ACF Bulletin No. 124 - 8 July
ACF directory of clubs, Upcoming international junior events,
Chess Online, Federation Group Australian Masters, FIDE
to the Sports Minister, Associated Body status, 2001
Teams Championship, Alex Wohl, Matt Sonter, Asian
Womens Championship, Asian
Mens Championship, Swiss Perfect, Insurance deal,
2001 Grand Prix, NSW grade
competition, Global Youth Tertiary Institutes
Challenge, The Gap Chess Club,
The Tableland Chess Open,
ACF DIRECTORY OF
I'm pleased to advise that Norm Taylor
of Alice Springs
Chess Club has
kindly agreed to compile a complete directory of all states,
key individuals etc in Australia. Please contact Norm with
of your club/state/league etc at firstname.lastname@example.org
Norm will use as a starting point directories that have already
compiled by states but some of the information in these may either be
date or lacking some of the details that Norm will be trying to
I sent Norm a copy of an old directory which used to be compiled by
Powell of the Sunshine Coast and I'm sure that Norm
will be trying to match
this fine publication. This is another step in trying
communication amongst the Australian chess community and making it
for those who are looking for a club to join.
Incidentally, Norm advises that Terry O'Neill of the
Darwin Chess Club has
almost completed incorporation of the Northern
Territory Chess Association
and the ACF can expect a membership application
from the Northern Territory
INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR EVENTS - BRETT TINDALL
Asian Under 20 Tehran- Iran, July 12-20
World Youth Championships Oropesa del
Mar, Spain 20.10.01 - 03.11.01 Team
already chosen and organised.
IV World Junior Team Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10.10.01 -
Children's Olympiad Batatais, Brazil 18.09.01 - 26.09.01 Interest shown by
Vincent Suttor, Ruperto Lugo, Parker Zhao.
World Junior and Girls' U-20 Championship Athens, Greece 15.08.01 -
Zong Yuan Zhao and Catherine Lip
will be representing Australia.
Asian Boys and Girls U-16 Doha, Qatar from 6 to 16 October Interest
Joven Sanchez and Vincent
We are particularly keen to enter juniors in the Asian Under 16s and
Children's Olympiad. Please encourage keen juniors to put their name
to Brett Tindall email@example.com
AUSTRALASIAN CHESS ONLINE
The introduction of this service has been slower than we would have
However, there are signs that we may be able to make a
very soon. It is hoped to introduce a free three month trial
period when it kicks off.
In the meantime, distribution of the DGT Boards/Clocks
sponsored by Queensland University of Technology is almost
Robert Keast of NSW is looking after two, Denis
Jessop of ACT one, Ian
Murray of Queensland one, Alan Goldsmith of SA one and
Gary Bekker of
Victoria has five for now, one of which will be going to Denis
McMahon of WA.
The one already owned by the ACF is temporarily with QUT for assessment.
provide technical advice to any who experience difficulties operating them.
FEDERATION GROUP AUSTRALIAN MASTERS - GUY
Australian Masters International Chess Tournament - 7 to 15 July 2001,
Bank, Melbourne, Australia, proudly sponsored by the Federation Group
Eddy Levi has sponsored this event for several years.
Federation Group are
generously sponsoring this year's tournament for the sum
Arbiter: Frank Meerbach, Organiser: Gary
Minimum prizes: 1st-A$500, 2nd-A$300, 3rd-A$200.
Time Control: All moves in 2 hours, plus 30 sec/move added from move
There is a problem with getting access to phone lines for internet use in
1. GM Johansen, Darryl
2. IM West,
3. FM Rujevic, Mirko AUS
4. FM Baron, Michael AUS
5. FM Levi,
Igor NZL 2197
Valenti, Richard FRA
9. Dizdarevic, Mehmed BIH 2095
Federation Group is an Australian technology company which controls
world rights to the vanadium redox battery. It also holds the world
to Luxalum, a photoluminescent pigment with marine safety and
screen applications. Federation have contracts with some of the
biggest companies including Honeywell and Mitsubishi.
The company will shortly be undertaking a dual listing on the US
NASDAQ index and can currently be found in the industrials sector of
list. I (Guy West) am a big fan of the Federation
story and hold a
substantial number of shares.
COMMUNIQUE OF THE FIDE PRESIDENTIAL BOARD
MEETING DUBAI, 1 JULY 2001
The FIDE President, H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was given
a full mandate by the
Presidential Board of FIDE to finalise negotiations
with interested parties
for this year's World Chess Championships.
The Board which held its second quarter meeting in Dubai today,
postpone the decision on the venue for the World Championship
until the next
3 weeks after noting the interest shown by the United Arab
Emirates at a
meeting between H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan,
Higher Education of the UAE and the FIDE President the previous
the former's palace in Abu Dhabi.
President Ilyumzhinov had earlier congratulated the UAE for
contributions to chess development by its hosting of the 1986 Chess
in Dubai and for the dynamic activities of the UAE Chess Federation
Arab Chess Federation headed by the UAE's Ibrahim Al Bannai who was
brain behind the building of the prestigious Dubai Chess Club and
Centre. President Ilyumzhinov also thanked the UAE for accepting to
of the Grand Prix events in 2002.
The Board resolved to begin the test run on the parallel implementation
the new rating system in close collaboration with FIDE Commerce, the
technical experts on rating matters as well as national federations.
further resolved to give FIDE Commerce the support needed for
implementation later this month of the World Internet Championship,
will serve as basis for the selection of 8 qualifiers to the
Championship this year.
With regard to the new time control, a Committee comprising
Administrator C. Abundo, Arbiters' Council Chairman P. Nikolopoulos
World Championship Cycle Committee Chairman W. Iclicki was appointed
study proposals on changes to the system to allow for only one time
and to report to the next FIDE Congress in Halkidiki. It further
put forward its recommendation on the new time control to the
Congress for confirmation. The Board also resolved to fully adopt
Medical Code as the only basis for the FIDE Anti-Doping Code with
from 1 July 2001.
LETTERS TO THE SPORTS MINISTER/SHADOW SPORTS
Stewart Reuben from England advises "When I met with (UK
Tony Banks he said he had received more
comment letters on chess as a sport
than on any other topic. He was clearly
With this in mind again I ask all those who care about this matter
consider writing to both the Minister for Sport, Jackie
Minister, Kate Lundy
. Now (whilst
the political parties are finalising
policy prior to the election) is the
best possible time to write. Letters
can be sent to Jackie Kelly and/or Kate
Lundy at Parliament House, Canberra,
ACT 2601 or by email Jackie Kelly Jackie.Kelly.MP@aph.gov.au
If you think it appropriate, I would appreciate
copies of your letters or
their replies. Incidentally, if we have a
professional lobbyist living in
Canberra who is prepared to work on behalf
of the ACF, please let me
Here is another helpful letter written by IM John Paul
Parliament House, Canberra
Dear Ms Kelly,
Chess is a sport and a sport that I really love. It suits my
nature and I have dedicated my life to the study of its
disappoints me that the Australian Government does not
recognise chess as a
sport with the consquence that chess in this
country lacks the financial
resources needed to make us internationally
Chess is a sport because at the end of the day what matters is:
-whether or not your play is of a high standard
composure and ability to cope with pressure
-the hours of training and
practice that must be invested in preparation for
-the joy of success and learning to cope with the heartache of
Chess receives government sponsorship in most European countries
enables chess players from this region to reap the benefits of high
competition and training. Thus, these players have a competitive
over us. While we have to fund ourselves in order to represent our
Europeans not only have all their costs taken care of but are also
play in the Chess Olympics.
Australians are fighters, both on and off the chess board.
however, the lack of financial resources within chess in
caused much of our promising players to look to other
endeavours. This is
yet another sad example of Australia losing out on its
innovative and intellectual opportunities.
If the Australian Governement was to support chess as a sport the
would benefit both directly, as Australians would be able to
internationally on a 'level playing field' and thus improve our
performances, and indirectly as Australia's eroding
intellectual base would
be considerably strengthened.
I hope the minister seriously considers these statements,
Thankyou very much,
International Chess Master
Twice Australian Representative at the Chess Olympiad
I'm pleased to report that James Stenner
that at the
Correspondence Chess League of Australia Council Meeting held on
the CCLA decided to become an Associated Body of the ACF. The
the CCLA will be Roy Lawrence firstname.lastname@example.org
. The CCLA joins
Australian Women's Chess League and the NSW Junior Chess League as
bodies of the ACF. In my opinion this is an important step in
together the various parts of Australian chess to form a coordinated
2001 AUSTRALIAN UNIVERITY TEAMS CHESS
Please contact Allan Richards now to indicate your
interest in participating
and discuss with him the details. This is a perfect
event for uni chess
players who would like to compete in a strong tournament,
who enjoy being
part of a team and like to have plenty of opportunities to
An Australian University Games Cultural and Arts Festival will be held
the first time in conjunction with the 2001 Australian University
This event is a joint initiative by the Australian University Games
University of Sydney Union to integrate existing university
activities, currently being held in isolation, into the University
program. The event will showcase Australia's premier artistic talent in
weeklong program of musical, intellectual, artistic and cultural events.
cultural program is expected to attract an additional 1500 students and
wider community into Sydney on top of the 6500 university athletes in
Sydney to participate in the Games. The festival will be held predominantly
on-campus at The University of Sydney.
The week-long activities will be integrated into the Games Program
maximise attendances to the festival. While the cultural program is a
in 2001, the anticipated success of the event is expected to ensure
becomes a significant part of the Australian University Games Program
future years. The 2001 Australian University Games Cultural and
Festival aims to compliment the Games by presenting a spectacular
forum for students, tertiary & secondary, across Australia to
and perform in.
This is a teams event and will consist of four players a side. There can
as many Undergraduates as a team wants, with one member of staff and
Postgraduate also allowed. Universities can send as many teams as they
Dates: 24 to 27 September.
Format: 2 rounds a day on the 24th,
25th, 26th and one round on the 27th.
Venue: The University of
Time Controls: 60 minutes a side plus 30 seconds per move.
Fee: $25 per player.
Prizes: To be confirmed.
Alex reports that he has 5/6 in Naujac Sur Mer. It's a holiday
near Bordeaux where the prizes are fine Medoc wine.
1st is your
weight in wine, 2nd half your weight etc. (Ed: sounds like
my type of
Gold Coast junior Matt Sonter
has been awarded a chess
scholarship by the
University of Texas, Dallas. Current USCF President
principle of the programme. Check out
their webpage athttp://www.utdallas.edu/orgs/chess/
UT Dallas recently won the US National
Universities Championship with GM
on board one. Matthew was
alerted to the
scholarship opportunity by Alex Wohl
who mentored Matthew
ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR WOMEN INCORPORATING
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
TOURNAMENT 2 TO 12
This will be held at Channai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India from 2 to
September. I have been advised that Australia is entitled to two
Entry fee 200 Swiss Francs. Free board and lodging for seeds. Extra
and accompanying persons twin US$60 per day, single US$100 per day.
rounds. New FIDE time controls to be used. Prize fund to be
shortly. Nominations for seeds to be in to Robert
by Monday 16
July latest please.
WORLD CHESS QUALIFYING CHAMPIONSHIP
INCORPORATING 3RD ASIAN
INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 9-18
Australia's two seeds for this event are Alex Wohl and
Tim Reilly. We wish
them the best of luck.
The ACF is still offering free licences for the Swiss Perfect
computer programme. This programme is ideal for all club organisers
tournaments of all standards. It is particularly useful for the
running of events with large numbers of competitors where rounds
follow on quickly, one after the other. It is also very useful for
producing all necessary records. Swiss Perfect has also helped the
officers in their task of efficiently producing ratings lists. There
reduction in the admin fee for tournaments submitted using Swiss
To date, 80 licences have been issued to states and clubs right
Australia. I estimate that there are around another 100 clubs in
that have not taken advantage of this offer. Even though some of
be quite small, the Swiss Perfect programme would give clubs an
tool to enable them to increase their numbers.
A reminder that the owner of Swiss Perfect, Robert
Rozycki, has approved
free use of relevant state licences by all
schools in Australia.
Tasmania: TCA, Sandy Bay, Burnie, Launceston, Hobart
NSW: NSWCA, Rooty Hill, Central Coast, Ettalong Beach, Hakoah Club,
Memorial, Woolongong Collegians, Mingara, Newcastle, Canterbury
St George, Illawarra Southern, Port Macquarie, Ballina, North
Club, South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club, Dubbo, Manly
Fairfield, Univ of NSW.
Victoria: VCA, Elwood, Chess Kids, Hobsons Bay, Geelong, Bendigo, Box
Ballarat, Dandenong, Chess Ideas, Albury, Frankston, Latrobe
Queensland: CAQ, Qld Juniors, The Gap, Redcliffe, Toowoomba Grammar,
Juniors, Gold Coast, Townsville, Hervey Bay, Northside Juniors, Kin
(Gladstone), Suncoast, Coomera Juniors, Queensland Women's Chess
Northside Juniors, Toowoomba, Bullwinkle.
Northern Territory: Darwin, Alice Springs.
South Australia: SACA, Modbury, Norwood, Adelaide, Adelaide
Western Australia: CAWA, WA Juniors, Metro, Perth, Fremantle,
ACT: ACTCA, ACT High Schools, ACTJCL, Tuggeranong, ANU, Canberra,
In the interests of international cooperation the ACF has also
licences for Fiji, Qatar and New Zealand.
If your club or school would like a free licence, please
contact Graeme Gardiner
GREAT INSURANCE DEAL FOR
There are probably a few states and over 150 clubs who have not
advantage of this great offer (shown below). I do not believe that any
can match the purchasing power of the ACF.
Did you know that if your club has less then 50 members, you can join
ACF policy providing $10M of Public Liability Insurance Cover for just
per annum? This is ridiculously inexpensive. Any club that does not
insurance is irresponsible and any club that is paying more than $121
plain crazy! Any club that only has (say) $2M public liability insurance
almost certainly under insured!
To take advantage of this special offer, all you need to do is email
the following details: Name of club,
number of current members, main meeting
venue (if any), incorporated or
unincorporated, any previous liability
name/address/phone/fax/email, interested parties to be
noted on policy (if
You will then be contacted directly by the insurer, Chris
Zuccala of Vicwide
Insurance Brokers, who will advise you of the pro
rata premium to pay to the
common renewal date (31 August). The insurer is
Lumley General Insurance.
Each club taking advantage of this offer will, of
course, get their own copy
of the policy with the name of their club
If you wish to contact Chris Zuccala
direct please do
so on email@example.com
phone 03 9569 1569 or fax 03 9569 1515.
I am aware of the following states/clubs who have signed up for the
Gold Coast, Canberra, Southside Junior Chess Club, Bunbury, Hobsons
Dandenong, Tweed Coolangatta, Street Chess (Canberra), ACTCA,
ACTJCL, Noble Knights, CAWA, SACA.
2001 GRAND PRIX
There are two events in NSW this coming weekend; please support them.
Coal City Open in Newcastle and the Fairfield RSL Winter Cup. There is a
contact for the Fairfield event Rolando Atienza 02 9755 firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events
publication in this bulletin.
There are now 39 events for 2001.
20-21/October Box Hill Whitehorse Festival Week-Ender VIC Cat 2
NSW 15, Qld 9, Tas 4, SA 4, ACT 3, Vic 3, WA 1.
NSW GRADE COMPETITION
Open scores after six rounds:
Canterbury 8.5/20 42.50%
North Sydney 6.5/24 27.08%
Koala 18/24 75.00%
St George 14.5/24 60.42%
GLOBAL YOUTH TERTIARY INSTITUTES CHESS
CHALLENGE, SINGAPORE 2001
- ANDREW GREENWOOD
The ANU team has arrived back in Australia from the 2001 Global
Institutes Chess Challenge. Our performance fell away in the final
rounds, however we did make the 2nd qualifying group. We finished in
position overall, after we were whitewashed in the final two rounds.
were carried through against teams who also qualified from your
group (like the world cup cricket system 1999). Final
1. Nan Kai University (China) 8.5/12
2. Iceland University
3. Cambridge University (England) 7/12
Technological University (Singapore) 1/12
5. Universiti Teknologi (Malaysia) 8.5/12
University of Singapore B 8.5/12
7. Multimedia University A (Malaysia)
8. Australian National University 2/12
9. National University of Singapore A 4/4
Multimedia University B (Malaysia) 0/4
1st board GM Zhang
Zhong (Nan Kai University) 5.5/6
board FM Du Shan (Nan Kai
3rd board David
Hodge (Cambridge University) 5/5
board Seow Yong Li (NUS B)
Over all rounds, ANU scored 6.5/24, however our team had some
individual games where we fought hard, played well and results could
gone either way. In Round 7 I missed an easy win against FM Wong Zi Jing
Malaysia which was disappointing after the other 3 games finished in
Here are three games our team played from the tournament:
Round 5: Lee Forace (ANU) - Handy
Mulia (NUS A, Singapore) 1-0
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4
5.Nxd4 d6 6.Bc4 Ne5 7.Be2 Be7 8.0-0
0-0 9.f4 Ng6 10.Be3 c6 11.Bd3 Ng4 12.Bc1
Qb6 13.Be2 Bf6 14.Bxg4 Bxd4+
15.Kh1 Bxg4 16.Qxg4 Rfe8 17.Re1 Qb4 18.Qf3 Re7
19.a3 Qc5 20.Bd2 Rae8
21.Rad1 Nh4 22.Qd3 Bxc3 23.Bxc3 Qf2 24.Qg3 Qxg3 25.hxg3
Ng6 26.Rxd6 h6
27.e5 Nf8 28.Red1 g6 29.Kh2 Re6 30.Rxe6 Nxe6 31.Rd7 Rb8 32.Ba5
Ne4 34.Rd8+ Rxd8 35.Bxd8 Nd2 36.Ba5 Nc4 37.Bc3 b6 38.Kg1 Ne3
40.Ke2 Na1 41.b4 Nc2 42.Bb2 c5 43.bxc5 bxc5 44.Kd2 Nd4 45.Bxd4
Kf8 47.Kxd4 Ke7 48.Kc5 Kd7 49.Kb5 h5 50.Ka6 Kc6 51.Ka5 Kb7 52.Kb5
53.Kc5 Kc7 54.a4 Kb7 55.Kd6 Kb6 56.Ke7 Ka5 57.Kxf7 Kxa4 58.e6 Kb3 59.e7
60.e8Q a4 1-0
Round 3: Andrew Greenwood - FM Mark Chan
(2309, NTU, Singapore) 1/2-1/2
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bg5 e6 4.Nbd2 c5 5.e3 cxd4
6.exd4 Be7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.c3
0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Nd7 12.Bxe7 Qxe7
13.f4 f6 14.exf6 Nxf6
15.Nf3 Bd7 16.Qe2 Qd6 17.Ne5 Re7 18.Kh1 Be8 19.Rae1 Nd7
20.Nxd7 Bxd7 21.Qe5
Qxe5 22.Rxe5 Rf7 23.g3 b5 24.Rfe1 g6 25.Kg1 Rff8 26.Kf2
a5 27.h4 Rac8 28.h5
Kg7 29.Rh1 b4 30.cxb4 axb4 31.Rg5 Be8 32.Re5
Round 3: Wong Chee Chung (2282, NTU, Singapore) -
Tom McCoy (ANU) 1/2-1/2
1.g3 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Qa4 dxc4
5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.Bg2 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3
Nbd7 9.d3 0-0 10.h3 Qc7 11.Nh4 Bg6
12.Nxg6 hxg6 13.b4 Nb6 14.Qb3 Nbd5
15.Bd2 Nxb4 16.Rab1 Rab8 17.Rfc1 Qd6
18.Na4 Nbd5 19.e4 Nc7 20.Nc5 Nb5 21.e5
Qxe5 22.Bf4 Qd4 23.Rc4 Qd8 24.Bxb8
Qxb8 25.Nxb7 Na3 26.Rxc6 Nxb1 27.Qxb1
Rc8 28.Qc2 Rxc6 29.Qxc6 Qe5 30.Qa6 Qd4
31.Qc4 Qb6 32.a4 Nh5 33.a5 Qb1+
34.Kh2 Qb2 35.Kg1 Qb1+ 36.Kh2 Qb2
The event was most enjoyable, very well organised and a pleasure to
involved in. The organisers went to great trouble for all the
the hospitality was extremely welcoming and friendly. I
recommend that other universities throughout Australia
teams in future years.
THE GAP CHESS CLUB (BRISBANE) - ANDREW
THE TABLELAND CHESS OPEN - GLEN
Date: Saturday/Sunday 18/19 August 2001
Venue: Atherton State High School. First Avenue side entrance.
Rate of play: This Event will be a 5 Round Swiss Games will be 40 moves
90 minutes, then 30 minutes allergro finish.
Round 1 9:00am 18th August
Round 2 2:00pm 18th August Round 3 7:00pm 18th
August Round 4 9:00am 19th
August Round 5 2:00pm 19th August
Entry Fees: C.A.Q. Members Adults $40.00 Students &
Juniors $30.00 Non C.A.Q.Members Adults $50.00
Students & Pensioners $45
Juniors $40. Juniors are under 20.
Prize Money: 1st
$200 2nd $100 3rd $ 75 All prize
depends on entry number. Rating Groups,Upset prizes and more will
presented. Other items donated from our sponsors will also be given
prizes.This gives everyone a chance to win. Players can only win one
In the event of a tie prize money will be shared equally.
Accommodation: MountainView Caravan Park.Ph.(07)40914144.
Blue Gum Bed&Breakfast.Ph.(07)40915412orEmail:email@example.com/bluegum
Please support these places as they have supported us.
is within walking distance of the Venue. Please Book
Sponsors:Mountain View Park, Atherton Blue Gum Bed&Breakfast,
Atherton, Haymans Electrical,Wadley’s Chemworld .
A Very Special
Thank You To All Our Sponsors For Making This Event By Far
Much Better Then
Originally Thought. We Appreciate This Very Much.
Catering: There will be a food van on site.
Registration: At 8:30am August 18 Round 1 will start at
Late entrants: Will be subject to late pairing rules. No late
Considered late if after 9am. Early entry forms are appreciated so we
not rushed on the day thank you. No Refunds after 9:00am on 18
Don’t Forget: Mackay Tournament on the 4th & 5th of August.
Townsville on the 11/12th August,then Atherton on the 18/19th
Triple Treat for Chess Players.
Cheques made payable to J.Tompkins and entries sent to: 6
Street,Atherton,Queensland,4883. All Cheques and money orders must
received by Friday 10 August so they can be cleared. Enquiries:
4278. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
OK, here are my comments as DOP of the Gold Coast Open! I will admit
of all that the controversial new time control of 30 minutes for the
game, plus thirty seconds per move from the start caused little or
problems. Moreover, the vexed issue of recording the moves was also not
problem - for the most part, the players did.
However, this does not change my instincts on this matter. Future
with recording the moves may occur further down the track, and we
need to be
wary. The ANU Open will tell us a lot more about this. My feeling
is that 30
seconds may not be enough time for some people to record, adjust
to the new
position and still make a respectable next move. Perhaps a
increment would make more sense. Or maybe 45 seconds as a compromise
minute seems too long...
The other point is that I feel only a game with a time control of an
per player or more should be rated. FIDE would say the 30 minutes
thirty seconds increment time control used at the Gold Coast Open should
rated, as it is one hour each for a 60 move game. But that's because
consider 60 moves to be the AVERAGE game length! In my experience, this
nonsense. 40 moves is the average length for a game; so that in effect,
the Gold Coast Open, a lot of rapid play games were being ACF rated (not
the rapid play list). Surely a time control of 40 minutes plus 30
increment would make more sense...
I know it's a separate issue, but let me also add here my comments
Swiss Perfect. It is a fantastic pairings program - and its creator,
Rozycki, should be congratulated - except for two points. The first
somewhat controversial in the chess community, so I will not address it
too much detail here, except to say this: I believe the
principle of Swiss pairings is top half versus bottom half, but
Perfect often violates this to balance (or even alternate)
However, I recognise the pairing rules are ambiguous on this point,
will say no more about it...
The second point is more serious. I believe the way Swiss Perfect
floats is just plain wrong. Again, it does this to balance (or
alternate) colours, which may be OK sometimes but not when it results in
rating differences (e.g. the downfloater playing someone rated 2200
of 2400). This happened in the last round of the Gold Coast Open -
changed the pairings. There is nothing wrong with this, but it is
easier (saves work and time) if the computer gets it right. It is
that the pairings produced agree with common sense, and the players
that way and are happy with the pairings. In the case of the
pairings at the Gold Coast Open, this was the case - all players
agreed that the changed pairings made more sense than the
While the above paragraph is still subject to some differences
interpretation of the pairing rules, Swiss Perfect makes an even
serious mistake when it floats players up (or down) to a different
group to balance (or alternate) colours. There is no question
interpretation here; it is just plain wrong. It clearly violates Section
Pairing Criteria of the pairing rules: "Relative Criteria (these are
descending priority. They should be fulfilled as much as possible. To
with these criteria, transpositions or even exchanges may be applied,
PLAYER SHOULD BE MOVED DOWN TO A LOWER SCORE BRACKET.)" (capitals
There is no ambiguity here. Swiss Perfect violated this at a
of the Australian Juniors this year - again, we changed the
pairings to the
correct ones. Once more, nothing wrong with this. Christian
of the FIDE Swiss Pairings Committee, is quoted by Stuart
Reuben (in the
orange book) as saying: "It is the controller who makes the
computer is just a tool which he may use". So we can change
pairings. But it would be so much easier if we didn't have
I appeal to Robert Rozycki to change these things; or if he refuses, to
over the license to the ACF for someone there to make the
changes. We are so close to a computer pairing program which
pairings that are universally agreed upon - which would clearly be
for Australian Chess. Let us not falter at the last hurdle: make
(easy to do, I'm sure), and make life easier for all Australian
We are looking for last several players rated 2150+ without IM title to
three IM round-robin tournaments (FIDE category 4) which will take place
1.-9.8.2001 in Olomouc (Czech Republic).
We are preferably looking for players with international title like FM,
WIM, WGM, HM, FIDE Candidate Player.
If you (or some your friends and clubmates) are interested in start let
contact by e-mail as soon as possible.
With very best wishes to all.
Chess - the clever sport!