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Issue No. 440, December 28, 2008
In this issue

ACF
  Australian Junior Chess League AGM

2008 Myer Tan Grand Prix Final Results

2009 Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix
  Coming Grand Prix events

Completed Events
  National Interschool Championships (Chess Kids)
  Australian Schools Teams Championships

Events Calendar
  2009 Australian Open Chess Championship
  Manly Chess Classic
  Australian Open Lightning Championship
  2009 Australian Junior Championship
  2009 Australian Junior Girls Championship

  2009 Australian Under 12 Championship
  2009 Australian Under 12 Girls Championship
  2009 Queenstown Chess Classic
  New Zealand Rapidplay and Lightning Championships
  2009 Doeberl Cup
  2009 Sydney International Open
  2009 Oceania Zonal Chess Tournament

Overseas Events Calendar

Overseas News
  World Chess Championship 2008

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ACF

AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHESS LEAGUE Notice of Annual General Meeting

from Jenni Oliver

The first AGM of the AusJCL is to be held on Sunday 11th January 2009, 1:30pm at St Ignatius College, Athelstone, Adelaide.

Nominations for the following council positions must be received by Sunday 4th January, as per the AusJCL constitution:
  President
  Vice President
  Secretary
  Treasurer
  Junior Development Co-ordinator
  Events Co-ordinator
  Selections administrator
  3 ordinary council members

Nominations for the above positions can be emailed to ausjcl@gmail.com.

Anyone wishing to place an item on general business, should e-mail the Secretary Tracy Gray at ausjcl@gmail.com no later than 28 December.

Thanks to Milan Ninchich for pointing out this story about scholastic chess in the Parramatta Sun.

2008 MYER TAN AUSTRALIAN CHESS GRAND PRIX

The 2008 Myer Tan Grand Prix is now complete! Prizes have been finalised and will be distributed in January 2009. Results are here.

2009 YULGILBAR-THINK BIG AUSTRALIAN CHESS GRAND PRIX

Coming Grand Prix Events

Event Place Class Start Finish Contact
Newcastle Open Newcastle, NSW 1 14/2/09 15/2/09 NSWCA website
Dubbo Open Dubbo, NSW 1 28/3/09 29/3/09 NSWCA website
The Croydon Khalifman Melbourne, Vic 1 4/4/09 5/4/09 Club website
O2C Doeberl Cup Premier Canberra, ACT 5 9/4/09 13/4/09 Tournament website
O2C Doeberl Cup Major Canberra, ACT 5 10/4/09 13/4/09 Tournament website
O2C Doeberl Cup Minor Canberra, ACT 5 10/4/09 13/4/09 Tournament website
Sydney International Open Parramatta, NSW 5 14/4/09 19/4/09 Tournament website
Sydney International Challengers Parramatta, NSW 5 14/4/09 19/4/09 Tournament website

 

COMPLETED EVENTS

December 1-2

Melbourne, Vic

National Interschool Chess Championships (Chess Kids)

from Robert Jamieson

The National Interschool Chess Championships (presented by Chess Kids) were held at Monash University from December 1st to 2nd, 2008.

The tournament was opened by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Shoemaker, who wished the players well for the tournament and encouraged them to investigate the excellent facilities available at Monash University.

The 249 participants, representing 50 schools from all 8 states and territories, were treated to a feast of chess over the two days, including analysis of their games by chess coaches after each round and lectures between rounds by Robert Jamieson, Chris Depasquale and Carl Gorka. Between games players could play social chess or a variety of mind games, browse at the chess bookshop or just explore the university environment.

Thanks to Monash University for helping make this experience possible and to the teachers/parents/coaches who came to support the players.

All the participants received a certificate or trophy at the conclusion of the event. Particularly well done to the following Prize Winners in the Chess Kids National Interschool Chess Championships:

Girls Only - Primary Championships
  1st  Doncaster Gardens Primary School (VIC)
  2nd  Mount View Primary (VIC)
  3rd  Stanmore Public School (NSW)

Girls Only - Secondary Championships
  1st  Penrhos College (WA)
  2nd  MacRobertson Girls High (VIC)
  3rd  Ulverstone High School (TAS)

Primary Championships
  1st  Brighton Grammar School (VIC)
  2nd  Mount View Primary (VIC)
  3rd  Mitcham Primary (SA)
    =3rd (4th on countback)  Stanmore Public School (NSW)

Junior Secondary (Middle Years) Championships
  1st  Scotch College (VIC)
  2nd  Brighton Grammar (VIC)
  3rd  Mazenod College (VIC)

Open Secondary Championships
  1st  Melbourne High School (VIC)
  2nd  Alfred Deakin High (ACT)
  3rd  Mazenod College (VIC)
    =3rd (4th on countback)  Carey Grammar (VIC)

Full scores may be obtained from: www.interschool.com.au.

Photos of the event are available for purchase from www.eyelightsphotography.com.

Palview: Tang-Schon Jason Tang (Brighton Grammar) - Eugene Schon (Scotch College) [B27]
National Interschool Championship (Chess Kids), Melbourne 2/12/2008
(Notes by Robert Jamieson)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 Bg7 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 d6 6.Nc3 Bg4 7.Be2 Nc6 8.Be3 e6 9.O-O a6 10.h3?
  11.d5 gaining space and attacking before Black has completed his development would have been better.
10...Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Nge7 12.Rc1 O-O 13.Ne2? d5 14.e5 Nf5 15.Ng3?
  A terrible square for the knight which has nowhere to go. 15.Rc3 was better.
15...Nxe3 16.fxe3 Qg5! 17.Qe1 Rac8 18.Kh2?
  18.Rc3.










18...h5?
  Missing 18...Nxe5! 19.dxe5 Bxe5 followed by h5 +-.
19.Nh1 Rc7 20.Qf2?
  Perhaps 20.h4 followed by 21.Rc3 was a better defence.
20...Nxd4! 21.Rxc7 Bxe5+ 22.Kg1 Nxf3+ 23.Qxf3 Bxc7 24.Nf2 Qg3?
  Too eager to swap pieces because he is winning. 24....Bb6 followed by 25...Rc8 leaves Black with a very strong position.
25.Qxg3 Bxg3 26.Rc1 Bxf2+
  This leaves Black two pawns up but with a passive rook. I prefer 26...Rd8 27.Nd3 Bd6 followed by bringing the king to d7.
27.Kxf2 f6 28.b4 Rf7 29.a4?
  Missing 29.Rc8+ Kg7 30.Re8 e5 31 Rd8 and White has drawing chances.
29...Kf8 30.b5 axb5 31.axb5 Ke8 32.b6 Kd8 33.Kf3 Rd7 34.g4 h4 35.g5 f5 36.Kf4 Ke7 37.Ke5 d4 38.e4 d3 39.exf5 exf5 40.Rd1 d2 41.Kf4 Rd5 42.Kf3 Kd6 0-1

The top Primary team, Brighton Grammar (Vic.): Jeffrey Jiang, Max Fisher, Isaac Ng (individual top scorer), Alex Gruen, and Joshua Ng. (Photo from www.brightongrammar.vic.edu.au).

December 6-7

Adelaide, SA

Australian Schools Teams Championships

from DOP Charles Zworestine

For me, anyway, it is becoming difficult to write anything original about these events; after all, Adelaide 2008 marked the 11th annual Australian Schools Teams Championships! I have now been present at eight of these; and I was particularly looking forward this time to hosting a team from the Northern Territory for the first time. Much work had been put in to accommodate them when they emailed Chief Organiser Alan Goldsmith three weeks before the event; it later transpired that the ACF had in fact approved their entry months earlier, but the message had not reached Alan and so he had set a schedule finishing at 4:00 pm on the Sunday without them. Their inclusion meant a reduced time control in the event they were planning to enter, the Secondary Open: 45 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Fischer), not ACF rated (only rapid rated) and a second South Australian team invited to fill the resulting bye. Yet nobody seemed to mind – we were a step closer to the long-term goal of an all-inclusive event which incorporated every Australian state and territory…

A shame, then, when the Northern Territory team pulled out due to lack of funding… Their last minute withdrawal meant I had to persuade the second South Australian team to gracefully exit as well; a situation made worse by the fact that it was St. Ignatius, the venue for the upcoming Australian Junior Championships! We are all greatly indebted to Peter Serwan, master in charge of chess at St. Ignatius, who did manage to contact his players (a nontrivial exercise) and persuade them all that it was best for the event if they withdrew and left us with 6 teams, no bye and all events ACF rated at the same time control of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Fischer)… With this drama behind us, at least everyone seemed happy with the excellent venue at Rostrevor College, where the food and the boarding facilities were widely praised and the general social atmosphere was enhanced by a nice BBQ on the Saturday night. So we were all left to concentrate on the chess, which featured many strong players (especially in the Secondary Open) and much excitement; let’s see how all the teams fared this year!

Primary Girls Division: Somerville’s Summary Success

Yes indeed, Somerville House (Queensland) were overwhelming favourites in this one: they had the Australian Champion Stephen Solomon as their coach, and their Board 1 Abbie Kanagarajah had relegated the current Australian Girls Under 12 Champion Leteisha Simmonds to Board 2! It looked like they would dominate; and so it proved. They began by beating another one of the favourites, Summer Hill (NSW), who had the highest rated player of the event (Caroline Shan) on Board 1 – no matter, Somerville still won 4-0. Meanwhile one of their main rivals, a side with four ACF rated players in Curtin (ACT), had an accident or two in beating Mount View (Victoria) 2½-1½. A curiosity was the performance of a South Australian composite team put in to fill the bye; they beat the actual SA representatives St. Michael’s Lutheran by 4-0, but the crosstable says they lost all their matches 4-0 because they were actually the bye!

Round 2 saw Summer Hill recover to beat the SA composite team 3½-½, scored as 4-0; while Mount View continued their roll with a 3-1 win against Curtin. I didn’t see the games, but Libby Smith said Curtin could have done much better, ruining at least one won position; unfortunately the girls all seem to move much too fast at this level… Poor St. Michael’s were again dominated, losing 4-0 to Mount View. Somerville inflicted the same fate on them in Round 3, while Curtin blew another couple of won positions in losing 3-1 to Summer Hill and Mount View beat the SA composite team 4-0. All this left Somerville leading on 11/12 going into Day 2, by 1½ points from Mount View on 9½; Summer Hill had meanwhile recovered to 7/12, while Curtin’s 4½/12 was deceptive as they had the easier pairings on Day 2, and so felt they could still catch up…

Their words proved prescient, as they beat the SA composite team 4-0 in Round 4; fortunately for them Somerville did the same to Mount View, but unfortunately for them Summer Hill also did the same to St. Michael’s! Things got tense for the minor places, however, when Mount View stunned Summer Hill 2½-1½ in the last round, Caroline Shan managing to hold a draw on top board. This proved vital, as that left Summer Hill and Curtin equal second on 12½/20 after Curtin beat St. Michael’s 4-0, with poor Mount View narrowly missing out on a place on 12/20. The tiebreak saw match points level for Summer Hill and Curtin, so Summer Hill won second place (and relegated Curtin to third) based on their individual result. Of course, throughout all this Somerville House were the convincing winners on 19/20 after beating the SA composite team 4-0; amazingly, theirs was not to be the best score of the whole event…

Primary Open Division: Down To The Wire

Penshurst West (NSW), with four players fresh from representing Australia at the recent World Youth Championships (Jack Ruan, Harry Ruan, Cedric Koh and Clarise Koh), were the early favourites in this one; but it was clear to me from the start that this event could easily turn into a three horse race. Greythorn (Victoria) had the third highest rated player of the whole event in their Board 1, Bobby Cheng; and Somerset (Queensland), with all-round depth, also appeared to be dangerous. This certainly seemed to be the case after Round 1, where Penshurst West beat Mitcham (SA) 4-0 and Somerset beat Magill (SA), also by 4-0. The 3-1 win by Greythorn against Hawker (ACT) was a bit harder fought. Would the upset loss on Board 3 by Enoch Fan (Greythorn) against Anand Gupte (Hawker) prove significant later on?

No answers were provided in Round 2, except that we knew the event would be close – all three sides reached equal first on 6/8! While Greythorn beat Magill 3-1 (losing on Board 4), the 3-1 win by Mitcham over Hawker was a little less significant. What was more vital was a thrillingly hard-fought 2-2 draw between Somerset and Penshurst West, who looked to be in trouble after Jack and Harry Ruan had agreed to draws (with Keith Chan and Alex Arase respectively) and Clarise Koh had blundered her queen to lose to Daniel Arase on Board 4. Could Cedric Koh save the Penshurst team? The answer was yes, but only after a desperately tight and closely fought endgame win against Sabin Karibasic on Board 3…

Round 3 still provided no answers, as Somerset and Greythorn drew 2-2 after Bobby Cheng maintained his 100% score by beating Keith Chan, and Daniel Arase suffered an upset loss on Board 4. Wins by Alex Arase and Sabin Karibasic maintained the balance, especially after an upset loss by Jack Ruan to Stuart Mason meant that Penshurst West were only able to beat Hawker 3-1 (and Mitcham beat Magill 2½-1½). This left Penshurst West with a one point lead on 9/12 going into Day 2, from both Somerset and Greythorn on 8/12; clearly it was still very tight… Even tighter after Round 4, where Penshurst West again looked to be in trouble against Greythorn (Bobby Cheng beating Jack Ruan) but salvaged draws on Boards 2 and 3 to achieve another 2-2 draw. While Hawker stunned Magill 4-0, the 3-1 win by Somerset against Mitcham (Keith Chan blundering a rook to lose to Alistair Cameron) left us with a most thrilling finish: Penshurst West and Somerset 11/16, Greythorn 10/16 and any one of them could still win it!

Despite Bobby Cheng reaching 5/5, Greythorn missed their chance when they lost on Boards 2 and 4 to draw 2-2 with Mitcham; they were now condemned to third on 12/20… But who would win out of Somerset and Penshurst? The latter quickly reached 3-0 against Magill, but Natasha Bortsova on Board 1 was giving Jack Ruan all he could handle; and when Somerset built up their own 3-0 lead against Hawker, it all came down to the last two games! Jack managed to grind Natasha down in an ending; while Sabin popped a piece from an exchange ahead, and so with rook and pawn for two pieces could only manage a draw with Anand Gupte. Hence Penshurst won it on 15/20, by just half a point from Somerset on 14½/20; what an incredible finish!

Secondary Girls Division: NSW Dominance Finally Broken

I have to admit I was not sure who were favourites in this one, as there were some strong players on Board 1: Jessica Kinder (Somerset, Queensland), Sally Yu (Presbyterian Ladies College, Victoria), Luthien Russell (Daramalan, ACT) and Shan-Shan Qiao (North Sydney Girls, NSW). Would they stop the dominance of NSW, who have won the last few times via first Abbotsleigh and then North Sydney Girls? Defending champs North Sydney Girls were again the NSW representative, and the first round provided few clues: North Sydney Girls defeated PLC 3-1 (Shan-Shan Qiao losing to Sally Yu on Board 1, but Charmian Zhang upsetting Susan Sheng on Board 2), but the other results were both 4-0! Daramalan accounted for an SA composite team included to fill the bye; while Somerset beat Wilderness, the official SA representatives. No real upsets there; but what would happen when the four non SA teams started meeting?

A close match in Round 2 gave us no answers, as North Sydney defeated Daramalan 2½-1½; Shan-Shan drew with Luthien and North Sydney won Boards 3 and 4, but Lara Ong beat Charmian Zhang on Board 2. Somerset reached 8/8 by beating the SA composite team 4-0, while PLC could only manage 2½-1½ vs Wilderness, drawing Board 3 and losing Board 4… Somerset looked set to dominate after Round 3, where they beat Daramalan 3-1; Luthien Russell stunned Jessica Kinder, but sister Danielle Kinder made up for this by upsetting Lara Ong and Somerset won Boards 3 and 4. So they entered Day 2 on 11/12, with a 2½ point lead over North Sydney after the latter beat Wilderness 3-1 (losing on Board 4); PLC beat the SA composite team 4-0…

The critical match in Round 4 was tight, as North Sydney felt they needed a 3-1 win to have a chance; their hopes were scuppered a bit early, though, when Charmian popped her queen to lose to Danielle! Could they win the other 3 boards? The answer was no, despite winning Board 4; but a hard fought loss by Amy Cao to Maxine Tan on Board 3 ended their chances, as Shan-Shan could not convert an extra piece (for 2 pawns) against Jessica and finished up agreeing to a draw. So 2½-1½ to Somerset virtually guaranteed them the title, as PLC and Daramalan drew 2-2 (Sally drawing with Luthien). The final round saw Somerset win the event on 16½/20 to break the NSW dominance after beating PLC 3-1 (top two boards drawn), while North Sydney claimed second on 14/20 after beating the SA composite team 4-0. Third place ended up very close, Daramalan drawing 2-2 with Wilderness after an upset loss by Lara Ong to Katerina Flabouris on Board 2. This left Daramalan and PLC equal third on 10½/20; technically PLC claimed third on countback, but equal third meant extra trophies so both schools could take something away…

Secondary Open Division: A Hat-Trick?

In the last couple of years the Victorian school has dominated this one, winning convincingly; Balwyn first won it in 2006, and they then had it all wrapped up with a round to spare last year! Could the new Victorian representatives, Scotch College, make it a Victorian hat-trick? They certainly seemed to have the best balanced all-round side, with their top three boards (Zhigen Lin, Eugene Schon and Derek Yu) all ACF rated over 1800; even their Board 4, Nicholas Liu, was 1464. But Hawker (ACT) looked tough, having Australian Junior Champion Junta Ikeda on top board and dangerous players on Boards 2 and 3 in Sherab Guo-Yuthok and Michael Reading; and the side from King’s College, Queensland (Sam Grigg, Sebastian Jule, Daniel Ford and Caleb Eriksson) also loomed dangerous. Then there was the ever dangerous Sydney Grammar (NSW), who won the inaugural couple of events and also featured all-round depth in Joshua Levin, John Papantoniou and Leo Kang (all over 1600); and even the SA and WA sides had ACF rated players, the dangerous James Griggs and Anthony Milton on the top two boards for Prince Alfred College (SA) while top board for Seton Catholic College (WA), Chris Boni, had an ACF rating of 1447. It certainly seemed like Scotch would not have it all their own way; I at least thought at the beginning that we were in for an exciting tournament…

But somehow, right from the start, everything seemed to go Scotch’s way! The pairings helped, as they beat Seton 4-0 in Round 1; even here they benefited from the Seton players sitting on the wrong sides, so even though their Board 4 (their reserve Richard Owen) lost from a won position against the Seton Board 1 (Chris Boni), Roland Eime and I felt as arbiters that we had no choice but to reverse that result for team scoring purposes! (It was still scored as a win to Chris for ACF rating purposes). That got them off to an early lead, as King’s beat Prince Alfred 3-1 (James Griggs stunning Sam Grigg on Board 1) and Sydney Grammar scored likewise against Hawker. In the latter match John Papantoniou upset Sherab in an ending; this was to become a trend…

Round 2 saw Scotch keep rolling by beating Prince Alfred 4-0, while Hawker did likewise to Seton. The match between Grammar and King’s was much tighter, but Grammar could actually have won 3½-½ if Joshua Levin had converted his extra piece (albeit in a rather complicated position) against Sam Grigg; instead, he lost on time! Grammar still won 2½-1½, fuelled by John Papantoniou’s upset win against Sebastian Jule on Board 2 when John fought back from an inferior position into another won endgame… But all this came to naught for Grammar when they lost 3½-½ to Scotch in Round 3, Eugene Schon scoring a crushing attack against John Papantoniou but Leo Kang fighting back from a lost position to draw with Derek Yu. So Scotch had it practically wrapped up on 11½/12 going into Day 2, while Hawker stunned King’s 3-1 due largely to Michael Reading’s upset win over Daniel Ford; thus Hawker entered Day 2 in second place on 8/12, while Seton drew 2-2 with Prince Alfred by winning the bottom two boards.

The minor places changed dramatically after Round 4, although not affecting them as much was the 4-0 win by King’s over Seton; but more significant was Hawker’s 4-0 loss to Scotch! The golden run for Scotch continued when after a magnificent and hard fought game, Junta Ikeda and Zhigen Lin reached a drawn knight and pawn ending with Junta actually a pawn ahead; a shame, then, that Junta lost on time… Grammar then seized their opportunity with a 3-1 win against Prince Alfred, winning Boards 2 and 3 and drawing the rest; they were now clear favourite for second place! This they duly secured on 12½/20 with a 3½-½ win against Seton in Round 5, while Scotch concluded their amazing run with another 4-0 win, this time against King’s. Their final score of 19½/20 was the best of all four events, and meant they won by an incredible 7 point margin! Hawker’s 3-1 win over Prince Alfred (losing Board 4), meanwhile, was enough to grab them outright third place on 11/20. We can only hope next year will be more exciting, with no more dominant Victorian sides coached by Geoff Saw!

EVENTS CALENDAR

January 2-11, 2009

Manly, NSW

2009 Australian Open Chess Championship

Venue Manly-Warringah Rugby League Club, 563 Pittwater Road, Brookvale.
Format 11-Round FIDE-rated swiss. “Fischer” 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move.
DOPs Chief Arbiter: Nick Chernih.
Entry fee if received by 9 December $145 ($105 concession). After 9 December $170 ($130).
Prizes $2500, $1750, $1000, $750, $500, $250, $200, $150. Under 2100 $250, U2000 $250, U1900 $250, U1800 $200, U1700 $200, Best Senior $250, Best Woman $250.
Registration from 11.00 a.m. Friday, 2 January, 2009.
Enquiries to Chris Dimock. Phone (02) 9221 5380. Fax (02) 9221 5282. Email enquiries@australianchessopen.com.
Website here.

January 2-11, 2009

Manly, NSW

Manly Chess Classic

Venue Manly-Warringah Rugby League Club, 563 Pittwater Road, Brookvale.
Format 11-Round swiss for players rated under 1600. “Fischer” 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move.
DOPs Chief Arbiter: Nick Chernih.
Entry fee if received by 9 December $100 ($75 concession). After 9 December $125 ($100).
Prizes $600, $450, $300, $200. Under 1400 $150, U1300 $150.
Registration from 11.00 a.m. Friday, 2 January, 2009.
Enquiries to Chris Dimock. Phone (02) 9221 5380. Fax (02) 9221 5282. Email enquiries@australianchessopen.com.
Website here.

January 6, 2009

Manly, NSW

Australian Open Lightning Championship

Venue Manly-Warringah Rugby League Club, 563 Pittwater Road, Brookvale.
Format 5 minutes per player per game.
DOPs Chief Arbiter: Nick Chernih.
Entry fee $25 ($20 concession).
Prizes TBA.
Enquiries to Chris Dimock. Phone (02) 9221 5380. Fax (02) 9221 5282. Email enquiries@australianchessopen.com.
Website here.

January 2-13, 2009

Athelstone, SA

2009 Australian Junior Chess Championship

Eligibility For male and female players born in 1991 or later.
Venue The Dennett Centre, Saint Ignatius' College, 2 Manresa Court, Athelstone, SA.
Format 11-Round Swiss. 90 minutes + 60 seconds per move.
DOPs IA Charles Zworestine & IA Roland Eime.
Entry fee if received by 25 November $70. If received by 23 December $80. If received after 23 December $95.
Prizes U18 $800, $300, $100. U16 $300, $100. U14 $300, $100.
Enquiries to Chief Organiser Alan Goldsmith, 0401 672 481, alang@chariot.net.au, or to George Howard, 0414 841 575.
Website here.

January 2-13, 2009

Athelstone, SA

2009 Australian Girls Chess Championship

Eligibility For female players born in 1991 or later.
Venue The Dennett Centre, Saint Ignatius' College, 2 Manresa Court, Athelstone, SA.
Format depending on entries. 90 minutes + 60 seconds per move.
DOPs IA Charles Zworestine & IA Roland Eime.
Entry fee if received by 25 November $70. If received by 23 December $80. If received after 23 December $95.
Prizes U18 $400, $200, $100. U16 $150, $50. U14 $150, $50.
Enquiries to Chief Organiser Alan Goldsmith, 0401 672 481, alang@chariot.net.au, or to George Howard, 0414 841 575.
Website here.

January 2-13, 2009

Athelstone, SA

2009 Australian Junior Under 12 Chess Championship

Eligibility For male and female players born in 1997 or later.
Venue The Dennett Centre, Saint Ignatius' College, 2 Manresa Court, Athelstone, SA.
Format 11-Round Swiss. 60 minutes + 60 seconds per move.
DOPs IA Charles Zworestine & IA Roland Eime.
Entry fee if received by 25 November $60. If received by 23 December $70. If received after 23 December $85.
Prizes U12 $300, $100. U10 $100, $50. U8 $100, $50.
Enquiries to Chief Organiser Alan Goldsmith, 0401 672 481, alang@chariot.net.au, or to George Howard, 0414 841 575.
Website here.

January 2-13, 2009

Athelstone, SA

2009 Australian Junior Under 12 Girls Chess Championship

Eligibility For female players born in 1997 or later.
Venue The Dennett Centre, Saint Ignatius' College, 2 Manresa Court, Athelstone, SA.
Format depending on entries. 60 minutes + 60 seconds per move.
DOPs IA Charles Zworestine & IA Roland Eime.
Entry fee if received by 25 November $60. If received by 23 December $70. If received after 23 December $85.
Prizes U12 $150, $50. U10 $50, $25. U8 $50, $25.
Enquiries to Chief Organiser Alan Goldsmith, 0401 672 481, alang@chariot.net.au, or to George Howard, 0414 841 575.
Website here.

January 15-24, 2009

Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND

2009 Queenstown Chess Classic

Venue Millennium Hotel (corner of Frankton Rd and Stanley St), Queenstown, New Zealand.
Format 10 round Swiss, 100 minutes + 1 minute/move.
Entry fee NZ $165 (Juniors NZ $88). Entry free to GMs and, WGMs. Entry free to IMs and WIMs (with $90 deducted from any prize won). Title players claiming free entry must provide organisers with notification of booked flights itinerary by 1st December 2008. Entries received after 1 November add $35; entries received after 1 January add $70; entries received on site add $90, all payable at time of entry.
Prizes $10,000, $7000, $5000, $4000, $3500, $3000, $2500, $2000, $1800, $1700, $1600, $1550, $1500, $1450, $1400. Under 2000 $500, U1800 $500, U1600 $500, plus senior and junior prizes.
Registration 6.00 - 8.00 pm, Wednesday 14 January at the tournament hall.
Enquiries to Helen Milligan, heligan@queenstownchess.com.
Website here.

January 25-26, 2009

Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand Rapidplay and Lightning Championships

Venue Millennium Hotel (corner of Frankton Rd and Stanley St), Queenstown, New Zealand.
Format Rapidplay: 25-26 January, 9 round Swiss, 30 minutes per player. Lightning: 26 January, preliminary seeded groups leading to a round-robin final, 5 minutes per player.
Entry fee Rapidplay: NZ $80 (Juniors NZ $45). Lightning NZ $35 (Juniors NZ $25). Entry free to GMs and WGMs with the proviso that an amount equal to the appropriate entry fee will be deducted from any prize won.
Prizes Rapidplay: $1650, $1100, $800, $600, $320, $225, $175, $110; best junior $110; best female $110. Lightning: $450, $330, $220, $110; First reserve $110; Second reserve $80.
Enquiries to Helen Milligan, heligan@queenstownchess.com.
Website here.

April 9-13, 2009

Canberra, ACT

2009 Doeberl Cup

Venue The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda Street, Woden ACT 2606.
Format Premier (9-13 April, 9-Round Swiss, 90 minutes + 30 seconds), Major, Minor, 50+ (10-13 April, 7-round Swisses, 90+30), Under 1200 (10-11 April, 6-Round Swiss, 20+10) & Chess 960 (11 April, 5+0).
Entry fee free to GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Premier $140. Major & Minor $120, U/18 $80. 50+ $80. Under 1200 $60.
Prizes Premier $4000, $2500, $1500, $800, $500, $400, $350, $300. Major $1500, $800, $450, $250, $150, $100. Minor $750, $400, $250, $150, $100. 50+ $450, $300, $150, $100. Under 1200 trophies and gift vouchers.
Close of entries for Premier, Major, Minor, 50+ is 12.00 midday, Wednesday 8 April. Under 1200 entries close 12.00 midday, Friday, 10 April. All player sign-ins close 12.00 midday on first day of play.
Enquiries to Charles Bishop, info@doeberlcup.com.au.
Website here.

April 14-19, 2009

Parramatta, NSW

2009 Sydney International Open Chess Tournament

Venue Parramatta Town Hall, Church Street, Parramatta, NSW, 2150.
Format Open & Challengers (restricted to players rated below 2000) events. 9-Round FIDE-rated Swisses. 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move.
Entry fee free to GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs and players rated over 2500. Open 2400-2499 $100, 2300-2399 $125, 2200-2299 $150, 1600-2199 $175, unrated $225. Challengers $90, unrated $100.
Prizes Open $5000, $2500, $1500, $1000, $750, $500, $500, $500, $250, $250, $250, $250, $250 (Best female), $250 (Best under 18), $250 (Best under 12). Challengers $500, $400, $350, $300, $250, $200, $200, $100 (Best female), $100 (Best under 18), $100 (Best under 12).
Close of entries is on Sunday, 12 April. Player registration from 6.30 - 7.45 pm on Tuesday, 14 April.
Enquiries to Brian Jones, phone 61-2-9838-1529, fax 61-2-9838-1614, info@chessaustralia.com.au.
Website here.

June 20-26, 2009

Tweed Heads/Gold Coast, NSW/Qld border

Oceania Zonal Chess Tournament for Men and Women

Venue Outrigger Twin Towns Resort
Format Nine round swiss for Men and Women (or a round robin if appropriate). 40 moves in 90 minutes, 30 minutes to finish, plus 30 seconds per move from the start.
DOPs Chief Arbiter: IA Charles Zworestine. Assistant Arbiters: IA Gary Bekker & Graeme Gardiner.
Entry fee dependant on rating. See website.
Prizes Men: $1500, $1000, $750, $500, $400, $250, $150. 1st under 2000 $300. 1st under 1800 $300. Women: $750. $500, $300. 1st under 1800 $300.
Registration by Friday, 6 June, 2009. The organiser may, at his discretion, accept late entries.
Enquiries to Graeme Gardiner, 11 Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba Qld 4213. Phone 5522 7221. Fax 5522 7760. Email ggardiner@gardinerchess.com.
Website here.
As an added attraction, the Gold Coast Open, a cat 5 Yulgilbar-Think Big Grand Prix event, will take place in the same playing venue, Visions Conference Room, Twin Towns Resort, on the weekend immediately after the Zonal 27/28 June 2009.

OVERSEAS EVENTS CALENDAR

Notice of the following overseas events has been received by the ACF. For more information, please consult the relevant website or contact auschessnews@gmail.com.

Prague Open, Top Hotel Praha, Blazimska 1781/4, Praha 11, Czech Republic, 9 - 16 January 2009. www.czechtour.net/prague-open

7th Parsvnath International Tournament, Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, 10 - 19 January 2009. 10-round Swiss. Rs 11,50,000/- in prizes. Open, U2400, U2251, U2100, U1901, Women, Veteran and Junior prizes. www.delhichess.com

Marianbad Open, Kossuth hotel, Ruska 77/20, Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic, 17 - 25 January 2009. www.czechtour.net/prague-open

Gibralter Chess Congress, 27 January - 5 February 2009. www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/gib2009/index.html. Includes an Open event and several supporting tournaments and activities. Gibraltar 2009 has £100,000 prize money and is probably the richest totally open congress in the world. A player under 2250 could, for example, win £5000 there.

OVERSEAS NEWS

WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2008

World Champion Viswanathan Anand succeeded in his title defence in October by drawing the eleventh game of the World Championship match against Vladimir Kramnik. The main sponsor of the match was Evonik Industries AG. The prizemoney of 1.5 million Euro was split evenly between the two players. Official Website: www.uep-worldchess.com.

World Chess Championship Bonn (GER), 14 x - 2 xi 2008
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Perf
 Anand, Viswanathan  g IND 2783 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . 2837
 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2772 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ . 2718

Palview: Anand-Kramnik Viswanathan Anand (2783) - Vladimir Kramnik (2772) [D43]
World Chess Championship, Bonn (9) 26/10/2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.Rd1 Bb4 12.Ne5 Qe7 13.0-0 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 0-0 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.f4 Qg7 17.e5 c5 18.Nxb5 cxd4 19.Qxc4 a5 20.Kh1 Rac8 21.Qxd4 gxf4 22.Bf3 Ba6 23.a4 Rc5 24.Qxf4 Rxe5 25.b3 Bxb5 26.axb5 Rxb5 27.Be4 Bc3 28.Bc2 Be5 29.Qf2 Bb8 30.Qf3 Rc5 31.Bd3 Rc3 32.g3 Kh8 33.Qb7 f5 34.Qb6 Qe5 35.Qb7 Qc7 36.Qxc7 Bxc7 37.Bc4 Re8 38.Rd7 a4 39.Rxc7 axb3 40.Rf2 Rb8 41.Rb2 h5 42.Kg2 h4 43.Rc6 hxg3 44.hxg3 Rg8 45.Rxe6 Rxc4 ½-½

Palview: Kramnik-Anand Vladimir Kramnik (2772) - Viswanathan Anand (2783) [E21]
World Chess Championship, Bonn (10) 27/10/2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.Bg2 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3 Qa5 10.Bd2 Nc6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.0-0 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Ba6 14.Rfd1 Qc5 15.e4 Bc4 16.Qa4 Nb6 17.Qb4 Qh5 18.Re1 c5 19.Qa5 Rfc8 20.Be3 Be2 21.Bf4 e5 22.Be3 Bg4 23.Qa6 f6 24.a4 Qf7 25.Bf1 Be6 26.Rab1 c4 27.a5 Na4 28.Rb7 Qe8 29.Qd6 1-0

Palview: Anand-Kramnik Viswanathan Anand (2783) - Vladimir Kramnik (2772) [B96]
World Chess Championship, Bonn (11) 29/10/2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qc7 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.f5 Qc5 10.Qd3 Nc6 11.Nb3 Qe5 12.0-0-0 exf5 13.Qe3 Bg7 14.Rd5 Qe7 15.Qg3 Rg8 16.Qf4 fxe4 17.Nxe4 f5 18.Nxd6+ Kf8 19.Nxc8 Rxc8 20.Kb1 Qe1+ 21.Nc1 Ne7 22.Qd2 Qxd2 23.Rxd2 Bh6 24.Rf2 Be3 ½-½

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