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Alis­tair Cameron con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate this year’s SA Cham­pi­onship with a per­fect score of seven wins out of seven games. Kevin Sheldrick is sec­ond on 5.5.

In to­day's game from round five be­tween Alis­tair Cameron and Bill Kerr, both op­po­nents were de­ter­mined to start the bat­tle as early as pos­si­ble, and af­ter only few open­ing moves reached a com­pletely orig­i­nal po­si­tion.

Black op­ti­misti­cally sent his queen into the early skir­mishes. This strat­egy badly back­fired as Alis­tair swiftly brought all of his forces into play, and then took ad­van­tage of the badly-placed black queen to se­cure a win­ning po­si­tion.

Alis­tair Cameron v Bill Kerr in Ade­laide in 2012 1. e4 Nc6 2. Bb5 d5 3. Nc3 d4 4. Nce2 e5 5. d3 Qd6 6. c3 Ne7 7. f4 dxc3 8. bxc3 f5 9. fxe5 Qxe5 10. Qa4 fxe4 11. Bf4 Qf6 12. dxe4 Bd7 13. Nf3 O-O-O 14. O-O Kb8 15. Ng5 Nc8 16. Bxc7+ Kxc7 17. Rxf6 gxf6 18. Nf7 Bc5+ 19. Kh1 a6 20. Bxc6 Bxc6 21. Qc4 Nd6 22. Nxd6 Bxd6 23. Nd4 1-0.

In the Can­di­dates, Alex Maca­dam and Michael Courtney share the lead with 5.5 points out of 7 games each.

The Chi­nese chess news ser­vice an­nounced a match be­tween the two strong­est women in his­tory, Ju­dit Pol­gar and Hou Yi­fan, to take place from Septem­ber 26 to Oc­to­ber 2, as a two-part event com­pris­ing four clas­si­cal and four rapid games.

The an­nounce­ment has since been re­ported in chess me­dia world­wide, un­til a be­mused Ju­dit is­sued a state­ment deny­ing any knowl­edge of the match. Ap­par­ently the “of­fi­cial” an­nounce­ment is a mis­take, but hope­fully the match is just a mat­ter of time.

Prob­lem No 1509 from the game Ra­jkovic v Lane in Ser­bia in 1979. White to play and win. So­lu­tion to prob­lem No 1508: 1. Rd6! Qe7 2. Rc7! Qf8 3. Rh6 gh6 4. Ra7 1-0.

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