AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
Table of Contents
Tuesday 26 July (deadline Friday 22 July)
Tuesday 9 August (deadline Friday 5 August)
Tuesday 30 August (deadline Friday 26 August)
2012 Australian Championship
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 other details.
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
Women’s Zonal playoff
IM Irina Berezina and WIM Emma Guo, who tied for first in the Oceania Women’s Zonal in Rotorua, New Zealand in January, will play off for a place in the next Women’s World Cup at Parramatta RSL Club on Sunday 17 July - see link for more information.
New chess blog
For young Australian players, IM Andrew Brown, FM Moulthun Ly, FM Junta Ikeda and Fedja Zulfic, have established a blog to chronicle their overseas travels - see http://figjamchess.blogspot.com/
2011 NSW Rapidplay Championship
This event was held at Parramatta RSL on 10 July with xx players at a time limit of 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. IM George Xie won with 6/7 from FM Max Illingworth and IM Gary Lane 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.
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.
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.
Youth Chess Championships format
Siow Weng Nian
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.
Recent GP weekend results
Checkmate Open July 9-10, Adelaide, SA. Trevor Tao won with 6/7 from GM Darryl Johansen 5.5 and FM Bobby Cheng, Ronald Scott and Alistair Cameron 5 (28 players).
Checkmate Challengers July 9-10, Adelaide, SA. Lachlan Cameron and Jamie Kenmure tied on 5.5/7 followed by Sophie Eustace and Denny Han 5 (26 players)
Grand Prix events
July 9-10 Lidums Checkmate , Adelaide, SA link
July 16-17 Guy West Classic , Melbourne, Vic link
July 30-31 ANU Open , Canberra, ACT link
August 6-7 Cairns Open , Cairns, Qld link
August 13-14 Hobart Weekender , Hobart, Tas link
August 13-14 North Queensland Open , Townsville, Qld link
August 20-21 Best in the West , Melbourne, Vic link
August 27-28 Bundaberg Weekender , Bundaberg, Qld link
August 27-28 St George Leagues Weekender , Sydney, NSW link
2011 GP calendar link
2011 Guy West Classic (July 16-17)
A 2011 Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event -
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
Prizes: See flyer below.
First prize $1000 guaranteed, total pool $3,000 dependent on entries.
2011 Billanook College Chess Championship Cup
Northern Star Chess is conducting the BCCC series
of tournaments again in 2011.
2011 Bundaberg Weekender (August 27-28)
A CAQ Approved Event. A Yulgibar-Think Big Australian Grand Prix 2011 Class Two Tournament
Venue: Central State School, 13 Crofton Street, Bundaberg.
Time limit: 60 mins + 10
secs/move from the start (Fischer mode)
Entry: $55 adults, $30 juniors. Late entry fee $10.
Prizes: See flyer below. $500,
$300, $200 plus rating group and upset prizes.
Further information: See flyer - http://www.caq.org.au/htm/2011/2011BundabergOpen.pdf
Please notify forthcoming tournaments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
2011 Commonwealth Championships
The 2011 Commonwealth Championships were held in the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa from 25 June to 4 July. GMs Gawain Jones and Nigel Short (both Eng) tied for first on 9.5/11, with Jones taking the title on tie-break. Australia was represented by GM David Smerdon who came third with 9, and Thomas Feng and Tristan Stevens both 7. Rowan and Kevin Willathgamuwa played in the B section, scoring 8 and 7.5/11 respectively. See link for the tournament site.
2011 World Open
FM Junta Ikeda and FM Moulthun Ly participated in the World Open, a large Swiss event in Philadelphia, USA from 28 June to 4 July, scoring 5 (=28th) and 4.5/9 (=39th) respectively. Prior to this event they also played in the Philadelphia International where they both scored 5.5/9, finishing equal fourth. GM Gata Kamsky (USA) and GM Michael Adams (Eng) tied for first in the World Open. See link for the tournament site.
In addition to the Australian players’ titles already reported in ACF News (IM Andrew Brown, FM Moulthun Ly, FM Gareth Oliver, WIM Emma Guo and WFM Megan Setiabudi), FIDE has approved the title of WFM to Nicole Tsoi (NZ) following the Zonal in Rotorua this year.
Junior Champion under 8(2008) and under 10(2010) Peter Wallmueller just won
Swiss under 12 Championship!
French cheating case
A court in Verailles, France has suspended sanctions against GM Sebastien Feller and GM Arnaud Hauchard. The two, along with IM Cyril Marzolo, had been accused by the French Chess Federation of cheating in the 2010 Olympiad in Russia. A Disciplinary Committee of the Federation had imposed suspensions which were then increased by an Appeals Committee to which they had appealed.
The court decision is not a dismissal of the decision but a suspension of the sanctions pending a court ruling on the case, and enables the players to continue playing in the meantime. FIDE itself appears to have made no ruling on the issue - GM Feller qualified to play in the next World Cup by virtue of his result in the recent European Championship. See link for a report on chessvibes.
Another computer cheating case – but this time by a computer program rather than with one. The International Computer Games Association (ICGA) has disqualified and banned Rybka and its programmer Vasik Rajlich from the World Computer Chess Championships for the four years 2007 to 2010 and demanded that the program’s medals and prizes be returned.
ICGA alleges that Rybka appropriated part of two other programs, Crafty and Fruit, without acknowledgement, in violation of the rules of the tournament. At this stage there appears to be no response on the Rybka page – see link; also see link for a report on chessvibes or link for the ICGA page. The last two links include technical documentation used in reaching the verdict.
The July FIDE ratings were released earlier this month. The leading Australians (active players only) are shown in the next column.
Magnus Carlsen (Nor) has regained top spot with 2821 followed by World Champion Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 2817, Levon Aronian (Arm) 2805 and Sergey Karjakin (Rus) 2788. Boris Gelfand (Isr), who will play Anand for the world title in 2012, has moved to number 12 on 2746.
A rating of 2764 is necessary to be in the top ten, and 2649 for the top hundred. Australia’s top player, GM Zong-Yuan Zhao, at 2570 is number 339.
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
Noble Park CC (Vic)
Gardiner Chess (Qld)
Australian Chess Federation
Oceania Chess Confederation
(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)
Zelesco,Karl (2038) –
Smirnov,Anton (1991) [C45]
JETS training camp, 09.07.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 Qxf3 7.gxf3 bxc6 8.Be3 Bxe3 9.fxe3 Ne7 10.Rg1 0–0 11.f4 d5 12.Nc3 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Nd5 14.Kf2 Re8 15.Bd3 Bf5 16.Nf6+ Nxf6 17.Bxf5 Rab8 18.b3 Rb5 19.Bd3 Rh5 20.Rg2 Rh3 21.Re1 Nd5 22.c4 Nxf4 23.exf4 Rxe1 24.Bxh7+ Kxh7 25.Kxe1
25...Re3+ 26.Kf2 Rc3 27.Ke1 Rc1+ 28.Kd2 Rf1 29.Ke3 Rd1 30.Ke4 g6 31.Ke5 Kg7 32.f5 Rf1 33.fxg6 fxg6 34.Ke6 Re1+ 35.Kd7 c5 36.Kxc7 Re3 37.Kb7 a5 38.Rg5 Re2 39.a4 Rxh2 40.Rxc5 Rh5 41.Rxh5 gxh5 42.c5 h4 43.c6 h3 44.c7 h2 45.c8Q h1Q+ 46.Qc6 Qe1 47.Qc7+ Kf8 (White won, remaining moves unavailable) 1–0
Tapera,Uzeni (2028) –
Smerdon,David (2520) [B27]
Commonwealth ch (3), S Africa, 24.06.2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.e5 Bg7 4.c3 d6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 Nc6 7.Bb5 a6 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.0–0 h5 10.Bf4 Nh6 11.exd6 exd6 12.Re1+ Be6 13.Ng5 Qf6 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Bxd6 Ng4 16.Qe2 Rd8 17.Bc5 Bf8 18.Nc3 Bxc5 19.dxc5 0–0 20.Qxe6+ Qxe6 21.Rxe6 Rd2 22.f3 Nf6 23.b4 Rc2 24.Nd1 Nd5 25.a3 Nf4 26.Ne3 Rxg2+ 27.Nxg2 Nxe6 28.f4 Rd8 29.Re1 Kf7 30.Re2 Rd3 31.Re3 Rd2 32.Kf1 Nd4 33.h3 Kf6 34.Ne1 Nf5 35.Rd3 Ra2 36.Nf3 Ng3+ 37.Ke1 Ne4 38.Ne5 g5 39.Nxc6 gxf4 40.Nd4 Ra1+ 41.Ke2 Ra2+ 42.Kf3 Nf2 43.Rc3 Ke5 44.c6 Nxh3 45.Nc2
45...Ng5+ 46.Kg2 (46.Kf2 Ne4+ 47.Kf1 Nd6; 46.Ke2! f3+ 47.Ke3) f3+ 47.Kf2 Kf4 48.c7 Ne4+ 49.Kg1 Nxc3 50.c8Q Rxc2 51.Qc4+ Ke3 52.Qc5+ Kd2 53.Qf2+ Ne2+ 54.Kh1 Rc3 55.a4 Rb3 56.Qc5? Ke1! 57.Qe5 Rc3 58.Qh2 f2 59.Qh4 Rc4 0–1 on time, but White is soon mated anyway.
Kudrin,Sergey (2543) –
Ly,Moulthun (2375) [B90]
World Open, Philadelphia, 2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a4 e5 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.Nd2 h6 10.Be3 b6 11.Bc4 Bb7 12.Qf3 Be7 13.g4 Nc5 14.Bxc5 Qxc5 15.h4
15...d5 16.exd5 Rd8 17.0–0–0 Nxd5 18.g5 hxg5 19.Nce4 Qb4 20.hxg5 Rxh1 21.Rxh1 Nf4 22.c3 Qxa4 23.Nf6+ gxf6 24.Qxb7 Qd7 25.Rh8+ Bf8 26.Qxd7+ Kxd7 27.gxf6 b5 28.Bb3 Nd3+ 29.Kc2 Nxf2 30.Bxf7 e4 31.Bh5 Ke6 32.f7 Kf6 33.Rg8 a5 34.Nf1 b4 35.cxb4 axb4 36.Ne3 Ke5 37.Ng4+ Nxg4 38.Bxg4 Kf6 39.Bh5 e3 40.Kb3 e2 41.Rg1 Rd1 ½–½
42.Rxd1 (or 42.Rg6+ Kf5 43.Bxe2 Kxg6 44.Bxd1 Kxf7) 42...exd1Q+ 43.Bxd1 Kxf7 is a dead draw.
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