AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
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Tuesday 11 October (deadline Friday 7 October)
Tuesday 25 October (deadline Friday 21 October)
Tuesday 8 November (deadline Friday 4 November)
FIDE Classification of Arbiters
The ACF has been asked by FIDE to classify arbiters according to the classifications found at http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/RegsClassChessArbiters.pdf
The classifications are used to determine who is entitled to be an arbiter at certain classes of World and Continental events.
By default an arbiter is classified as D Category and . I seek information on any Australian-registered IAs or FAs who fit the requirements for categories A, B and C. The most relevant requirements are:
* IAs who have acted as Chief Arbiter or Deputy Chief Arbiter in at least one (1) major World event (Olympiad, World Individual Championship tournaments and matches, for Men and Women, World Cup, World Team Championships for Men and Women, World Youth and Junior Championships, FIDE Grand Prix Tournaments) in the period of the last five (5) years.
* IAs who have acted as Chief Arbiter or Deputy Chief Arbiter in at least two (2) of the major Continental events (Continental Individual Championship tournaments for Men and Women, Continental Team Championships for Men and Women, Continental Youth and Junior Championships, Continental Club Cup Tournaments, or the minor World events ( World School Individual Championships, World Amateur Championships for Men and Women, World Senior Championships for Men and Women, Olympiad U-16, World Blitz and Rapid Championships), in the period of the last five (5) years.
* IAs or FAs who have acted as Chief Arbiter or Deputy Chief Arbiter in at least two (2) minor Continental events (Continental School Individual and Team Championships, Continental Blitz and Rapid Championships, Teams Tournaments or Swiss System Tournaments with more than 150 participants), in the period of the last five (5) years.
If anyone is, or is confident they know of, an Australian-registered IA or FA meeting the above requirements then please advise me of the details as soon as possible via email to email@example.com . Note that "Continent" does not mean the same thing as "Zone", eg Australia's continent is Asia whereas Oceania is our Zone.
Kevin Bonham, ACF FIDE Delegate
2013 Australian Open
The ACF invites expressions of interest from affiliated associations and others for authority to conduct the 2013 Australian Open Championship and associated events on behalf of the ACF.
These events would normally commence in late December 2012 or early January 2013 and end in the first or second week of January 2013.
Links to ACF by-laws governing procedures for allocating and presenting ACF Tournaments may be seen on the ACF website at http://www.auschess.org.au/constitution/index.html
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. A note from the organisers -
Australian Chess Championships is a biennial event that is internationally
recognised by the world peak chess body FIDE.
The defending champion GM Zong-Yuan Zhao will be there to meet all challengers.
Geelong is a vibrant regional city just one hour from Melbourne featuring a stunning waterfront and a fabulous wine region on our doorstep. Geelong has an amazing mix of dining and entertainment options. The beautiful Barwon River winds its way through the city past lush parks and gardens. Walking trails are everywhere so it’s very easy to explore (visitgeelongbellarine.com)
Apart from local features, Geelong is the gateway to “The Great Ocean Road”. Visitors to the road are treated to some of Australia’s most spectacular scenic routes from which the world-renowned historic site “Twelve Apostles” can be seen, the infamous surf of Bells Beach can be braved, and a delectable drop of Geelong wine can be sampled from any of the 52 wineries in the region. (visitgreatoceanroad.org.au)
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.
World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad - New Venue
Dear Distinguished friends,
I am proud with improved conditions on the new venue to declare that 2011 World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad
will be organized in Izmit, 1 hour driving distance to Istanbul. Izmit Metropolitan Municipality is the main sponsor of the event. We will organize again a comfortable event in Turkey. We invite your players!
Ali Nihat YAZICI, President of Turkish Chess Federation
Tasmanian Junior Championships
Mason Carter is the 2011 Tasmanian Junior Champion and also won the inaugural Glen Gibbs Memorial Award which assists with travel to the Australian Juniors. Oscar Brown retained the U/12 title.
Canterbury Juniors AGM
The annual general meeting of the Canterbury Junior Chess Club will be held on Thursday October 20 at 8pm, Emulation Hall, Rochester Road, Canterbury. Members welcome.
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 Nell Van De Graaff Classic September 17-18, Gold Coast, Qld. GM Roland Schmaltz won with 6/6 from FM Gene Nakauchi 5.5 and Yi Liu, IM Moulthun Ly and Brodie McClymont 5. (70 players). See Reports.
Grand Prix events
October 1-3 Ryde-Eastwood Open , Sydney, NSW link
October 1-2 Labour Day Weekender , Adelaide, SA link
October 8-9 Wendy Terry Memorial , Brisbane, Qld link
October 28-November 1 Melbourne Cup Weekender , Melbourne, Vic link
October 29-30 Brisbane Open , Brisbane, Qld link
November 5-6 Fisher’s Ghost Open , Campbelltown, NSW link
2011 GP calendar link
2011 Ryde-Eastwood Open (October 1-3)
2011 Victorian Country Championship (October 8-9)
The Victorian Country Chess Championship will be held on the weekend
of the 8th & 9th of October this year in Swan Hill.
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/
2011 Billanook College Chess Championship Cup
Northern Star Chess is conducting the BCCC series
of tournaments again in 2011.
Please notify forthcoming tournaments to email@example.com
Championship and major events
World Seniors: 14 November 2011, Opatija, Croatia link
Queenstown Chess Classic: 15 January 2012, Queenstown, NZ [incorporates NZ and Oceania Championships] link
Gibraltar Chess Festival: 24 January 2012 link
(Date listed is date of commencement)
2011 World Cup
GM Peter Svidler (Rus) has won the World Cup, defeating GM Alexander Grischuk (Rus) 2.5-1.5 in the final, which was the best of four games rather than two as in the earlier knockout stages. GM Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) won the third-place playoff against GM Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukr) by the same score. The top three finishers qualify for the next cycle of Candidates’ matches.
See link for the tournament site.
FIDE announced a few weeks ago that the 2012 World Championship, in which GM Boris Gelfand (Isr) will challenge GM Viswanathan Anand (Ind) for his title, will be held in Moscow, Russia in May.
FIDE has also opened bidding for the 2012 Candidates’ series to select the next Challenger. See link for documents.
The 2011 Women’s World Championship between GM Hou Yifan (Chn) and GM Koneru Humpy (Ind) which is scheduled to take place on 14 to 30 November in Tirana, Albania.
21st Individual World Senior Chess Championship 2011
Dear Chess Club Rijeka
It is with much pleasure that I nominate the following player as the representative of FIDE Zone 3.6 (Oceania). FIDE ID 3202437 IM Mirko Rujevic (AUSTRALIA)
Brian Jones, President FIDE Zone 3.6 (Oceania)
FM Max Illingworth came equal first and scored a GM norm in the First Saturday GM tournament in Hungary this month (these tournaments are held on the first Saturday of each month and provide GM norm opportunities). See link for a tournament report.
Women’s Grand Prix Tournament Shenzen, China
GM Hou Yifan (Chn) won this event (twelve-player round robin, 6-20 September) with 8/11. See link for the tournament site.
2011 London Chess Classic
Organisers have announced that the field of nine grandmasters for this event (3 to 12 December, Kensington) will be Viswanathan Anand (Ind), Magnus Carlsen (Nor), Levon Aronian (Arm), Vladimir Kramnik (Rus), Hikaru Nakamurs (USA) and the top four British players Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and David Howell.
See link for the tournament site with biographies of the players and details of supporting events.
2011 Solomon Islands International
This tournament will take place at the Red Mansion Comfort Inn, Panatina Ridge, Honiara from 17 to 22 November 2011. See link for more information.
2011 Sarawak Open Chess Championship
Dear Chess friends,
We hope you could join our chess championship and spread the news around. Thank you.
Lim Kian Hwa. President, Sarawak Chess Association.
This event is on 12-16 December at the Ultimate Professional Centre, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. For details see link.
13th Annual Junior Orange Bowl Scholastic International Chess Championship (USA)
The tournament will be held on December 27-29, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Miami International Airport, Florida, USA. The rate is $129 per night. We invite players from Australia to play against players aged 5 to 18 from Russia, Ecuador, USA, Peru, Panama, Colombia, and others.
The championship website has the entry form at www.jrorangebowl.org/chess
Nostalgic Nell? A Report on the 2011 Nell Van de Graaff Classic - by DOP Charles Zworestine
Don’t understand the title? Well, surely nostalgia has to be appropriate for an event named after one of the grand old ladies of Australian chess; an event which has been going strong at the Gardiner Chess Centre for the past seven years since I was last DOP in 2004. Part of the nostalgia was going back to our old venue at Somerset College, necessitated by the Gardiners moving office on the weekend of the event. This meant that Graeme Gardiner was unavailable for the weekend as DOP, so they had to go back to the one who used to be the arbiter for the event – me! More nostalgia; and of course I was more than happy to agree when I received Graeme’s call, as it meant a chance to catch up with old friends, congratulate Magic Moulthun Ly on his recent IM title and enjoy the usual Gold Coast hospitality!
A turnout of 70 players for this year’s Nell Van de Graaff Classic was pretty good for a two day weekender. The strength was bolstered by the decision to come out of chess “retirement” by GM Roland Schmaltz, the top seed; further adding to this was a visit by IM George Xie from NSW, the second seed. Magic was only fourth seed, below tournament regular IM Stephen Solomon – a strong event! There were 8 players over 2000, next four in seeding order being Brodie McClymont, Yi Liu, Gene Nakauchi and “Sam The Hack” Grigg; even ninth seed George Lester was 1999, with WIM Alex Jule also in the field. These players all came to enjoy that special Gold Coast combination of an individual event full of dangerous juniors, and an intriguing teams event. The Fischer time controls of one hour plus ten seconds per move again produced a dispute free event; so we could all enjoy some fascinating chess!
Round 1 produced very few upsets, although Solo’s tactical struggle with young Alexander Morakhovski was quite interesting; but Stephen found a way to triumph, as he usually does! Yi Liu had a very tough battle against Clint Therakam, ending up in a difficult knight and pawn ending that may well have been drawn; but Clint’s lack of experience cost him, as he misplayed the endgame and lost. Also misplaying an endgame was poor Allan Menham, with bishop and four pawns against six pawns against Tony Weller. The two extra pawns were connected passed pawns, but Allan had a blockade and should have drawn; sad, then, when he blundered his e-pawn and ended up losing! Upset draws were scored by two juniors: James Kay against Matthew Gilpin, and Felix Tan against Tom Slater-Jones.
Still not too many upsets in Round 2; but again Yi Liu was the one who struggled the most! In the last game to finish (as in Round 1), tactics saw Daniel Ford win the exchange; but Yi had the two bishops as compensation, and was so intent on playing to win that he gave up another exchange! He was lucky, then, when the resultant messy ending (with both sides having passed pawns) saw Daniel leave a rook en prise and end up losing... All the other top seeds won to leave us with 16 players on 2/2. Felix Tan scored his second upset by beating James Kay; while the only other upset prize went to David Kwong for his win against Nathan Soo.
It was in Round 3 where the action really started, Schmaltz working hard to beat Alex Jule when his extra pawns proved too powerful for her extra piece. George Xie and Stephen Solomon beat George Lester and Amin Fazel respectively, Solo coming back from an exchange down to force decisive piece play for victory. With Moulthun, Brodie, Yi, Gene and Sam all winning, we had the top 8 seeds on 3/3; although Yi again made hard work of his superior position before finally grinding down Tyson Walker in a rook ending. Sam made his job even harder when he gave away several pawns against Mike Duffin; but then at the vital moment “Sam the Hack” lived up to his name, and his opponent popped a rook! Upset wins were scored by Wei-wei Tsai against Oleg Kitikov, Tane Legg’s extra rook against Mark Stokes, Charles Tsai over Stephen Myers and Daniel Nowshadi against Mark Cervenjak.
In Round 4, Sam Grigg walked into a knight fork early on to lose rook and game against Solo; while Yi Liu, obviously in an equally generous mood, blundered a key pawn to lose to Roland Schmaltz. The top seed was joined on 4/4 by Solo, George Xie and Gene Nakauchi; George was being attacked by Brodie McClymont, who at one stage may have missed a forced win but lost in time pressure. Magic Moulthun took a risk to avoid a drawish position with Gene, winning the exchange but allowing his opponent the two bishops and an attack as compensation. Magic’s position was already getting hard to defend when he lost on time in an upset result. The other upsets were mostly draws, though Nathan Soo did defeat Stephen Myers. Michael D’Arcy drew an always balanced game with Alex Jule; Axel Stahnke drew from a position of strength with his son Alex; and Daniel Nowshadi drew a topsy-turvy game with Daniel Ford where he was better, then blundered a piece to a pawn fork but still managed to draw when he forced the notorious drawn endgame of bishop and wrong-coloured rook pawn.
The top board game in Round 5 was as exciting as anticipated, with Solo getting a classical Solo position against Schmaltz with knight against bishop and all the heavy pieces still on the board. Sadly for Stephen, he lost a piece at crunch time to leave Roland outright leader on 5/5. George Xie pushed hard to join him, but could only draw with Gene Nakauchi despite Gene’s time pressure; with both kings exposed and queen and rook each, it was too risky to push for a win, and he took a perpetual check. So Gene and George were on 4.5, with those on 4/5 led by Solo and Magic, who beat Tyson Walker in a rook ending. Also there were Brodie (won a piece to beat Korenevski), Yi (defeated Tony Weller in another long battle), Daniel Lapitan (upset Sam Grigg), George Lester (positional win over Mike Duffin) and Stuart Holt (upset Alex Stahnke). Other upsets saw Daniel Ford recover from a piece down to defeat Alex Jule (who fell into a mate); Kees Huband-Lint beat Michael D’Arcy; and Alex Morakhovski draw with Oleg Kitikov.
So an exciting top board game was in prospect between the top two seeds in the final round; but sadly for George he suffered a quick defeat to leave Roland outright first on 6/6. The real thrills were on Board 2, where Gene Nakauchi played an epic with Stephen Solomon! Solo sacrificed a piece for three pawns, and for a while it was unclear who was winning – would Gene’s attack get through, or would Solo consolidate? – until Gene cleaned up pawns, reached an ending a clear piece up and eventually prevailed. So outright second on 5.5/6 for Gene, with third-fifth taken by Yi (quick win against Daniel Lapitan), Magic (won an ending a pawn up against George Lester) and Brodie (used back rank tactics to beat Stuart Holt). Last round upsets saw Daniel Ford defeat Amin Fazel, despite both players missing for some moves that Daniel’s queen was en prise; Kees Huband-Lint draw with Matthew Gilpin; and Matthew Cervenjak defeat Oleg Korenevski.
Individual Prizes (in the event of a tie, all prizes were decided on countback): 1st Roland Schmaltz 6/6; 2nd Gene Nakauchi 5.5; 3rd Yi Liu 5; 4th Moulthun Ly 5; 5th Brodie McClymont 5; 1st Rating Group A Daniel Ford 4.5; 2nd Rating Group A Tony Weller 4; 1st Rating Group B Matthew Cervenjak 4; 2nd Rating Group B Gary Sands 4; 1st Rating Group C Elizabeth Kay 3; 2nd Rating Group C Andrew Trinh 3.
Team Prizes (in the event of a tie, all prizes were decided on countback): 1st Team Yi Ha! 15 (Yi Liu 5, Matthew Cervenjak 4, Alex Stahnke 3.5, Felix Tan 2.5); 2nd Team Magic 15 (Moulthun Ly 5, Brodie McClymont 5, Elizabeth Kay 3, James Kay 2); 3rd Team George Orwell Won, Stoked! 14.5 (George Lester 4, Tony Weller 4, Mark Stokes 4, David Kwong 2.5).
Thus ended another enjoyable Gold Coast event, with amusing occurrences like Sebastian Jule throwing away his car keys with his McDonald’s bag – good thing he realised! Daniel Nowshadi then asked junior Matthew Cervenjak whether Matt’s father Mark was good – now what did he expect the son to say? I was as always well fed and watered by the canteen staff, especially Fiona Pyper – thank you Fiona! And most importantly, everyone enjoyed themselves, and it was a great and fun tournament. I hope to be invited back again next year...
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
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)
Rodriguez Lopez,Rafael (2313) - Illingworth,Max (2357) [C96]
First Saturday GM (9), 12.09.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0–0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2
10...d5 11.exd5 e4 12.Ng5 Nxd5 13.Nxe4 f5 14.Ng3 f4 15.Ne4 f3 16.d4 fxg2 17.Kxg2 Qd7 18.Qg4 Qc6 19.Qg3 Bd6 20.Qh4 Bf5 21.Kg1 Rae8 22.Nbd2 Nf4 23.Re3 Ng6 24.Qh5 Bf4 25.d5 Qxd5 0–1
Turcaj,Pavel (1784) –
Shohani,Ammar (1577) [C55]
City of Adelaide Adelaide (6), 30.08.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.Nc3 0–0 6.0–0 d6 7.h3 Na5 8.Bb3 Nxb3 9.axb3 Be6 10.Be3 h6
11.Rxa7 Rxa7 12.Bxa7 b6 13.Qa1 Qd7 14.Qa6 Nh5 15.Nd5 Bxd5 16.exd5 f5 17.Qc4 Bd8 18.Qc6 Qf7 19.Bxb6 cxb6 20.Qxd6 Bc7 21.Qc6 e4 22.dxe4 fxe4 23.Nd2 Qf4 24.g3 Nxg3 25.Qe6+ Kh8 26.Qg4 Ne2+ 0–1
Thiyagarajah,Anand (1786) - Wedding,William (1524) [C61]
City Of Adelaide Adelaide (3), 09.08.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0–0 c6 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.e5 d5 8.exf6 dxc4 9.Re1+ Be6 10.fxg7 Bxg7 11.Na3 Qh4 12.Nxc4 0–0–0 13.d3 Bd5 14.Bd2 Rhg8 15.f3 Bh6 16.Bxh6
16...Rxg2+ 17.Kxg2 Rg8+ 18.Bg7 Rxg7+ 19.Kh1 Qg4 [19...Qxe1+ 20.Qxe1 Bxf3# is quicker.] 20.Re8+ Kc7 21.Re7+ Kd8 22.Re8+ Kxe8 23.Qe2+ Kd8 24.Nd2 Qe6 25.Qxe6 fxe6 26.Ne4 Bxe4 27.fxe4 Ke7 28.Rf1 Kd6 29.Rf6 c5 30.Rh6 b5 31.Rh5 a5 32.h4 Re7 33.Kg2 e5 34.Rh6+ Kc7 35.Kf3 Rg7 36.Re6 a4 37.Rxe5 Kd6 38.Rg5 Rxg5 39.hxg5 Ke5 40.Kg4 c4 41.Kh5 b4 42.Kh6 b3 43.axb3 axb3 44.cxb3 cxd3 45.Kxh7 d2 46.g6 d1Q 47.g7 Qh5+ 48.Kg8 Kf6 49.Kf8 Qf7# 0–1
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