P2BPP2/1PQ1N1PP/R1B2RK1 w KQkq – 0 1[/fen]

Archive for May, 2010

Archive for May, 2010

These days the papers are full of stories about the Naplan Test for Australian School children to check their literacy and numeracy levels so it seems appropriate that today we have a little test of our own.   Why should those school kids have all the fun!

Of course if your rating is below 1000 points I suggest that you arrange a “sicky” for today as we don’t want you dragging down the results here at Chess Kids.   After all, there are thousands of dollars of government funding for chess at stake.   We could even lose our new Chess Kids school hall that the government has promised to build us in North Road, Ormond.

To make the test a little easier I have based it on the current World Championship Match just concluded in Sofia, Bulgaria.   Those keen students who have been following the match will have a “head start” on the test.



Look closely at the following diagram.

[fen caption=”Black to Play”]b4Rk1/p3r3/6q1/2p4p/6r1/R3N2K/PP5P/5Q2[/fen]

Do you recognise this as being a position from the world championship match between:

A) Bobby Fischer and Bobby Cheng

B) Anatolia Karpov and Garry Kasparov

C) Anand and Toplaov

D) No, I don’t recognise this position.


In this position:

A) Black played 1…Kg7 which was a blunder because 2.Nf5+ forks the K & R.

B) Black played 1…Kg7 which threatens checkmate and forces White to give up his Q.

C) A commentator on You Tube suggested that Black should now play 1…Kh7! as after 2.Qf5 Black can mate in 2 moves.

D) A commentator on You Tube suggested that Black should now play 1…Kh7! as after 2.Qf5 Black can mate in 4 moves.

E) A commentator on You Tube suggested that Black should now play 1…Kh7! but completed missed a surprise response by White.


Topalov’s given name is spelt:

A) Vaseline

B) Veselin

C) Vassily

D) Vishy

Now check your score.

Archive for May, 2010

Who is the leading chess person in Melbourne?   It would be hard to go past Carl Gorka, Secretary of the Melbourne Chess Club and full-time chess coach.   Carl moved to Australia from England 5 years ago and has rapidly become a vital part of the local chess scene.   He is an active chess players and organiser and, along with Grant Szuveges, has played a big part in the rejuvenation of the Melbourne Chess Club.

One of his innovations has to run a Wednesday night Endgames Group at the Club which is proving to be very popular.   Carl next set his sights on revamping a Victorian Team Competition (which started a few weeks ago) and has attracted many of Victoria’s top players and juniors into competing.   I can remember back to the 1970’s when Victoria’s Interclub Competition was a real powerhouse and all the top players took part in this weekly event.   Since then club chess has been gradually dying so it’s great to see Carl getting things going again.

Carl publishes an entertaining chess blog covering chess at the Melbourne Chess Club and elsewhere and for today’s puzzle I’ve pinched an interesting endgame position from Carl’s site.

[fen caption=”Black to Play and win”]8/8/8/8/4b3/7R/4k1r1/7K b – – 0 1[/fen]

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Archive for May, 2010

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