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.