Number 11/04A      .....      12 April 2011





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General News

Junior Chess


Coming Events

Coming Events - multi-week

Overseas Tournaments and News


Australian web sites



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.


Newsletter contact


Next issues


Tuesday 12 April (deadline Friday 8 April)

Tuesday 26 April (deadline Friday 22 April)


Tuesday 10 May (deadline Friday 6 May)

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ACF Notice – Electronic recording of games


The ACF has resolved that due to the increased possibility of cheating, the use of electronic devices other than the FIDE approved Monroi system as electronic scoresheets is strictly forbidden in any ACF or FIDE rated event.


Selections Notice - Commonwealth Championships, South Africa 25 June - 3 July


The Australian Chess Federation seeks applications from players interested in being the official Australian nominees to the 2011 Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships to be held in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa from 25 June to 3 July 2011. For tournament details download the Tournament Information files under "Useful links" at the official website  For any enquiries about the event other than Australian selections contact the organisers via Mrs Judy Marie Steenkamp


Australia is entitled to one male and one female official entrant in the Championship section only. Official entrants are exempt from paying entry fees. Official entrants (as well as players with GM, WGM, IM or WIM titles) may apply to the organisers by May 1 for further conditions including accommodation or a contribution to travel expenses. All requests for conditions will be assessed by the organisers on a case by case basis, and will be subject to available tournament funding.


Any Australian player, adult or junior, wishing to apply for selection as one of Australia's nominated representatives should email me stating clearly that they wish to apply for selection. The firm deadline for applications is midnight Wednesday 20 April. In view of the tight timeframe, please only apply for this event if you are serious about playing and able to confirm your availability within a few days if selected.


This is an open age selection. Junior players who have previously applied for this event via the AusJCL website and wish to be considered for one of the two representative positions need to apply for this selection. Note that players who are under 12 and below who play in the championship section will forego the opportunity to win Commonwealth Medals and titles for their age group.


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.


Selections will be conducted by the quick selection method of average of ACF and FIDE rating. March 2011 ratings will be used for both systems.


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 31 December 2011)
Venue: Box Hill Chess Club at 3 Rochester Road Canterbury, Vic.

More information:


It has been drawn to the Editor’s attention that the most recent General Assembly of FIDE changed the eligibility rules for seniors’ championship events so that an eligible player is one who turns 60 (or 50 for women) in the year of the event, rather than already has reached that age at the start of the year. This change is reflected in the above notice.

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Various updates and notes


The Geelong Open is ACF rated only, not FIDE rated. See Coming Events for more details.


The previous issue appeared with the word “Draft” in the Subject. It was in fact the final but the word Draft had not been removed from the final draft version.


The next ACF News is nominally due on 26 April but due to the Editor playing in the Doeberl Cup may be a day or two late.



CAQ trilogy


The CAQ sequence of three consecutive events (Darling Downs, Queensland and Peninsula Opens) commences this coming weekend (16 April) in Toowoomba. See Coming Events for more details and see this link for a report in The Chronicle.



Chess clubs in Queensland


There is now a chess group that meets in Rockhampton weekly

If there is any Rockhampton district resident who would like more information on the group, please email me and I shall forward your contact details on to the co ordinator of the group

Allan Menham

Allan would also like to hear from anyone interested in forming a chess club in Hervey Bay.

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AusJCL Calendar (National and International)


See or the AusJCL page for calendars. Note that events are often changed so it is advisable to check frequently for updates.





Selections for a number of events are progressively being announced. See the above links for details as they are released.


Successful applicants for the AusJCL Johns-Putra training squad have been announced as follows.


David Cannon

George Carolin-Unkovich

Michael Chan

Alanna Chew Lee

Max Chew Lee

Ari Dale

Finley Dale

Callum Gray

Emma Guo

Jamie-Lee Guo

Eddie Seong Hun Han

Harry Hughes

Martin Jack

Michael Kethro

Clarise Koh

Cedric Koh

Daniel Lapitan

Zachary Loh

Alex MacAdam

Joanne Mason

Stuart Mason

Savithri Narenthran

Matthew Pyper

Glen Qi

Caroline Shan

Leteisha Simmonds

Anton Smirnov

Justin Tan

Miranda Webb-Liddle

Karl Zelesco


And on the Reserves List (in no particular order):


Ethan Derwent

Joshua Devarajh

Ege Girgin

Emily Lin

Janaki Narenthran

Ryan O'Rourke



2011 World Junior (Chennai, India)


Greetings from All India Chess Federation


The All India Chess Federation on behalf of the FIDE and the Tamilnadu State Chess Association is pleased to invite member Federations of FIDE to the World Junior & Junior Girls Chess Championship  - 2011 to be held at Chennai, India from 01st to 16th Aug, 2011

The tournament prospectus and the Invitation from the organizers, the Tamilnadu State Chess Association, is attached for your ready reference.


The Chennai city in which the above Championship is to be organized is considered the Mecca of Indian Chess. The World Champion and World No. 1 Vishwanathan Anand is from Chennai. The First International Master of India Mr.Manuel Aaron, the first Women Grandmaster from India Ms.S.Vijayalakshmi and the first International Chess Arbiter of India Mr.V.Kameswaran are all from Chennai. Chennai has also produced 4 World age group Champions namely former World Under-18 girls champion WGM Aarthie ramaswamy, former World Under-12 Champion N.Srinath, former World Under -16 Champion GM B.Adhiban and current World Under -16 Champion S.P.Sethuraman apart from producing many Asian Gold Medalists.


Chennai has been in the forefront in organizing many International events in Chess.  The World candidates match between GM Anand (India) and GM Alexie Dreev (Russia) was held at Chennai in 1991.  The Asian zonal Championship (1995)  and the Asian Women Chess Championship (2001) were held at Chennai.  Apart from this several Grandmaster and International master tournaments were organized here.


India has a rich tradition of organizing many other competitions like the Candidates matches at Sanghi Nagar, Hyderabad, two World Junior Championships in1998 and 2003 at Calicut and Goa respectively.  The Asian age group championships, Asian Team Chess Championship  and Commonwealth Chess Championship are organized regularly in India


Chennai is one of the metropolitan cities with a  Historical background and has International Airport connected with the rest of the World.  We hope that you will enjoy your game and stay here.





All India Chess Federation


See link for more information.



2011 Victorian Junior Championship


This event will be held at Box Hill Chess Club, 3 Rochester Rd, Canterbury, with the under 12, under 10 and under 8 tournament on July 2

and 3 and the under 18, under 16 and under 14 tournament from July 12 to 15. See link for details.



2011 Gold Coast Junior Championship


This event was held at the Gardiner Chess Centre on 9 and 10 April. Current Queensland Open Champion and Queensland Junior Champion Yi Liu and FM Gene Nakauchi shared the title with 6.5/7.


Other age champions were:


Under 16 Martin Jack

Under 14 Kees Huband-Lint

Under 12 Alex Morakhovski

Under 10 Adrian Cho

Under 8 Harrison McConnell

Unrated cash prize Brendan Lunn


See link for more details.

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Recent GP weekend results


Dubbo RSL Open April 9-10, Dubbo, NSW. Wenlin Yin won with 5.5/6 from Trevor Bemrose 5 and Christopher Skulte, Allen Setiabudi and Matthew Bennett 4.5.  (48 players).  



2011 Melbourne Chess Club Championship


This event was won by GM Darryl Johansen with 7.5/9 from Domagoj Dragicevic 7 and IM Mirko Rujevic, FM Dusan Stojic, Karl Zelesco and FM Bobby Cheng 6.5. See link for more information.

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Grand Prix events


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 22-May 25  MCC Anzac Day Weekender  [2], Melbourne, Vic  link

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

April 30-May 2 Peninsula Open  [1], Redcliffe, Qld  link

April 30-May 1 Gufeld Cup  [1], Perth, WA  link

May 27-29 Geelong Open  [1], Geelong, Vic  link


2011 GP calendar link


Three Queensland events (April - May)


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

1) Darling Downs Open Apr 16-19
2) Qld Open April 22-26.
3) Peninsula Open April 30, May 1/2.

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 for further details or to pay the $150.

The three above mentioned tournaments also are part of the Qld Participation Grand Prix:

2011 Darling Downs Open: Apr 16-19 Toowoomba.
2011 Qld Open: Apr 22-26 (Easter) Sherwood Brisbane
2011 46th Peninsula Open. April 30, May 1,2. Rothwell

2011 Doeberl Cup (April 21-25)


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


2011 MCC Anzac Day Weekender (April 22-25)


A FIDE rated event, over the Easter Weekend.
Guaranteed Prize Money! $500 First prize!
When: Friday April 22nd to Monday April 25th.
Where: Melbourne Chess Club, 66 Leicester St. Fitzroy.
Format: 7 round Swiss.
Timetable: Round 1: Friday April 22, 2pm. Round 2: Friday April 22, 7pm.
Round 3: Saturday April 23, 2pm. Round 4: Saturday April 23, 7pm.

Round 5: Sunday April 24, 2pm. Round 6: Sunday April 24, 7pm.
Round 7: Monday April 25, 2pm.
Time controls: 90 min + 30 seconds per move.
Grand Prix: Category 2
Prizes: The following prizes are guaranteed: 1st, $500. 2nd, $300. 3rd, $200. Rating prizes, to be confirmed.
Rating: The event will be FIDE and ACF rated.
Arbiter: To be confirmed
Pairings: Pairings will be done with Swissperfect
Parking: For advice on parking, please contact Grant Szuveges 0401-925-075.
Entry Fees: $65 full and $55 concession ($10 discount for MCC members)
Enquires: For any questions, please contact Grant Szuveges on 0401-925-075 or via email:


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: $A4,000, 2,000, 1,500, 1,000, 750, 600, 500, 400, 300, 300, 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:

Website: or


2011 Sydney International Challengers (April 27 – May 1)


An U/1900 event in conjunction with SIO. Prizes $3,000 including $600 first prize. See above links for more details.


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


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


$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:

Club website:


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 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:-

or Owen Courts , Secretary . Phone:- 03-5221-7950

Club website


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. Already held
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:
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

Please notify forthcoming tournaments to

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COMING EVENTS – multi-week

2011 Noble Park Chess Club Open (Vic)


7 Round Swiss Tournament ACF and FIDE Rated !!!

Saturdays 9 April to 4 June excluding 23 and 30 April.

Venue: Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, 18-34 Buckley St, Noble Park 3174( plenty of parking available and 2 minutes walk from the train station)

Entry fees: Members $40, Non-members $70( if a player wishes to become a member, the fees will be $80 full, $70 concession, $60 each if family)

Prize fund (based on 30 entries - If there are more than 30 entrants, the prize fund will increase);

1st $150 + free entry into the next tournament; 2nd:$50 + free entry into the next tournament; 3rd: free entry into the next tournament

2 Rating Groups: winner gets $50 + free entry into the next tournament

Best Junior Prize U 2000: winner gets $50+ free entry into the next tournament and also their name engraved on a trophy

Prizes will be shared equally between players on equal scores, whilst the free entry into the next tournament will be decided by tiebreak (head to head, m-bucholz, bucholz, progressive score)

Starting time: 3 p.m. sharp on all playing days

Rate of play: 90 minutes + 30 sec per move

Arbiter: Peter Tsai

Entries: At the club not later than 2:45pm Saturday April 9

Info: Noble Park website

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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 August 2011, Melbourne, Australia  link

World Seniors: 14 November 2011, Opatija, Croatia  link


(Date listed is date of commencement)



George Trundle 1917-2011


New Zealand Chess  reports that George Trundle sadly passed away on the evening of March 29th, aged 93. George was a vice-patron of the New Zealand Chess Federation and a dedicated chess enthusiast. George had a passion for chess, financially supporting many chess events over the years including the annual George Trundle Masters held during July in Auckland. George first learnt chess as a POW during the Second World War and continued to play throughout the rest of his life. He was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. FIDE has called bids for the next World Championship in April-May 2012 following the withdrawal of London. See link for bid documents; the closing date is 30 June.


See link for an obituary and messages in the NZ Herald.



Asian Continental Championship


This event now has its own website at The tournament will be held in Mashad, Iran from May 1 to 10.



2011 DAT Malaysian Open Chess Festival (Kuala Lumpur)


This 2011 event is now confirmed at Mid-Valley. The official Hotel is the Cititel Mid-Valley. Entry Forms will be available shortly. The timetable is as follows:

Wednesday 17 August Arrival and Players Meeting
Thursday 18 August Rounds 1/2
Thursday 25 August Final Round (Round 9) and Blitz Tournament
Friday 26 August Merdeka Teams Rapid
Saturday 27 August Merdeka Teams Rapid
Sunday 28 August Merdeka Teams Rapid
Monday 29 August Departure

Please let me know if you intend to play.

The 2010 Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Grand Prix prizes (4 x $1,250) will be paid to the winners after successful completion of the 2011 Malaysian Open. Unclaimed/unpaid money will be used as travel grants to the other Australian players who compete at the 2011 Malaysian Festival.


Brian Jones



2012 World Championship


FIDE has called for bids to host the next World Championship in April-May 2012 following the withdrawal of London. See link for bid documents; the closing date is 30 June.



2011 World Women’s Championship


FIDE has also called for bids for the Women's World Championship Match between champion Hou Yifan (Chn) and challenger Humpy Koneru (Ind). The match is scheduled for 10 November to 5 December 2011 and the deadline for receiving bids is 31 May. See link for bid documents.



2011 European Championship


This event was conducted in Aix-Les-Bains, France from March 22 to April 3 and in addition to the title a number of World Cup places were at stake. GMs Vladimir Potkin (Rus), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol), Judit Polgar (Hun) and Alexander Moiseenko (Ukr) scored 8.5/11 and finished in that order on tie-break. See link for the tournament site.



2011 Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament


Levon Aronian (Arm) won the Amber tournament in Monaco (11 to 25 March). The tournament, which consists of (separate) rapid and blindfold events, was the twentieth and last edition. Aronian won the blindfold section on 8.5/11 from Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 7, and took second in the rapid with 7/11 behind Magnus Carlsen (Nor) 9.5, for a combined score of 15.5/22 ahead of Carlsen 14.5 and Anand 13. See link for the tournament site.





The Linares super-tournament normally held in February will not take place in 2011 due to economic problems but at this stage is scheduled to return in March 2012.  See link for a report on chessvibes.



2011 London Chess Classic


Tournament Director IM Malcolm Pein has announced that the tournament will be held from December 3-12 at the Olympia Conference centre in Kensington. The tournament will change format slightly with the addition of one more player. There will also be a Grandmaster Open, and weekend tournaments for players of all levels. The prize fund has been increased again and will be in excess of €150,000. The lineup will be announced in May.



2011 World Senior Championship


Dear Chess friends,


We are very pleased to inform you that the 21st World Senior individual chess Championships will be held in Opatija, Croatia, November 14 – 27, 2011.


The organizers of this event are the Croatian Chess Federation and the Chess Club Rijeka. A year ago we successfully organized the Individual European men’s and women’s chess championships, which were proclaimed by the players and by chess personalities as “the best ever organized championship”. It is our objective to have the forthcoming World Senior Chess Championships at least at the same

organizational level.


We would like to use this opportunity to invite your senior members to take part of the Championships. We are also kindly asking FIDE chess federations to help us in order to have the maximum number of senior chess players to take part at the tournament.


We remain at your full disposal for any additional information. You can contact us by e-mail or by visiting web page


Thanking you in advance for your kind assistance I remain,


Yours sincerely,


Damir Vrhovnik, I.O.

Honorary president of CC Rijeka

Tournament director

Approved by president of FIDE

Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov

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2011 Australian Junior Chess Problem-Solving Championship (18 Januray 2011)


(The following is part of the report prepared by Nigel Nettheim. For the entire report including Tables referred to in the report and specifics of the problems see the link in point 1).


1. This was the fifth year of the problem-solving event, following Canberra 2007, Sydney 2008, Adelaide 2009 and Hobart 2010. Reports on earlier events can be seen at


2. The number of junior solvers was 77 (up from 62 last year). The playing tournaments were run in different ranges of days: January 15th-17th (65 players), 19th-23rd (93 players) and 15th-23rd (48 players). So there is no clear answer to the question what percentage of players entered the solving on the rest day, 18th. It is considered a good turn-out. The entry fee was $10, as last year. In addition, 5 adults participated, the same number as last year (here one should bear in mind that many of the adults associated with the tournament naturally value their rest day as such).


3. Each solver was provided with a board and men. Many were provided with a clock which could be set to two hours, but I think few used it.


4. The time taken was noted when each question sheet was returned, to be used if needed to break ties. It was scarcely needed this time, as also in previous events. It might seem that the timing could be dispensed with, but it is important to make sure that Champions can be determined, ties not being acceptable (playoffs are held to break ties in the playing events). Few competitors left particularly early, and quite a large number stayed for the whole two hours.


5. The solutions, with diagrams, are included at the end of this file. I also have spare hard-copies of the question papers that may be requested.


6. My article entitled “A Quick Introduction to Chess Problems and End-game Studies”, which I had originally prepared for the 2007 Championship, was made available on the present Championship’s web site. Just before solving started, I asked competitors whether

they had read that article, and this time a fair proportion had. The article is of some value in making sure that all competitors know in advance what problems and studies are, and that they have been exposed to a suitable introduction to them, with examples. Before solving started I also explained what “Mate in 2 moves” means, because not all entrants may have been familiar with the term.


7. The format of the question sheet continues to work well: a single A3 sheet folded over to take up A4 size, with only the instructions on the front page so that the sheet could be placed unopened on the tables in advance.


8. During the solving period, Andrew Ballam and I acted as invigilators and were available to answer questions from the competitors. Only a few questions were asked, the most common being how many moves need be written down, especially for studies (the answer is given on the front page of the question sheet).


9. The listing of entrants on marking sheets by age and gender (quite a time-consuming task) was carried out by Andrew Ballam and myself. Marking was carried out by Doug Hamilton and myself. We each marked each answer independently on marking sheets prepared in advance as blank sheets. The marking was completed in time for the presentations on the last day of the championships. A very few errors, generally of a clerical nature, by each marker were resolved. The two markings differed very little generally, but small differences of partial credit were allowed to remain in cases where they could not affect prizes. It is very valuable to have the two independent markers, in ensuring clerical accuracy, in resolving matters of judgement, and in providing confidence to the competitors and their parents. The constant number of marks per task (10) worked well (total marks for each paper was 120).


10. It may be worth while pointing out that the running of a direct-mate solving competition is relatively straightforward. The running of an endgame study solving competition is much less straightforward. In the selection of studies one should keep in mind straight-forward marking (no unclear or arguable lines). The selection of studies suitable for our purpose is not easy and is very time-consuming.


11. The markers’ job is assumed to be finished when the total marks have been reported in each of the 12 age-group/gender sections. Then the tournament organizers apply a method of determining prizes according to their desired scheme (revised from last year’s scheme which seemed to have some disadvantages.) The markers have a role to play in breaking ties and in recommending any special awards.


12 .The list of prize-winners is available on the Championship web site at (click on Results). Many prizes were presented, including medals, six subscriptions to Australasian Chess kindly donated by Brian Jones, and three books kindly donated by Marcus Raine. All entry fees were utilised, for no profit was desired.


13. Very many thanks indeed are offered to Geoff Foster for once again carrying out the time-consuming expert job of setting the tasks and preparing the papers and solutions for printing. I collaborated a little here, solving the proposed tasks.


14. The question of the number of separate papers to be set could still be discussed. However, the present two papers, one for U18/U16/U14 and another for U12/U10/U8, with some overlap of tasks, seems to work quite well.


15. Adults were invited, as last time. Five took part, including again Stephen Solomon, a former Australian Champion across the board, who was in Melbourne as a coach. He again scored 100%, this time in only 50 minutes. The notable chess problem composer Linden Lyons (see recent issues of the "Problem Potpourri" section of the Australasian Chess magazine) also took part, scoring full marks for the direct-mate tasks.


16. The general impression from their comments was that competitors enjoyed the event. The administrators also seemed very satisfied with it. It has been reported that parents like the "examination" atmosphere of the event, making it seem somewhat similar to school exams and thus suggesting that chess is not just a matter of their children playing games – an unforeseen favourable effect.


17. Again the influence of coaches in promoting problem-solving was noticeable, and is to be encouraged. Even composition has occasionally been attempted by juniors, and is a long-term goal of the solving activity.


Some Statistics of the Marks (Please see the Tables.)


18. As always, our policy has been not to release individual results. The reasons for this include the following: (i) No disparagement was ever intended towards those scoring low marks, especially as some may never have seen a formal problem or endgame study before. (ii) Requests for revision might lead to prolonged correspondence for which there simply isn’t time, and the marking has already been done with all care (see paragraph 9). (iii) In cases where it was already clear that prizes would not be affected, less attention might be given to the awarding of partial credit or the resolving of small differences between markers, as a purely practical matter.


19. The marks scored have meaning only in relation to the particular tasks set and their difficulty, so that comparisons from year to year, or to school-work exams, would not be valid. Comparisons between the two columns of Table 2 also have little meaning, except for the tasks in common to the two papers, mentioned later. Comparisons could be made within any one Championship event between playing and solving results, and a fairly close correlation has been informally observed. The relationship between the percentage marks scored and the difficulty as estimated in advance (according to the ordering of the tasks throughout the papers) was observed to a fair extent (see Table 2). Any tendency for endgame studies to be solved more easily or less easily than direct-mate problems could only be investigated informally; this year the direct mates received higher marks than the studies in both papers, but the relative difficulty of the tasks selected would have to be taken into account.


Best wishes for the future!


Nigel Nettheim, 22 March 2011.



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Wyss,Felix (1918) –

Johansen,Darryl (2419) [E81]

Melbourne CC ch (1), 07.02.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Bg7 6.f3 0–0 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bd2 e6 9.Be2 exd5 10.cxd5 Na6 11.g4 Nc7 12.h4 Nd7 13.Qc1 Kh7 14.h5 g5 15.Nh3 Ne5 16.Nf2

16...b5 17.a4 [17.Nxb5 Nxb5 18.Bxb5 Nxf3+ 19.Kf1 Rb8] 17...b4 18.Ncd1 a5 19.Ne3 Qf6 20.Nf5 Bxf5 21.gxf5 Rfe8 22.Kd1 Rac8 23.Rb1 c4 24.Be3 Na6 25.Bd4 Qe7 26.Qe3 Nc5 27.Bxe5 Bxe5 28.Bxc4 Nxa4 29.Bb5 Nxb2+ 30.Ke1 Nc4 31.Qd3 Bc3+ 32.Kf1 Ne5 33.Qd1 Rg8 34.Nd3 Qb7 35.Ba4 Qa6 36.Ke2 g4 37.f4 Qc4 0–1


West,Guy (2360) –

Dragicevic,Domagoj (2196) [B22]

Melbourne CC ch (3), 21.02.2011

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Qxd4 e6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Qe4 d6 8.Nbd2 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Be7 10.Bb5 Qc7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Ndf3 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Rd8 14.Re1 Nf6 15.Qf3 Rd5 16.Qe2 Bd6 17.Bf4 Ng4 18.c4 Rxe5 19.Bxe5 Nxe5 20.Rad1 Ng6 21.Qd3 Be7 22.g3 e5 23.Bd7 Nf8 24.Bxc8 Rxc8 25.Qe4 Bf6 26.b3 Ne6 27.Rd5 g6 28.h4 Nd4 29.h5 Bg7 30.Kg2 f5 31.Qh4 e4 32.Rd1 Ne6 33.Rd7 Qc5 34.h6

34...Bh8 35.R1d6 Re8 36.Rxe6 Rxe6 37.Rd8+ Kf7 38.Rxh8 Rf6 39.Rxh7+ Ke6 40.Qf4 Rf7 41.Rxf7 Kxf7 42.h7 Kg7 43.Qh6+ 1–0

Morris,James (2270) –

Zelesco,Karl (1809) [B11]

Melbourne CC ch (8), 04.04.2011

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 e6 6.d3 Nd7 7.g4 Qb6 8.Bg2 Ne5 9.Qg3 Bd6 10.f4 Ng6 11.h4 h5 12.e5 Be7

13.f5 Bxh4 14.Rxh4 Qg1+ 15.Kd2 Nxh4 16.Qxh4 Qxg2+ 17.Ne2 Qxg4 18.Qh2 Qxf5 19.Nd4 Qg4 20.c3 h4 21.Kc2 c5 22.Nb3 c4 23.Nd4 Qg6 24.b3 Qxd3+ 25.Kb2 h3 26.Bg5 cxb3 27.axb3 Rc8 28.Rc1 Rh5 29.Bd2 Ne7 30.Rg1 g6 31.Rg3 Qxg3 32.Qxg3 h2 33.Nb5 h1Q 34.Nd6+ Kd7 35.Qd3 a6 36.Nxf7 Qd1 0–1

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