AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
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Tuesday 24 May (deadline Friday 20 May)
Tuesday 7 June (deadline Friday 3 June)
Tuesday 21 June (deadline Friday 17 June)
2012 Australian Championship
Chess Victoria President IM Leonid Sandler recently announced that the Championship will be held at the Sphinx Entertainment Centre, North Geelong, Vic from 27 December 2011 to 8 January 2012 (eleven rounds with rest days on 1 and 5 January). Pending the release of more information and the establishment of a tournament site see chesschat or ACF for updates.
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)
More information: http://www.boxhillchess.org.au/e2011/e1108sozc/event.htm
A couple of corrections from the last issue. The Doeberl Lightning was in fact won by James Morris on tie-break from Jason Hu with Blair Mandla third, and FM Max Illingworth’s IM-norm in score in Thailand was 6.5/9.
2011 Billanook College Chess Championship Cup
The second tournament in this series has been moved from 12 to 5 June. See Coming Events for more details.
2011 Victorian Teams Championship
The first round will be played on Sunday 15th May at Box Hill Chess Club at 4.30pm, and there will be a captains’ meeting at 3.30pm. See link for details.
2011 Queensland Womens’ Championship
This event will be held at the Sherwood Community Centre on 28 and 29 May. See link for details.
Ratings doctorate opportunity
Project summary, Rating and ranking sports players and teams using Minimum Message Length
Rating systems go back at least as far as Harkness (1949) and the better-known Elo (1961) system for rating chess players. More recent attempts have been made to refine these systems in a variety of ways. We refine the systems further using the Bayesian information-theoretic Minimum Message Length (MML) principle from statistics, machine learning, econometrics, inductive inference and ``data mining'' (Wallace and Boulton, Computer J, 1968) (Dowe, Handbook of Philos of Statistics, 2011). This includes dealing with the challenging Neyman-Scott-like situation where, for some players and teams, there are few games per player or few games between different groups of players. Our enhanced modelling will be for a range of games and sports - including advantages such as, e.g., first move (as in chess), home ground and location, surface (as in tennis), etc. We will apply this to rating and ranking individuals and teams. We also refine how quickly ratings can change depending upon the strength of the player.
Pay: 3-year PhD scholarship, Aus$26,667p.a. + scholarship top-up
The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree and will be at least semi-literate in at least one of mathematics and information theory, or at least interested in both areas. Some experience in computer programming in at least one programming language is highly desirable.
Some background: Chris Wallace published the first paper on Minimum Message Length (MML) in Wallace & Boulton (1968). Wallace & Dowe (1999a) was once the Computer J (OUP)'s most downloaded article - and currently remains as Chris Wallace's most cited co-authored work by a researcher still active in the area. David Dowe co-authored the first papers on MML Bayesian nets which combine both discrete (multi-valued) and continuous-valued attributes. Dowe has a forthcoming (2011) piece on MML to appear in the forthcoming Handbook of Philosophy of Statistics, Elsevier.
It is a requirement of Monash University (in coastal Melbourne, Australia) that students have at least a minimum proficiency in the English language in at least one of IELTS and/or TOEFL.
See www.MRGS.monash.edu.au for more information.
Prospective students should direct their enquiries to David Dowe.
Assoc. Prof. David Dowe, Ph.D.; School of Comp. Sci & Softw. Eng.;
Clayton School of I.T.; Monash Univ.; Clayton; Vic 3168; Australia
Tel:+61 3 9905-5776 www.csse.monash.edu.au/~dld
AusJCL Calendar (National and International)
See http://www.australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com/ or the AusJCL page for calendars, selection details, etc. Note that events are often changed so it is advisable to check frequently for updates.
Recent GP weekend results
MCC Anzac Day Weekender April 22-25, Melbourne, Vic. FM Michael Baron won with 7/7 from Tony Davis 6 and Kerry Stead 5. (15 players).
Peninsula Open April 30 – May 2, Brisbane, Qld. Brodie McClymont won with 7/7 from Michael Cashman and Mark Stokes 5.5. (35 players).
Gufeld Cup April 30 – May 2, Perth, WA. Yita Choong and Tim Hare tied on 5/6 followed by David Ellis 4. (16 players).
2011 Sydney International Open
FM Akshat Khamparia (Ind) won the SIO with 7/9 ahead of GM David Arutinian (Geo), GM Andrei Deviatkin (Rus), IM Kevin Goh Wei Ming (Sin), FM Christopher Wallis (Vic), IM Stephen Solomon (Qld), GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW) and FM Michael Steadman (NZ) who all scored 6.5. The event was held at Parramatta Town Hall from 27 April to 1 May. See link for more details.
Harry Press (ACT), Maros Zajac (Slo) and Tony Davis (Vic) tied in the Challengers (U/2000) with 7/9.
Grand Prix events
May 27-29 Geelong Open , Geelong, Vic link
June 4-5 Foundation Day Open , Perth, WA link
June 11-13 NSW Open , Sydney, NSW link
June 11-13 Victorian Open , Melbourne, Vic link
June 11-13 Tasmanian Open , Hobart, Tas link
June 11-13 Queen’s Birthday Weekender , Adelaide, SA link
June 25-26 Gold Coast Open , Gold Coast, Qld link
2011 GP calendar link
2011 Women’s and Girls’ Chess Festival (May 21-22)
Venue: Campbell High School, Treloar Cres, Campbell, ACT.
Time limits: 60 minutes/player + 10 seconds/move from move one.
Entry: $30 per player ($40 if not a current ACTCA or ACTJCL member). Third and subsequent entries from one family are free.
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:- firstname.lastname@example.org
or Owen Courts , Secretary . Phone:- 03-5221-7950
Club website http://www.geelongchess.com/
2011 Billanook College Chess Championship Cup
Northern Star Chess is conducting the BCCC series
of tournaments again in 2011.
2011 Gold Coast Open (June 25-26)
Grandmaster Darryl Johansen is a confirmed entry. Famous US
Grandmaster Maurice Ashley is almost certain to play.
Prizes - Under 1600 Division: 1st $500, 2nd $200, 3rd $100. Two ratings groups: 1st $150, 2nd $75.
Prizes - Under 1000
Division: 1st $500 2nd $200 3rd $100. Two ratings groups: 1st $150 2nd
The Chess Café and Shop will be open all weekend.
Further information: http://www.gardinerchess.com/brochures/2011/gcopen2011.pdf
2011 Checkmate Tournaments (SA) (July 9-10)
Checkmate Open Chess Tournament and Under 1600 Checkmate Challenge.
For the Checkmate Challenge players must be under 1600 on the ACF Rating List at 1st December 2010 or on the latest ACF Rating List at 1st July 2011, unrated players can also play. Under 1600 and unrated Players may compete in the Checkmate Open if they wish.
South Australia’s #1 Weekend Chess Event. A Category Four Yulgilbar-Think Big Grand Prix Event. 7- round Swiss Tournaments
Time Controls: 1 hour each + 10 seconds a move from move one, Forfeit time 30 minutes from scheduled start of play.
Arbiters IA Roland Eime, William Anderson-Smith
Entry Fees - Open; Adults $90, Pensioners, Unemployed & Full-time Students $75
Free Entry for Grandmaster & International Master players. Additional incentives may be available
Entry Fees - Under 1600: Adults $75, Pensioners, Unemployed & Full-time Students $65
Online entry available, see Website for details. Concession card required for discount entries Cheques payable to SA Chess Association Inc.
All players must be members of a State or Territory Chess Association
A Late Entry Fee of $10 will apply to all entries received after 11pm Thursday 7th July 2011
Saturday: Opening 9.20am. Round 1 - 9.30am. Round 2 - 12.20pm. Round 3 - 3.15pm. Round 4 - 6.00pm.
Sunday: Round 5 - 9.30am. Round 6 - 12.20pm. Round 7 - 3.15pm. Prize Giving - 6.50pm.
Players may request up to two half point byes before the start of the tournament. Please indicate on the Entry Form
All Players must check in, in person, no later than 20 minutes before their first round, or make special arrangements with the organisers.
2011 Guy West Classic (July 16-17)
A 2011 Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event -
Please notify forthcoming tournaments to email@example.com
Championship and major events
Asian Continental Championship: 1 May 2011, Mashad, Iran link
Asian Juniors, Girls and Seniors: 1 June 2011, Bentota, Sri Lanka link
Oceania Seniors: 5 August 2011, Melbourne, Australia link
World Seniors: 14 November 2011, Opatija, Croatia link
Queenstown Chess Classic: 15 January 2012, Queenstown, NZ [incorporates NZ Championship] link
(Date listed is date of commencement)
The eight-player Candidates series is under way in Kazan, Russia. The series will be a knockout over four games in the quarter-finals and semi-finals and six in the final, concluding on 27 May. The quarter finals were Veselin Topalov (Bul) v Gata Kamsky (USA), Boris Gelfand (Isr) v Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze), Levon Aronian (Arm) v Alexander Grischuk (Rus) and Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) v Teimour Radjabov (Aze).
Kamsky and Gelfand both won their quarter-finals 2.5-1.5 and meet in one semi-final. The other quarter-finals went to tie-breaks with Grischuk and Kramnik emerging to play the other semi-final.
Games start at 15:00 local time which translates to 21:00 Australian Eastern time. See link for the official site, including games and the schedule.
Asian Cities Teams Championship
Shi Jiazhuang (China) convincingly won this event in Jakarta, Indonesia (21 to 29 April), with victories in all their nine matches.
Twenty-four teams competed including a Sydney team of IM Gary Lane, FM Tim Reilly, FM Lee Jones and FM Brian Jones which finished =8th winning 4 matches, drawing 2 and losing 3. Overall the team scored 18.5 from 36 game points including 6.5/9 by Gary Lane.
See link for the tournament site.
Asian Juniors and Senior Tournaments
To All National Federations in Asia
The Sri Lanka Chess Federation, on behalf of the Asian Chess Federation and FIDE, has the honor to invite national federations in Asia to the Asian Juniors and Girls U-20 Championships and the Asian Seniors Championships to be held concurrently 1-9 June 2011 at the Bentota Beach Hotel in Bentota, Sri Lanka.
See link for documents - note that this event had previously been scheduled for Kandy but has just been transferred,
Other Asian Federation news
4th Beirut International Open Championship
The Amical Chess Club invites players to the 4th Beirut International Open slated 14 to 23 May 2011 in Lebanon under the aegis of the Asian Chess Federation.
See link for the invitation.
$65,000 Asian Individual Championship
See list of participants in the Asian Individual Championship slated 1-11 May 2011 in Mashhad, Iran. At stake are cash prizes for the top 32 in the Open and top 14 women. The ACF Presidential Board approved a new Asian Blitz Championship with $3,000 in prizes for men and $2,000 for women.
See link for the official site.
Individual and Team Medals in Asian Youth
Team medals shall be awarded in the blitz tournament, as well as the standard event, at the Asian Youth Championship 14-22 May 2011 in the well known resort Subic Freeport in the Philippines. Children will have a chance to see the Tiger Safari and Ocean Adventure show during the free day.
See link for more information.
FIDE Presidential Board 4-7 June in Al Ain
Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan shall host the FIDE Presidential Board 2nd quarter meeting in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The FIDE Constitutional Commission shall also meet in Al Ain.
See link for the FIDE reminder on Title Applications.
FIDE reports that President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has signed an agreement with Anant Asavabhokhin, the World Meditation Academy Chairman.
The agreement highlights scholarships which will be offered to FIDE Federations all round the world to send participants for monthly Meditation courses. More details about these scholarships will shortly be publicized on FIDE website. President Ilyumzhinov appointed Mr Asavabhokhin as a Senior Advisor to the FIDE President and, in turn, has been appointed an Honorary Advisor to the World Meditation Academy. See link for more information.
The May FIDE ratings were released earlier this month. The leading Australians (active players only) are shown in the next column.
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. This is unchanged from March as none of those four played any games.
A rating of 2760 is necessary to be in the top ten, and 2648 for the top hundred. Australia’s top player, GM Zong-Yuan Zhao, at 2579 is number 298.
See here for the FIDE ratings page.
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
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/clubs and junior blogs
Searching for Magnus Carlsen (blog, includes AusJCL info)
Burnie Chess Club (blog)
Srdic,Goran (2003) –
Chapman,Mark (2272) [E90]
SA Championship Adelaide (6), 22.03.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 0–0 5.e4 d6 6.h3 e5 7.d5 Na6 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.g4 h6 10.Be3 Nc5 11.Nd2 a5 12.Be2 Bd7 13.h4 Nh7 14.h5 Qe7 15.Qc2 Ng5 16.hxg6 fxg6 17.0–0–0 a4 18.a3 Rf7 19.Rh2 Raf8 20.Rdh1 c6 21.Kb1 Be8 22.f3 b6 23.Qd1 cxd5 24.cxd5 b5 25.Na2 Bd7 26.Rh4 Nb3 27.Nxb3 axb3 28.Nc3 Nxf3 29.Bxf3 Rxf3 30.Bc1 g5 31.R4h2 Bxg4 32.Qxb3 Bd7 33.Qb4 Rf1 34.Ka2 g4 35.Ne2 Rxh1 36.Rxh1 Qf6 37.Ng3 Qg6
38.Nh5 g3 39.Nxg3 Qxg3 40.Qxd6 Rf7 41.Bxh6 Qg2 42.Rc1 Rf2 43.Rb1 Rf6 44.Qxd7 Rxh6 45.d6 Qxe4 46.Qe8+ Kh7 47.d7 Qd5+ 48.Ka1 Bf6 49.Rg1 Rh1 50.Qg6+ 1–0
Zulfic,Fedja (2024) –
Srdic,Goran (2003) [E20]
SA Championship Adelaide (4), 08.03.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c6 7.e3 0–0 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Bd3 b6 10.Ne2 Ba6 11.Ng3 Qc8 12.Bb2 Nc6 13.0–0 Na5 14.Bxa6 Qxa6 15.e4 Rfc8 16.e5 Ne8 17.Nh5 Nc4 18.Bc1 Qa5 19.Qd3 g6 20.Ng3 Rc6 21.f4 Rac8 22.f5 exf5
23.Nxf5 gxf5 24.Qxf5 R8c7 25.Rf3 Rg6 26.e6 Ncd6 27.Qe5 Rxe6 28.Rg3+ Rg6 29.Bh6 Qb5 30.Re1 Qc6 31.Ree3 Ne4 32.c4 Qe6 33.Qh5 Rxc4 34.h4 Rc1+ 35.Kh2 Rh1+ 36.Kxh1 Nxg3+ 0–1
Chapman,Mark (2272) –
Mdinaradze,Edgar (1853) [C91]
SA Championship Adelaide (1), 15.02.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Rb8 10.h3 Bb7 11.Nbd2 exd4 12.cxd4 Na5 13.Bc2 c5 14.b3 Nc6 15.Bb2 Nb4 16.Bb1 Rc8 17.d5 a5 18.a3 Na6 19.a4 b4 20.Nc4 Nb8 21.Qd3 g6 22.Nfd2 Ne8 23.Qf3 f6 24.Bc2 Nd7 25.Qg3 Ne5 26.Ne3 Ba6 27.f4 Nd3 28.Bxd3 Bxd3 29.Nf5 Ba6 30.Nf3 Rc7
31.Ng5 Bc8 [31...gxf5 32.Ne6+; 31...fxg5 32.Nh6#] 32.Nh6+ Kg7 33.Qh4 Rh8 34.Nhf7 h6 35.Nxh8 hxg5 36.fxg5 Bf8 37.Rf1 Kg8 38.gxf6 Nxf6 39.Bxf6 Be7 40.Bxe7 Qxe7 41.Qxe7 Rxe7 42.Nxg6 Rxe4 43.Rf8+ 1–0
Sheldrick,Kevin (2087) –
Srdic,Goran (2003) [A00]
SA Championship Adelaide (2), 22.02.2011
1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 e5 4.d4 e4 5.c4 Bd6 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.Qb3 0–0 8.Bg5 Be6 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Bxe7 Bxe7 11.Qxb7 Nd7 12.e3 Rb8 13.Qxa7 Rxb2 14.Nge2 Bd6
15.0–0–0 Rb8 16.Kc2 Ra8 17.Qb7 Qa5 18.Rb1 Rfc8 19.Qb5 Qa7 20.Kd2 Rcb8 21.Qc6 Bb4 22.Rhc1 Rb6 23.Rxb4 Rxc6 24.f3 exf3 25.Bxf3 Nb6 26.Nf4 Rac8 27.Rb5 h6 28.Nd3 Nc4+ 29.Ke2 Nxe3 30.Kxe3 Rxc3 31.Rxc3 Rxc3 32.Bxd5 Bxd5 33.Rxd5 Qa3 0–1
Cameron,Alistair (1827) –
Cowley,Robert (2037) [E40]
SA Championship Adelaide (6), 22.03.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 d5 5.Nge2 dxc4 6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.a3 Bd6 8.Ng3 0–0 9.Bxc4 e5 10.d5 Ne7 11.b4 a6 12.0–0 Nd7 13.Qc2 f5 14.Bb2 Nf6 15.f4 Ng4 16.Bc1 Ng6 17.Nge2 Bd7 18.h3 Nh6 19.Bb2 Qh4 20.Qd2 Rae8 21.b5 Bc8 22.bxa6 bxa6 23.Na4 exf4 24.Nxf4 Nxf4 25.exf4 Re4 26.Qc3 Rf7 27.Bb3 Rfe7 28.Nc5 Re3 29.Qd4
29...Rxh3 30.gxh3 Qg3+ 31.Kh1 Qxh3+ 32.Kg1 Qg3+ 33.Kh1 Ng4 0–1
Sheldrick,Kevin (2087) –
Chapman,Mark (2272) [C27]
SA Championship Adelaide (7), 29.03.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bb4 4.f4 Nxe4 5.Qh5 0–0 6.fxe5 d5 7.Nxd5 Nc6 8.c3 Nxe5
9.Qxe5 Re8 10.Qxc7 Qh4+ 11.Kd1 Nf2+ 12.Kc2 Bd6 13.Nf3 Qe4+ 14.d3 Qe2+ 15.Bd2 Bxc7 16.Rhe1 Bd8 17.Rxe2 Rxe2 18.h3 b5 19.Bxb5 Bb7 20.Nf4 Bxf3 21.Nxe2 Bxe2 22.Re1 Bd1+ 23.Rxd1 Nxd1 24.Kxd1 Rb8 25.a4 a6 26.Bxa6 Rxb2 27.Bb5 Ba5 28.d4 Kf8 29.Bc4 Rb1+ 30.Kc2 Ra1 31.Bb3 Rf1 32.Kd3 Rb1 33.Bd5 Ke7 34.Kc2 Rf1 35.Bf3 h6 36.d5 g5 37.Be3 Kd6 38.c4 Bb4 39.Bd4 f5 40.Bg7 g4 41.hxg4 fxg4 42.Bxg4 Rf2+ 43.Kb3 Bd2 44.Bf3 Kc5 45.Bf8+ Kd4 46.d6 Bc1 47.Bg7+ Kc5 48.d7 Rd2 49.Bd5 1–0
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