ACF Bulletin No. 45 - November 28, 1999
A reminder that ANDREW ALLEN puts a good deal of time and effort into
updating our webpage on a regular basis. There is always interesting
current information and a wealth or resource material. Check it out
regularly at http://www.somerset.qld.edu.au/chess. Shortly we will be
changing server and the new domain name will correctly reflect Australian
chess. More about that soon.
The closing date for entries is next Friday - please don't miss it!
More Australian Chess Championship News from MAL MURRELL, Mingara Chess
Club President, firstname.lastname@example.org, (02) 4392 3873:
The cut off date for entries to the Australian Championship (all divisions)
is December 3. Less than two weeks away so GET YOUR ENTRIES IN SOON!!!
GMs and IMs must complete and send in entry forms even though they have
The ACF allows the four highest ranked foreign applicants to compete in the
Bulletin Editor - Mingara Chess Club is proud to announce that we have
obtained the services of joint Purdy Medal winner (with Shaun Press) Paul
Dunn as Bulletin Editor for the Australian Championships. Paul and Shaun
also intend to publish a book of the championships and will be taking
orders at the event.
Accommodation - This is filling up very quickly.
Betty Smith of TORRENS LODGE(024333 7773) has kindly offered to hold all
her rooms for chess players only. The place is already half booked by
chess players. There is room for only 15 more(4 doubles 2 singles and a 5
bed flat) a special rate of $35 per day (usually $45) applies this includes
a continental breakfast. You must mention that you are playing in the
Australian Chess Championship otherwise they will say they are booked out.
The Sun Valley Caravan Park(43321107) can only accommodate 8 players with
half the stay in villas(4 bed) then you have to move to a trailer(6 bed),
All its O/nite vans & sites fully booked.
The Entrance Backpackers Lodge (02 43341001) still has cheap dormitory beds
at $15 per night (1 night discount per week.) Disabled facilities also
A number of people have asked about tent and caravan sites. If you have
your own caravan or tent you can try the following -Tuggerah Village (02
43622444) Proprietor - John King. Tent sites $12 per day up to 4 people
powered van sites $16 per day 7 minutes from Mingara.
Tuggerah Shore Caravan Park (02 43927252) Proprietors - Gary and Maria
Catto. This is a permanent resident site You must tell them you are playing
in the Australian Chess Championships. Powered van sites and tent sites
$12 per day, small tent sites $10 per day - 15 minutes from Mingara
Glen Gibbs has asked if anyone is willing to share his double room with
ensuite at Torrens Lodge. Glen is 60+ but doesn't mind sharing with chess
players of any age. His phone No is 03 6228 4593 (h) or 03 6233 2266 (o)
email G.Gibbs@dpac.tas.gov.au or email@example.com .
Donations - The Mingara Chess Club would like to thank the following
people, clubs and associations for donations towards the running of the
Australian Chess Championships.
NSW Chess Association $300; Ettalong Chess club $5; Keith Farrell $5.
As you would know running the Australian Chess Championships is a very
expensive and time consuming operation. Any donations from clubs,
associations and individuals would be appreciated. Donations can be sent
to: Mingara Chess Club, PO Box 8255, Tumbi Umbi, NSW 2261 - THANK YOU
The Mingara Chess Club would like to thank Brian Jones of Australian Chess
Enterprises for donating the use of digital chess clocks for the Australian
The Mingara Chess Club would like to thank the NSWCA, Central Coast Leagues
Club Chess Club, Newcastle Chess Association for the offer of a loan of
chess sets and clocks for the Australian Chess Championships
The Mingara Chess Club would like to thank Peter Parr of Chess Discount
Sales for mailing out Australian Chess Championship pamphlets with his
catalogues and for the use of his extensive mailing list.
DO YOUR BIT TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING - CAR POOL TO THE AUSTRALIAN CHESS
Don't forget to have a look at the list of car-poolers travelling to
Mingara from Sydney. You may be able to reduce your petrol costs and help
the environment. The list can be found at
http://www.users.bigpond.com/murrell/carpool.htm . If you want to be
included on this list you will need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with
the following information - Name, Telephone number, suburb, email address,
whether you have a car. These details will be published on the net at the
above address and it will be up to the car-poolers themselves to contact
each other to arrange groups and pickup times and payment for petrol by non
car owners. Don't forget to email me to be removed from the car-pool list
once you have made your travel arrangements.
New Year's Eve - I have been asked what is happening on the NSW Central
Coast for New Year's Eve. There will be a huge fireworks display at the
Entrance and there is always some entertainment at the Mingara Recreation
The multi-million dollar Sydney New Year's Eve extravaganza is just a
train ride away.
Looking forward to seeing you at the last Australian Chess Championships of
KOSHNITSKY AND STEINER MEDALS
State Associations are invited by Gary Wastell to forward nominations for
the Steiner and Koshnitsky medals as soon as possible. Gary would like all
nominations to be in writing addressed to "ACF Medals", 20 Sycamore Grove,
East St Kilda, Vic, 3183, so as to be received on or before December 14.
Alternatively, nominations may be e-mailed to email@example.com or
faxed to (03) 9525 9632.
The terms of reference (copied from the handbook) are:
"This is awarded to the "Player of the Year". It is to be the player who
has made the greatest impact, not necessarily the highest-rated - it is for
the most notable achievement of the year."
"This is awarded for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess
administration at a national or a state level."
GARY WASTELL will chair the panels set up to decide the Steiner and
Koshnitsky medals. The following have been invited to be on the panels:
STEINER MEDAL: Paul Dunn, Chris Depasquale, Ian Murray, David Ellis, Brian
KOSHNITSKY MEDAL: Bob Pilgrim, Phil Viner, Alan Goldsmith, John Kable,
ASIAN MEN'S AND WOMEN'S, UDAIPUR
These championships have now been moved back to 10-21 January 2000. Please
contact Robert Jamieson if interested, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROOTY HILL CLUB FREE LECTURE
IM Gary Lane will be giving a free lecture at the Rooty Hill Club on 20
December. Contact Peter Cassettari email@example.com.
I have 47 coaches in the database at the moment. I have no coaches from
Chess Ideas in it and I think there would at least be 15. I have no coaches
from Nik's chess coaching business, none from South Australia and Tasmania
and only one from Western Australia.
If these groups can email me or send me information of their coaches then I
can add them to the database - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GRAND PRIX 1999
1999 Tuggeranong Vikings Weekender
The last ACF Grand Prix event for 1999. Generous Grand Prix points
available (Class 3). Groups travelling down to Canberra for the Australian
Schools Championship on the same weekend may wish to bring other players
not competing in the schools down for the weekender.
Saturday/Sunday: December 11-12 1999
Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports Club, Ricardo St,
A Class 3 Australian Chess Federation Grand Prix Event
7 Round Rated Swiss Event
Time Limits: 1 hour + 10 sec/move thereafter (DGTs)
7 Round Swiss: 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm and 6:30pm (Saturday), 10:00am,
12:30pm and 3:00pm Sunday with prize-giving at 5:15pm
Entries taken until 10:00am on Saturday 11 December
Entry Fees: $40 adult, $30 concession, $20 junior
Open: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100
U/1800: 1st $150, 2nd $75
U/1400: 1st $150, 2nd $75
Junior: 1st $100, 2nd $50
2 half point byes are available
If you are interested in playing in this tournament please contact ANDREW
GREENWOOD on 02 62910385 or e-mail email@example.com
Sponsored by the Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports Club
Tuggeranong Chess Club:
GRAND PRIX 2000
JASON LYONS is doing a fine job in putting together a revamped Grand Prix
for next year. He deserves your support. Australian chess deserves a team
approach to building this competition up. Please don't leave it until he
phones you - make his job easier by getting your entry in. If you have not
received an entry form please email Jason on <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It has been pointed out to me that, according to the ACF constitution, the
submission of results for rating is solely the responsibility of the state
association. According to the VCA this match has not been organised through
a VCA registered club and was not pre registered as required by FIDE.
Whilst there was an arbiter, he was not present throughout the match.
There is absolutely no suggestion that there was anything wrong with the
match. The question of developing a standard policy for the rating of such
matches will be an agenda item at the next ACF Council meeting to be held
at Tumbi Umbi on 6 January. I have been surprised to find that FIDE do not
appear to have a policy on this matter. In fact, upon enquiring with
respected overseas experts, vastly differing opinions were given on what
policy they have.
In the meantime FIDE will be advised not to rate the match until this
matter has been resolved.
ARCHIVES OF GAMES OF LEADING AUSTRALIAN PLAYERS
Paul Dunn advises of his new email address for correspondence on this
NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES' COMPETITION
MATT SWEENEY (University of Woolongong) is keen to organise such a
competition. Please contact him if you are in any way involved with chess
at a university email@example.com
VCA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SWISS
This will be held at the Elwood Chess Club on 18/19 December.
I'd like to highlight a different club each week, if possible. Please let
me know of anything interesting going on in your club and I'll try to
include it. This week I've heard from ALF KLINKBY (Coffs Harbour), the club
that has produced outstanding junior ZONG YUAN ZHAO.
ALF KLINKBY, Publicity Officer, Ph 6656 1185 ah; 6652 2788 bh
Press Release 24 November, 1999
GEORGE GELAGIN is the new Chess Champion.
Coffs Harbour Chess Club has a new Club Champion, George Gelagin who after
many previous attempts showed consistency and won the crown in a tournament
held at Coffs Harbour Senior Chess Club.
George scored 8 points from 9 games, which gave him a half point break from
equal second placed Adam Tschaut and Greg Burgess, two players with more
than 15 Championships between them. Adam was the only player to defeat the
hard-hitting George in this tournament, but conceded a couple of draws and
a loss to Geoff Byng.
It is fitting and well deserved that George Gelagin at last has his name on
the list of Champions. He has been a member of the Club for many years,
just interrupted when work commitments have taken him to other places. He
has always been a dangerous player, but in the past has been known to let
certain "wins" escape.
George has also been instrumental in fostering strong support of school
chess in Coffs Harbour, and it is noticeable that his current school,
Sawtell Primary School, will soon play in the final for the NSW Country
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS' TEAMS' FINALS WEEKEND
Evelyn FitzPatrick <firstname.lastname@example.org> reports that some schools haven't
sent in players'names yet. Also we need the winners from the NSW Open
I am in favour of the proposed restructure of Australian Chess. The
membership scheme via rated games seems an excellent idea to me. I don't
think it needs to be a set $1 per game though; maybe only for the big,
round per day tournaments. Other tournaments could be 50c per game and
maybe juniors 20c per game. A couple of correspondents are worried about
how to administer this during the actual tournaments, but I think it could
be made very simple by amalgamating the rating fee into the entry fee, with
no opportunity for refunds in the case of withdrawal etc (except for the
full refund if the player can't turn up). In the case of the Doeberl Cup
for example, one of our prestigious tournaments, the entry fee would be
raised from say $60 to $64, not really a big jump. For the Australian
Championship it would be raised from $120 to $131, again not a great jump.
I understand what some correspondents are saying about it being unfair on
the more active players, me being one of those! But really I don't mind
paying even $1 for each of my games when it is going to such good causes,
and the improvement of Australian Chess in general. Someone such as Lloyd
Fell who is still one of our most active players after fifty years of
playing should be an honorary life member of the ACF by now! There are
many very active players, so maybe there could be a system introduced so
that if you play more than a certain number of games then you pay less per
rated game. To keep this simple for the tournament organizers, it should
be no different for them, but the player should just receive a cheque for
the refunded amount from the ACF after the ratings are done.
I went to one of the meetings on Graeme's trip around the States, in
Melbourne, and there as I believe in all States it was agreed that
Australian Chess needs to take great leaps forward. I have been playing
competitive chess for nearly thirty years, and Australian Chess really
hasn't made any advances as far as strength compared to the rest of the
world. With the restructure, we will raise the money to start the academy
and have a full time CEO etc. and our promising juniors will be finishing
regularly in the top ten in twenty years time. Consequently our Olympiad
Team will be doing the same, and playing Russia in every Olympiad like a
regular top team!
Throughout my thirty years as a player, I sincerely thank all the
administrators for doing a great job running chess and running tournaments,
a better job than I would probably do as an administrator (I was on the CAQ
for about four years and found it very hard work), but having said that
Australian Chess still hasn't really improved on the world stage in those
thirty years. I think the main reason for this is what Graeme calls the
burnout factor of our hard working administrators. One very honest hard
working administrator does good things for chess for a few years, and sees
not much in the way of promising things happening and becomes tired of it,
so they step down and before the next good administrator comes along there
may be a lapse of a year where all the good work of the previous
administrator is undone. I have seen this repeated many times during my
thirty years, and it is nobody's fault! We must allow the good
administrator when they come along, and Graeme is an excellent one, to do
as they see is best for Australian Chess, and this is the Restructure by 2001.
OK, we must look at the bottom end of the scale. I didn't hear of Robert
Jamieson and Max Fuller until I played in the Vic Juniors in the early 70s,
so certainly Alvin Chipmunk (his Mum told him to play interschool chess for
his sport) wouldn't have heard of Ian Rogers. Would he have heard of Wayne
Carey? Steve Waugh? John Eales? Yes. Yes. Probably. Would he have
heard of Keiran Perkins? Cathy Freeman? Yes. Yes. This is fair enough.
We expect this these days, as these are all spectator sports, the heroes of
which our juniors are proud of. With a National Chess Academy, in twenty
years time chess will regularly be on the news and we will have ten
Grandmasters who all Australians will be proud of. Mum won't be telling
him to try chess; he and thousands of others will want to play it and it
will be easy because chess will be in all the schools by then with our many
trained coaches etc! Now, referring to the same correspondent, dear Alvin
won't see anything for his five dollars? He is playing chess! Hopefully
he will achieve a State junior rating (though I'm sure most primary, and
even secondary, interschool chess players wouldn't even look at a magazine
if it was sent to their home address, so probably it should be sent to the
school, where all the players can compare their ratings.), and also it
would go towards the cost of the people running interschool chess, but he
is just playing chess! This should be enough. And if that $5 goes towards
Ian Rogers and the Olympiad team, that is fair enough too. Take other
sports again. My three boys are playing Junior Rugby League. John (his
parents!) pays his $40 to the Biloela JRL, which is affiliated with the
Gladstone Central JRL, which is affiliated with CQRL to QRL to ARL. Some
of the money I am sure goes to Brad Fittler and the Australian Test Team
and we are proud of that. We have to buy equipment on top of that, such as
boots, helmet, mouthguard, etc. In chess the equipment is provided! They
also play cricket, and Rachael who is 6 started Milo cricket this year.
Again the fees are much more than in chess, for each kid. Again it is
affiliated through to the ACB, and I hope our money helps Steve Waugh and
the Test Team which we are all very proud of. In twenty years all the kids
of Australia can be very proud of our Chess Olympiad Team, and all our
Grandmasters. I think the proposed restructure, as in bulletin 38A is the
way to go about this.
I like very much the proposed new structure of the ACF Grand Prix, as
outlined by Jason Lyons in bulletin 40. I hope this goes ahead next year,
and that all the weekend tournaments are a part of it! Even Class ones
will be influential, whereas in the Five class system they were hardly
worth it. I think there will only be two or three Class 3s so the other
class tournaments will definitely have a big say in the final winner. I am
only worried that with the top five scores only counting there could be a
few equal winners on maximum points, so maybe it should still be top seven.
That would probably favour me as a very active player, though!
I am not in favour of everything proposed. I am not a fan of the
Swissperfect pairing program at all, as from much experience at tournaments
it always gives "incorrect" pairings! I think none of the pairing programs
that have been written are any good. When I used to play in big
tournaments in Melbourne, Dr John Frew and Frank Meerbach used to be very
good at producing the correct pairings with cards. Also all the top
players are good at that too, obviously from their vast experience. Why
can't one of these people write a good pairings program? Seriously, I am
of course in favour of the one pairings program being used throughout
Australia and of course amalgamated with the rating system, and if it has
to be Swissperfect then so be it. At the beginning of each tournament I
guess the conditions are the same for everyone.
I think the initial few weeks of silence was because everyone is very happy
with the proposed restructure. Since there have been a few negative
viewpoints brought forward, and Graeme was calling for some positive ones,
I thought I better send my thoughts.
I've been following recent exchanges in the ACF Bulletins, and think it's
about time I made a contribution. On this occasion I would like to comment
on some of the things that have been said about the Ratings System.
In 1994, when a series of very popular, weekend allegro events were
underway(the Garry Koshnitsky Shield) the South Australian Chess
Association introduced an Allegro Rating List. The ratings were calculated
using the Elo system by parsing modified Swiss-Sys pairing files through
the ratings program. When the system was fully operational, new ratings
could be (and often were) calculated and posted immediately after the
completion of a tournament. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, the
the G.K. Shield and other allegro competitions waned, and the Allegro
Rating List was abandoned.
In 1998, the South Australian Junior Chess League, after many years,
re-introduced a Junior Rating List. Several years earlier, the SAJCL had
stopped trying to rate games because of the many problems inherent in the
scholastic rating pool, such as: an enormous numbers of competitors (up to
1000 new players every year); many juniors playing only one or two games;
overwhelming numbers of 'provisionally rated' players and the eventual loss
of all reliably rated players from the pool.
The 1998 SAJCL Rating List was created from the results of SAJCL
tournaments from 1994 through to 1998, which had been kept as Swiss-Sys
files and were now passed through the new ratings program. The
aforementioned problems inherent in this rating pool were circumvented by
the use of the Glicko Rating System. This system (invented by Prof. Mark
Glickman and used by various internet chess clubs) attaches a second number
(RD) to the rating, to give a measure of the 'reliability' or the rating
itself. The RD falls as the players rating becomes more reliable, as more
games are played against reliably rated players. Using the Glicko Rating
System, EVERY game becomes significant, not just those games played against
(the few) already rated players.
In 2000 I hope (as the SAJCL Ratings Officer) to establish the SAJCL Rating
List as a database driven website. In this way, organisers can make
updates by simply entering the results of the latest event, and players can
consult the new rating list within minutes of a tournament's completion.
Which brings me to the point of this whole missive. I have costed this
exercise, and 20 cents per game rated would have been a very generous
payment. If a website is set up to do the job there is no further,
significant, input of labour. Even if I, personally, do not do as outlined
in the pevious paragraph, someone, somewhere, surely will. There has, for
example, been some talk about a 'Ratings Server' in recent Newsgroup
I do not agree that "The proposed rating fee system ... has the potential
to bring a strong, reliable, sustainable income stream into Australian
chess." (G.Gardiner, ACF Bulletin No. 44). In fact, to attach the ACF's
financial future to the rating system on a 'user-pays' basis may be a
terminal error, as I suspect that the market will soon cost the maintenance
of a rating system at pretty close to nil.
President, Australian Chess Federation
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Chess - the clever sport!