Australian Chess Federation Inc.

FIDE – Inspiring more girls to play chess!

image – courtesy Leonid Sandler

IM Anastasia Sorokina and WGM Dana Reizniece-Ozola visit Melbourne – hold master-classes for girls.

Anastasia Sorokina, Belarusian chess player, Women’s International Master and FIDE coach, and Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Latvian chess player, former Minister of Finance of Latvia and FIDE Managing Director, are visiting Melbourne. Leonid Sandler, President of Chess Victoria , says that this visit will help popularise chess, especially among girls.

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