Bulletin No. 95
13th December 2000
Graeme Gardiner is away till 22nd
December (trip to chess olympiad and well earned holiday) so this
bulletin is being brought to you by the acting President, Robert
To ACF bulletin editor,
I would like to see an extra dimension added to each player's chess
rating which represents their variability or consistency.
the full article is at
FROM GUY WEST
One of my pet irritations in chess journalism is the
unrepresentative game or result. The journalist with an axe to grind
singles out the only loss of a tournament winner or the worst result
of a team in some event and presents it with a straight face as if
there was nothing unusual in the choice of material. It fools no-one
of course, because the journalist is not in fact smarter than their
audience, as they no doubt think.
Another thing which really
annoys me is the deliberate mistake. It is particularly sneaky
because when challenged, the blunderer can just say, 'sorry, it was a
mistake', when they are not sorry at all. Such mistakes are in fact
quite transparent though, because they are always made by someone who
has been much less than supportive of the individual or team
'mistaked' against. (Pardon the grammar)
Two recent examples of the latter:
The Australian Open Olympiad Team did NOT finish 39th (our seeding)
as claimed in the latest ACE newsletter editorial. We finished in a
group on 31 points from 56 games who tied for positions 33 through
37. On tie break Australia finished 36th.
A nicer 'mistake' for a patriotic Australian to make would have been
to say that we finished 33rd, or, since we did in a sense finish
equal 33rd, to mistakenly say we finished 30th.
In his Australian News
section of the same newsletter, Mr Jones wrote that Adam Hunt won the
Australian Masters on 8/11 ahead of IM's West, Solomon, Welling and
Zhao. Oh, very clever! Since the readers are informed in the same
paragraph that there are 12 players, they can only assume that the
players singled out must have finished equal second behind Hunt. In
fact of course, I finished outright second on 7.5 points, ahead of
the other players mentioned. An equivalent and much nicer mistake for
a patriotic Australian to have made, would have been to say that West
and Hunt won the Masters.
Doesn't happen, does it?
I look forward with keen anticipation to the correction of
these 'mistakes' in the next ACE newsletter. Journalists rely
on people thinking, 'oh well, I can't be bothered', and letting their
dodgy 'facts' stand. The tabloids use this technique all the time,
only ever correcting themselves when sued. I'm actually pretty fed up
with it though and will try and motivate myself to point out some of
this inappropriate rubbish for a while, as it occurs.
Merry Christmas everyone, and see you in Canberra.
FROM STEWART REUBEN
Concerning computers helping humans cheat.
There are two attested cases.
In the US in a tournament run by Bill Goichberg, a man with very long
hair played. He did not have an establised rating or perhaps a very
low one. He made a magnificent score. There was much unhappiness
expressed. Bill questioned him on his knowledge of the game and it
became clear this was not high. He was not paid his prize money.
In Germany a low rated player suddenly achieved a gm result. Again he
suddenly had long hair. At the conclusion of one game when his
opponent resigned he exclaimed - well it is mate in 8. Indeed it was,
but this was by no means obvious. I believe again he did not receive
FROM BILL GLETSOS
Can you please post the following in the next Bulletin.
The ACF Ratings Officers Bill Gletsos and Graham Saint would like to
thank Imants Liepa for his significant contribution in assisting them
with the recent changes to the ACF rating system.
This is a Grand Prix Tournament
Category depends on prize money raised
VENUE: Kamaraigal Room, North Sydney Leagues Club,
Abbott St, Cammeray.
Ample parking available.
Licensed club rules apply.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Catch a bus on routes 202-207 from Wynyard or
North Sydney stations.
Alight at Cammeray shops in Miller St.
One minute from the club.
SEVEN ROUNDS: Time limit of one hour per player for the whole
Games will be rated.
ENQUIRIES: Norm Greenwood 94764533(H).
ENTRIES: Entries taken on the day; or send advance entries to NSW
Association, PO Box 2418, GPO Sydney NSW 2001. Entries close
at 9:45am on Saturday 16th December.
ROUND TIMES: Saturday 16th December - Round 1 at 10am; Round 2
Round 3 2:30pm.
Sunday 17th December - Round 4 at 10am, Round 5 12:30pm,
Round 6 2:45pm and Round 7 5:00pm.
PRIZES: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, plus U2000, U1800, U1600 and U1400 for rated
players, best unrated & best junior prizes. (All prizes subject
to sufficient number of entries).
Players are eligible for only one prize. Prizes will be pooled and
divided equally in case of ties.
ENTRY FEES: to be announced
Smoking is not allowed in the playing area.
All NSW-resident players must be members of the NSWCA or the
This will be a great tournament! Come and play - and enjoy!!
Australian Centenary of Federation Chess Festival
2001 Icon Australian Open
Rydges Lakeside Canberra
Some good and bad news. The bad news first: GM Utut Adianto has
withdrawn from the tournament, offering the following written
With very great regret, I inform you to cancel my participation in
tournament. Because I feel I don't have enough energy for 11
Canberra. I was very exhausted from India. I need to
rest. I do hope
this doesn't bother you so much although some inconvenience may
arise. For this, I ask you to forgive me. Once again I
apologise for everything.
Thank you and best regards
GM Utut Adianto"
Also, IM Maarten Solleveld has withdrawn after confirming a few weeks
In general, I have been quite disappointed by the level of
professionalism shown by a number of overseas players who have made
claims to actually being professionals. It has certainly caused
some difficulty to the organisers thus far. I hope that the
actions of some do not reflect badly on the players who have
confirmed in good faith and not pulled out.
The great news is that India's number 3 GM Abhijit Kunte (23 years
old) has confirmed at short notice and will be coming in Adianto's
place. There is some more good news with more IMs confirming in
the last week or so, including Irish IM Mark Heidenfeld and Pakistan
Champion IM Mehmood Lodhi.
The confirmed player list stands at:
GM IAN ROGERS (AUSTRALIA 2558)
GM ABHIJIT KUNTE (INDIA 2556)
GM ALEXANDER VOLZHIN (RUSSIA 2556)
GM DARRYL JOHANSEN (AUSTRALIA 2505)
GM STEFAN DJURIC (YUGOSLAVIA 2472)
IM GARY LANE (ENGLAND 2452)
IM MEHMOOD LODHI (PAKISTAN 2438)
IM MICHAEL GLUZMAN (AUSTRALIA 2432)
IM PETR PISK (CZECH REPUBLIC 2400)
IM VLADIMIR FELDMAN (AUSTRALIA 2399)
IM WALAA SARWAT (EGYPT 2392)
IM MARK HEIDENFELD (IRELAND 2375)
IM GUY WEST (AUSTRALIA 2372)
IM MOHAMED EZAT (EGYPT 2348)
IM ZONG-YUAN ZHAO (AUSTRALIA 2341)
IM DAVID SMERDON (AUSTRALIA 2315)
IM IRINA BEREZINA-FELDMAN (AUSTRALIA 2304)
Other visiting and titled players:
ISRAEL YADAO (PHILIPPINES 2303)
FM EDDY LEVI (AUSTRALIA 2258)
FM TIM REILLY (AUSTRALIA 2215)
FM DANNY DWYER (AUSTRALIA 2152)
KAMAL EL AMARY (EGYPT 2113)
WIM CRISTINE MARIANO (PHILIPPINES 2093)
HENRIK MORTENSEN (DENMARK 2089)
WIM LAURA MOYLAN (AUSTRALIA 2076)
The organisers inspected Rydges Lakeside last week. The
fantastic. "Mario's Deli" will be operating in the
foyer outside the
playing hall. They will offer sandwiches, hot food,
confectionery and tea and, of course, coffee - don't worry - there
will not be any drug testing as far as I know!
There is a soundproof separate analysis area for the players to go
their games afterwards. This area can also be used for
lightning and the ACF Conference. There are a number of other
facilities at the hotel
including many restaurants, cafes, hairdresser, bar and popular
Details will be available for
participants on arrival.
- There is still accommodation available at this luxurious venue -
02-6247-6244 to get the special festival rate of $130/night including
full buffet breakfast. Request a lake view overlooking Lake
- Players staying at Rydges receive free secured underground car
Players not staying at Rydges are welcome to park in the guest
areas, but not underground. There is a limited amount of guest
however there is a plentiful supply of ACT Government parking over
the road and also near the lake foreshores next to the venue for
around $5/day or
There is still other accommodation located within walking distance of
- City Walk Hotel
2 Mort street, Canberra City
Ph: (02) 6257-0124 , Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dormitory $21.00 to $23.00 per person per night
Single $45.00 per night
Single with ensuite $65.00
Double with ensuite $70.00
Family room $95.00 to $125.00
- Rooms at Fenner Hall are still available, starting at around
(around $120/week) if you stay for two weeks. This is about a
walk from the venue and city centre (or 5-min bus to city along
Ave). Ring 02-6279-9000.
- Players can travel to Canberra cheaply by coach or rail. For
prices start at around $30 one-way from Sydney and $50 one-way from
The newsletter ChessACTion #4 has just been released and some parts
available on the website (see below).
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO ENTER!
Late entry fees now apply (inclusive of late fee):
2001 Icon Australian Open: Adult $140, Concession $116
2001 Australian Minor U/1600: Adult $60, Concession $50
2001 Australian Repechage U/2000: Adult $60, Concession $50
- Players who enter the Open are exempt from the $10 late fee in
Repechage, should they choose to enter.
2001 Australian Open Rapidplay: Adult $40, Concession $32 (no late
2001 Australian Open Lightning, Adult $20, Concession $16 (no late
Concession entry is available to juniors under 18 years (as of 28
December 2000), current full-time students and the unwaged.
Organisers may request proof of concession status.
Entry can be paid via cheque payable to ACT Chess Association
Inc. Also, payment via credit card (Mastercard, Visa or
Bankcard) can be made by filling out the entry form (request or
download - see below) or made
directly over the phone.
Direct banking at any Commonwealth Bank branch can be arranged with
Andrew Greenwood (see below) for easy entry payment at your local CBA
Fill out your entry form and post, fax or email it with payment
details to the addresses below, or request the tournament brochure to
mailed to you.
The entry form can also be downloaded from:
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0, which is available
Further contact information is below:
Australian Centenary of
Federation Chess Festival
PO Box 470
Erindale ACT 2903
Tel. 0403-191-777 (anytime)
ASIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
These are on in India in January.
Anyone interested in going is asked to
urgently contact the Australian National Junior Coordinator, Mr Brett
ALL INDIA CHESS FEDERATION wrote:
> All Affiliated Asian Chess Federations
> FIDE Zones 3.1(a), 3.1(b), 3.2, 3.3 & 3.4
> Sub: Asian Youth Chess Championship for Boys & Girls
Under-10, 12 & 14, at Bikaner, India.
> Arrival 7 January 2001 and Departure 18th January 2001
> - Confirmation of Entry.
> We refer you to our invitation for participation in the above
Asian Youth chess event at Bikaner from 7th to 18th January 2001 and
request you to please confirm entry and arrival details of your
players urgently to Fax No.
> (91) 495 - 402131.
> Best wishes,
> P.T. Ummer Koya
> Hon. Secretary, AICF
ACF GRAND PRIX 2001
1 Dubbo RSL Open
Alexander Aich 02 6884
2 UQ Chess
Cowland-Cooper 0414 498
McCart 02 6249
Newcastle 2001 Open
5 Adelaide Cup
6 Queen's Birthday
7 Lidum's Cup
Tasmanian Open C/ship
Ledger 03 6431 1280
South West Open
10 Queen's Birthday
Kevin Bonham 03 6224
11 36th Peninsula
Mark Stokes 07 3205
12 11th Redcliffe
Mark Stokes 07 3205
13 Taree RSL Summer
Lane 02 6559
Lane 02 6559
RSL Spring Open
Lane 02 6559
Shaun Press 02 6255
17 Sydney Easter
Sunshine Coast 2001
Gold Coast Open
Gardiner 07 5530 5794
20 Gold Coast
September Graeme Gardiner 07 5530
Lee Forace 02
Laurieton May Open
Endel Lane 02
Endel Lane 02
If you haven't registered your tournament yet, please do so
A very Merry Xmas to all.
Acting President, Australian Chess Federation
PO Box 716 Mt.Waverley 3149
Phone 03 9579-2533 (w) 03 9700-6295 (h) Fax 03 9570-4095 (w)
Email: email@example.com http://www.auschess.org.au
Chess - the clever sport!
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