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Number 11/03A      .....      8 March 2011

 

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Table of Contents

 

Notices

Junior Chess

General News

Results

Coming Events

Overseas Tournaments and News

Correspondence Chess

ACF Ratings

FIDE Ratings

Letters to the Editor

Australian web sites

Games

Sundries

Note: Links in light blue are to sections within the newsletter, those in grey are external and orange links are to the archive of previous issues.

 


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Next issues

 

Tuesday 22 March (deadline Friday 18 March)

 

Tuesday 12 April (deadline Friday 8 April)

Tuesday 26 April (deadline Friday 22 April)

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NOTICES

2010 Oceania Women’s Zonal Playoff

 

Australian International Masters IM Irina Berezina-Feldman and WIM-elect Emma Guo tied for the Oceania Women’s Zonal Championship in Rotorua in New Zealand earlier this year.

 

The playoff to decide who will qualify for the FIDE Women’s World Cup 2012 will be held in the Auditorium at Parramatta RSL Club, Corner O’Connell & Macquarie Streets Parramatta NSW 2150 on Sunday 17 July 2011.

 

The format of the tiebreak will be four rapid play games followed (if necessary) by two five minute games followed (if necessary) by one sudden death game, as used in the Women’s World Cup after Round 5. This is in accordance with Regulations 3.8.2, 3.8.3 and 3.8.4 of

the Women’s World Chess Championship Cycle.

 

See http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/regulationsWWCC.pdf

 

The Chief Arbiter will be FIDE International Arbiter (IA) Shaun Press.

 

The timetable for the day is as follows:

 

10.00 Club and Car Park Opens

10.15 Auditorium Set-up

11.00 Rapid Game 1

12.30 Rapid Game 2

14.00 Rapid Game 3

15.30 Rapid Game 4

17.00 Blitz playoffs (if required)

 

Spectators and potential sponsors are welcome.

 

Oceania Chess Confederation

PO Box 370, Riverstone, NSW 2765, Australia

Tel: 61-2-9838-1529 Fax: 61-2-9838-1614

http://www.oceaniachess.com

President: Brian Jones info@chessaustralia.com.au

Deputy President: Paul Spiller spillerfamily.enterprise@xtra.co.nz

 

Brian Jones

President FIDE Zone 3.6

Oceania Chess Confederation

7 March 2011

 


2011 Asian Continental Championships, Mashad, Iran, May 1-10

 

ACF Selections Director Kevin Bonham has announced that Jamie Kenmure is the sole applicant and is therefore Australia's representative for this event.

 


2011 Asian Cities Championship, Jakarta, Indonesia, April 24 - 29

 

The SYDNEY team for the Asian Cities is as follows:

1. IM Gary Lane 2366
2. FM Tim Reilly 2271
3. FM Lee Jones 2109
4. FM Brian Jones 2045
5. Reserve Vacant
6. Captain Vacant

Official website at
http://www.jakartaasianchess.com/page/index.html

 

Brian Jones


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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JUNIOR CHESS

AusJCL Calendar (National and International)

 

Events are often changed so it is advisable to check frequently for updates, as well as more detailed information, at http://www.australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com/ or the AusJCL page.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

11-17 April  Thailand Open 

http://bangkokchess.com/archives/813

 

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

http://www.wscc2011.pl/en

 

14-22 May  Asian Youth Championships (U\8 to U\18) Subic Bay, the Philippines http://www.fide.com/images/stories/NEWS_2011/tournament_news/Asian_Youth_CC_2011/Asian_Youth_2011_Invitation.pdf    

 

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

 

12-21 June  ASEAN+ Age Group Ch. (U/8 – U/20)  Tarakan, Indonesia http://www.fide.com/images/stories/FIDE_Calendar_2011/Asian_events/ASEAN_Age_Group_Championships_2011_reg.pdf

 

24 June – 4 July  Commonwealth Championships (Open and Junior) Johannesburg, South Africa  http://www.chessa.co.za/tournament_websites/CWCC2011/index.html

 

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

http://www.indianchessfed.org/

 

12-23 August  FISU University Olympiad,  Shenzen, China

http://www.fisu.net/medias/fichiers/Participation_Forms.pdf

 

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

http://www.wycc2011.com/

 

 

NATIONAL

 

21-25 April Doeberl Cup Canberra

http://www.doeberlcup.com.au/

 

27 April- 1 May  Sydney International Open

http://www.parrachessclub.org/tournaments/registered_players.php?TournamentID=14

 

28-29 May  Adelaide Education Expo

http://www.sachess.org/ 

 

20 June        ACT U/12 Championships 

http://www.actjcl.org.au/actjcl/index.php

 

27 June – 2 July    Queensland  Junior Championships, Gold Coast

http://www.caq.org.au/

 

2-3 July     

Victorian U/10 and U/12 Championships 

http://chessvictoria.netfirms.com/

 

4-9 July      

Johns-Putra JETS Camp,  Melbourne

 

11-14 July     

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

http://chessvictoria.netfirms.com/

 

10-15 July      NSW Junior Championships 

http://nswjcl.org.au/

 

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

http://www.sachess.org/

 

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

http://www.actjcl.org.au/actjcl/index.php

 

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

http://nswjcl.org.au/

 

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

http://nswjcl.org.au/

 

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

http://www.sachess.org/

 

30-31 October  ACT U/14 Championships 

http://www.actjcl.org.au/actjcl/index.php

 

14-22 January 2012  Australian Junior Championships

http://www.australianjuniorchess.org.au/

 

 

2011 World Youth Chess Championships

 

The organisers of the 2011 WYCC (Brazil, 17 – 27 November) have launched their website and published their invitation (and regulations). See link for more information.

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GENERAL NEWS

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 through 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 60 points.

 

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

 

See ACF Ratings below for the March ratings.

 

 

Doeberl Cup

 

David Adler has won the T-shirt slogan competition - see link for more information and also for entries which currently stand at around eighty-five over the four sections, including five GMs and fourteen other titled players.

 

Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Stone Age and Dominion tournaments will be conducted as part of the Australian Games Expo during the 2011 Doeberl Cup on April 21-25.

 

 

Sydney International Open

 

The SIO (April 27 to May 1) immediately follows the Doeberl Cup; see NSWCA tournaments for more information. A fund-raising lightning tournament will be held at Parramatta RSL on Friday 19 March - see link for details. Also see Coming Events below.

 

 

New Chess Club – Richmond (NSW)

 

Just letting people know that there is now a chess club at Richmond, Sydney.

 

We meet at Richmond Club Monday nights at 6:30.

 

If you live in the area and enjoy a social game of chess please come down you will be very welcomed.

 

Contact Details:

Richmond Club Chess Club

 

Richmond Club Ph: 4578 1144

6 East Market Street, Richmond NSW 2753

 

Leif Rosengaard (Secretary)

Ph: 4578 2189 Mobile: 0431 887 891    Email:  leifemail@aol.com

 

 

Gambling

 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, recent changes in NSW gambling laws permit licenced bookmakers in the state to field on a number of new events, including chess - see link for the story. Apparently NSW laws were previously more restrictive than other states so this may have already been permitted elsewhere.

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RESULTS

Recent GP weekend results

 

Powell Suncoast Open February 26-27, Coolum, Qld.  IM Stephen Solomon won with 6/6 from Yi Liu and John Harris 5 (39 players).  

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COMING EVENTS

Grand Prix events

 

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

 


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, michael_w_lucht@hotmail.com (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:

 

http://ballaratchess.com/events/2011/2011Begonia.htm

 

Additional details, as well as entry forms will be made available in the coming weeks.

 

Hope to see you all in SUNNY Ballarat!

 


City of Sydney Rapidplay (March 13)

 

The NSW Chess Association invites entries for the City of Sydney Rapid 2011. Each player starts with 20 minutes, with 10 seconds
added per move.
Venue: Parramatta RSL, Corner O’Connell & Macquarie Streets, Parramatta NSW 2150
When: Sunday 13th March, from 11 a.m. until approximately 7.30 p.m. (Registration closes 10.30 a.m.)
Format: 7 rounds Swiss
Time Limit: 20 minutes each per game plus 10 seconds per move.
Entry Fees: $25
Prizes 1st $200, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, U2000 $100, U1800 $100, U1600 $100, U1400 $100
Prizes based on 40 entries
All NSW resident players must be members of (or join) the NSWCA or the NSWJCL
To be eligible to win the title of City of Sydney Rapid Champion the player must live within the County of Cumberland
For further information contact Lou Damaschino by telephone on 0411 457 733,
email
tournaments@nswca.org.au or visit the NSWCA website: www.nswca.org.au

 


Sydney International Open Fund Raising Lightning (March 19)

 

Venue: Parramatta RSL Corner of Macquarie and O'Connell Street, Parramatta NSW 2150

When: Saturday 19th March, from 2:30pm. (Registration closes 2:20 pm)

Format: 11 round Swiss (break after 6 rounds)

Time Limit: 5 minutes per player for the entire game.

Entry Fees: $25 on the day

Prizes: Open 1st $200, 2nd $125, 3rd $75 and Ratings prizes dependant on Entries

There will be Lightning Sweeps on the day, pay $5 to draw a name from the field of participants and if the player you’ve drawn wins the tournament then you win an entry into the NSW Open.

As well as a small auction or raffle on the day. Come along and support the SIO and have a great day of chess and fun.

 


2011 Billanook College Chess Championship Cup

 

Northern Star Chess is conducting the BCCC series of tournaments again in 2011.
This year the series will consist of 5 weekend tournaments at Billanook College in Mooroolbark* and is open to all junior and adult chess players from beginner to master strength.
Dates For The Five Weekend Tournaments:
1. Saturday 26th March
2. Sunday 12th June
3. Saturday 13th August
4. Sunday 18th September
5. Saturday 5th November (Final Event – Grand Prizes Presentation)
VENUE: Billanook College, 197-199 Cardigan Road, Mooroolbark, Victoria 3138 (Melway Ref: [52 C1])
COST: $15 per tournament
FORMAT: 7 round Swiss
TIME CONTROL: 15 minutes per player
PRIZES: Cash prizes are offered for each of the 5 individual tournaments, along with medals and trophies. Individual scores for each tournament accumulate over all 5 events to determine the grand prizes and winners of the perpetual Billanook College Chess Championship cups, to be presented at the conclusion of the final event. The 2011 prize structure has been modified to simplify prize award and balance eligibility for prizes between adults and juniors. For more information, visit the Northern Star Chess website:
http://www.northernstarchess.com/Billanook_prizes.html
TIME: Register and pay by 9:30 am. Tournaments run from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT: Please register and pay online at Northern Star Chess
http://www.northernstarchess.com/Billanook_reg.html
ENQUIRIES:
info@NorthernStarChess.com


Three Queensland events (April - May)

 

CAQ is holding a series of three long time control tournaments:

1) Darling Downs Open Apr 16-19
www.caq.org.au/htm/2011/DDOchess.html
2) Qld Open April 22-26.
http://www.caq.org.au/htm/2011/2011QueenslandOpen.pdf
3) Peninsula Open April 30, May 1/2.
http://www.caq.org.au/htm/2011/46penopenad.html

CAQ is providing a bulk entry discount for players who wish to enter all three. Total cost $150 and must be paid before entering the first tournament. Please contact Garvin Gray at
president@caq.org.au for further details or to pay the $150.

The three above mentioned tournaments also are part of the Qld Participation Grand Prix:
http://www.caq.org.au/htm/2011QldParticipationGrandPrix.htm


2011 Darling Downs Open: Apr 16-19 Toowoomba.
http://www.caq.org.au/htm/2011/DDOchess.html
2011 Qld Open: Apr 22-26 (Easter) Sherwood Brisbane
http://www.caq.org.au/htm/2011QueenslandOpen.pdf
2011 46th Peninsula Open. April 30, May 1,2. Rothwell
http://www.caq.org.au/htm/2011/46penopenad.html

 


2011 Doeberl Cup (April 21-25)

 

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

 

http://www.doeberlcup.com.au/

 


2011 Sydney International Open (April 27 – May 1)

 

1. This 9 round individual chess tournament is open to all players.

2. The tournament will be ACF and FIDE rated.

3. The Swiss Manager program will be used for pairings.

4. Time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game.

Plus an additional 30 seconds increment per move starting from move 1.

5. All mobile phones and electronic devices are banned in the tournament hall.

6. Any player who arrives at the chessboard more than 30 minutes after the start of the session shall lose the game unless the arbiter decides otherwise.

7. There is no analysing at the board.

8. All NSW resident players must be full members of (or join) the NSWCA or NSWJCL.

Venue: Parramatta Town Hall, Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150 AustraliaFor entry details and more information see

Prizes 1-12th: $A3,000, 2,000, 1,500, 1,000, 750, 600, 500, 400, 300, 250, 250, 250. U/2200 $250, U/2000 $250, U/1800 $250.

Players may win only one prize. Monies will be shared in the event of a tie.

Playing schedule: 9:30-14:30 Wed Apr 27th-Sun May 1; 15:30-20:30 Wed Apr 27th-Sat Apr 30th.

Conditions for titled players:

1. The first 10 Grandmasters to register will be provided with free accommodation (twin share).

2. Tournament entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs and players with FIDE Ratings above 2500.

3. All other players are required to budget for their own board, lodgings and entry fees.

4. All players are required to budget for their own transport costs including airfares.

Entry Fees: FIDE 2499-2400 A$100; 2399-2300 A$125 2299-2200 $150 Under 2200 A$175 Unrated A$225

All players must pay their entry fee in advance. Overseas titled players must register on the Tuesday evening.

Closing Date for entries is Tuesday 19 April 2011. Late entries (if accepted) will be charged a late fee of A$100.

Organised by New South Wales Chess Association, GPO Box 2418 Sydney 2001

Tel: 61-2-9681-2206 Email: Tournaments@nswca.org.au Website: www.nswca.org.au

 


2011 (46th) Peninsula Open (April 30 – May 2)

 

A Yulgibar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix Class 1 Event, Chess Asociation of Quensland Grand Prix event

 

Dates Saturday 30 April. to Monday 2 May. 2011

Venue GRACE LUTHERAN COLLEGE, Buchanan Rd.ROTHWELL QLD

Prizes 1st.$600 2nd.$300 3rd.$150 :

CLASS/GROUP Prizes 3 x $100 - Minimum 10 players per Group. Groupings to be determined on day.

Plus UNDER 1000 and UNRATED $100 & $50

Arbiter Dr. P.Byrom

Session times April 30 Registration 9.00am - 9.45am Rd 1 - 10.00am. Rd. 2 - 1.00 pm. Rd.3 3.30pm.

MAY 1 Rd. 4 10.00 am. Rd.5 2.00 PM.    MAY 2 Rd.6 10.00 AM, Rd 7 2.00 PM, Prize giving asap after Rd.7

Forfeits apply to players who are more than 30 minutes late for each round's actual start time.

Time controls Rd.s 1-2 60 minutes each + 10 secs per move from start. Rds.3-7 90 minutes + 10 secs a move from start

7 round Swiss - computer draw

Entry Fees: SENIORS $50, PENSIONERS/FTS $45, JUNIORS(under 18 at 01/01/11) $40, CADETS(under 12 at 01/01/11) $30

ADD $15 IF NOT A STATE ASSOCIATION MEMBER

$10 surcharge for late (after APRIL 29) entries.

Entries/enquiries Mark Stokes Tel: 32056042 mobile 0431 419136, Norm Braybrooke Tel: 32033732 mobile 0418716374

Online entry: tournament@crcchess.com

Club website: http://suncoastchess.webs.com/

 


2011 Geelong Open Chess Championship (May 27 – 29)

 

A Two & Half-day, 6 round Swiss tournament startng Friday 27th May and finishing Sunday 29th May, 2011.

Venue: Geelong Conference Centre, Adams Court, Eastern Gardens, East Geelong. Vic - set amongst the picturest Eastern Gardens.

Grand Prix Class 3 event.

Rate of Play: 60 minutes/player + 30 seconds/move from move one.

Scoring: 1 point = Win 0.5 point = Draw 0.5 point = Bye

Byes: 1 Bye only available per player, & only available for rounds 1 & 2.

Only players whom have entered & paid by early bird date will be eligible to take up the bye option.

Prizes: $2,000.00 plus ratings group prizes. Prizefund: $2,825.00

1st: $1,000. 2nd: $600. 3rd: $400

Group B 1st: $150 2nd: $75

Group C 1st: $150 2nd: $75

Group D 1st: $150 2nd: $75

Junior 1st: $100 2nd: $50

Playing dates/times: Friday 27th May: Round 1 7.00pm

Saturday 28th May: Round 2 9.30am. Round 3 1.00pm. Round 4 6.30pm. Sunday 29th May: Round 5 10.00am. Round 6 2.30pm

Ratings: ACF & FIDE Rated

Entry fees: FULL $75. H.C.C. $60 (Copy of Health Care Card must be produced with entry). JUNIORS $40 [U/18 ]

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT$10.00. Free Entry for Grand Masters & Internatonal Masters provided entries received by early bird date.

Early Bird Date: Friday 29th April , 2011.

Registraton 1 hour prior to start.

Cash or cheque to Geelong Chess Club Inc. C/-Secretary 4 / 105 GERTRUDE ST., GEELONG WEST. VIC. 3218.

Enquiries: Terry Feduniw, tournament organiser. Phone:- 0425 725 044 E-mail:- terry@geelong.metroll.com.au

or Owen Courts , Secretary . Phone:- 03-5221

Club website   http://www.geelongchess.com/

 


Please notify forthcoming tournaments to auschessnews@gmail.com

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OVERSEAS TOURNAMENTS AND NEWS

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 August 2011, Melbourne, Australia

 

(Date listed is date of commencement)

 

 

FIDE titles

 

FIDE has registered FM titles for Moulthun Ly, Christopher Wallis and Dusan Stojic.

 

 

Oceania Chess Confederation Press Release

 

(Most of this has been in the newsletter previously, but is repeated for those who may have missed it.)

 

The 2011 Oceania Championships were recently held in Rotorua, New Zealand. Australian Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao won the Oceania Open Championship and qualifies for the 2011 FIDE World Cup in Russia in September. Australian International Masters Irina Berezina-Feldman and Emma Guo tied for the Oceania Women’s Championship. A playoff will be held in Australia later this year. The winner will automatically qualify for the FIDE Women’s World Cup 2012. (Ed: For an update see Notices)

 

The 2011 Oceania Seniors Championship will be hosted by Box Hill Chess Club in Melbourne Australia in August. The winner will qualify for the 2011 World Seniors Championship to be held in Croatia in November.

 

The 2012 Oceania Open Championships will be incorporated into Grandmaster Murray Chandler’s Queenstown Chess Classic which will be held in New Zealand in January.

 

The 2012 Oceania Junior Championships will be held in Sydney Australia.

 

The 2013 Oceania Championships have been awarded to Fiji.

 

See link for the OCC site.

 

Women’s Grand Prix

 

Humpy Koneru (Ind) and Elina Danielian (Arm) tied in the GP tournament in Doha, Qatar (20 February to 6 March) with 8/11 ahead of Marie Sebag (Fra) 7. Koneru thereby qualifies for a match against World Champion Hou Yifan (Chn) later this year. See link for the tournament site.

 

 

Bobby Fischer latest

 

A court in Reykjavik, Iceland has declared that Bobby Fischer’s widow, Miyoko Watai, should inherit his estate. See link for a report on chessvibes with a further link to the Iceland Review.

 

 

Visiting GM

 

WGM Lara Stock (Cro) and her father Michael have reportedly toured Australia and New Zealand recently, using aliases to avoid being mobbed in the street by fans. See link for a report on Chessbase.

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CORRESPONDENCE CHESS

New World Champion

 

ICCF has reported that Pertti Lehikoinen (Fin) is the 20th World Champion, winning on tie-break from Stefan Winge (Swe). The tournament commenced in 2004. Probably due to use of e-mail, the 21st, 22nd and 23rd Championships have already concluded.

 

 

Michael Umansky 1952-2010

 

Michael Umansky (Rus), the 13th World Champion in correspondence chess (1989-98), is reported to have passed away in Germany in December 2010 at the age of 58.

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ACF RATINGS

The December ACF ratings were released earlier this month. The leading players (with reliable ratings) are shown in the next column.

 

Note that some adjustments to the system were retrospectively applied prior to the calculation of the March ratings (see above).

 

Finley Dale (Vic), up 286 to 1257, and Matthew Stewart (NSW), up 267 to 1293, were the most improved players.

 

Highest players under 18 are FM Bobby Cheng (Vic) 2350 and Yi Yuan (ACT) 2280. WFM Emma Guo (ACT) 2002 is the top girl.

 

See here for the ACF ratings page.

Rank

Prev

Rating

Pl

 

1

1

2623

29

GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW)

2

2

2515

9

GM David Smerdon (ACT)

3

3

2512

29

IM George Xie (NSW)

4

8

2428

26

IM Stephen Solomon (Qld)

5

14

2418

29

FM Moulthun Ly (Qld)

6

5

2411

0

GM Darryl Johansen (Vic)

7

15

2392

41

FM Max Illingworth (NSW)

8

9

2378

0

IM Igor Goldenberg (Vic)

9

6

2373

0

FM Jesse Sales (NSW)

10

17

2371

20

FM Vladimir Smirnov (NSW)

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FIDE RATINGS

The March FIDE ratings were released earlier this month. The leading Australians (active players only) are shown in the next column. (The Previous column relates to the January ratings, which were not mentioned here due to a break in the schedule).

 

World Champion Viswanathan Anand (Ind) tops the list with 2817 followed by Magnus Carlsen (Nor) 2815, Levon Aronian (Arm) 2808 and Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) 2785.

 

A rating of 2747 is necessary to be in the top ten, and 2647 for the top hundred. Australia’s top player, GM Zong-Yuan Zhao, at 2579 is number 287.

 

See here for the FIDE ratings page.

Rank

Prev

Rating

Pl

 

1

1

2579

27

GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW)

2

2

2512

9

GM David Smerdon (ACT)

3

3

2457

28

IM George Xie (NSW)

4

4

2444

0

IM Javier Gil (NSW)

5

5

2419

0

GM Darryl Johansen (Vic)

6

6

2417

19

IM Aleksandar Wohl (NSW)

7

7

2398

11

IM Stephen Solomon (Qld)

8

8

2388

0

IM Igor Goldenberg (Vic)

9

12

2381

28

FM Moulthun Ly (Qld)

10

9

2366

9

IM Gary Lane (NSW)

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Half-point Byes (from John Summerfield)

 

Regarding byes.

 

I have given this some thought for some time. It has always seemed strange to me that players could choose to receive a half-point bye for not playing. On the other hand. there are times when the freedom to skip a round would encourage someone to participate when they might otherwise not. When I played in Victoria, this freedom might have allowed people to play in a regular club tournament, skipping those rounds that conflicted with their Winter Interclub commitments.

 

I have also heard of tournaments where "We'll see who turns up before we do the pairings. And, you can play the same person more than once."

 

I would be prepared to run some club tournaments that allows players any number of byes. Players taking a bye, would score 0 points and have no colour. Clearly, for a decent chance to win, one needs to actually play the scheduled number of rounds.

 

Where players other business (and I would allow attendance at the AFL grand final in this category) that might compete adversely with playing in the tournament, I might even require players to play six (no more) of seven rounds. Players who find four games in a day a burden could still participate, but they might use one of those rounds as their "free bye." If they must miss more than that round, then that makes it harder for them to win the tournament, but most players don't (or shouldn't) expect to win.

 

Players taking a bye would need to nominate to so do some time before the draw; there are options here - before the tournament, before the prior round, or before the round in question but before all the results are in.

 

I can imagine a problem with some players wishing to take a bye as a kind of "swiss gambit." I might, but I'm not yet decided on this, reserve the option to pair a player as with a higher score than his real tournament score, so a Top Player taking an early bye might ne awarded a tournament score of 0, but a pairing score of .5 or even 1 for that round.

 

I think I would require all players to play the final round, or be ineligible for title(s) or prizes.

 

Any such special rules would be specified in the tournament notice, and players not agreeing to Santa's Rules would be welcome to not play.

 

 

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GAMES

Kerr,Bill (1793) –

Srdic,Goran (1990) [A07]

City of Adelaide (6), 17.08.2010

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 Bg4 4.0–0 h5 5.h4 Nd7 6.d4 e6 7.c4 Bd6 8.Nc3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 f5

10.e4 dxe4 11.Bxh5+ Kf8 12.d5 exd5 13.cxd5 c5 14.Bg5 Ngf6 15.Bg6 Qb8 16.f4 exf3 17.Qxf3 Bxg3 18.Qxf5 Bxh4 19.Bf4 Rh6 20.Bxb8 Rxb8 21.Rad1 Kg8 22.Rd2 Bg3 23.Rg2 Be5 24.Ne2 Bxb2 25.Rh2 Rxh2 26.Kxh2 Ne5 27.Qe6+ Kh8 28.Rxf6 gxf6 29.Qh3+ 1–0

 

 

Jelic,Mato (1814) –

Chapman,Mark (2296) [A96]

Queen's Birthday (5), 13.06.2010

1.c4 e6 2.g3 f5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0–0 0–0 6.Nc3 d6 7.d4 a5 8.Rb1 Ne4 9.Qc2 Nc6 10.a3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 e5 12.d5 Nb8 13.e4 Na6 14.Be3 b6 15.Nd2 g6 16.f4 exf4 17.Bxf4 Nc5 18.e5 dxe5 19.Bxe5 Bd6 20.Rbe1 Bxe5 21.Rxe5 Qd6 22.Re2 Bd7 23.Nf3 Rae8 24.Rfe1

24...Ba4 25.Qd2 Ne4 26.Qd4 Qxa3 27.Re3 Qd6 28.Nh4 Nc5 29.Nf3 Rxe3 30.Rxe3 Re8 31.Ng5 Rxe3 32.Qxe3 Bd7 33.Qd4 h6 34.Nh3 g5 35.Nf2 a4 36.h4 a3 37.hxg5 a2 38.gxh6 a1Q+ 39.Kh2 Qxh6+ 40.Nh3 f4 41.gxf4 Bxh3 42.Bxh3 Qb2+ 43.Kg3 Qxc3+ 0–1

 

 


Games taken from the SACA “One dozen memorable games of 2010”

Cloudsdale,Colin (1898) –

Kerr,Bill (1793) [C34]

City of Adelaide (4), 03.08.2010

1.e4 Nc6 2.f4 e5 3.Nf3 exf4 4.Bc4 g5 5.h4 g4 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ng5+ Ke8 8.Qxg4 Nf6 9.Qxf4 Bd6 10.Qe3 h6 11.Nh3 Ng4 12.Qe2 Bg3+ 13.Kd1 d6 14.c3 Qe7 15.d3 Nge5 16.Nd2 Bg4 17.Nf3 Rf8 18.Nhg1 Qg7 19.Be3 Kd7 20.Kc2 Rae8 21.Rf1 Kc8 22.Qd2 Rf6 23.d4 Nc4 24.Qd3 Nxe3+ 25.Qxe3 Qg6 26.Nd2 Rxf1 27.Nxf1 Rxe4 28.Qd3

28...Re2+ 29.Nxe2 Bf5 30.Nfxg3 Bxd3+ 31.Kd2 Bxe2 32.Nxe2 Qxg2 33.Rg1 Qf2 34.Rg8+ Nd8 35.h5 Kd7 36.Rg6 Nf7 37.b3 c5 38.d5 Qf5 0–1

 

 

Jelic,Mato (1824) –

Mdinaradze,Edgar (1893) [A25]

Labour Day Adelaide (5), 03.10.2010

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 h5 6.h3 Be6 7.d3 Nd4 8.Nge2 Be7 9.f4 g6 10.Nxd4 exd4 11.Ne2 c5 12.Qa4+ Bd7 13.Qc2 Bc6 14.b4 b6 15.a4 Rb8 16.0–0 Nd7 17.Bd2 0–0 18.b5 Ba8 19.a5 Bf6 20.Ra2 Bg7 21.Kh2 h4 22.g4 f5 23.axb6 axb6 24.g5 Re8 25.Ng1 fxe4 26.dxe4 Bb7 27.Ra7 Qc8 28.Re1 Ra8 29.Rxb7 Qxb7 30.e5 Qa7 31.Qxg6 Nf8 32.Bd5+ Kh8 33.Qh5+ Nh7

34.Ra1 Qxa1 35.g6 Bh6 36.Qxh6 Ra7 37.Bf7 Rxf7 38.gxf7 Rf8 39.e6 Qa7 40.Nf3 Rxf7 41.exf7 Qxf7 42.Ng5 Qf5 43.Qxh7+ Qxh7 44.Nxh7 Kxh7 45.f5 d5 46.cxd5 c4 47.d6 c3 48.Be1 1–0

 

Zulfic,Fedja (1935) –

Cowley,Robert (2036) [E20]

City of Adelaide (5), 10.08.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 c5 5.d5 exd5 6.cxd5 0–0 7.e4 Re8 8.Nge2 d6 9.Ng3 Nbd7 10.Be2 a6 11.a4 Nf8 12.0–0 Rb8 13.Na2 Ba5 14.Bd2 Bxd2 15.Qxd2 h6 16.Nc3 Bd7 17.a5 N6h7 18.Rfb1 Qf6 19.Kh1 Ng6 20.b4 cxb4 21.Rxb4 Rec8 22.Rb3 Rc5 23.Rab1 Rxa5 24.Rxb7 Rxb7 25.Rxb7 Ra1+ 26.Nf1 Nhf8 27.Rb6 a5 28.Qb2 Qd4 29.Qxa1 Qxb6 30.Nd2 Nf4 31.Nc4 Qf2 32.Qg1 Qxg1+ 33.Kxg1 Nxe2+ 34.Nxe2 Bb5 35.Nxa5 Bxe2 36.Nb7 Nd7 37.Nxd6

37...Kf8 38.Nf5 h5 39.Ng3 Bb5 40.Nxh5 g6 41.Ng3 Ke7 42.Kf2 g5 43.Ke3 Ne5 44.Nf5+ Kf6 45.g3 Bd7 46.Nd4 Bc8 47.Nb3 g4 48.f4 Nf3 49.h3 gxh3 50.Kxf3 Bg4+ 51.Kf2 h2 52.Kg2 Bf3+ 53.Kxh2 Bxe4 54.d6 Bc6 55.Nc5 1–0

 

 

Sheldrick,Kevin (2072) –

Kerr,Bill (1833) [A00]

Labour Day Adelaide (2), 02.10.2010

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 Bxg4 3.c4 c6 4.Qb3 Qc7 5.cxd5 e5 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Nf3 Bc5 8.Nxe5 cxd5 9.Nxg4 Nxg4 10.Nxd5 Qd7

11.Qxb7 Bxf2+ 12.Kf1 Qxb7 13.Nf6+ gxf6 14.Bxb7 Nd7 15.Bxa8 Bb6 16.h3 Nge5 17.b3 Bd4 18.Rb1 0–0 19.Bd5 Nb6 20.Be4 Rc8 21.e3 Ng6 22.exd4 Nh4 23.Rg1+ 1–0


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