Number 11/02B      .....      22 February 2011





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Overseas Tournaments and News

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2011 Asian Cities Championship


FM Brian Jones is organizing a Sydney team for this event in Jakarta, Indonesia on 24-29 April. See link for the tournament site or link for the flyer. Team lists are due by 1 March so anyone interested should contact Brian urgently.


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


Any Australian player wishing to apply for selection as Australia's nominated representative should email me ( 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

5.4.2 Address

5.4.3 Email address

5.4.4 Fax (if applicable)

5.4.5 Phone number

5.4.6 Nationality

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)
Venue: Box Hill Chess Club at 3 Rochester Road Canterbury, Vic.

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AusJCL Calendar (National and International)


GM Ian Rogers has sent the calendar below to junior organisers. Events are often changed so it is advisable to check frequently for updates, as well as more detailed information, at or the AusJCL page.





3-9 April  Kuala Lumpur Open, Malaysia


11-17 April  Thailand Open


30 April – 8 May  World Schools Individual Championship  Krakow, Poland


14-22 May  Asian Youth Championships (U\8 to U\18) Subic Bay, the Philippines    


1-11 June  Asian Junior Championships (U\20) Colombo, Sri Lanka


12-21 June  ASEAN+ Age Group Ch. (U/8 – U/20)  Tarakan, Indonesia


24 June – 4 July  Commonwealth Championships (Open and Junior) Johannesburg, South Africa


1-16 August  World Junior Championships (U\20) Chennai, India


12-23 August  FISU University Olympiad,  Shenzen, China


23 October - 1 November World U/16 Olympiad   Sanliurfa, Turkey 


12 Nov – 22 November World Youth Championships (U\8 – U\18), Caldas Novas, Goias, Brazil





21-25 April Doeberl Cup Canberra


27 April- 1 May  Sydney International Open


28-29 May  Adelaide Education Expo  


20 June        ACT U/12 Championships


27 June – 1 July    Queensland  Junior Championships, Gold Coast


2-3 July     

Victorian U/10 and U/12 Championships


4-9 July      

Johns-Putra JETS Camp,  Melbourne


11-14 July     

Victorian U/14, U/16 and U/18 Championships


10-15 July      NSW Junior Championships


14-15 July  SA Junior Championship U/12 – U/18


28-30 September   ACT Junior (U/18) Championships


29-30 September    NSW Girls Championship (U/18)


5-7 October  City of Sydney Junior Championships  (U/18, U/15, U/12)


6-7 October   Adelaide Junior Championships U/12 – U/18


30-31 October  ACT U/14 Championships


14-22 January 2012  Australian Junior Championships





See link for information on deadlines and procedures for selection. Again note that timelines change occasionally so you should check relevant junior sites (links above) regularly.

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ACF Ratings


As a number of people have been aware, for about the last 24 months the ACF Rating Officers have been testing various systemic changes to further improve predictive accuracy.

As is usual with any systemic change all rating periods from December 2000 thru to December 2010 have been rerun.

These new ratings will be in effect before the calculation and publication of the March 2011 ratings.

One effect of this change is that the average rating of players on the December 2010 list is increased by around 73 points.


Posted by Bill Gletsos on chesschat, see link (start at post #39) for further discussion.



2011 Victorian Teams Championship


Carl Gorka will be running this event later this year, see link for more information.



2011 ACT Championship


This event will be held at Campbell High School as a nine–round Swiss on 5/6 and 12/13/14 March. Players must register in advance, see link for more information.



Doeberl Cup T-shirt Slogan Competition


Entries for the competition close on 28 February, see link for more information on this or other aspects of the event.


In the chess itself, entries currently stand at around sixty over the four sections, including five GMs and twelve other titled players.



Box Hill CC newsletter


Box Hill and Canterbury Chess News is distributed by email link to subscribers. To become a subscriber follow link and submit the form (or see link in web list below). The news sheet is free.



Australasian Chess Crisis?


WIM Arianne Caoili and IM Alex Wohl have made some comments under that heading on IM Wohl’s blog, see link

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Recent GP weekend results


Newcastle Open February 12-13, Newcastle, NSW.  FM Max Illingworth won with 5.5 from Blair Mandla, James Watson and Ben Harris 5 (51 players).


Kingsley Open February 19-20, Perth, WA.  Yita Choong won with 5/6 from Gordon Dunlop 4.5 and David Ellis, Thomas Donaldson, Nedeljko Tomic and Aston Tamisjah 4 (20 players).



Tin Cup


Daniel Lapitan won the Tin Cup on tie-break from Louay Al Zaher, Amin Fazel and Matthew Pyper (Gardiner Chess Centre, Mudgeeraba, 12 -13 February, limited to U/1750, 57 players).

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Grand Prix events


February 26-27  Powell Suncoast Open [1], Coolum, Qld  link

March 12-14  Begonia Open [3], Ballarat, Vic  link

March 12-14  Tasmanian Championships [1], Launceston, Tas  link

April 9-10  Dubbo RSL Open [2], Dubbo, NSW  link

April 16-19  Darling Downs Open  [1], Toowoomba, Qld  link

April 21-25  Doeberl Cup  [5], Canberra, ACT  link

April 22-26 Queensland Open  [4], Brisbane, Qld  link

April 27-May 1  Sydney International Open  [5], Sydney, NSW  link


2011 GP calendar link


Logan City Novice Chess Tournament (February 25)

Come along to the Logan City Chess Club for a fun chess night out. If you’re rated under 1000 or un-rated, this is your chance to compete!
WHEN: February 25th Friday Night, Check-in from 7:30pm, play from 8pm
WHERE: Springwood High School, Dennis Rd Entrance (near crossing)
DETAILS: 15 minute Time Control, 5 Rounds, Trophy Prizes
COST: $5 per person, includes tea and coffee
REGISTER: Enter by email or phone, pay on the day.

Contact Jim Ritchie on 0421 135 703 or, Phil Bennet


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.

Rated: ACF

Entry Cost: Various see entry form.

Prizes: $600 for 1st - the rest variable - the more entries & sponsors the more prize money

Rounds: 6

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:


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, (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!


2011 Doeberl Cup (April 21-25)


Registration is open for the 2011 Doeberl Cup at the Hellenic Cup in Canberra:


Please notify forthcoming tournaments to

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Championship and major events


Asian Cities Teams Championship: 21 April 2011, Jakarta, Indonesia link

Asian Continental Championship: 1 May 2011, Mashad, Iran link

Oceania Seniors: 5 Aug 2011, Melbourne, Australia


(Date listed is date of commencement)



Oceania Chess Confederation meeting


A meeting of OCC was conducted in Rotorua, New Zealand during the Zonal in January.


The meeting agreed or confirmed the venues of a number of events including the 2013 Zonal in Fiji, the Oceania Seniors in Melbourne in 2011 and in New Zealand in 2012, and the Oceania Juniors’ Championship in Sydney in 2012 and in New Zealand in 2013.


See link for the OCC site.



2011 Aeroflot Open


GM Le Quang Liem (Vie) won the Aeroflot Open in Moscow (7 to 18 February) with 6.5/9 on tie-break from GMs Nikita Vitiugov and Evgeny Tomashevsky (both Rus). The prize includes qualification for Dortmund in July. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) won the blitz tournament which was a qualifier for the World Blitz. See link for the tournament site.



Mainz Chess Classic discontinued


Organisers have announced that the annual Mainz (Germany) tournament, which included rapid and Chess960 (aka Fischer or shuffle) chess events, will no longer be held, including the 2011 edition. See link for a report and history on Chessbase.



World simul record broken (again)


GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran played 604 players in Tehran on 8 and 9 February, smashing the 523 record set last year, with a score of +580 =16 -8 or 97.4%. See link for a report on Chessbase.

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Following is a list of useful sites, please notify additions or updates to the usual address.



Newspaper columns


Ian Rogers (Byron Bay Echo) 

Peter Parr (Sydney Morning Herald)

David Ellis (West Australian)



Bulletin boards







The Closet Grandmaster (Amiel Rosario)

chessexpress (Shaun Press)

David Smerdon

Alex Wohl

Dozy’s Inferno

Coffee House Chess (Carl Gorka)

Australian Chess News

David Cordover


Brendan Norman

Smart Dolphins


Gawain Jones [well almost Australian]



Mailing lists / Newsletters


ACT mailing list


Box Hill CC (Vic) - subscribe

Gardiner Chess (Qld)



Australian Chess Federation


Australian Chess Federation

ACF ratings

Grand Prix calendar



State Associations


New South Wales



Western Australia

South Australia


Australian Capital Territory (inactive)


(Also see state sites for information on clubs without their own web sites.)



Game collections





Chess compositions





Junior Chess Leagues and junior blogs






Quirky Queens (ACT)

Searching for Magnus Carlsen (blog, includes AusJCL info)

NSW Clubs


Rooty Hill

St George Leagues Club

Norths Leagues Club

Harbord Diggers


Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club CC (blog)





Wollongong Collegians






Victorian Clubs



Box Hill


Noble Park




Hobson's Bay







Queensland Clubs


Gold Coast / Gardiner Chess



Kings of Chess


Logan City


The Gap


Club Bullwinkle



WA Clubs







SA Clubs


SA Chess Centre


Adelaide Uni



Tasmanian Clubs


Burnie Chess Club (blog)





ACT Clubs





Belconnen / Uni of Canberra

Ian’s page (Results)



Correspondence chess


Correspondence Chess League of Australia

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