Number 11/10A      .....      11 October 2011





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ACF Medals and Awards 2011-2012 – Nominations Invited


Nominations are invited for potential winners of the following ACF medals and awards, to be presented during the forthcoming Australian Championships in Geelong, Victoria.


Steiner Medal – Australian Player of the Year 2011


This medal is to be awarded to the Australian player who has made the greatest impact, not necessarily the highest-rated – it is for the most notable achievement of the year and may be awarded to the same person more than once.


Arlauskas Medal & Award – Australian Under-16 Player of the Year 2011

The Arlauskas Medal is awarded annually on the same basis as the Steiner Medal, but limited to nominees who at one time or another during the year of the award satisfied the ACF’s age-limit criteria for eligibility to participate in the Australian Under-16 Championship in the year concerned.


The winner of the Arlauskas Medal in each year is to be the recipient of a single grant by the ACF to assist the winner to meet costs related to his or her participation in a significant international or Australian chess event scheduled or likely to begin within two years of the announcement of the name of the winner of the award.


The Arlauskas Medal and Romanas Arlauskas Award may not be won by the same person more than twice.


Koshnitsky Medal

This is awarded for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess administration at a national or a state level. This is a lifetime achievement award, not limited to accomplishments or services during a particular period. It may not be won more than once by the same person.


Whyatt Medal

This medal is now awarded every four years for outstanding success as a chess problem composer, taking into account the composer's published chess problems.


The following guidelines were noted when the Whyatt medal was introduced in 2003.


In the case of a nomination for the Whyatt medal, the setting out of achievements should include a listing of published problems and of any awards received in competitions, giving full publication details and a reproduction from the publication itself. Published commentary on the problems may be attached, including the comments of competition judges and, if desired, also of editors and solvers. No limit is placed on the number of problems that may be listed.


Selectors are not asked to undertake the difficult, time-consuming and error-prone task of judging particular problems as if they were freshly submitted to them, but instead to rely on the work already done by competition judges, perhaps taking into account also the comments of editors and solvers.


The setting out of achievements should include a listing of published problems and of any awards received in competitions, giving full publication details and a reproduction from the publication itself. Published commentary on the problems may be attached, including the comments of competition judges and, if desired, also of editors and solvers. No limit is placed on the number of problems that may be listed.


The winner will be asked to prepare a short note dealing with at least one of the problems that resulted in the award. This note should be aimed at explaining to the general chess-playing public in simple language (defining technical terms when needed) some of the ideas involved in the problem(s).


Attention may be drawn to intellectual, artistic and other features. A way should be indicated by which readers can follow up any further interest they might then have in problems as a result of their having read this note.


Links to Additional Information


Previous medal winners

Related ACF by-laws: Medals Procedures




Nominations need not be from among a State's own members or residents.


A separate document or message containing the following should be provided in respect of each nominee:


 - name in full (correctly spelt);

 - contact details (phone, email, postal address);

 - a citation describing relevant achievements, suitable for reading when the medal is presented and/or publication thereafter;

 - anything else relevant to the nomination.


A person submitting a nomination must retain a complete copy of every document submitted as part of the nomination and must phone 0409 525 963 or (03) 9787 7974 to confirm that it has been received if delivery has not been acknowledged 24 hours after expected delivery time.


Deadlines for Printed Nominations


If a nomination comprises or is supplemented by printed documents, it must be addressed to:


ACF Medals, 22 Bruarong Crescent, Frankston South 3199,


and mailed to be received in the normal course of post on or before Thursday 1 December 2011.


Deadlines for Email Nominations


Nominations comprising email messages and/or attachments must be emailed to so as to be received on or before the following dates:


Koshnitsky medal & Whyatt medal: Thursday 8 December 2011

Steiner medal & Arlauskas medal: Monday 2 January 2012


Recipients of this notice are invited to distribute copies of it to affiliated clubs, members and others to maximise the possibility of nominations in respect of the most suitable nominees.


Gary Wastell

ACF Medals Selections Coordinator

Phone (03) 9787 7974 or 0409 525 963


email cc



2012 Grand Prix


The current sponsors have switched their financial support for 2012 to the Oceania Chess Grand Prix.


This new 2012 Yulgilbar-Think Big Oceania Grand Prix will comprise a series of FIDE-rated events throughout the Oceania region. Full details (including the registration form for tournament organisers) are attached.


As a consequence of the above switch, there will be some changes to the 2012 Australian Chess Grand Prix. These changes are currently under discussion and more information will be available shortly. 


Best wishes

Brian Jones, President, FIDE Zone 3.6 (Oceania)



FIDE Classification of Arbiters


The ACF has been asked by FIDE to classify arbiters according to the classifications found at


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:


Category A:


* 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. 


Category B:


* 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.


Category C:


* 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 .  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


Please address inquiries by email to ACF Secretary, Tom Accola, at with cc to



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.

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Box Hill Masters


This event, conducted in August and September, was won by FM Bill Jordan - see link for more information.



Kerry Stead blog


Melbourne chess identity Kerry Stead has a blog at - this has been running for a while but only recently came to the Editor’s attention. The blog also covers poker and other games.

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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.



Chess For Girls Tour


Former World Women’s Chess Champion Susan Polgar has invited Australian involvement next month in a world-wide ‘Chess For Girls’ tour, comprising promotional activities such as simuls and training sessions conducted by WGM Martha Fierro.


The purpose of the tour is “to involve as many as possible young female chess players, as well as … some of the top Australian women players.”


Any State Association or affiliated body planning to present one or more events in or around mid-November that might be suitable to promote in conjunction with a visit by WGM Fierro, is invited to register interest on or before Thursday 20 October 2011. A suitable submission might suggest ways in which WGM Fierro might be involved with the promotion and presentation of the event, and whether or not the organisers would be able to provide suitable accommodation for a few days before and/or after as well as during the event.


Activities that might be suitable to serve as a focus for the visit need not be limited to Grand Prix weekenders, but could include State Schools championships, presentation dinners and the like.


Please email inquiries and submissions to with cc to



ACT Junior Championship


Wenlin Yin won this title last week in a playoff against Willis Lo after the two players tied on 7/9. See link for the full table.



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!


Best regards

Ali Nihat YAZICI, President of Turkish Chess Federation



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. Note that early entry ends 1 November 2011.


See link for information and updates.


Win a $135 value prize in the tournament Facebook giveaway!!!

Players, parents & spectators eligible.

If you say you are 'attending' the
2012 Australian Junior Chess Championships of Facebook you will be eligible to win a $135 hand crafted Dungeons & Dragons Chess Set plus board from Leah's Den.

Event facebook page:

For more details of this giveaway see:

Simon Dale, event committee member.

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Recent GP weekend results


2011 Ryde-Eastwood Open October 1-3, Sydney, NSW.  FM Max Illingworth won with 6.5/7 from IM George Xie and FM Junta Ikeda 6. (84 players).

2011 Labour Day Weekender October 1-2, Adelaide, SA.  IM Mark Chapman won with 5.5/6 from Mato Jelic 4.5 and Goran Srdic and Alex MacAdam 4. (15 players).

2011 Wendy Terry Memorial October 8-9, Brisbane, Qld.  IM Stephen Solomon won with 5.5/6 from Brodie McClymont and FM Gene Nakauchi 5. (55 players).

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Grand Prix events


October 28-November 1 Melbourne Cup Weekender [4], Melbourne, Vic  link

October 29-30 Brisbane Open [1], Brisbane, Qld  link

November 5-6 Fisher’s Ghost Open [1], Campbelltown, NSW  link

November 19-20 Vikings Weekender [2], Tuggeranong, ACT  link

November 26-21 Caloundra Open [1], Caloundra, Qld  link


2011 GP calendar link


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.



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. Already held
4. Already held
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 Vikings Weekender (November 19 – 20)


ACF Grand Prix Event Class 2. First prize $1,000. (Other places and rating groups subject to entries).

VENUE: Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports Club, Ricardo St, Wanniassa, A.C.T

FORMAT: 7 round Swiss. 60 min + 10 sec from move 1.

ARBITER: IA Shaun Press

ENTRY FEES: $60 standard, $40 concessions/juniors. Payable 21 Nov from 9am to Jim Flood at McDonalds (opposite Vikings).

SCHEDULE: Saturday - 10.30am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 7:00 pm Sunday - 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3.45pm

MAJOR SPONSOR: The Vikings Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports Club



2011 Canterbury Day Nighter (December  9 - 12)


VENUE: Box Hill Chess Club, 3 Rochester Road, Canterbury

PRIZES: $2,000 prize pool. 1st $600; 2nd $400; 3rd $250; 5 Rating prizes each totalling $150.

FORMAT: 6 round Swiss. FIDE rated; ACF rated; Grand Prix rated

TIME: 90 min + 30 sec from move 1. FIDE rules apply.

ARBITER: Roger Croft


PAIRINGS: Swiss Perfect

ENTRY FEES: Early bird entry:  $50 if paid by Tuesday 6 December. Full Fee: $60. Discount: $10 for BHCC and CJCC members.

                    Free: GM, IM, (FM-BHCC/CJCC member).

SCHEDULE: FRI, 9 Dec: Round 1, 7 pm. SAT, 10 Dec: Round 2, 10 am. Round 3, 3 pm.

                  SUN, 11 Dec: Round 4, 10 am. Round 5, 3 pm. MON, 12 Dec: Round 6, 7 pm.

CONTACT: Club Mobile 0409 259 490

MAILING ADDRESS: Box Hill Chess, 23 Chester St, Surrey Hills 3127



Please notify forthcoming tournaments to

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Championship and major events


World Seniors: 14 November 2011, Opatija, Croatia  link

Asian Amateur: 25 November 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  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)



Asian Amateur Open and Women Championship


Dear all, 


Warmest Greetings from Malaysia !


On behalf of the ASIAN Chess Federation and FIDE, the Malaysian Chess Federation has the honour of inviting all ASIAN National Chess Federations affiliated to FIDE to participate in the ASIAN Amateur Open and Women Championship to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25th November to 1st December 2011. 


With great pleasure, we welcome every chess player from ASIA to come to Kuala Lumpur to compete in The ASIAN Amateur Open and Women Chess Championship 2011.


Attached herewith please find the circular for the ASIAN Amateur Open and Women Chess Championship 2011 for your kind perusal. We will be keeping you all updated on further details, progress of logistics and facilities in due time.  [Ed: See links for circular and registration.]


Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need further information.      


Thanks and Best Regards,


Honorary Secretary, Gregory Lau MALAYSIAN CHESS FEDERATION

Event Organizer: Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) – Contact Person: Mr Gregory Lau +6012 2577123

Event Manager: Mr Najib Abdul Wahab +6016 338 2542 (Email:



Kasparov v Short


Gary Kasparov and Nigel Short, who contested the World Championship in 1993, played an eight-game blitz match in Belgium on 9 October. Kaparov won by 4.5-3.5, a less convincing outcome than their earlier match. See link for the sponsor’s site.



2011 Singapore International Chess Festival


The 8th Singapore International Chess Festival will be held from 26 to 31 December. The Festival also celebrates the SCF 50th Anniversary.  Events include


  - 2nd ASEAN Individual Chess Championships (Open and Women) Campomanes Cup – norms available

  - 8th Singapore Open

  - 2nd Singapore International Youth Age-Group Individual Chess Championships (Open & Girls, U8, U11, U14, U17)


See link for information and regulations.


NB: The ASEAN Championship is open only to players from ASEAN member nations, which does not include Australia.

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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

Kerry Stead


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) - Issue 4

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



Western Australia

South Australia


Australian Capital Territory


Victorian Rural Chess League


(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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