The ACF is dedicated to promoting the game Down Under, and is a member of FIDE, the world chess federation. Our membership consists of Australia’s state and territory chess associations. The ACF produces a free email newsletter featuring local and international news, and much more – links to past issues are available in the Newsletter Archive.

Interested in playing in a weekender? Please look at the Events section.

There are also comprehensive lists of Australian national ratings, honour boards for champions, award winners and title players. An archive of Australian games can be found at Ozbase.


The Australian Chess Federation is an incorporated association (association number A 01325) under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 of the ACT.

Please address your inquiry to the relevant person.

ACF Executive

Contact –

Position Name Contact
President Gary Wastell 22 Bruarong Crescent,
Frankston South,
Victoria 3199 Australia
0409 525 963
03 9787 7974 (H)
Deputy President Bill Gletsos
Vice-president Dr Kevin Bonham
Vice-president Andrew Hardegen
Treasurer Bob Keast
Secretary Rob Watson

Council Delegates

State Name Contact
Australian Capital Territory Cam Cunningham
New South Wales Richard Gastineau-Hills 0403 962 442
02 9498 2760 (H)
Queensland Shaun Curtis
South Australia Misheck Muza
Tasmania Tom Saltmarsh
0499 996 559
Victoria Leonid Sandler
Western Australia Tim Hare


Position Name Contact
Assistant Secretary vacant
Assistant Treasurer Misheck Muza
Auditor Ross Hamilton
Equipment Coordinator Bob Keast
FIDE Delegate & Administrative Officer Dr Kevin Bonham
FIDE Ratings Officer Bill Gletsos
National Ratings Officer Graham Saint
National Ratings Officer Bill Gletsos
Public Officer Cam Cunningham
Junior Chess Coordinator Henry Slater-Jones
Medals & Awards Convenor Gary Wastell
Newsletter Editor Keong Ang
Newsletter Editor Miles Patterson
Publicity Director Paul Power
Selections Director Tom Saltmarsh
Webmaster David Esmonde