AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
Table of Contents
Tuesday 30 August (deadline Friday 26 August)
Tuesday 13 September (deadline Friday 9 September)
Tuesday 27 September (deadline Friday 23 September)
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
This event is being held at Box Hill Chess Club, Melbourne, from 5 to 8 August. See link for more information.
ACF News is normally published, apart from occasional urgent bulletins, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. However due to the Editor’s other activities 11/08A is being sent out a day before the nominal publication date and 11/08B will be published on 30 August.
At this stage 11/09A to 11/12A are expected to be distributed to the normal schedule. From mid-December to the end of January 2012 publication will be ad hoc as news and time permit, with normal publication resuming from 12/02A.
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.
2011 World Junior Championships
The World Juniors are taking place in Chennai, India from 1 to 16 August. Australia is represented by FM Moulthun Ly, FM Junta Ikeda, Fedja Zulfic, WIM Emma Guo and Savithri Narenthren. See link for the tournament site.
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
2011 ANU Open July 30-31, Canberra, ACT. GM Zong-Yuan Zhao won with 6/7 followed by IM George Xie, Blair Mandla and FM Vladimir Smirnov 5.5. (46 players).
2011 ANU Minor July 30-31, Canberra, ACT. Ethan Derwent and Frederick Litchfield tied on 6/7 with Curtis Perry 5.5 (35 players).
Grand Prix events
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
September 10-11 Gosford Open , Gosford, NSW link
2011 GP calendar link
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 http://www.stgeorgesmotorinn.com.au
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For advice on parking contact Grant.
CLUB SITE: http://www.melbournechessclub.org/
Please notify forthcoming tournaments to email@example.com
2011 Box Hill Open August 12 to September 23, Box Hill CC, Vic. Seven rounds, Friday nights, 75 mins + 10 spm. See link for details.
OVERSEAS TOURNAMENTS AND NEWS
Championship and major events
World Seniors: 14 November 2011, Opatija, Croatia link
Queenstown Chess Classic: 15 January 2012, Queenstown, NZ [incorporates NZ Championship] link
Gibraltar Chess Festival: 24 January 2012 link
(Date listed is date of commencement)
2011 World Cup
A reminder that GM Zong-Yuan Zhao will compete in the World Cup which commences on 28 August in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. His first-round opponent is is GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (Rus), rated 2707. The tournament consists of two-game knockout matches with rapid tie-breaks where necessary. See link for more information on the FIDE site.
Invitation from Argentina
ACF President Gary Wastell advises that Gustavo Salaberry, a participant in this year’s Australian Open in Sydney, has invited an Australian player, FM or untitled, with a rating between 2200 and 2375 to take part in a tournament to be hosted by the Club Atletico Banfield, in Argentina.
Last January, I had the opportunity to visit your wonderful country, together with my Australian wife. I entered the Australia Chess Open held at The North Sydney Club and it was a great event. I am very grateful for the treatment and support that the organizers, the chess authorities and colleagues afforded me.
With the aim to increase links between our countries, using chess as way, I would like to let you know the following: My club, Club Atlético Banfield is a sports club, founded 115 years ago and is quite well known, particularly in First Division soccer. It has a long standing sports history, including a strong chess group. Outstanding players have come from it, like Miguel Angel Quinteros, Damián Lemos, Fernando Peralta and Julio Bolbochán.
The objective is to provide an opportunity for an Australian player (FM or untitled) with a rating between 2375 and 2200 to take part in the tournament we are hosting on 29 August to 5 September 2011.
The participant will have homestay organised for the length of the tournament and may stay some days beyond it. He/she would only have to organise their travel to Buenos Aires and transport, including from the Airport and to the tournament, will also be organised.
In terms of language, some of us speak ok English and I am sure we will be able to communicate effectively.
Links (in Spanish) to additional information are:
Australian players overseas
As reported in the previous newsletter, FM Moulthun Ly, IM Andrew Brown and FM Junta Ikeda played in the Dutch Open in July. Moulthon scored 6/9 and reportedly took his rating above the 2400 mark which completes the requirements for his IM title; Andrew and Junta scored 5. See link for the tournament site or link to figjamchess for reports on the Dutch Open and World Juniors in Chennai, India.
FM Max Illingworth is touring Hungary and participating in the August First Saturday GM Tournament (from August 6-15), the August Kecskemet GM Tournament (August 20-29), and the September First Saturday GM Tournament (September 3-12). See link for reports.
IM Alex Wohl scored 6.5/9, half a point behind the winner, in this year’s Wine Open, or Open International des Vins du Médoc, in France, an event he has twice won previously. See link for the tournament site or link to doubleroo for reports on this and other events including the Condom International. First prize in the Wine Open is the winner’s weight in wine.
2011 Biel tournament
GM Magnus Carlsen (Nor) won this event, a six-player double round robin from 18 to 29 July in Switzerland, with 19/10 (the 3/1/0 scoring system was used) from GM Alexander Morozevich (Rus) 17. See link for the tournament site.
2012 Chess Oscar
Magnus Carlsen also won the 2010 Chess Oscar, which is an award voted on by chess journalists. The Oscar has been presented annually since 1967 when it was won by GM Bent Larsen (Den), with a break from 1989 to 1994. See link for a report on chessvibes.
2011 Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund
This event in Germany (21 to 31 July), another six-player double round, was won by GM Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) with 7/10 from Le Quang Liem (Vie) 5.5. See link for the tournament site.
2011 India Global Internet Speed Chess Tournament
Grassroots Chess Promotions (India) is running this tournament in four rating groups on 20-21 and 27-28 August. First prize in the Open is 60,000Rp (about $Aus1,280) and in the other groups $45,000Rp plus other prizes down to tenth in every section. See link for the tournament site.
2011 British Chess Championship and Fashion Awards
The British Chess Championship in Sheffield was overshadowed by a debate about a T-shirt which ECF President CJ de Mooi was intending to wear for the prize ceremony, though he ultimately didn’t present the prizes. See link for a report in the Guardian. Apparently GM Michael Adams won the event in a rapid tie-break match against GM Nigel Short; frequent Australian visitor GM Gawain Jones was equal third.
2011 Mind Sports Olympiad
This tournament, now up to its fifteenth edition, will be held at the University of London from 20 to 29 August. The schedule includes chess variants such as transfer, shuffle chess and Diving Chess, in which players are required to stay under water while deciding on their moves, as well as problem solving. Presumably normal chess is also contested though this is not entirely obvious. See link for further information.
Previous editions of the newsletter featured a request by John Roycroft for information on a chess set. The message is repeated below. John has kindly given ACF News permission to reproduce a recent article of his which appeared in Chess Life (USA):
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, weighted, and a joy to heft. The set (without board) has an astonishing pedigree/provenance -- two keywords: CUMMINS and JACKSON. The owner (m. or f.) purchased it privately in NW London UK (Harrow area) about 2007 and subsequently emigrated to Australia, presumably to a major town. (S)he may not play chess, but will show the set. There may be a (classical?) musical connection, so please circulate this among all your musical acquaintances. The two keywords are the vital attention grabbers!
Contact: John ROYCROFT (googlable on ROYCROFT CHESS) firstname.lastname@example.org
Deepan Chakkravarthy (2470) - Ly,Moulthun (2369) [E63]
Dieren, Netherlands op (8), 27.07.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0–0 5.0–0 d6 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3 a6 8.h3 Bd7 9.e4 e5 10.Be3 exd4 11.Nxd4 Re8 12.Qc2 Qc8 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Kh2 Rb8 15.Rae1 Re5 16.g4 h5 17.g5 Nh7 18.f4 Re8 19.b3 c5 20.Bc1 a5 21.Nd5 a4 22.Bb2 axb3 23.axb3 Bxb2 24.Qxb2 Be6 25.Ne3 Bd7 26.Nd5 Be6 27.e5 c6 28.Nc3 Bxc4 29.Ne4 Bxf1 30.Nxd6 Qe6 31.Bxf1 Rxb3 32.Qg2 Rb4 33.Nxe8 Qxe8 34.Re4 Nf8 35.Bc4 Ne6 36.Qd2 Qb8 37.Kg3 Nd4 38.Qa2
38...Rb2 39.Bxf7+ Kg7 40.Qc4 h4+ [41.Kxh4 (41.Kg4 Rg2+ 42.Kxh4 Qh8#) 41...Qh8+ 42.Kg3 Nf5+ 43.Kg4 Qh5#] 0–1
Ikeda,Junta (2349) –
Vovk,Andrey (2551) [A38]
Dieren, Netherlands op (2), 20.07.2011
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0–0 5.Bg2 c5 6.c4 Nc6 7.0–0 d6 8.Nc3 Rb8 9.d4 Bd7 10.dxc5 dxc5 11.Na4 b6 12.Ne5 Qc8 13.Nxd7 Nxd7 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Nc3 Nf6 16.e3 h5 17.Qf3 Ne5 18.Qe2 Rd8 19.Rad1 a6 20.Rxd8 Qxd8 21.f4 Ned7 22.e4 e5 23.Bh3 Qe8 24.Nd5 Rd8 25.Bxd7 Rxd7 26.fxe5 Ng8 27.Qb2 Kh7 28.g4 hxg4 29.Qc3 Qe6 30.Qg3 Kg7
31.Rf6 Qe8 32.Rxb6 Qd8 33.Rxa6 Qg5 34.Qf4 Qh4 35.Qf2 g3 36.hxg3 Qxe4 37.Ra8 Rxd5 38.cxd5 Qxd5 39.Rc8 Qxe5 40.Rxc5 Qa1+ 41.Kg2 Nf6 42.Rc4 g5 43.Qe2 Qb1 44.Rc5 Kh6 45.Rc6 Kg7 46.Rxf6 1–0
Brown,Andrew (2202) –
Cox,Jan (1962) [A68]
Dieren, Netherlands op (4), 22.07.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0–0 6.Nf3 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5 Bg4 10.0–0 Nbd7 11.Nd2 Bxe2 12.Qxe2 Re8 13.Qf3 Rb8 14.a4 a6 15.a5 Qc7 16.Nc4 b5 17.axb6 Nxb6 18.Na5 Nbd7 19.Nc6 Rb3 20.Rxa6 Nxe4 21.Ra7 Qc8
22.Qxe4 Bd4+ 23.Nxd4 Rxe4 24.Nxe4 Rb4 25.Nxd6 Qb8 26.Rxd7 Rxd4 27.Re1 Qb3 28.Re8+ Kg7 29.Rxf7+ Kh6 30.Nf5+ Kh5 31.Rxh7+ Kg4 32.Nh6+ Kh4 33.Ng8+ Kg4 34.Nf6+ Kf5 35.g4+ Kxf6 36.Re6# 1–0
Georgiev,Vladimir (2559) - Brown,Andrew (2202) [E71]
Dieren, Netherlands op (1), 19.07.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.h3 0–0 6.Bg5 Na6 7.Bd3 Qe8 8.Nge2 e5 9.d5 Nc5 10.Bc2 a5 11.Qd2 Bd7 12.f3 b5 13.cxb5 Bxb5 14.Be3 Ba6 15.a3 Qb8 16.Rb1 Nb3 17.Qd1 Bc4 18.0–0 Nd7 19.Bd3 Bxd3 20.Qxd3 Nbc5 21.Qc2 a4 22.Nc1 Qa7 23.Kh1 Qa6 24.N1a2 Qc4 25.Nb4 f5 26.exf5 gxf5 27.Qf2 Nd3 28.Qe2 e4 29.f4 Nxb2 30.Qxb2 Qxc3 31.Qxc3 Bxc3 32.Nc6 Nf6 33.Rb5 Ra6 34.Ne7+ Kf7 35.Nxf5 Ra5 36.Rb7 Nxd5 37.Nxd6+ Kg8 38.Nc4 Nxe3 39.Nxe3 Bd4 40.Re1 Rc5 41.f5 h5 42.Ra7 Rc3 43.Nd5 Bxa7 44.Nxc3 Rxf5 45.Rxe4 h4 46.Kh2
46...Rf1 47.Ne2 [47.Rxh4 Bg1+ 48.Kg3 Bf2+] 47...Bf2 48.g4 Bc5 49.g5 Rf2+ 50.Kh1 Rf1+ 51.Kh2 Rf2+ 52.Kh1 Rf1+ ½–½
Timman,Jan (2575) –
Ly,Moulthun (2369) [E63]
Dieren, Netherlands op (2), 20.07.2011
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0–0 5.d4 d6 6.0–0 Nc6 7.Nc3 a6 8.h3 Bd7 9.e4 e5 10.d5
10...Nd4 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Qxd4 Qc8 13.h4 Ng4 14.Qd1 Ne5 15.Qe2 b5 16.cxb5 axb5 17.Nd1 f5 18.f4 Ng4 19.Bd2 Bd4+ 20.Kh1 fxe4 21.Qxe4 Bb6 22.Qd3 Bf5 23.Qxb5 Nf6 24.Be3 Be4 25.f5 Ra5 26.Qc4 gxf5 27.Bxb6 cxb6 28.Qxc8 Rxc8 29.Ne3 Nxd5 30.Nxf5 Bxf5 31.Rxf5 Ne3 32.Rxa5 bxa5 33.Bh3 Re8 34.Rc1 d5 35.Rc7 Rd8 36.Be6+ Kh8 37.Kg1 Rf8 38.Rc8 Rxc8 39.Bxc8 Nd1 40.b3 Kg7 41.Bf5 h6 42.Bd3 Kf6 43.Kf1 Ke5 44.Ke1 Ne3 45.Kd2 Ng4 46.Be2 Nf6 47.Bf3 Kd4 48.a3 Nd7 49.g4 Ne5 50.Ke2 Ng6 51.g5 hxg5 52.hxg5 Kc3 53.Ke3 Kxb3 54.Bxd5+ Kxa3 55.Ke4 Kb4 56.Bf7 Nh8 57.Ba2 Ng6 58.Kf5 Nh4+ 59.Kg4 Ng6 60.Bb1 Ne7 61.Kf4 Kc3 62.Ke5 Kb2 63.Ke6 Kxb1 ½–½
Huynh,Arthur (2020) –
Zhao,Zong-Yuan (2607) [D43]
ANU Open (4), 30.07.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.Qa4+ c6 6.Qxc4 b5 7.Qd3 Nbd7 8.g3 a6 9.Bg2 Bb7 10.e4
10...b4 11.Ne2 c5 12.Nd2 Ne5 13.Qb1 cxd4 14.0–0 d3 15.Nf4 g5 16.Nh3 g4 17.Nf4 h5 18.b3 Bc5 19.Bb2 Bd4 20.Rc1 h4 21.a3 hxg3 22.hxg3 Qb6 23.Bxd4 Qxd4 24.Re1 Rc8 25.axb4 Rc2 26.Ra2 Rxd2 27.Rxd2 Nxe4 28.Qb2 Nxd2 29.Qxd4 Nef3+ 0–1
AUSTRALIAN CHESS SITES
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)
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