Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Aus Champs 1974

Over at the ClosetGrandmaster Blog, TCG, makes mention of the 1974 Australian Championships. There were a number of interesting features to this event, including the fact that it was held in Cooma, NSW. In part this was due to the organisational efforts of Gus Korda, who is still a regular fixture at Street Chess, in Canberra.
120 player took part in the event, with 32 in the Championship, 8 in the Women's Championship, and 80 in the reserves.
While flicking through the tournament book, I came across the following game from the reserves event. The winner was Joe Rush, who played for PNG in a number of chess olympiads, while the loser is the current Australian Chess Federation President.

Wastell,G - Rush,J [D02]
Australian Championship Reserves, 1974

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.d4 Bg4 5.Ne5 e6 6.c4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe5 8.dxe5 Nd7 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Qxd5 0-0 11.Qxb7 Rb8 12.Qe4 Nxe5 (D)
13.Qxe5 Re8 14.Qd5 Bxc3+ 15.bxc3 Rxe2+ 16.Kf1 Qf6 17.f3 Rbe8 18.Bd2 Qa6 19.c4 Qb6 20.Be1 Qe3 21.Qd1 Bxf3 22.Rg1 Rxe1+ 23.Qxe1 Be2+ 0-1

(*Edit: Corrected spelling of Wastell *)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shaun. You have a spelling problem here. The ACF President is Gary Wastell NOT Gary Wastall - maybe "Wastall" is just his nickname?