AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
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Tuesday 14 June (deadline Friday 3 June)
Tuesday 28 June (deadline Friday 17 June)
Tuesday 12 July (deadline Friday 8 July)
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 CV 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
2011 Queensland and NSW Championships
These events both commence shortly. The Integra NSW State Championship field is led by IM George Xie followed by FM Vladimir Smirnov, FM Max Illingworth and FM Viktor Berezin and will be held over nine Tuesdays from 24 May at norths, Cammeray. Top seeds for the Queensland Championship, to be held at Gardiner Chess Centre from 9 to 13 June, are currently IM Stephen Solomon, FM Gene Nakauchi and Yi Liu.
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.
GM Ian Rogers has supplied the following updated calendar, with better links for some events:
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) Gauteng, South Africa
1-16 August World Junior Championships (U\20) Chennai, India
12-23 August FISU University Olympiad Shenzen, China
17-26 August Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
27-28 August Merdeka Teams Rapid Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
5-10 September Kuala Lumpur Open Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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
15-23 January 2012 Queenstown Classic Queenstown, New Zealand
20 June ACT U/12 Championships
27 June – 2 July Queensland Junior Championships, Brisbane
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
27 December – 8 January Australian Championships Geelong, Victoria
14-22 January 2012 Australian Junior Championships Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Victoria
Recent GP weekend results
No GP events have been held since the last newsletter.
2011 ACT Women and Girls’ Chess Festival
Alana Chibnall won this tournament (Canberra, ACT, 21 to 22 May) with Kezia Karenina second and Kathleen Tong and Emma Dunstone equal third.
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 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 Queen’s Birthday tournaments (June 11-13)
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 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 final of the Candidates series is now in progress in Kazan, Russia. Since the previous newsletter Alexander Grischuk (Rus) and Boris Gelfand (Isr) won their semi-finals against Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) and Gata Kamsky (USA) respectively. Both four-game semi-finals were decided in rapid tie-breaks after all eight games resulted in draws.
The final between Grischuk and Gelfand is the best of six games, again with rapid tie-breaks if required. Currently the score is 2-2 after the first four games were drawn.
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.
2011 Asian Continental Championship
This event was held in in Mashad, Iran from 1 to 11 May. GMs Pentala Harikrishna (Ind), Yu Yangyi (Chn) and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Vie) tied on 6.5/9 with Harikrihna talking the title on tie-break. IM Harika Dronavalli won the women’s section with 6.5/9.
See link for the tournament site.
2011 Capablanca Memorial
Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) and Le Quang Liem (Vie) tied in the top section of this event, a six player double-round robin in Havana, Cuba from May 10 to 21, with 6.5/10. See link for the tournament site.
2011 European Women’s Championship
GM Viktorija Cmilyte (Ltu) won this event (Tbilisi, Georgia, May 6 to 18) with 9/11 from GM Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul) 8.5 and GM Elina Danielian (Arm) and IM Svetlana Matveeva (Rus) 8. See link for the tournament site.
2011 KL Open
The KL Open will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 4 to 10 September shortly after the DAT Malaysian Open in the same city. See link for more details and updates.
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.
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)
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