ACF Bulletin No. 47 - December 12, 1999
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS' TEAMS' FINALS WEEKEND
These championships once again were a huge success. Many congratulations to
the organisers. The standard appeared to be higher than the first year in
1998 and this was possibly brought about by teams preparing themselves
better and increased coaching. We certainly hope that the success of the
event will encourage increased participation all around Australia. It was
good to get an opportunity to talk with Senator Kate Lundy, the Shadow
Minister of Sport and Senator Margaret Reid, the Leader of the Senate.
The winners were:
Open Secondary: Sydney Grammar (NSW)
Open Primary: Somerset College (Qld) and Essex Heights (Vic) shared.
Girls Secondary: Saint Stephens College (Qld)
Girls Primary: Worongary (Qld)
An informal meeting with representatives of all states was held on Sunday
morning to discuss the rules, format, and venue for next year and to make
recommendations to the ACF. The meeting unanimously agreed to recommend to
the ACF that the event be held in Adelaide in December 2000.
Andrew Allen will be putting up a great deal of information on the ACF
webpage including final rankings of all teams, games and photos.
SPORTS 2000 TASK FORCE
Sports Minister Jackie Kelly's Sports 2000 Task Force have produced their
report. The ACF is acknowledged as having made a submission but was not
asked to meet personally with the Task Force. Tim Fischer and Margaret May
made supporting representations.
The Task Force made 28 recommendations. Recommendation number one gives
some encouragement to Australian chess although I'm trying to get some
clarification of the thought process behind it.
"The Task Force recommends that a body called Sport and Recreation
Australia be established and its charter include recreation as well as
sport and that legislation be amended or enacted to reflect these changes".
It was interesting that in recommendation number three "the Task Force
recommends that statistical collections in sport and recreation be improved
so that there is the capacity to better understand the industry and
facilitate trend analysis" the message for Australian chess is that we must
put in place now systems to track statistics as these are likely to be key
criteria upon which Sport and Recreation Australia will base funding
Part of recommendation number 15 "The Task Force recommends that the
criteria for access to funds or services for participation or development
assistance be related to transparent, public criteria that take account of
management competency, participation levels and the contribution made to
The deadline for entries to the Australian Championships has been extended.
There are also likely to be some (at least temporary) changes made to the
entry criteria to facilitate some extra entries to the Championship event.
ASIAN MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS, January 2000
Australia's nominations are: Vladimir Feldman and Narelle Szuveges. Irina
Feldman has been nominated by the Asian Continental President as his
AUSTRALIAN MASTERS, 20 July - 31 July, 2000, Reserve Bank building, cnr
Collins St & Exhibition St, Melbourne.
IA GARY BEKKER<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Australian Masters Director:
A high profile tournament in Melbourne's CBD, this year's event is expected
to be a category 5 IM-norm event, and will be run as a 12 player round robin.
Free entry for GMs, men's IMs and foreigners. $150 entry for others.
Prizes: 1st-$1500, 2nd-$800, 3rd-$500
International entries would be appreciated and should be registered with
the tournament organiser and arbiter, IA Gary Bekker as soon as possible.
Please note that this year's event will be held as part of Australia's
"International Chess Festival" including the Gold Coast International and
QVB International in Sydney just prior to the Australian Masters in Melbourne.
The likely participants so far are:
1. GM Darryl Johansen (2496)
2. IM Aleks Wohl (2440)
3. IM Stephen Solomon (2435)
4. IM Guy West (2381)
5. FM Zhao, Zong-Yuan (2350p)
6. IM Smerdon, David (2173)
7. FM Mirko Rujevic (2306)
8. FM Eddy Levi (2263)
Res: Nick Speck (2287)
Res: FM Tim Reilly (2258)
Res: FM Brett Tindall (2250)
plus four foreign players
It would be appreciated if anybody willing to billet a foreign player could
contact Gary Bekker, email@example.com as soon as possible.
(The Australian Masters is the final leg of the Australian Chess Festival
which starts with a major event at the Parkroyal Surfers Paradise from 7-17
June, continues with some heavy duty junior coaching between 19-30 June and
leads into the QVB GM event from 5-17 July. Also in this period will be the
Gold Coast and Noosa Opens).
DENIS DAY DECEASED
Dennis Day has had a long association with Chatswood Chess Club [now North
Sydney Leagues Club Chess Club] but did not play in "outside" tournaments.
Until recently he was a regular participant in the Club Championships, The
Ford Memorial Tournament, the Big Board Matches against St. George and
Interclub Grade Matches during the winter months and was a very strong
player rated 1,850 to 1.900+.
With a few health problems in recent years he had scaled down his
chess-playing activities but remained in full-time employment as an
executive with the Avco Finance Group and remained the Editor of the Club
Newsletter and the NSLCCC Vice-President.
Dennis, who was aged 62 at the time of his untimely death, would have had
contact with many people within the Sydney Chess Fraternity but was
probably relatively unknown to chess people in other states and the ACT.
Dennis was originally from England and had settled in Australia many years
NSW COUNTRY TEAMS
This is a report on the Country District Championship run at Newcastle on
Saturday and Sunday, 4 & 5 December.
Twelve teams of four players competed for the Champion's Cup, individual
trophies for the first and second placed teams and also a shield for first
placed in the lower half of the draw.
Newcastle University ran out the eventual winners in what proved to be a
very close and exciting contest.
After round three Newcastle University were leading Wollongong by 10 points
to 9. They met Wollongong in round four and Wollongong defeated Newcastle
University by 2.5 to 1.5 . This left the scores level on 11.5 going into
the last round.
Newcastle University played the fourth placed Gosford team and defeated
Gosford 3/1. Wollongong played the third placed Cardiff number one team and
the Cardiff Team held Wollongong to a 2 all draw.
The result hung on the last game to finish. This was between Slavica Sarai
and Theo Rippis on the top board. This game was won by Slavica in a nice
Slavica was one of the only two women in the contest and was the highest
rated player in the contest.
In a way Newcastle University owe their win not only to their own efforts
but also to the fine display by the Cardiff number one team.
It is interesting to note that both Taree No1 and Dubbo, two teams from
the lower seeded half of the draw, finished level in 4th and 5th place only
3.5 points behind the winning team.
The shield was awarded to Taree by use of the "Modified Buchholz" system.
Team scores Country Teams Championship
Place Name Feder Rtg Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.
1 University, 14.5 34.0 52.5 48.0
2 Wollongong, 13.5 34.0 58.0 42.0
3 Cardiff No 1, 13 35.0 59.5 41.5
4-5 Taree No 1, 11 31.5 49.5 31.5
Dubbo, 11 27.5 45.5 27.5
6-7 Gosford, 10.5 34.5 56.0 33.0
Mingara No 1, 10.5 25.5 44.5 30.5
8 Newcastle, 10 34.5 57.5 33.5
9 Cardiff No 2, 9.5 28.0 46.0 27.0
10 Mingara No 2, 7 25.0 40.5 18.0
11 Toukley, 5 28.5 47.5 15.0
12 Taree No 2, 4.5 27.0 43.0 12.5
ELWOOD CHRISTMAS SWISS
Ian Rogers GM has confirmed by email his entry to the Xmas Swiss to be held
at Elwood on December 18/19.
Conditions of entry are as per the flyer. Copies are available from Stephan
Taylor via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Numbers for this tournament are capped provisionally to 64, owing to
possible space limitations. First 64 in have a guaranteed place, so let me
know, and get you entries to me. There will be a waiting list for any
names beyond that. It may be possible to fit more in, but only 64 have
Concerning Stephen Solomon's opinions on Swiss Pairings by Computer. The
worries he expresses concerning the FIDE Pairing system are very minor. It
is just a matter of opinion how to deal with floats. The BCF prefers to
float median to median, but again that is just a Pom taste. Thus, if Swiss
Perfect follows the FIDE Rules, that is fine. Protos and Petunia are
available from Europe and they do the same job.
However the Seeded System is deeply flawed. It is strongly biased against
players at the top of the second half of the draw. There are several
examples where the system has proven to be extremely vindictive. e.g. Adam
Hunt in the European U-20 met absurdly strong opposition.
It would be better to use a Dubov, Burstein or Accelerated System. Only the
first named has been computerised though.
I agree that the current swiss pairing rules are inadequate. But you have
to live with the rules you are given, or change them. I quite liked the NZ
swiss pairing rules in the 1980s: they were reasonably fair and completely
deterministic, so you could prove whether the TD or computer had made a
The current FIDE swiss pairing rules are often ambiguous, or at least not
as clear as they should be. Taking colours into account so strongly has
been a real nuisance, and quite silly. But then, I don't care so much
whether I have White or Black. At least in correspondence chess we don't
have the problem!
I don't think Stephen Solomon should be apologising for his comments about
the Swiss pairing system. He merely articulated what a lot of experienced
tournament players believe, that the current FIDE rules are actually
considerably inferior to the rules that used to apply. Peter Parr, John
Frew and others used to do pairings that in my opinion made far more sense
in terms of producing a satisfactory result.
I remember the year that Kevin Perrin introduced the new FIDE pairing rules
to the Ballarat tournament. He interpreted them in a way that was
consistent with what was written, but in practice the seemingly illogical
pairings nearly caused a riot!
The important thing about Swiss Perfect or any other pan-Australian
computerised pairing system, is that it must be easily reprogrammeable if
the rules change again, and there must be a practical plan for implementing
such a change in all programmes, otherwise we may as well go back to
letting individual arbiters interpret the rules and save the clubs money.
The main reason for the ACF providing Swiss Perfect site licences around
Australia is to encourage mass participation tournaments, to get everyone
onto the same system for ease of communication and to facilitate transfer
of information for ratings and webpages. If the restructure is approved we
also propose to use it to build up the membership scheme automatically
through the recording of rated games.
I think Robert Rozycki has clearly shown that his system meets FIDE rules
(even though in some cases the rules are open to human interpretation).
However, his system is flexible enough to allow other pairing rules as well
as allowing the arbiter to do manual pairings. Most importantly, he has
demonstrated that he is prepared to make additions/changes to the programme
at relatively short notice and that he is committed to developing the
programme for the benefit of Australian chess.
Finally, I'd like to promote the fact that every school in Australia can
have a free copy of the state licence as long as Robert Rozycki is advised.
So far we have issued 58 licences to state associations and clubs and many
schools have already obtained free copies.
DAVID WATERHOUSE, Suncoast Chess Club
The following assessment of my understanding of your Australian Chess
restructuring proposals was put to the recent AGM of the Suncoast Chess
Club. Included with the assessment is an appreciation of how the Club
could cope with the new structure financially. At the AGM itself the
assessment was well received. Subsequently it has been circulated to
committee members for their reactions. It appears that, if I have got it
about right, everybody is in favour. Australian Chess is certainly in need
of major restructuring for its future health and growth.
If you agree with my interpretation of your intentions and wish to publish
this letter in your weekly newssheet on the Internet I would look forward
to any comments it brings forth. I would also welcome any comments you
would like to make yourself.
"My understanding of the restructuring process being developed by Graeme
Gardiner is as follows:-
1. Payment of membership fees to State Associations etc, is to be abolished.
2. Income for Australian Chess in the future to be derived from a levy of
$1 on each rated tournament game played by an adult with a reduced levy for
Juniors. All paid to the ACF.
3. The proceeds of this levy to be divided between the ACF and the State
Associations on the basis of 50% of the proceeds being retained by the ACF
and 50% going to the States. (Presumably in proportion to moneys received
from each State.)
4. An Australian Chess Magazine , with guaranteed financial backing from
the ACF, will be available free of charge on the Internet. Hard copies of
the Magazine will also be available to all players by means of an optional
1. Everybody playing in rated games will be counted as a registered Chess
player. This will greatly increase the number of players registered in
Australia over the previous figure based on adding up all State Association
members. The main advantage of this will be an enhanced count of Chess
Players when talking to Government or major potential sponsors regarding
2. No Players will be compelled to buy a Chess magazine because they wish
to be State Association Members.
Impact on the Suncoast Chess Club:-
1. Members would no longer need to pay a subscription to the CAQ,
currently $35 for an adult.
2. Members would need to pay $1 per adult rated game played ($7 per seven
round event etc.), both for Tournaments and for rated games played 'in
club' throughout the year.
Some members feel that though the levy for Tournament games is OK it would
not be well received for 'in club' games.
As members would no longer be required to pay the CAQ membership fee the
Club could introduce a modest Club membership fee such as $20 to $25 for an
adult, $15 to $20 for a pensioner and $10 to $15 for a Junior. This fee
would cover all 'in club' rated game levies.
A night, or meeting, fee would still be levied to cover the free canteen
drinks, room rentals, and, over the year, the running costs of the club
such as, postage, insurance, equipment maintenance, etc.
MAKE PEACE BY CHESS
Have we anyone in the military field? The first world tournament of
military chess players will be held in Zakopane, Poland from May 4-14,
2000. Teams of four plus two reserves will play a nine round swiss with
time controls of 40 moves in 1.5 hours with 30 mins to finish. Please
contact Robert Jamieson or myself if interested.
Hinterland of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Phone/fax +61 7 5530 5794; Mobile 0407 114427;
E-fax - via the US (603) 947-8543