Australian Chess Federation Inc.

ACF Appeal – 44th Chess Olympiad

It’s been a rocky road to the 44th Chess Olympiad, scheduled to be held in 2020. The host city was originally Khanty-Mansiysk but was leter transferred to Moscow. The COVID pandemic forced postponement to 2022, then Russia invaded Ukraine and Moscow became politically untenable. India stepped up at very short notice to organise the event in Chennai, starting on 26 July.

Our teams have now been selected – see With an all-GM open team for the first time and a women’s team spearheaded by two WGMs, Australia is poised to gain its best-ever result.

But they need your help to get there. Time is short, costs are high and they receive no government support.
Please consider donating to the ACF Olympiad Appeal via the appeal website at
Ian Murray
Olympiad Appeal Coordinator

Arianne Caoili Memorial 2021

Brilliancy Prize – Arianne Caoili Memorial FIDE Rapid, Nov 27 2021

Round 2 GM David Smerdon Vs Rhys Rakauskas 1-0

The Brilliancy Prize – $100 has been awarded to GM David Smerdon for his game in Round 2 with Rhys Rakauskas.

Congratulations David on your beautiful creation, ideas and attack!

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.e5 dxe5 8.dxe5 Nfd7 9.e6 fxe6 10.Nf3 O-O 11.Bc4 Qb6 12.Qe2 Nf6 13.O-O Kh8 14.Rfe1 Nd5 15.Bxd5 exd5 16.Bxe7 Rxf3 17.Qxf3 Qxb2 18.Ba3 Qxa3 19.Re8+ Bf8 20.Rxf8+ Kg7 21.Qf6+ Kh6 22.Rf7 Bg4 23.Qf4+ Kh5 24.Rxh7# 1-0

GM Smerdon has provided a personal account of this game at the following web address for all to enjoy :

Posted by Gold Coast Chess Club on Monday, 29 November 2021

GM Smerdon presented with Purdy Medal
The Purdy Medal for Journalism 2021 was presented to GM David Smerdon by former ACF and OCC President Graeme Gardiner during the afternoon break.

2021 Arianne Caoili Memorial FIDE Rapid_REPORT

Australian Schools Teams Championship – 2021

WA ASTC 2020 Hybrid Hub

Due to Australia’s current border issues across its States and Territories,
the ACF has decided to host the 2021 Australian Schools Teams Championships
as an online-hybrid event. The tournament will be held in a very similar
fashion to the 2020 ASTC and in-line with the instructions and regulations
available on the website:

ASTC-2021 Website

We are calling on all States and Territories to appoint State Organisers
and State Arbiters to manage their zone. The responsibilities of each of
these positions are available on the website. The State Organiser must
submit all their team information by the 24th of November.

Please use this form.

If you have any inquires or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me

Hughston Parle
Australian Junior Chess Coordinator

FIDE approves Online Chess Regulations

The FIDE Council has approved a new set of rules to be applied to official online chess competitions. The document, which will be incorporated into the laws of chess, is the result of a joint effort by a dedicated task force, in which several FIDE Commissions were involved.

“The vast experience of different competitions held online has been taken into account: many commissions’ experts (mainly arbiters and Fair Play Panel members) have been involved in FIDE major events and other online competitions held throughout 2020. The initial draft was prepared by the Rules Commission, with invaluable input from the Arbiters and the Qualification Commissions. Fair Play and the FIDE Commission for people with Disabilities also added specific rules adjusted to the online format, which are included as appendixes. During the final stage, the Global Strategy Commission was responsible for consolidating all the inputs, giving the documents its final shape”, explains Pavel Tregubov, Secretary of the GSC.

The document’s structure is similar to that of the “over-the-board” Rules of Chess. The first part refers to basic rules, while Part II addresses specific rules for online competitions. Part III is entirely devoted to competition rules and divided into two subparts:

A) Online competitions with supervision

B) Hybrid competitions.

The so-called “hybrid competition” is a new format where the games are played online, but the participants are physically present in a public place like a club, federation headquarters, hotel, et cetera.

“We see a lot of potential in this format, which would allow hosting chess competitions with participants scattered across multiple venues, in a branded environment. This increases the opportunities for media exposure and sponsorship activations”, explains David Llada, FIDE’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. FIDE expects the hybrid format to be used in some official events in the near future, and some Continents have expressed their intention to hold their Zonal and even Continental Championships under this format.