Number 11/07B      .....      26 July 2011





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

More information:

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Women’s Zonal playoff


Press release from Oceania Chess Confederation:


Sydney International Master Irina Berezina-Feldman defeated Canberra Women’s International Master Emma Guo by 2.5-0.5 to win the four game rapid chess playoff for the 2011 Oceania Women’s Zone Championship and qualify for the Women’s World Cup to be held in Russia next year. The playoff match was held at Parramatta on Sunday 17 July 2011 and was necessary because the two players tied for first place in Rotorua New Zealand earlier this year. Here are the three games played:


Guo,Emma - Berezina,Irina

Oceania Womens Playoff (1), 17.07.2011

1.e4 c6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 d5 5.e5 Nh6 6.Be3 f6 7.h3 0–0 8.Nf3 b5 9.a3 a5 10.Bd3 Bf5 11.Ne2 Bxd3

12.Qxd3 Nd7 13.e6 Nb6 14.g4 Nc4 15.Bc1 Nd6 16.Ng3 Ne4 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Qxe4 f5 19.Qe2 fxg4 20.hxg4

Nxg4 21.Ne5 Nxe5 22.dxe5 Qd5 23.Rh2 Rad8 24.Bd2 Qxe6 25.0–0–0 b4 26.axb4 axb4 27.Be3 Qa2 28.c3

Qa1+ 29.Kc2 b3+ 0–1


Berezina,Irina - Guo,Emma

Oceania Womens Playoff (2), 17.07.2011

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.b3 b6 6.Bb2 Bb7 7.0–0 Ne4 8.Ne5 0–0 9.f3 f6 10.fxe4 fxe5 11.Rxf8+

Qxf8 12.Qg4 dxe4 13.Bc4 Kh8 14.Bxe6 exd4 15.Nd2 c5 16.Rf1 Qd8 17.Rf7 Be5 18.Nxe4 Nc6 19.Rxb7 dxe3

20.Bxe5 1–0


Guo,Emma - Berezina,Irina

Oceania Womens Playoff (3), 17.07.2011

1.e4 c6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 d5 5.e5 Nh6 6.Be3 f6 7.h3 fxe5 8.fxe5 e6 9.Nf3 Nf7 10.Bd3 c5 11.0–0 0–0

12.Qd2 Nc6 13.Rae1 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Ncxe5 15.Nce2 Nxd3 16.cxd3 e5 17.Nb3 d4 18.Bf2 Qd5 19.Ng3 b6

20.Ne4 Nd6 21.Nxd6 Qxd6 22.Bg3 Rxf1+ 23.Rxf1 Be6 24.Qd1 Re8 25.Nd2 Bd5 26.Qg4 Qe6 27.Qh4 Qe7

28.Qg4 Qe6 29.Qh4 Qe7 30.Qg4 Qe6 31.Qe2 Bh6 32.Ne4 Be3+ 33.Bf2 Bxf2+ 34.Rxf2 Bxe4 35.Qxe4 Rd8

36.Qf3 Re8 37.Qb7 Qe7 38.Qd5+ Qe6 39.Qf3 Qe7 40.Qd5+ ½–½



Oceania Seniors’ Championship


This event will be held at Box Hill Chess Club, Melbourne, from 5 to 8 August. See link for more information.



2011 New South Wales Championship


FM Max Illingworth has won the 2011 Integra NSW Championship with an unbeaten 7/9. Victor Berezin has 6 but minor places are unclear due to one game still outstanding. The tournament was a ten-player round robin held at norths, Cammeray from late May to mid-July. See link for the full table.





Max has also been busy in chess literature, writing a report on the 2011 Thailand Open in New in Chess magazine 2011/4 and analysis of the Reti in NiC Yearbook 99.



2010 Victorian Championship


Last year’s Championship ended in a tie between FM Dusan Stojic and FM Christopher Wallis (though they were not FMs at the time). The playoff was held this month at Box Hill Chess Club and resulted in a win for Dusan.



2011 Victorian Championships and Reserves


These events will be conducted as two round robins of twelve and ten players respectively commencing on Tuesday 26 July. See link for details.



2011 MCC Melbourne Cup Weekender


Melbourne Chess Club will host a Melbourne Cup weekender over nine rounds from Friday 28 October to Tuesday 1 November (Cup day). See Coming Events for details. Note the final two rounds are at Fitzroy Town Hall.


MCC is also staging the Fitzroy Skittles, an allegro tournament in which players are knocked out after losing points relative to their rating, on 4 September, see below for details



One Day Tournament at Hervey Bay 10 September


The Bundaberg Chess Club Inc will be conducting a one day tournament at Hervey Bay on Saturday 10 September. The purpose of the tournament is to help promote the newly formed Chess Group at the Bay.


Further details can be obtained from Allan via email


The tournament notice will be on the CAQ website under coming events unrated in the next few days. There has been good interest shown so far especially by school children at the bay!!


Allan Menham

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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.



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


Guy West Classic  July 16-17, Melbourne, Vic.  FM Dusan Stojic won with 5/5 from Domagoj Dragicevic, David Garner, Ari Dale and Rad Chmiel 4 (42 players). 

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Grand Prix events


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

August 6-7 Cairns Open [1], Cairns, Qld  link

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

August 13-14 North Queensland Open [1], Townsville, Qld  link

August 20-21 Best in the West [1], Melbourne, Vic  link

August 27-28 Bundaberg Weekender [2], Bundaberg, Qld  link

August 27-28 St George Leagues Weekender [2], Sydney, NSW  link


2011 GP calendar link


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  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

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)
Rounds: Six - Saturday 1:30am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm. Sunday 8:45am, 11:45am, 1:45pm

Entry: $55 adults, $30 juniors. Late entry fee $10.

Prizes: See flyer below. $500, $300, $200 plus rating group and upset prizes.
Arbiter: IA Garvin Gray.
Major Sponsors: Grace Family Practice & Skin Care - Dr Preshy Varghese; Bundaberg Regional Council

Further information: See flyer -


2011 Fitzroy Skittles (September 4)


In this tournament, players begin with a starting number of points – determined by their “MCC Allegro rating”. After losing all of their points, they are knocked out, for example if you have 1.5 points, you can afford one loss, but if you have a loss followed by a draw, you are out! You must have at least half a point to remain in the tournament!

Points are as follows: Over 2300, 1.5 points; 2200-2300, 2 points; 2100-2200, 2.5 points; 2000-2100, 3 points; 1900-2000, 3.5 points; 1800-1900, 4 points; 1700-1800, 4.5 points; 1600-1700, 5 points; 1500-1600, 5.5 points; 1400-1500, 6 points; 1300-1400, 6.5 points; Under 1300, 7 points.

What if you get knocked out early???

1. All players who are knocked out in round 3 or earlier, get their entry fee REFUNDED in full!

2. A FREE blitz tournament will take place for players who have been knocked out when enough of them have been knocked out! Small prizes will be offered.

When: Sunday September 4th beginning at 11am.

Where: Melbourne Chess Club, 66 Leicester St, Fitzroy, 3065.

Format: The event will be run as a Swiss until remaining players have to start playing each other more than once. Players will not play the same player more than once until absolutely necessary.

Time controls: Allegro – 15 minutes per player per game.

Prizes: First prize is guaranteed, others are guaranteed if we get 35 paying entries (not GMs and IMs who get in free):

1st: $200, 2nd: $150, 3rd: $125, 4th: $100, 5th: $75, 6th: $50

Arbiter: FM Grant Szuveges

Parking: Lots of free parking close to MCC on Sundays. For advice on parking, please contact Grant Szuveges 0401-925-075 or via email:

Entry fees: $20 MCC members, $30 non-members, GMs and IMs free. Entries close 10.30am, Sunday September 4th. Enter before July 28th to go into the draw to win an MCC bookshop voucher to the value of $100.

Enquires: For any questions, please contact Grant Szuveges on 0401-925-075 or via email:


2011 MCC Melbourne Cup Weekender (October 28 – November 1)


A Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix Event - Class 4

VENUES: Rounds 1 - 7: Melb. Chess Club, 66 Leicester St Fitzroy Vic. 3065 Ph: 03 9416 3149

Rounds 8 - 9:Fitzroy Town Hall Cnr Moore St, & Napier St Fitzroy Vic. 3065

PRIZES: 1st $1500; 2nd $750; 3rd $500; 4th $250; Rating prizes totalling $500. All prizes guaranteed.

FORMAT: 9 round Swiss. ACF and FIDE rated (norm opportunities.)

TIME: 90 mins + 30 secs per move. FIDE rules apply.

ARBITER: To be announced

PAIRINGS: Swiss Perfect

ENTRY FEES: Adults $85. Under 18 $70. Free entry: GM, IM, WGM, WIM. Early bird: Less $10 if paid by 4 Sept.

SCHEDULE: FRI, 28 Oct: Rnd 1, 7 pm. SAT, 29 Oct: Rnd 2, 1 pm Rnd 3, 7 pm.

SUN, 30 Oct: Rnd 4, 1 pm Rnd 5, 7 pm. MON, 31 Oct: Rnd 6, 10 am Rnd 7, 3 pm. TUE, 1 Nov: Rnd 8, 10 am Rnd 9, 3:30 pm.

Half point byes may be taken in any of rounds 1 through 7. A maximum of two byes is allowed.


St Georges Motor Inn: 334 St. Georges Rd, Thornbury Vic. 3071 Ph: 03 9416 9707

STD room (1 bed): $120 per night, TWIN room: (2 beds): $155 per night FAMILY room: (3 beds): $185 per night

Stay 4 nights or more and you get $10 off per night.

Be sure to mention the MCC Cup Weekender and Grant Szuveges to get these special rates.

PAYMENT: By cash, cheque or direct deposit: Account name: Melbourne Chess Club Inc. Bank: Bendigo Bank, Carlton Branch.

BSB: 633-000. Acc. No.: 132887126. If paying by direct deposit, please email Grant stating your name, the amount and the date paid.

ENTRY and ENQUIRIES: Grant Szuveges 0401 925 075

For advice on parking contact Grant.


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)



2011 World Cup


The 2011 World Cup, a 128-player tournament of two-game matches followed if necessary by rapid tie-breaks, commences on 28 August in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. The top seeds are GM Sergey Karjakin (Rus) and GM Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr).


Oceania is represented by GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (Aus) who won the Zonal in Rotorua in January. At this stage his first-round opponent is GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (Rus), seeded 28 in the event and ranked 36 in the world at 2707. This may not be final but any change would be to a similar strength opponent. See link for more information on the FIDE site.



2012 Candidates


FIDE has issued regulations for the next challengers’ cycle, which will find a challenger to the winner of the 2012 Anand v Gelfand match. The current format of the Candidates’ matches appears to be retained though qualification rules change, with three places coming from the World Cup.  See link for the full text of the regulations.



2011 FIDE ratings changes


Also from FIDE:


The following proposals were agreed at the General Assembly in Khanty Mansiysk.


Changes effective from July 1, 2011.


K factor for players with fewer than 30 rated games is 30 (was 25) Articles 8.26, 8.34 and 8.56.


If a player has achieved a partial rating, each subsequent game against rated player is accumulated to the player’s rating (earlier three games in a tournament were needed) Article 8.21. 


See link to the FIDE ratings site for the wording of these articles – the effect will be to make initial ratings easier to obtain and quicker to change.



2011 George Trundle Masters (NZ)


FM Bobby Cheng (Aus) won the annual George Trumble Masters (16 to 24 July, Auckland, New Zealand) with 6.5/9 which was also his first IM norm. GM Darryl Johansen and IM Igor Goldenberg (both Aus) followed with 6 and 5.5 respectively. See link for more information.



2011 Dutch Open


IM Andrew Brown, FM Moulthun Ly and FM Junta Ikeda are currently playing in the Dutch Open, and have scored some good results including Andrew drawing with GM Vladimir Georgiev, Junta beating GM Andrey Vovk and Moulthun drawing with former world number three Jan Timman. See link to figjamchess for reports and games, and link for live games.





Recently it was announced that 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. Previously it was reported that there appeared to be no response from Rybka or its programmer, however chessvibes notes in this link that an interview was given on 4 July.

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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]



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ACT mailing list


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Oceania Chess Confederation


Oceania Chess Confederation



State Associations


New South Wales



Western Australia

South Australia


Australian Capital Territory


(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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