AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
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Tuesday 22 February (deadline Friday 18 February)
Tuesday 8 March (deadline Friday 4 March)
Tuesday 22 March (deadline Friday 18 March)
Selections Notice – 2011 Asian Continental Championships, Mashad, Iran, May 1-10
This is a call for expressions of interest from players potentially interested in representing Australia at the Asian Continental Championships scheduled to be held in Mashad, Iran, May 1-10.
Australia is entitled to one official representative in the Open division and one official representative in the Women's division who will receive free board and lodging. Players shall bear their own travel expenses. For entry form and regulations see http://www.asia-chess.com/main/2011/asianchregs2011.pdf.
Any Australian player wishing to apply for selection as Australia's nominated representative should email me (email@example.com) expressing interest. The deadline for expressions of interest is Sunday 27 February. Owing to the limited time frame we would appreciate expressions of interest only from players who seriously intend to compete if selected.
Players who have not applied to represent Australia in an adult event before must supply the following details:
5.4.1 Full Name
5.4.3 Email address
5.4.4 Fax (if applicable)
5.4.5 Phone number
5.4.7 Date of Birth
5.4.8 FIDE Rating
5.4.9 ACF Rating
5.4.10 FIDE Titles held
5.4.11 Current ACF Titles held
Players who have applied before do not need to supply these details but must ensure that they advise of any recent change of details, especially of address, email address and phone number.
In the event that selections are deemed necessary they will be conducted by the quick selection method of average of ACF and FIDE rating. March 2011 ratings will be used for both systems subject to their timely release.
Please contact the organisers using the details given in the PDF linked to above for any questions concerning the event.
Note re eligibility: players who have already qualified for the next World Cup or Womens World Championship are not eligible to officially represent Australia at this event. On my reading this currently affects only GM Zhao, and will affect the winner of the playoff match between IM Berezina and WFM (WIM-elect) Guo once that match has been completed.
Other fine print: The ACF reserves the right to extend the call for expressions of interest for either or both sections, whether or not expressions of interest have been received. Applicants are required to retain a copy of their email expressing an interest in selection. If an email has not been acknowledged within seven days please call 0421 428 775.
Kevin Bonham, Australian Chess Federation (ACF) Selections Director
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)
The 2011 Oceania Zonal took place at the Millenium Hotel in Rotorua, New Zealand from 25 to 31 January 2011 with representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The Zonal, which has an Open and a Women’s section, is a qualifying event for the world championship cycles, with the Open winner gaining a place in the World Cup and the women’s Zonal winner entering the next women’s world championship (based on the cycle being the same as last time).
56 players contested the Open section, a nine-round Swiss, with GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (Aus) running out the winner on 8.5/9 followed by Andrew Brown (Aus) 7 and FM Max Illingworth and Moulthun Ly (both Aus) 6.5.
The Women’s Zonal had eleven players and due to the problems of using the same format a round robin was played. WIM Irina Berezina-Feldman and WFM Emma Guo (both Aus) tied on 8.5/10 from WIM Biljan Dokic 8. A play-off will be held later in Australia for the world championship place.
Titles of IM and FM (maximum one and two respectively) are awarded to the top players, subject to reaching a minimum score, not already holding those titles, and similarly for women’s times. Organisers have calculated that those achieving the titles are Andrew Brown (Aus) the IM, and Moulthun Ly and Gareth Oliver (both Aus) the FMs, with Emma Guo (Aus) taking the WIM and Megan Setiabudi (Aus) and Nocole Tsoi (NZ) the WFMs. These are all unofficial at this stage.
Full results, games and photographs can be seen at link
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
FM Bobby Cheng (Vic) won the Australian Junior Championship with 8/9 from Yi Yuan (ACT) 8.5 and Yi Liu (Qld) and Thomas Feng (Vic) 6. The Editor has been unable to find a complete list of all the section winners so possibly somebody can contribute or point one out for the next issue, in the meantime see http://www.ajcc2011.com.au/ for scores, games and other information.
2011 AusJCL Johns-Putra Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS)
Applications for the squad close on 14 February, for details see link.
ACTJCL has set up a new site for girls’ chess at http://www.actjcl.org.au/actjcl/QuirkyQueens.php.
Bundaberg Chess Club
Bundaberg will hold a children’s tournament for both children and adults on 19 February and an 8 round swiss for children only on 20 February, both at U3A rooms. Details on CAQ website. See link for more information.
IM Greg Hjorth 1963-2011
As reported in the previous newsletter, Greg Hjorth passed away in January. The cause of death is reported to be a heart attack. A tribute played at the funeral has been loaded to YouTube at link and an article which appeared in the Age, including input from IM Guy West, is at link.
Recent GP weekend results
MCC Australia Day Weekender January 22-26, Melbourne, Vic. FM Michael Baron won with 6.5/7 from Domagoj Dragicevic, Sylvester Urban, Jesse Jager and Henrik Mortensen (Den) 4.5 (13 players).
NSWCA Australia Day Weekender January 29-30, Sydney, NSW. FM Greg Canfell won 2ith 6.5 from Benjamin Harris and Armen Ayvazyan 6 (74 players).
CAQ Australia Day Weekender January 29-30, Brisbane, Qld. Yi Liu won with 6/7 from FM Gene Nakauchi 6 and Brodie McClymont 5.5 (19 players).
ACT Lightning Championship
This event was won by Jeremy Reading with 8.5/9 from Alana Chibnall and Matthew Bennett 7 at ANU Chess Club on 2 February (22 players, 9 rounds).
Grand Prix events
February 12-13 Newcastle Open , Newcastle, NSW link
February 19-20 Kingsley Open , Perth, WA link
February 26-27 Powell Suncoast Open , Coolum, Qld link
March 12-14 Begonia Open , Ballarat, Vic link
March 12-14 Tasmanian Championships , Launceston, Tas link
April 9-10 Dubbo RSL Open , Dubbo, NSW link
2011 GP calendar link
2011 Newcastle Open (February 12-13)
Venue is PANTHERS NEWCASTLE (Corner
of King & Union Streets, the old Newcastle Workers Club). Train
Travellers please note that your nearest station is CIVIC. 10 minute walk to
2011 Gold Coast Tin Cup (February 12-13)
For players rated under 1750 ACF or QJ
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
2011 Tasmanian Chess Championships (March 12-14)
Class 1 2011 Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event
Hosted by the Launceston Chess Club
VENUE: Adult Education Centre, 8 High Street, Launceston
FORMAT: 7 round Swiss 90 mins + 15 secs/move
ROUNDS START: Saturday 12th March: 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:45pm.
Sunday 13th March: 9:30 am, 1:45 pm, 6:00 pm Monday 14th March: 9:00 am
ENTRY FEES: $60 waged, $55 conc, $35 U18, $30 U12. $10 discount if payment is received before midnight, Thursday 10th March.
Entries on day close at 10:00am sharp and are subject to room and equipment.
PRIZES: 1st c. 40%, 2nd c. 20%, 3rd, U1700, U1400 c. 10% of prize pool.
U18 prize $70, U12 prize $50 (subject to at least three entries per division). Prize pool is entry fees less running costs and levies.
ARBITERS: To be appointed.
ENQUIRIES: Michael Lucht, firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred). Ph: (03) 6326 3843
NOTES: FIDE Laws 2009 apply – mobile phones making any noise will incur automatic forfeit. Entrants agree to abide by all decisions of the organisers and arbiters. The organisers reserve the right to make any changes required.
2011 Ballarat Begonia Open (March 12-14)
The Ballarat Chess Club will host the 45th Begonia Open next Labour Day long weekend (Saturday 12 March 2011 - Monday 14 March 2011).
All kinds of details can now be found on our website at the following link:
Additional details, as well as entry forms will be made available in the coming weeks.
Hope to see you all in SUNNY Ballarat!
Please notify forthcoming tournaments to email@example.com
Championship and major events
Oceania Seniors: 5 Aug 2011, Melbourne, Australia
Asian Continental Championship: 1 May 2011, Mashad, Iran link
See below for other events.
The London bid for the 2012 World Championship, to coincide with the Olympics, has been withdrawn after an apparent breakdown in negotiations. See link for a report in The Week In Chess, which is hosted by the London bid leader.
However FIDE has made the following announcement in relation to the Candidates’ matches:
FIDE announces the pairings for the 1st round of the Candidates Matches (Kazan, 3-27 May 2011):
Topalov (BUL) - Kamsky (USA)
Kramnik (RUS) - Radjabov (AZE)
Aronian (ARM) - Grischuk (RUS)
Gelfand (ISR) - Mamedyarov (AZE)
The drawing of colours for all the rounds will be conducted during the opening ceremony of the event. The winner of the Candidates Matches 2011 will qualify to challenge the World Champion GM Vishy Anand in a 12-game match during the first half of 2012. The full technical regulations of the Candidates Matches are published on the FIDe website: http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/regscandidates.pdf
2011 New Zealand Championship
IM Anthony Ker won the NZ Championship with 9/11 from Antonio Krstev, FM Bob Smith and Bruce Watson 7. See link for tables of the tournament and other events.
Olympiad cheating accusations
Various sources report that the French Chess Federation has initiated disciplinary action against one of its Olympiad players, GM Sebastien Feller, along with GM Arnaud Hauchard and IM Cyril Marzolo, for “suspicion of organized cheating, a serious breach of sporting ethics and undermining the image of the national Olympic team” at the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia in September and October 2010. GM Feller won the medal for best score on Board 5.
Details on the mechanism and extent of the alleged offences are sketchy at present, and the players deny any wrongdoing. See link for a summary on Chessvibes. (This story will continue to develop so watch your favourite sites for updates).
2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Hikaru Nakamura (USA) won the Tata Steel (previously Corus) tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, a fourteen-player round robin sponsored by the Tata Steel company (15 to 30 January). Nakamura scored 9/13 in his biggest result to date, ahead of Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 8.5 and Magnus Carlsen (Nor) and Levon Aronian (Arm) 8.
The B section was won by Luke McShane (Eng) and David Navara (Cze) on 8.5/13 – reportedly both will play in the 2012 main event. Daniele Vocaturo (Ita) won the C group with 9/13.
See link for the tournament site.
2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
232 players competed in the main group with GM Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) winning on 9/10 followed by GM Nigel Short (Eng) 8.5 and GM Kaido Kulaots (Est) and GM Michael Roiz (Isr) 7.5. IM Alex Wohl scored 6 (=38th) and WFM Vaness Reid 3.5 (=180th). See link for the tournament site.
2010 Hastings Chess Congress
GM Deep Sengupta and IM Arghyadip Das (both Ind) won the 2010 Hastings, England tournament (nine round Swiss, 103 players, 28 Dec 2010 to 5 Jan 2011) with 7/9. IM Alex Wohl scored 6 (=9th). See link for the tournament site.
FIDE Arbiters’ site
To: all National
You will find it in the address: http://arbiters.fide.com/
In addition FIDE has established a trainers’ site at http://trainers.fide.com/
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.)
Junior Chess Leagues and junior blogs
Searching for Magnus Carlsen (blog, includes AusJCL info)
Burnie Chess Club (blog)
Zhao,Zong Yuan (2586) –
Smerdon,David (2531) [B29]
Oceania Zonal Rotorua (7), 29.01.2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nxd5 exd5 6.d4 Nc6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qxd5 Qb6 9.Bc4 Bxf2+ 10.Ke2 0–0 11.Rf1 Bc5 12.Ng5 Nd4+ 13.Kd1 Ne6 14.Ne4 Be7 15.Bd2 Qxb2 16.Bc3 Qa3 17.Rf3 Nc7 18.Qd4
18...b5 19.e6 f6 20.exd7+ bxc4 21.Qxc4+ Kh8 22.Bxf6 Qb4 23.Qxb4 Bxb4 24.d8Q Rxd8+ 25.Bxd8 Nd5 26.Ba5 Bg4 27.Bxb4 Nxb4 28.c3 Nc6 29.Ke2 Kg8 30.Rb1 Ne5 31.Rb5 Re8 32.Ke3 Bxf3 33.gxf3 h6 34.a4 Kh7 35.Rc5 Re7 36.h4 Kg6 37.a5 a6 38.Rd5 Kf7 39.h5 Re6 40.f4 Ng4+ 41.Kd4 Nf6 42.Nxf6 Kxf6 43.c4 Rc6 44.c5 Ke6 45.Re5+ Kd7 46.f5 Rc8 47.Kd5 Rf8 48.c6+ Kd8 49.Kc5 Kc7 50.Re7+ Kd8 51.Rxg7 Rxf5+ 52.Kb6 Rb5+ 53.Kxa6 Rb1 54.Rb7 Rc1 55.Kb6 Rb1+ 56.Kc5 Ra1 57.Rh7 Rc1+ 58.Kd6 Rd1+ 59.Ke6 Rc1 60.Kd6 Rd1+ 61.Kc5 Rc1+ 62.Kb6 Rb1+ 63.Ka7 Rc1 64.a6 Kc8 65.Rxh6 Kc7 66.Rg6 1–0
Ly,Moulthun (2321) –
Lane,Gary (2373) [C78]
Oceania Zonal Rotorua (9), 31.01.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Bc5 6.c3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.d4 Bb6 9.a4 Bb7 10.Re1 0–0 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 Re8 13.d5 Na5 14.Ra2 c6 15.Nbd2 g5
16.dxc6 Nxc6 17.Nxg5 hxg5 18.Bxg5 Kg7 19.Qf3 Rh8 20.Nf1 Bc8 21.Bd5 Bb7 22.Ne3 Ra7 23.Ng4 1–0
Setiabudi,Megan (1627) –
Wijesuriya,Vineetha (1892) [B06]
Oceania Women's Zonal (10), 30.01.2011
1.e4 g6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.c3 Nf6 5.Qf3 Qa5 6.Nd2 c6 7.Nc4 Qd8 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.Nxd7 Bxd7 10.h3 Bg7 11.Bd3 Be6 12.Qe2 Nd5 13.Nf3 0–0 14.0–0 Nf6 15.Ng5 Bc8 16.Qc2 h6 17.Nf3 Nd5 18.Bd2 Qc7 19.Qc1 Kh7 20.Re1 a5 21.Qd1 Nf4 22.Bc2 Be6 23.Ne5 Bxe5 24.Rxe5 Nd5 25.Qh5 Rh8
26.Rxe6 Nf4 27.Bxf4 Qxf4 28.Rxg6 Qd2 29.Rxh6+ Kg7 30.Rh7+ Kf6 31.Qf5# 1–0
Zhao,Zong Yuan (2586) –
Ly,Moulthun (2321) [B80]
Oceania Zonal Rotorua (3), 26.01.2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.f3 0–0 9.g4 Nc6 10.0–0–0 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 b5 12.g5 Nd7 13.h4 Rb8 14.Kb1 Ne5 15.f4 Nc6 16.Qd2 b4 17.Ne2 a5 18.h5 a4
19.g6 b3 20.cxb3 axb3 21.a3 Qa5 22.Nc3 Bf6 23.gxf7+ Kxf7 24.Qxd6 Rd8 25.Qxc6 Qxc3 26.bxc3 Rxd1+ 27.Kb2 Bd7 28.Qc4 Be7 29.Qa6 Bc6 30.Qxc6 1–0
Illingworth,Max (2311) –
Cheng,Bobby (2335) [A13]
Oceania Zonal Rotorua (9), 31.01.2011
1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Na3 Bxa3 6.bxa3 b5 7.Ne5 Qd4 8.Rb1 Qxe5 9.Bxa8 c6 10.0–0 Nd5 11.Bb2 Qd6
12.e4 Nc7 13.Qh5 Nxa8 14.Bxg7 Rf8 15.Be5 Qc5 16.d4 Qb6 17.Bd6 Nd7 18.Qxh7 Qxd4 19.Bxf8 Kxf8 20.Rbd1 Qf6 21.f4 Nab6 22.Qh5 c5 23.f5 Bb7 24.fxe6 Qxe6 25.Rd6 Qe8 26.Rh6 Ke7 27.Rh8 Qxh8 28.Qxh8 f6 29.Qg7+ Ke6 30.Qg4+ Ke7 31.h4 b4 32.h5 Nc8 33.h6 Nd6 34.h7 Nf7 35.Qg7 Ke6 36.e5 b3 37.Rxf6+ 1–0
Berezina,Irina (2238) [E61]
Oceania Women's Zonal (7), 29.01.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bg5 0–0 6.e3 c6 7.h3 a6 8.Be2 Nbd7 9.0–0 b5 10.cxb5 cxb5 11.a3 Nb6 12.b3 Bb7 13.Rc1 Rc8 14.Bf4 Nbd5 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.Bh2 Qa5 17.Ra1 Nc3 18.Qd2 Nxe2+ 19.Qxe2 Rc3 20.Qb2 Rfc8 21.Rfc1 Qc7 22.Qxc3 Qxc3 23.Rxc3 Rxc3 24.b4 Kf8 25.Ne1 Ke8 26.Kf1 Kd7 27.Ke2
27...e5 28.dxe5 dxe5 29.Rd1+ Ke7 30.Rd3 Rc8 31.e4 Ke6 32.f3 Bf8 33.g4 a5 34.bxa5 b4 35.Rb3 bxa3 36.Rb1 a2 37.Ra1 Ba6+ 38.Kd1 Bc4 39.Bg1 Bb3+ 40.Ke2 Bb4 0–1
Brown,Andrew (2175) –
Smerdon,David (2531) [E10]
Oceania Zonal Rotorua (9), 31.01.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5 5.dxe6 fxe6 6.cxb5 d5 7.e3 Bd6 8.Nc3 Nbd7 9.g3 0–0 10.Bg2 Bb7 11.0–0 Qe7 12.a4 e5 13.a5 a6 14.bxa6 Bc6 15.Nh4 Qe6 16.e4 d4 17.Nf5 Bb8 18.Bh3 Kh8 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.exd5 Qxd5 21.f3 Rf7 22.Bg5
22...c4 23.Ne7 Qd6 24.Nxc6 Qxc6 25.Qa4 Rxa6 26.Rfc1 h6 27.Bd2 c3 28.Qxc6 Rxc6 29.bxc3 Ba7 30.cxd4 Bxd4+ 31.Kg2 Nc5 32.Rab1 e4 33.f4 Rfc7 34.Bf5 g6 35.Rc4 gxf5 36.Rxd4 Nd3 37.Be3 Rc2+ 38.Kh3 Re2 39.Rd8+ Kh7 40.Bd4 Nf2+ 41.Kh4 Nd3 42.Rh8+ Kg6 43.Rb6+ Kf7 44.h3 Rec2 45.a6 1–0
Zulfic,Fedja (2024) –
Smith,Robert (2287) [E26]
Oceania Zonal Rotorua (9), 31.01.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.e3 Nc6 7.Bd3 d6 8.Nf3 Qe7 9.0–0 e5 10.d5 Nb8 11.e4 h6 12.Ne1 Nbd7 13.Bc2 g5 14.f3 Nf8 15.Ba4+ Kd8 16.Be3 Ng6 17.Nd3 b6 18.Qb3 Kc7 19.Bc6 Rb8 20.Qa4 a6 21.Rab1 Nf4 22.Nxc5 dxc5 23.Rxb6 Rxb6 24.Qa5 Nd7 25.Rb1 Nd3 26.Bxd7 Kxd7 27.Rxb6 Rg8 28.d6 Qe6 29.Bxc5 Qxc4
30.Rc6 Qe6 31.Rc7+ Ke8 32.Re7+ Kf8 33.Rxe6 Bxe6 34.d7+ Kg7 35.d8Q Rxd8 36.Qxd8 Nxc5 37.Qd6 Nb3 38.Qxa6 Nd2 39.a4 g4 40.Qd3 Nc4 41.fxg4 Kg6 42.h3 f6 43.Qd8 1–0
Guo,Emma (1969) –
Dekic,Biljana (2095) [C02]
Oceania Women's Zonal (8), 29.01.2011
1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 Bd7 7.0–0 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nb4 9.Nc3 Nxd3 10.Qxd3 Rc8 11.a3 a5 12.Re1 h6 13.Nh4 Ne7 14.f4 g6 15.Kh1 Rc4 16.Nf3 Nf5 17.Rd1 h5 18.Rb1 Be7 19.b3 Rc7 20.Na4 Qa7 21.Bb2 0–0 22.h3 h4 23.Ng5 Rfc8 24.Nc3 Qb6 25.a4 Kg7 26.Ne2 Bb4 27.g4 hxg3 28.Nxg3 Nxg3+ 29.Qxg3 Rh8
30.Rg1 Rcc8 31.Nxf7 Kxf7 32.Qxg6+ Ke7 33.Qf6+ 1–0
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