ACF Bulletin No. 86 - 8 October 2000



UPCOMING MAJOR INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

The following major events are coming up:

Unofficial World Championship, London, KASPAROV V KRAMNIK 8/10/00 to 4/11/00. Websites: www.braingames.net and www.kasparovchess.com

Olympiad, Istanbul (125 men's teams and 85 women's teams) 27/10 to 13/11. Websites: www.istanbulchessolympiad.com and www.worldfide.com

World Youth Festival (Boys and Girls Under 10,12,14,16,18), Oropesa Del Mar, Spain 10-24 October. Website: www.feda.org

Official World Championship, New Delhi 27/11 to 16/12 and Tehran 20/12 to 27/12. Website: www.worldfide.com


ASIAN UNDER 16 CHAMPIONSHIPS

These will be held in Bagac, Philippines from 10 to 22 December. Bagac, Bataan is a beach town about 160km from Manila. Age criteria is under 16 on 1 January 2000. Free board and lodging will be provided by the organisers. Time controls are 40/100, 20/50 and 10 mins for remaining moves with 30 seconds per move added from the start.

If any boys or girls would like to be considered for this event, please contact BRETT TINDALL or myself by Tuesday, 17 October.

These Asian events are, in my opinion, a wonderful opportunity for those who haven't quite made the World Youth team to represent Australia. At the very least, and apart from the chess value, they are an opportunity to experience different cultures and be able to include indefinitely on one's CV the fact that one has represented Australia.


ACF SECRETARY/WEBMASTER

ANDREW ALLEN has stood down as ACF Secretary. He was due to resign at the national conference in January, but with his upcoming stint as Australian captain at the Olympiad and other commitments he thought that it was only fair to hand over earlier. On behalf of everyone involved in Australian chess, I would like to thank Andrew most sincerely for a job very well done. I'm hopeful that he will contribute a great deal more to Australian chess in the coming years. Many, many thanks Andrew for your total commitment to the task over the last couple of years.

PAUL BROEKHUYSE, who won the Australian junior title in 1982 has kindly agreed to take on the role of Secretary/Webmaster immediately. Paul, who is a journalist with The Australian, has been involved with the NSW Junior Chess League and runs their webpage: http://www.auschess.org.au/nswjcl/nswjcl.htm. Paul is the sole nominee for Secretary at the National Conference due to be held in Canberra on 7 January.


PRESIDENT'S OVERSEAS TRIP

On Saturday 21 October, I will be leaving on a two month overseas trip which doubles as my long service leave. Included in the trip will be visits to the World Juniors in Spain and the Olympiad in Istanbul as well as stays with various chess friends, including HANA and BRETA MODR in Prague and LUBOS and IRENA KAVALEK in Washington. I'll also be visiting the USCF in New York and YASSER SEIRAWAN in Seattle. I return on Friday 22 December.

ACF Deputy President ROBERT JAMIESON has kindly agreed to deputise in my absence and will continue to send out the weekly bulletins.

One matter in particular is concerning me. We urgently require a Grand Prix coordinator. Excellent progress has been made in building the Grand Prix up over the last couple of years and I would be extremely disappointed if we lost this momentum. Please step forward now if you feel that you would be prepared to make a contribution to Australian chess in this area. Please email me immediately on . We need to get to work now on the 2001 Grand Prix.


TONY HOLLOWAY DIES AGED 70

Former editor of the CCLA (Correspondence Chess League of Australia) magazine, administrator and player TONY HOLLOWAY, has died at the age of 70. I hope to have an obituary in next week's bulletin.


OLYMPIAD APPEAL

Please dig deep to support our Olympiad team. Send your donations now to the ACF Treasurer, NORM GREENWOOD, Unit 15, Horizon Towers, 208 Pacific Highway, Hornsby, NSW 2077. Email normg@bigpond.com.au.


2001 AUSTRALIAN CENTENARY OF FEDERATION CHESS FESTIVAL

Be on the lookout for your special invitation colour brochure to play in the 2001 Australian Open and also information on the 2001 Australian Juniors in the next issue of ChessACTion 2001.

This information will be distributed with the next edition of Australian Chess Forum. It will also be sent out in the next few weeks through the SACA, TCA, CAWA and will also be available at outlets such as Australian Chess Enterprises, Chess Discount Sales and other centres throughout the country.

Further to the 14 GMs and IMs already confirmed, I have had further confirmations from two other overseas IMs, the details of which are currently being finalised. Many other expressions of interest have also been received, so I am confident that the Open will reach at least 20 titled players. Updates will be announced shortly.

Remember, you don't have to be an IM to play! Prizes of over $20,000 during the festival will be available in the Open, Minor, Repechage and Juniors. If you cannot commit to two weeks of chess, why not play in one of the shorter U/1600 or U/2000 events. The real chess enthusiast can even play both the Open and the U/2000 events as they do not clash. There will be much for all juniors and adults at the 2001 Australian Centenary of Federation Chess Festival.

For more information on the Open, email ANDREW GREENWOOD: or information on the Juniors, email DEBORAH POULTON:


COACHING ASSOCIATION

If you would like to receive the coaching bulletin put out by Brett Tindall please email him on or myself at Brett would like to receive more feedback from the coaching community on recent bulletins that he has sent out.


$10,000,000 PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR YOUR CLUB OR STATE?

Clubs to join up so far are Gold Coast, Hobson's Bay, Dandenong, Canberra and Canberra Street Chess. Many others are expected in the next month or two as committee meetings are held and the benefits become apparent. For most insurance policies you can get a refund on the unexpired portion of a cancelled policy less a small (insignificant) admin fee.

Premiums:

States $303 each
Clubs with 100 or more members $242 per club
Clubs with 50 to less than 100 members $182 per club
Clubs with less than 50 members $121 per club

I think that you will find these quotes hard to beat. Compare them with what you are paying now. To take advantage of this special offer, all you need to do is email NORM GREENWOOD with the following details: Name of club, number of current members, main meeting venue (if any), incorporated or unincorporated, any previous liability incidents, contact name/address/phone/fax/email, interested parties to be noted on policy (if any). You will then be contacted directly by the insurer, CHRIS ZUCCALA, who will advise you of the pro rata premium to pay to the common renewal date (31 August).

If you wish to contact Chris Zuccala direct please do so on email vicwide@hotmail.com or phone 03 9569 1569 or fax 03 9569 1515.


SOUTHERN SKIES SPORTING TOURNAMENT, SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND 2-6 JULY 2001

Couran Cove Resort, South Stradbroke Island, are sponsoring a sporting/cultural tournament next year which will feature hockey, netball, rugby union, soccer, chess and choir competitions. The chess event will be for individuals and teams of four aged under 19 as at 7 July 2001. The venue will be Brisbane Boys College, Toowong. The tournament will be played over 5 days (2-6 July) and will comprise two rounds per day with a 60 mins a side time control. The tournament webpage is at: www.southern-skies.org and you can register your interest at .


GRAND PRIX

The remaining events in the 2000 Grand Prix are as follows:

October 14-15 Geelong Open, Geelong Historical Records Ctr, Cat 1, STEPHEN MCKENZIE 03 5222 4524
October 21-22 Coal City Open, Cardiff Workers Club, Cat 2, GEORGE LITHGOW 02 4943 3862
October 21-22 Ctrl Coast Weekender, Central Coast Leagues Club, Cat 1, KEITH FARRELL 02 4341 7864
October 28-29 Tweed Heads Open, Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Cat 3, AUDIE PENNEFATHER 07 5536 9185
November 4-6 Tasmanian Open, Hobart (Venue TBC), Cat 1, KEVIN BONHAM 03 6224 8487
November 4-7 Melbourne Cup, Melbourne Chess Club, Fitzroy, Cat 3, MCC 03 9416 3149
November 18-19 Taree RSL Spring Open, Taree Sports and Rec Club, Cat 1, ENDEL LANE 02 6559 9060
December 9-10 Vikings Weekender, Tuggeranong Rugby Club, Cat 1, ANDREW GREENWOOD 02 6291 0385
December 16-17 NSWCA Centenary Open, Sydney (Venue TBC), Cat 3, MICHAEL WALSH 0407 068550
December 16-17 Christmas Swiss, Melbourne (Venue TBC), Cat 3, FRED VANDERLINDE 03 5998 7757
Dec 28- Jan 9 Australian Open, Rydges Hotel, Canberra, Cat 3, ANDREW GREENWOOD 02 6291 0385

2000 26TH GEELONG OPEN

This is a Category 1 Grand Prix event.

Dates: Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October 2000

Venue: Geelong Historical Records Centre, 51 Little Malop Street, Geelong. Next to Geelong Regional Library. Melways Map 228 B2.

Schedule: Five round Swiss with controls of 40/90, 20/20, 20/10 repeating. Round 1 Saturday 10:00 am Round 2 Saturday 2:30 pm Round 3 Saturday 7:00 pm Round 4 Sunday 10:00 am Round 5 Sunday 2:30 pm

Entries: $60 full; $50 concession; $35 Under 16 (includes VCA registration). Entries will be taken up to 9:30 am on 14 October.

Prizes (Subject to amendment depending on the number of entries) First $500 Second $300 Third $200 Ratings Prize Group A and B 1st $200, 2nd $100 each

General: Cheques to be made payable to Geelong Chess Club and sent to: 5/11 Elcho St, Newtown 3220. VCA registration (or interstate equivalent) is required (the registration fee is included in the entry fee). The event will be rated.

All enquiries to IAN BOASMAN on 03 5224 1293 or STEPHEN MCKENZIE 03 5222 4524.

CENTRAL COAST WEEKENDER

Class 1 Grand Prix All moves in 60 minutes At the Central Coast Leagues club, Dane Drive Gosford Saturday 21st Oct - 4 rounds Sunday 22nd 3 rounds - 1st round Sat 10 am Entry fees : $45 adults; $35 concession $30 junior $10 discount for early entry (Friday 13 oct) Entries to : ALLEN ROBINSON, CCLCCC Treasurer Unit 5, 6 Gillott Way St Ives 2075 Contacts : Allen on 0412 607 207 OR Keith on (02) 4341 7864

2001 AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CENTENARY OF FEDERATION CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates 11 to 23 January 2001 Rounds commence 1pm daily Rest days 15 January 2001 and 20 January 2001 Lightning Competition to be held on Saturday 20 January 2001 ( further details to be provided at start of championships) Rapid Play competition to be held on Monday 15 January 2001 (further details to be provided at start of championships)

Venue location: Hellenic Club of Canberra Matilda Street Woden The Club is within walking distance of the bus interchange, Woden Shopping Centre (which has a food hall and Macdonald's outlet), Movie Theatres, swimming pool, ice skating rinks, squash courts and ten pin bowling.

Directors of play: Chief Arbiter Roland Eime International Arbiter Other Directors of play to be confirmed

Eligibility: U/18 players born 1983 or later U/12 players born 1989 or later As at 1 January 2001 players must be under 18 and under 12 respectively.

Entry Fees Early bird entries close 20 December 2000 Entry fees for early bird registration: U/18 $60; U/12 $50 Entries received between 20 December 2000 and entry closure date 4 January 2001: U/18 $70; U/12 $60 Late entries will be taken at the discretion of organisers and will incur a $25 late entry fee. Absolutely no entries taken after 8 January 2001. Entry forms should be sent to: 2001 Australian Centenary Junior Chess Championships, PO Box 1403, Belconnen ACT 2616. Or E-mail to

Prize Pool: $4500 plus trophies Breakup to be provided after close of entries. Contacts after hours: DEBORAH POULTON 02 6231 8577; JENNY MOYLAN 02 6258 1070; TONY FITZPATRICK 02 6254 9103

Entry Form:

Name:                                     Given name                            Family name
Address:
Phone: business hours after hours
Fax: E-mail:
Date of Birth:
Championship entered:
U/18 Open U/18 Girls
U/12 Open U/12 Girls

Details of Medical conditions:
Billet required: y/n

Entry fee payable to ACTJCL Inc. Total enclosed: NB Your State Association must approve your entry.

Accommodation : Refer website for details http://www.auschess.org.au/centenary/austmain.html Early bookings essential as other sporting events are being held during the competition period.

108TH NEW ZEALAND CHESS CONGRESS

Feel like a change of scene? A visit to foreign shores? How about playing in the 108th New Zealand Chess Championships from 28 December 2000 to 11 January 2001?

The Championship proper is an 11 round swiss restricted to players with a FIDE rating of 2100+ or a New Zealand rating of 2000+ (or Australian equivalent).

There is also a subsidiary 11 round swiss, restricted to players rated under 2000 NZCF, offering at least $600 first prize.

These tournaments are followed (10 and 11 January) by the NZ Rapid Championship, which will be an open swiss over 9 rounds (minimum first prize $400).

There will also be a NZ Lightning Championship on 6 January (the second rest day). All tournaments will offer good prize-money, with at this stage a guaranteed minimum in the Championship of 1st $1500 2nd $1000 3rd $600 4th $400 5th $300 6th $200

We can offer everyone :
Good prize-money
Excellent playing conditions
Quality accommodation at the venue for a very reasonable price

On top of this we may be able to offer selected Masters additional incentives. One incentive for everyone : the opinion has been expressed in Australia lately that New Zealand players are now substantially below the level of our Australian counterparts. So why not come on over and enjoy the easy pickings!

If you are interested, please contact FM Bob Smith by e-mail , by phone (09) 8172664 or by snail mail 54 Daffodil St Titirangi Auckland 1007 New Zealand.


Very best wishes to all. Graeme Gardiner

------------------------------------------- Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
C/- Somerset College, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba Q 4213
Phone 07 5530 3777 (w) 07 5530 5794 (h) Fax 07 5525 2676 (w)
Email: ggardiner@somerset.qld.edu.au http://www.auschess.org.au

Chess - the clever sport!

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