AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
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Tuesday 9 February (deadline Friday 5 February)
Tuesday 23 February (deadline Friday 19 February)
Tuesday 9 March (deadline Friday 5 March)
2011 Oceania Seniors’ Championship
Playing dates: From Friday 5 to Monday 8 August 2011
Entry Fees: $60. Free entry for Grandmasters and International Masters.
Age limit: 60 for men, 50 for women (as at 1 January 2011)
2011 Oceania Zonal – Selections Notices (Women’s)
The order of
selections for this event was:
Laura is unavailable and now WIM Biljana Dekic is Australia's second representative subject to confirmation.
Kevin Bonham (ACF Selections Director) 30 December 2010
(Note: GM David Smerdon and IM George Xie were selected for the Open as the only two applicants, as announced previously. Unselected players may compete at their own expense.)
FM Vladimir Smirnov scored his third IM norm during the tournament.
IM George Xie, GM Zong-Yuan Zhao and Moulthon Ly tied on 8.5/11 followed by FM Vladimir Smirnov and Andrew Brown 8. George Xie took the trophy on tie-break. (85 players)
See link for the full table.
This event was limited to players under 1600 (ACF). Dennis Wan and Megan Setiabudi tied on 9/11 with John Alkin 7.5. (21 players)
See link for the full table.
Norths Chess Club Classic
This was a shorter event limited to players under 1800 (ACF). It was won outright by Sarwat Rewais with 6.5/ 7 followed David Lovejoy 6 and Dawen Shi, Stephen Garner, Jerry Xu and Jonathan Ren 4.5. (24 players)
See link for the full table and a tournament report.
Australian Lightning Championship
The Lightning was held on the rest day (8 January). Moulthun Ly took the title with 10/11 from FM Max Illingworth 9.5 and IM George Xie 9. (80 players).
See link for the full table.
The ACF medals for 2010 were announced and presented to those recipients in attendance at the closing ceremony for the Australian Open. The medallists are as follows.
2010 Steiner Medal (Player of the Year): IM George Xie
2011 Koshnitsky Medal (Chess Administration): Kevin Bonham
2011 Purdy Medal (Chess Journalism): David Cordover
2010 Arlauskas Medal (Junior Player of the Year): FM Bobby Cheng
The following officers were re-elected at the ACF Annual Conference, held on the Australian Open rest day (8 January).
President: Gary Wastell
Deputy President: Bill Gletsos
Vice-President: Denis Jessop
Vice-President: Kevin Bonham
Secretary: Tom Accola
Treasurer: Norman Greenwood
Tasmanian chessplayer Glen Gibbs passed away early on Monday morning December 13 at the age of 75.
was involved with the Tasmanian chess community since arriving in the early
1980s, and was a regular player at the old Hobart club until it went into
suspension in the early 1990s. Glen made many major contributions to the club
including making his house available for members to play in STD intercity
telephone matches. After the old Hobart club closed, Glen continued playing
in weekenders on a very regular basis and was one of the state's top ten
players for most of his three decades of involvement here; he was ranked as
highly as number 3 in the state as recently as 2002. Glen was the 2010
Tasmanian Seniors Champion, and indeed won that title at all his three
attempts since its recent inception. He was also active in the local bridge
(The above was prepared by Kevin Bonham.)
Invitation to the Memorial service for Glen Gibbs
As you probably know, my brother Glen Gibbs died on Monday 13 December 2010 in Hobart Private Hospital, after weeks of serious illness. His funeral service was conducted in North Hobart on Friday 17 December.
Glen was the husband of Maria, father of Edwina and Stephen, and grandfather of Mia and Emma, Elea and Joakim. Glen was born in Adelaide on 13 February 1935, where he completed his primary and secondary education and then graduated in law from the University of Adelaide. After a brief period of legal work in Adelaide, he went to Canberra, where he undertook the legal drafting work that was to remain his principal interest for the rest of his career. He continued in government service in Hong Kong, where he met his future Maria, and then came back to Adelaide for a time, before proceeding to Hobart for the latter part of his life. His skilled drafting work was highly valued.
Glen placed his family first in everything he did, and was extremely devoted to their welfare and everything they undertook. He was known to a wide circle of friends, in Australia and overseas, many of whom he helped in various ways and in typically modest fashion. Some of these friends he met through his loved leisure pastime of chess. He took up chess in his teenage years and played the game with distinction for the rest of his life. He also gave the game great service, giving generously of his time in helping other people, including many school students, to enjoy the challenges, delights and friendships that chess had given him.
A short memorial service to commemorate and celebrate Glen's life will be held in the Chapel of Prince Alfred College, Glen's former school, on Saturday morning, 22 January 2011, at 10 am, followed by coffee and tea in the Ashton Room of the adjacent main building of the school. The school is situated on Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town, opposite Adelaide's eastern parklands, but the easiest entrance is from the driveway at the rear of the school and signposted at The Parade West, Kent Town (at the bottom end of The Parade, coming from Norwood). There should be ample parking along the driveway within the grounds of the school. The Chapel is on the left at the top of the drive, at ground level.
The service, which will not be long, will be conducted by the Rev. Dr Adrian Brown, a former chaplain of the school.
Please feel welcome to attend, and please bring this to the attention of anyone else who you feel might like to pay tribute to Glen.
Further discussion can be read at chesschat.
Greg Hjorth died suddenly on 11 January at the age of 47. He was part of a generation of very strong players to emerge in Victoria in the 1970s, and played for Australia in three Olympiads (1982, 1884 and 1986 – the last two on Board 3 behind Rogers and Johansen). His participation in chess was later limited by his work in mathematics in the United States and Australia, though he played on occasions, including the 2009 City of Melbourne Open. The following was posted at chesschat by IM Guy West.
I first met Greg
when I was in secondary school and I heard that Preshil
Primary School had a young boy who was a bit of a chess wizard. Because both Preshil and my school, Era, were so called 'experimental'
schools, there was a relationship between the two, with Era getting a lot of Preshil children whose parents wanted progression into a
secondary school with a similar framework.
AusJCL Calendar (National and International)
See http://www.australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com/ or the AusJCL page for the calendar including ongoing changes and additional information.
Australian Junior Chess Championships, 15-23 Jan 2011 Mooroolbark, Victoria
This event is currently in progress. See the tournament site at http://www.ajcc2011.com.au/ for scores, games and other information.
Bundaberg Chess Club
Bundaberg will hold a children’s tournament on Sunday 30 January and a tournament for both children and adults on Sunday 19 February. See link for more information.
The following officers were elected at the Chess Association of Queensland AGM on 4 December 2010,
President: Garvin Gray
Vice-President: Patrick Byrom
Secretary: Patrick Byrom
Treasurer: Jim Rogers
Membership Secretary: Gail Young
Ratings Officer: Patrick Byrom
Tournament Officer: Garvin Gray
Junior Chess Coordinator: Michael Corner
Publicity Officer: no nominations
Development Officer: no nominations
See link for the minutes.
MCC Grand Prix
Melbourne Chess Club has introduced a club Grand Prix, see link for details.
Box Hill CC newsletter
Box Hill CC produces a weekly newsletter which can be viewed at link
Recent GP weekend results
Gold Coast International December 26-30, Surfers’ Paradise, Qld. FM Junta Ikeda won with 22/9 (3/1/0 scoring used) from Moulthun Ly and GM Zong-Yuan Zhao 21 (55 players).
Canterbury Summer Swiss December 27-29, Melbourne, Vic. FM Max Illingworth and Christopher Wallis tied on 6/7 with John Dowling and Thai Ly 5.5 (65 players).
2010 NSW Country Teams Championship
This event was contested at Panthers Newcastle on 4 to 5 December with ten teams of three players competing. Newcastle University (WIM Heather Richards, Bernie O'Riordan and Toby Coates) won the title with 15/18 from Newcastle Coalfields 12.5 and Gosford and Coffs Harbour equal third on 11.5. See link for a report.
Grand Prix events
January 22-26 MCC Australia Day Weekender , Melbourne, Vic link
January 29-30 NSWCA Australia Day Weekender , Sydney, NSW link
January 29-30 CAQ Australia Day Weekender , Brisbane, Qld link
February 12-13 Newcastle Open , Newcastle, NSW link
February 26-27 Powell Suncoast Open , Coolum, Qld link
2011 GP calendar link
2011 Redlands (Qld) Summer Cup (January 16)
Now in its third year, this Rapid Tournament is a cheap, fun day of chess play for both adults and juniors.
WHEN: Sunday January 16th 2011
WHERE: Legends Room, Redlands RSL, 8 Passage St, Cleveland, 4163.
PRICE: $5 per person. Extra $3.50 per person for bottomless tea and coffee.
CHECK IN: 9:45am - 10:15am
ROUNDS: 7 rounds from 10:30am
TIME CONTROLS: 15 minutes
PRIZES: Trophies and Medallions plus Lucky Door prizes too!
Entry form is available at: http://www.redlandsrslchessclub.110mb.com/Redlands_Summer11.pdf
2011 MCC Australia Day Weekender (January 22-26)
Venue: Melbourne Chess Club
2011 CAQ Australia Day Weekender (January 29-30)
Round 7: Sunday January 30 4pm
2011 ACTCA Lightning Championship (February 2)
Venue: ANU Chess Club, Asian Studies Building, ANU Campus
Time: 7:30pm, Wednesday 2 February
Check the ANU web page for more details closer to the event.
Logan City Novice Chess Tournament (February 25)
2011 Powell Suncoast Open (February 26-27)
2011 Yulgibar-Think Big Australian Grand Prix event (Class 1)
Venue: Coolum-Peregian R.S.L, 1906 David Low Way, Coolum QLD 4573.
Entry Cost: Various see entry form.
Prizes: $600 for 1st - the rest variable - the more entries & sponsors the more prize money
Time Controls: 60 min plus increment of 10 secs per move from move one
Organiser: Suncoast Chess Club Inc.
Contact: Jeff Dyer
We will also run a Blitz/Lightning tournament on the Saturday Night.
Full details are on our website with entry form on the Tournaments page.
Link to entry form: http://suncoastchess.webs.com/2011%20Powell%20Suncoast%20Open%20Entry%20Form.pdf
Please notify forthcoming tournaments to email@example.com
Championship and major events
Oceania Zonal: 25 Jan 2011, Rotorua New Zealand link
Oceania Seniors: 5 Aug 2011, Melbourne, Australia
See below for other events.
2011 Oceania Zonal
The Zonal, the qualifying event for the World Cup, will be held in Rotorua, New Zealand from 25 to 31 January with Open and Women’s sections. See link for the tournament site.
2010 London Chess Classic
GM Magnus Carlsen won this event (7-15 Dec) with 13/7, scored by the 3/1/0 system, from GM Viswanathan Anand (Ind) and GM Luke McShane (Eng) 11. The tournament featured the top four English players and four leading overseas players.
IM Alex Wohl scored 4/9 in the supporting Open event while in the Women’s Invitational WFM Shannon Oliver made 3/9 including a win against the top seed, and WFM Natasha Fairley (NZ) 2.5.
See link for the tournament site with information and photographs.
From fide.com: FIDE
announces that the Candidates Matches to determine the challenger for the next
World Championship Match will be held in Kazan, Russia from 3 to 27 May 2011.
FIDE announces that the following players have confirmed their participation for the Candidates Matches in Kazan this May, an event which will determine the next challenger of the World Champion Vishy Anand:
1. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, runner up of the previous World Championship)
2. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, qualified by rating)
3. Levon Aronian (Armenia, winner of the FIDE Grand-Prix 2008-2009)
4. Boris Gelfand (Israel, winner of the FIDE World Cup 2009)
5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, wild card)
6. Alexander Grischuk (Russia, qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix)
7. Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix)
8. Gata Kamsky (USA, runner up of the Challengers Match 2009).
GM Magnus Carlsen has informed FIDE that he will not participate and was therefore replaced by GM Alexander Grischuk as per regulations. The full technical regulations of the Candidates Matches are available on the FIDE website.
World Women’s Championship
The event was staged in Hatay, Turkey from 2 to 25 December 2010 as a 64-player knockout. GM Hou Yifan (Chn) won the final 3-1 in a rapid playoff against WGM Ruan Lufei (Chn) after the final was tied 2-2. See link for the tournament site.
Half-point byes (from John Pascoe)
Having read Peter Parr's Letter on half point byes I have, regretfully, to say that there is one point on which I disagree with him.
When I started playing in club tournaments, some 72 years ago, there was no such thing as a half point bye. When you entered a tournament you made a commitment to play. If you couldn't play you forfeited, no excuses. That is the system to which we should return.
Apart from that I must say "Well said, Peter".
ACT Rapid Championship
Starting with last year’s event, the ACTCA Rapidplay Championship has been held outdoors in the middle of Canberra's main shopping district. Of course in choosing such a venue, the effect of inclement weather has to be taken into account, and so it turned out for this year. Despite a forecast for clear skies (on Thursday) by this morning this had changed to 'isolated showers'. Still there was hope that the rain would hold off and allow the tournament to run smoothly.
In fact it held off for all of 2 minutes into the first round, when suddenly the downpour started. Fortunately we had a backup plan, which was to grab sets, boards, clocks and everything else, and sprint indoors to King O'Malley's. Resetting the tournament only took a further 10 minutes, and we were underway with only minimal delay.
After the initial excitement, the tournament became a procession for FM Junta Ikeda after the half way mark. By the end of 7 rounds he had scored 7/7, finishing 1.5 points ahead of second placed Yi Yuan. Back in third place were FM Endre Ambrus, Allen Setiabudi and Miles Patterson.
(reprinted from chessexpress)
Following is a list of useful sites, please notify additions or updates to the usual address.
The Closet Grandmaster (Amiel Rosario)
chessexpress (Shaun Press)
Coffee House Chess (Carl Gorka)
Gawain Jones [well almost Australian]
Mailing lists / Newsletters
Box Hill CC (Vic)
Gardiner Chess (Qld)
Australian Chess Federation
Australian Capital Territory (inactive)
(Also see state sites for information on clubs without their own web sites.)
Burnie Chess Club (blog)
Junior Chess Leagues and junior blogs
Searching for Magnus Carlsen (blog, includes AusJCL info)
Ly,Moulthun (2321) –
Lester,George E (1951) [B30]
Australian Open, Cammeray (7), 9.1.2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nge2 Ne7 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Ne2 Nc6 8.d3 b5 9.Bb3 Bb7 10.0–0 Bc5 11.a3 Qh4 12.Bf4 0–0 13.Qd2 Qe7 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bh4 g5 16.Bg3 f5 17.f3 g4
18.exf5 gxf3 19.Rxf3 Na5 20.Rf4 Nxb3 21.Rg4+ Kf7 22.cxb3 e5 23.b4 Bb6 24.Qh6 1–0
Wan,Dennis (1544) –
Stokes,Mark (1532) [A30]
Australian Minor, Cammeray (4), 5.1.2011
1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 d6 3.g3 Bf5 4.Bg2 Qd7 5.d4 Bh3 6.Bxh3 Qxh3 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Qd5 Qc8 9.Ne5 e6 10.Qf3 Nf6 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Nc3 h6 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Ng4 Be7 15.Ne5 0–0 16.0–0 Bf6 17.Ng4 Bd4 18.Nb5 f5 19.Ne3 Bxb2 20.Rab1 Be5 21.Rfd1 f4 22.Nd5 Nc6
23.Nxf4 g5 24.Qg4 Bxf4 25.gxf4 Rxf4 26.Qh5 Kh7 27.Nd6 Qf8 28.Rxb7+ Ne7 29.Qh3 g4 30.Qe3 Rf6 31.Ne4 Rf7 32.Rdd7 Re8 33.Nd6 Rg7 34.Nxe8 Qxe8 35.Qxe6 g3 36.hxg3 Qc8 37.Qe4+ Kh8 38.Rxe7 Qd8 39.Re8+ Qxe8 40.Qxe8+ Kh7 41.Qe4+ 1–0
Setiabudi,Megan (1397) –
Simmonds,Rex (1448) [C55]
Australian Minor, Cammeray (11), 13.1.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Na5 5.Bb3 Nxb3 6.axb3 d6 7.h3 h6 8.Nc3 b6 9.Be3 Bb7 10.Qd2 Be7 11.Ne2 d5 12.exd5 Qxd5 13.Nc3 Qc6
14.Nxe5 Qxg2 15.0–0–0 Qxh1 16.Rxh1 Bxh1 17.f3 Nd7 18.Qh2 Bd6 19.Qxh1 Nxe5 20.f4 Nxd3+ 21.cxd3 0–0 22.Ne4 Bb4 23.Qg1 f5 24.Bd4 Rf7 25.Nf6+ Kh8 26.Qg6 Rxf6 27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.Qxf6+ Kg8 29.Qg6+ Kh8 30.Qxh6+ Kg8 31.Qg6+ Kh8 32.Qf6+ Kg8 33.Qe6+ Kh8 34.Qe5+ Kg8 35.Qd5+ 1–0
Zhao,Zong Yuan (2586) –
Brown,Andrew (2175) [B33]
Australian Open, Cammeray (3), 4.1.2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Ne7 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Nc2 Bb7 14.Bd3 d5 15.exd5 Qxd5 16.Ne3 Qe6 17.a4 e4 18.Be2 Rd8 19.Qc2 f5 20.axb5 f4
21.bxa6 fxe3 22.axb7 exf2+ 23.Kf1 Nd5 24.Qa4+ Ke7 25.Qa7 Qd7 26.Rd1 Ke6 27.c4 1–0
Dibley,Shane (1571) –
Wang,Oscar (1942) [B45]
Australian Open, Cammeray (1), 02.1.2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.a3 Be7 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Nd5 9.Qg4 Kf8 10.Ne4 h5 11.Qg3 Bh4 12.Qf3 g6 13.Bd3 Kg7 14.Nd6 Qf8 15.g4 Be7 16.c4 Nc7 17.gxh5 Rxh5
18.Qxh5 gxh5 19.Rg1+ Kh8 20.Bh6 Bxd6 21.Bxf8 Bxf8 22.Rg5 Bc5 23.Ke2 Be7 24.Rxh5+ Kg7 25.Rg1+ Bg5 26.Rhxg5+ Kf8 27.Rg8+ Ke7 28.h4 Rb8 29.b4 a5 30.h5 axb4 31.axb4 1–0
Rewais,Sarwat (1686) –
Lovejoy,David (1743) [A24]
Australian Open, Cammeray (4), 5.1.2011
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d6 5.e4 0–0 6.Nge2 e5 7.0–0 a5 8.f4 c6 9.h3 Na6 10.Kh2 Qe7 11.d3 Nc5 12.Be3 b6 13.Qd2 Nfd7
14.f5 Bb7 15.Rad1 Rad8 16.Bh6 f6 17.Be3 Rf7 18.h4 Nf8 19.Qc2 gxf5 20.exf5 d5 21.cxd5 cxd5 22.d4 exd4 23.Bxd4 Bh6 24.Nxd5 Bxd5 25.Bxc5 Qb7 26.Bxf8 Bxg2 27.Rxd8 Bxf8 28.Rf2 Be4 29.Qd2 Qe7 30.Nc3 Bc6 31.Re2 Qc7 32.Ne4 h6 33.Qd6 Qb7 34.Nxf6+ Kg7 35.Nh5+ Kg8 1–0
Xie,George (2478) –
Ikeda,Junta (2262) [A43]
Australian Open, Cammeray (11), 13.1.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Bg5 Qb6 5.a4 Ne4 6.axb5 Nxg5 7.Nxg5 g6 8.e4 Bg7 9.Nc3 d6 10.Nf3 0–0 11.Nd2 Qc7 12.Be2 a6 13.Nc4 Bb7 14.b6 Qd8 15.Na4 a5 16.Qd2 Nd7 17.0–0 Ba6 18.b7 Bxb7 19.Ra3 Kh8 20.Rfa1 Ba6 21.Nxa5 Qc7 22.Nc6 Bb7 23.Bb5 Bxc6 24.Bxc6 Rab8 25.f4 Rb4 26.Re1 Nb6 27.c3 Rxa4 28.Rxa4 Nxa4 29.Bxa4 c4 30.Bc6 Rb8 31.Qf2 Qa5
32.h4 Qa2 33.Re2 Qb1+ 34.Kh2 Qc1 35.e5 Bh6 36.g3 Bg7 37.Qa7 Rf8 38.Qxe7 dxe5 39.fxe5 Qf1 40.Rg2 Qe1 41.d6 Qd1 42.d7 Bh6 43.Qd6 1–0
Commonwealth ch, Melbourne, 1983
1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6 3.c4 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.e3 f5 6.dxe5 Nd7 7.Nf3 dxe5 8.Qc2 Nh6 9.Nc3 0–0 10.0–0–0 Nf7 11.e4 f4 12.h4 c6 13.h5 g5 14.h6 Bf6 15.g3 Qe7 16.Rg1 Kh8 17.gxf4 gxf4 18.Ne2 Rg8 19.Bh3 Rxg1 20.Rxg1 Nf8
21.Nxf4 Ng5 [21...exf4 22.Qc3 Ng6 (22...Bxc3 23.Bxc3+; 22...Nd7 23.Bxd7) 23.Qxf6+ Qxf6 24.Bxf6+ Kg8 25.Bf5] 22.Nxe5 Nxh3 23.Nxh3 Bxh3 24.Qc3 Bg5+ 25.f4 Bxf4+ 26.Kb1 1–0
See link for the game Tony Miles – Greg Hjorth, Brighton 1984 with notes by IM Javier Gil.
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