ACF Bulletin No. 129 - 12 August
Asian Championships, British Championships,
Interstate Internet Challenge,
World Junior Festival, World Junior
Championship, Bids for January 2003
Australian Open and January 2003
Australian Juniors, History of Tasmanian
chess, Children's Chess Olympiad,
Chess is a sport, Asian Women's
Championship, 2001 NSW State Championship,
2001 Grand Prix, Launceston
Weekender, Geelong Open, Survey for club
officials and/or tournament directors.
in the Asian Championshipshttp://www.asianchess2001.com/
are 27 Grandmasters competing in the
field of 76 in which Alex is seeded 62.
He has had a disappointing start of
0.5/3. Best of luck in the remaining
Gary Lane came 14th= on
6.5/11 and Zong-Yuan Zhao 19th= on 6.0/11 in the
challenge continues. You can view the games via
the ACF webpage at http://www.auschess.org.au/interstate/istatemain.htm
have particularly enjoyed the NZ South Island v NZ North Island game
still continues. Many thanks to Paul for all the work that he has put
WORLD JUNIOR FESTIVAL (UNDER
18,16,14,12,10) OROPESA DEL MAR 20 OCTOBER TO
The team will be receiving a week of
intensive coaching from GM Ian Rogers,
Johansen and IM Michael Gluzman from 1 to 5 October.
indebted once again to the Oliver family who are
sponsoring the coaching.
Many thanks to the Olivers.
WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (UNDER 20)
ATHENS 16 TO 29 AUGUSTZong-Yuan Zhao
and Catherine Lip
will be representing Australia at
event which commences on Thursday. Follow the action athttp://www.greekchess.com/pagosmio/
Zong-Yuan is seeded 42nd out of 99 and
Catherine 46th out of
BIDS FOR JANUARY 2003 AUSTRALIAN OPEN AND
JANUARY 2003 AUSTRALIAN JUNIORS
The ACF would be pleased
to receive bids for both of the above events.
Regarding the Australian
Championships, I understood that the Box Hill Chess
Club would be bidding
through the Victorian Chess Assn, but of course it is
open to any state to
make a bid. In relation to the Australian Juniors, and
bearing in mind that
the Chess Assn of WA have signalled that they will be
bidding for the January
2004 event, it would be good to receive a bid from
South Australia, but again
it is open to any state to make a bid.
Please contact the ACF Tournament
Director, Michael Baronmichael_baron@hotmail.com
if you are
interested in making a bid.
HISTORY OF TASMANIAN CHESS - KEVIN
I'd like to announce that Tasmanian chess
historian and bookseller (and 1965
State Champion) R.N.
has just released Chess:
This is a 2-volume softcover book running to a
total of over 500 pages and
including histories of Tasmanian clubs, the
Tasmanian Chess Association,
Tasmanian Championships, Intrastate Matches,
Player Biographies, etc. Also
included are 380 unannotated games and several
photos. It runs from the
first press reports of chess activity in the state
in 1832 until the end of
2000. The production is basic to keep costs down but
the amount of work that
has gone into this is enormous. One highlight is the
extensive coverage of
the career of Otto Weber
who won the state title 13 times and
defeated players like Steiner,
C.J.S. Purdy, J. Purdy, Koshnitsky
Copies are available for $32.95 post free ($30.95
within Tasmania) from
Neville Ledger Chess Centre, PO Box 837, Burnie Tas
7320 email: Neville
CHILDREN'S CHESS OLYMPIAD BATATAIS, BRAZIL
18 TO 26 SEPTEMBER - URGENT
REQUEST FROM BRETT
Australia is seriously thinking of sending a team
to the World Junior Chess
Olympiad. Anyone who would like to play in this
event please email myself,Brett Tindall firstname.lastname@example.org
Suttor, Parker Zhao
and Ruperto Lugo
interest in this important junior tournament.
Players need to be under 16
as at 1/1/01. The team consists of four players
plus a reserve and a
CHESS IS A SPORT
am in the middle of another round of trying to put pressure on the
Government and Opposition to recognise chess as a sport.
still refusing to give way, but my Federal
MP, Margaret May
is taking a
submission straight to the
Prime Minister's Department. I have had another
long chat with Senator
offsider and he gave me a good deal of
(Senator Lundy is on maternity leave). The Labor Party will release
sports policy later this year and at the very least I expect them to
chess some kind of status within the Dept of Sport to allow it to apply
funding. Whether it will be recognised as a serious sport rather than
recreation remains to be seen.
Once again I ask all those who care
about this matter to consider writing to
both the Minister for Sport, Jackie
Kelly and Shadow Minister, Kate Lundy.
Now 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
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
know.ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR WOMEN
INCORPORATING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
TOURNAMENT MADRAS, INDIA 2 TO 12
LAST CALL FOR AUSTRALIAN
I am very disappointed that we do
not have any nominations for Australian
representatives to this important
event. There is free accommodation and
meals for the two Australian seeds to
which we are entitled. It is not too
late to enter. Please email
Robert Jamieson email@example.com
2001 NSW STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN DIVISION FIDE
Venue: Parramatta RSL Club Corner of Macquarie and
Note: Club Dress regulations apply (Smart
casual, collar and enclosed
footwear for men)
Food and drink must not
be taken into the club premises but may be purchased
Juniors are welcome but the DOP must be informed if a supervising
not be present
9 rounds on Sundays - all start at
Players are requested to be at the Venue at 12 Midday for Round
Rd 1 - 26th Aug Rd 2 - 2nd Sept Rd 3 - 9th Sept Rd 4 -16th Sept Rd 5 -
Sept No Play 30th Sept Rd 6 - 7th Oct
Rd 7 14th Oct Rd 8
21st Oct Rd 9 28th Oct
Rate of play: 30 moves in 90 minutes then 1hour to
Open Division: Adult $90, Juniors $70, Under 14
Major and Minor : Adult $70, Juniors $50, Under 14 $40.
for entries received before 12th August 2001
All entries must be on official
entry form (or copy)
Entries Close for the OPEN on 19th August
Players rated under 2000 may apply to the NSWCA to play in the Open
Late entries may be accepted for the major and minor divisions
must be received before 11:30am on the 26th August and only at
discretion of the DOP.
Note: Late entries (after 19th August) attract
a $20 administration penalty.
All NSW resident players must be members of
NSWCA or NSWJCL.
Prizes: OPEN - 1st $800, 2nd $400, 3rd $200.
(U2000) & Minor (U1600): 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $100
Note: Prizes are
based on 80 Entries and Players are eligible for 1 prize
entries - Rating prizes at 100 rating point intervals will be
both the Major and Minor plus Juniors where 6 or more players
for the prize.
Unrated players may enter but are not eligible for prizes
based on ratings.
Please make all Cheques or Money Order payable to NSWCA
Phone Enquiries: Robert Keast
Wales Chess Association Inc.
Box 2418 Sydney 1043
2001 GRAND PRIX
Prix Supervisor is Norm Braybrooke firstname.lastname@example.org://crcchess.topcities.com/GP2001.htm
a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events for
in this bulletin.
There are now 41 events for 2001.
September Launceston Weekender TAS Cat 1 Leo Minol
03 6344 email@example.com
Sep Geelong Open VIC Cat 2 Bill Stokie 03 5250 1786 Paul
Sep Gold Coast Classic QLD Cat 3 Graeme Gardiner
Sep Lidum's Cup SA Cat 2 Roland Eime
08 8268 1374 firstname.lastname@example.org
Redcliffe Challenge QLD Cat 1 Mark Stokes
07 3205 email@example.com
Oct Tweed Heads Open QLD Cat 3 Audie Pennefather
Box Hill Whitehorse Festival Week-Ender VIC Cat 2 Trevor
Nov Laurieton Open NSW Cat 1 Endel Lane
Nov Tasmanian Open TAS Cat 1 Neville Ledger
Nov Taree RSL Spring Open NSW Cat 1 Endel Lane
Nov NSWCA Cat 1 Robert Keast
02 9649 8614 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec Tuggeranong Vikings Weekender ACT Cat 1 Lee Forace
Dec Melbourne Chess Club Christmas Swiss VIC Cat 2 Malcolm
Dec Fairfield RSL Pre Christmas Cup NSW Cat 2 Elpidio
9723 5537 email@example.com
15, Qld 9, Tas 4, SA 4, ACT 3, Vic 5, WA 1.
LAUNCESTON WEEKENDER 1/2 SEPTEMBER
Adult Education Centre 8 High Street
A Level 1 ACF Grand Prix Event.
Hosted by Launceston Chess
Club for the Tasmanian Chess Association.
Rate of Play: 5 rounds S/P. 90
minutes per player for the whole game.
Entries close Saturday 1st
September 2001 10:45 AM.
Sessions: Saturday: 1st Sep Round 1: 11:00 AM - 2.00
PM Round 2: 3:00 PM -
6:00 PM Round 3: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Sep Round 4: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Round 5: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
presentation of prizes. 4:10 PM
Entry Fee: $40.00 seniors, $35.00
concessions, $30.00 juniors (U18). Early
entries $5.00 discount if paid by
Wed 29 August.
Prizes: 1st: 45% of prize pool, 2nd: 25%, 3rd 10%. U 1700:
10%, U 1500: 10%.
Note: Prize pool is entry fees less running costs, ACF fees
and TCA levy.
Tiebreak methods will be used.
plus assistants. FIDE 1997 laws apply.
Some billeting will be
Entries and Enquiries: Leo Minol
Court Newstead Tas 7250 Phone 03
6344 7472 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
from Leo Minol:
My apology to all recipients of the
Launceston Weekender notice for the
misspelled word of Launceston as
The error occurred in transmission. All the
"Flaunches" should read
"Launceston", including the venue as it is in
"Launceston Tas 7250". There
is no town under the name of "Flaunches"
Trust this message will reach you as corrected.
CENTENARY OF FEDERATION GEELONG OPEN
CHAMPIONSHIP 1/2 SEPTEMBER
A Category 2 Grand Prix
Prize Pool 1st $700 2nd $450 3rd $200 3 Rating prizes of $200 Top
$125 Top Lady $75
Players are eligible to receive only one of the
above prizes, which are
guaranteed by our sponsor. 'Daniels
Entry fee $50 Juniors and concession $40 Late entry
Arbiter John Frew
Entries will be received until
Friday 31/8/2001 6pm. Entries may be sent by
mail to reach the G.C.C.
Treasurer 83 Peter Street Grovedale Vic. Cheques
made payable to Geelong
Playing Schedule 8:30am entries close, subject to numbers 9am
Some accommodation available Saturday night pre-book please.
enquiries to: Bill Stokie
03 5250 1786
Venue: Lara Town
Hall, Flinders Avenue Lara, Melways Ref 422 K5
SURVEY FOR CLUB OFFICIALS AND/OR TOURNAMENT
Mark Driver originally compiled this survey as a means to
overall 'health' and popularity of the game of backgammon as
played at the
formal level at local clubs around the world. A comparison will
between the statistics for 'live' play and online 'virtual'
Key sections of the survey focus on demographics such as the
groups of players, the gender of players etc. Mark thought it
interesting to make a comparison between the statistics for the game
chess and backgammon for one particular country such as Australia (where
Kindly note that the survey certainly does not seek to identify any
details of club members/officials etc. The results from the survey
however, be published in a number of forums: on the
website and in a forthcoming quarterly newsletter of the
Backgammon Association - BIBAFAX.
The following survey is part of a research project comparing 'online'
'real world', board gaming. Please feel free to elaborate on, or ignore
particular questions, and return the completed questionnaire by email
toMark Driver email@example.com
What is the current membership of your club and/or typical number
participants at tournaments?
What is the approximate ratio of male to female players?
What age group(s) does the club primarily attract? eg under - 18,
How do the above statistics compare to the past? Eg 1970's, 1980's,
What level of players make up the majority of club participants?
beginners/casuals, Intermediate/advanced, Expert ?
Does your club primarily attract, or target serious (money players)
social/small stake players?
What is the approximate cost of participation at club or tournament
(local currency is fine).
Where is your club located, eg major city, large town, small town ?
What type of premises does the club occupy? eg public bar/hotel,
'restricted access' social club, private home, etc.
What is the frequency of club events or meetings? eg daily, weekly,
Is your club affiliated with a national organization/association etc?
How did most regular members first here about the club? eg word of
Internet, local adverts etc?
Has the club undertaken any marketing/promotional measures to attract
players? eg publicity via: Internet site, local newspaper adverts,
If so were the promotional measures successful?
Do club events/tournaments attract local sponsorship (value added
Has the club attempted to obtain local sponsorship?
Have previous events attracted sponsorship, and if so in what era? eg
1970's, late 1970's, etc.
Has the club experienced problems attracting and retaining new
and/or female members?
What personal development initiatives if any are available to members?
periodic seminars, informal advice, published and/or documented
resources such as a small library, computers for internet gaming
Do other local board-game clubs exist in your area? eg (Chess),
How does the membership (total, and/or male to female ratio, age
etc), and frequency of events of such clubs etc compare to your
In your opinion, what does the future hold for your local
? eg an increase, decline or stasis of membership and
In your opinion, how has the advent of the Internet game servers
With very best wishes to all
Chess - the clever