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The 2021 Oceania Senior Chess Championship










The 2021 Oceania Senior Chess Championship; incorporating the Australian Senior Chess Championship; will be played at Tewantin in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from 14th November 2021.

  • 7 Rounds over 7 days
  • Additional Rapid & Blitz Tournaments
  • FIDE & ACF Rated
  • Noosa Novice Tournament
  • Venue is the Tewantin-Noosa RSL Club
  • Extensive excursions, fine dining and accommodation options available.

Oceania Seniors Flyer and Entry Form

ARB Training Programme – First session

FIDE Arbiters Commission Chairman Laurent Freyd welcomes 30 arbiters from 30 Federations to the first session of the Arbiters Commission programme for online and hybrid events.

Following the invitation to federations to register 2 of their arbiters to the Arbiter’s Commission programme for online and hybrid events, the ARB received hundreds of requests to take part in the programme.

128 federations have applied and the first session started this morning on April 13th 2021!

Two levels of seminars have been designed:

  • A Basic Course (8 hours) to cover roles and duties of Online Arbiters and Local Chief Arbiters in hybrid events.
  • An Advanced Course (8 hours) to cover the roles and duties of Chief Arbiters for online and hybrid events.

Official FIDE events will soon require arbiters worldwide to supervise players in hybrid events.

Full story at

Oceania Hybrid 3.6 Zonal – 2021

I am pleased to be able to announce details for a Zone 3.6 Championship to select a representative
player for the 2021 World Cup, at this stage scheduled for Sochi, Russia in July.

The tournament will use FIDE Hybrid tournament rules and has been approved at the Asian Chess
Federation Executive Board meeting held Monday, February 15th.
The tournament will be held as a round robin event over the consecutive weekends of March 20th and 21st and March 27th and 28th.
Two rounds will be played per day, 4 rounds over each weekend. In case of a tied result, FIDE World Cup tie-breaks will be used.

  • FIDE Hybrid Rules apply.
  • World Cup Time Control of 90 minutes + 30 secs increment + 30 minutes addition.
  • Round times (Sydney time) to be 11am and 5pm on March 20th and 21st and March 27th and 28th.
  • The Chief Technical Arbiter and Coordinator is David Esmonde.
  • Chief Arbiters are IA Leonid Sandler and IA Peter Tsai
  • The tournament will be FIDE rated.
  • In the event of a tie, FIDE World Cup tie-breaks will be used. The winner will be entitled to
    represent Zone 3.6 in the 2021 FIDE World Cup.
  • A prize fund will be distributed as follows:
    1st $2,000 (US)
    2nd $1,500 (US)
    3rd $1,000 (US)
    4th $ 500 (US)

More details to follow soon.

Paul Spiller
President zone 3.6

from Campsie, NSW

This event listing request from Benjamin Hermann started me thinking – 2020 was a dreadful year, but the upside was the boom in Chess. Be it Covid-19 or Beth Harmon or who knows…please just enjoy this small story from Campsie NSW!

We are hosting casual chess matches for adults in Campsie Library (14-28 Amy Street, Campsie NSW 2194) on the 2nd Friday of the month between from 5.30pm to 8.30pm until and inclusive of June.

If we find we are having a consistent positive response, we’d love to extend or make this a permanent time slot.

The aim is to give adults a safe, comfortable, regular meeting place and time to play face to face chess and meet other players, regardless of their skill level or their financial situation.

Players are welcomed to bring their own boards or pieces if they like, however they must conform standard rules and may not be profane or offensive (for obvious reasons).
As a bonus, it’s a nice way to end the week.