Number 11/06B      .....      28 June 2011





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General News

Junior Chess


Coming Events

Overseas Tournaments and News


Australian web sites


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Next issues


Tuesday 12 July (deadline Friday 8 July)

Tuesday 26 July (deadline Friday 22 July)


Tuesday 9 August (deadline Friday 5 August)

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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). See here for the entry form and here for accommodation options including deals at the Mercure in Geelong. 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)
Venue: Box Hill Chess Club at 3 Rochester Road Canterbury, Vic.

More information:

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2012 Australian Championship (Geelong, 27 December 2011 – 8 January 2012)


The entry form is now available, see here for the entry form and here for accommodation options including deals at the Mercure in Geelong. Note that the main body of the accommodation information is on the second page.





chesscrazytalk is a new site which issues approximately weekly podcasts with news and interviews relating to Australian events, see here.



2011 Queensland Championship


IM Stephen Solomon is the 2011 Queensland Champion, scoring 7/9 at the Gardiner Chess Centre from 9 to 13 June. Sam Grigg was second with 6 followed by FM Gene Nakauchi, Brodie McClymont and Yi Liu 5.5.



2011 Victorian Championships and Reserves


This event will be conducted as two 12-player round robins. Entries close 17 July - see link for details.



Noble Park newsletter


Noble Park Chess Club has recently established a newsletter, appearing on a quarterly basis with the most recent 19 June 2011. See link to read all issues to date.



Publication schedule - August


Due to the Editor’s other activities the first August issue (Tuesday 9 August) may appear a day or so early and the second issue which would normally appear on 23 August will be deferred to 30 August.

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AusJCL Calendar (National and International)


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



AusJCL Selections for 2011 World Youth Chess Championships

Dear All,

The deadline for appeals against the selection for 2011 WYCC in November has passed. In addition, parents and juniors have confirmed their participation or non-participation as the case may be.

The following is the Australian junior chess team participating at the 2011 WYCC (to date and subject to further possible changes). The players are listed in order of selection, the * indicates that this player is the primary selected player in that category (and whose name is also in bold).


Siow Weng Nian

17 Nov – 27 November World Youth Championships (U8 – U18)
Caldas Novas, Goias, Brazil

World Youth Chess U8
Kevin Willathgamuwa*

World Youth Chess U10

Rowan Willathgamuwa*

World Youth Chess U12
Karl Zelesco*
Daniel Lapitan

World Youth Chess U14
Justin Tan*

World Youth Chess U16 Girls
Leteisha Simmonds*
Abbie Kanagarajah

World Youth Chess U18 Girls
Sally Yu*
Miranda Webb Liddle



2012 Australian Junior Championships


This event will be run at Spensley Street Primary School in the inner Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill between Saturday 14th January and Sunday 22nd January, organised by the Melbourne Chess Club.


See link for information and updates.

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Recent GP weekend results


Queen’s Birthday Weekender  June 11-13, Adelaide, SA.  Farzin Rad won with 6/6 from Alexander Sykes and Mato Jelic 4.5 (21 players). 

Gold Coast Weekender (Open)  June 25-26, Gold Coast, Qld.  IM Stephen Solomon won with 6.5/7 from GM Darryl Johansen, FM Max Illingworth and IM James Morris 5.5 (39 players). 

Gold Coast Weekender (U/1600)  June 25-26, Gold Coast, Qld.  Natasha Bortsova, Axel Stahnke and Matthew Pyper tied on 5.5/6 (38 players). 

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Grand Prix events


July 9-10 Lidums Checkmate [4], Adelaide, SA  link

July 16-17 Guy West Classic [2], Melbourne, Vic  link

July 30-31 ANU Open [4], Canberra, ACT  link

August 13-14 Hobart Weekender [1], Hobart, Tas  link


2011 GP calendar link


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 - Class 2

This is the third year Croydon CC have hosted a weekender. In line with our plan to gradually build our weekender up, this year we have increased the prize fund so it will be a Class 2 event. We have also moved it from the first weekend in October (as that weekend now clashes with the 2011 AFL Grand Final!) to the last weekend of school holidays in July (we have good heating...)
SCHEDULE: Saturday 16th: Players need to register and pay by 10:45 am. Round 1: 11:00 am. Round 2: 3:00 pm. Round 3: 7:00 pm.
Sunday 17th: Round 4: 11:00 am. Round 5: 3:00 pm.
VENUE: Croydon RSL, 1 Civic Sq, Croydon VIC 3136. About 400m from Croydon station. Melways: 50 - J4
FORMAT: Five round Swiss system. Games will be governed by the FIDE laws of chess and will be ACF rated.
FORFEIT TIME: Late arrival by 30 minutes from the start of the round will result in forfeiture.
TIME CONTROLS: Each player has 75 minutes initially with an additional 30 seconds per move.
ENTRY FEES: $50 Standard entry. $40 Juniors & Croydon CC members. Free GM, WGM, IM, FM, WIM
Bird -
EXTENDED: Deduct $5 if paid by Thursday, 30 June
PRIZES: $500 first place, $300 second place, $200 third place
$75 first adult under 2000. $50 first adult under 1600. $50 first adult under 1200.
$75 first junior under 2000. $50 first junior under 1600. $50 first junior under 1200.
Maximum one prize per entrant. Prizes to be shared equally in the event of a tie.
Pay by direct bank transfer. See website for other payment options. Online entries close 13 July 2011.
HALF POINT BYES: A maximum of one half point bye only will be permitted for rounds 1 to 3 only.
ENQUIRIES: contact the tournament organiser Jean Watson at or club President Richard Goldsmith on 0407 348 172.
Proudly sponsored by Bendigo Bank, LJ Hooker and Northern Star Chess.


2011 ANU Open and ANU Minor (July 30-31)


Part of the ANU Chess Festival.

Venue: Canberra School of Art, Building 105, ANU, Acton, ACT (Please see map at link and click on grid EF-32. Any orange colour car park adjacent to Building 105 will be free on Saturday and Sunday.).
Time limit: 60 mins + 10 secs/move from the start (Fischer mode)
Rounds: Seven - Saturday 10am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm. Sunday 13th 9:30am, 12 noon, 2:30pm
Entry: $75 adults, $50 juniors and concessions. $10 discount if received by Friday 22 July.

Prizes: See flyer below. First prize $1000 guaranteed, total pool $3,000 dependent on entries.
Arbiter: IA Charles Zworestine.
Further information: See flyer for contact details, accommodation, direct deposit etc -


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. Already held
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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Championship and major events


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)



Overseas events


The 2011 Commonwealth Championships are currently under way in the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa. GM David Smerdon, Tristan Stevens, Thomas Feng and Redeer Omer are competing, with Kevin and Rowan Willathgamuwa playing in the B section. See link for the tournament site.


FM Moulthun Ly and FM Junta Ikeda will participate in the World Open in Philadelphia, USA which starts on 28 June.  See link for the tournament site, and also results of the Philadelphia International in which both players are currently participating. Note that “World Open” is the name adopted by the organizers and it is not in any sense a world championship.



Kings Tournament


GMs Magnus Carlsen (Nor) and Sergey Karjakin (Rus) tied on 6.5/9 in this six-player double round robin event held in Medias, Romania from 11 to 21 June. Carlsen won on tie-break. See link for the tournament site.



The Master Game


The Master Game was a set of games made for television and broadcast by the BBC in the 1970s and 1980s. A number of episodes have been posted on youtube, see link for a report and links on chessvibes.



Bobby Fischer Against the World


The film of this title, a documentary by Liz Garbus, will be released in July. See link for a report and trailers on chessbase, link for a review by Chess Monthly and link for the IMDB page with other information and links.

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Reward (negotiable!) to whoever first puts me in direct contact with the present owner of a 100-year-old complete chess set, Staunton pattern, exceptionally large, magnificent, and a joy to heft. The set (without board) has an astonishing pedigree/provenance -- keywords: CUMMINS and JACKSON.


The owner (m. or f.) purchased it privately in NW London UK about 2007 and subsequently emigrated to Australia, presumably to a major town. (S)he may not play chess, but will show the set.


Contact: John ROYCROFT (googlable on ROYCROFT CHESS) -- The photo, a recent one, shows me with granddaughter.


John Roycroft

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



Newspaper columns


Ian Rogers (Byron Bay Echo) 

Peter Parr (Sydney Morning Herald)

David Ellis (West Australian)



On-line media





Bulletin boards







The Closet Grandmaster (Amiel Rosario)

chessexpress (Shaun Press)

David Smerdon

Alex Wohl

Dozy’s Inferno

Coffee House Chess (Carl Gorka)

Smart Dolphins


Brendan Norman


Tristan Stevens

Australian Chess News

Gawain Jones [well almost Australian]



Mailing lists / Newsletters


ACT mailing list


Box Hill CC (Vic) - subscribe

Noble Park CC (Vic)

Gardiner Chess (Qld)



Australian Chess Federation


Australian Chess Federation

ACF ratings

Grand Prix calendar



Oceania Chess Confederation


Oceania Chess Confederation



State Associations


New South Wales

Victoria (new address)


Western Australia

South Australia


Australian Capital Territory (new address)


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



Game collections





Correspondence chess


Correspondence Chess League of Australia



Chess compositions



Junior Chess Leagues/clubs and junior blogs






Canterbury Juniors (Vic)

Quirky Queens (ACT)

Searching for Magnus Carlsen (blog, includes AusJCL info)


NSW Clubs


Rooty Hill

St George Leagues Club

Norths Leagues Club

Harbord Diggers


Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club CC (blog)





Wollongong Collegians




Sydney Blitz



Victorian Clubs



Box Hill


Noble Park




Hobson's Bay






Queensland Clubs


Gold Coast / Gardiner Chess



Kings of Chess


Logan City


The Gap


Club Bullwinkle



WA Clubs







SA Clubs


SA Chess Centre


Adelaide Uni



Tasmanian Clubs


Burnie Chess Club (blog)





ACT Clubs





Belconnen / Uni of Canberra

Ian’s page (Results)

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