ACF Bulletin No. 9, 14 March 1999


Chess Journalists; Grand Prix Results; 37th Doeberl Cup; ACF Webpage; World
Championships; Major Tournament Planned For 2000; Zonal; Australian
Masters; Northern Territory Contact; FIDE Asian Events 1999; Australian
Schools Teams Championships; Australian Schools Teams Championships

A list of chess journos with contact details is up on the webpage. In order
to further improve communication in Australian chess and gain as much
publicity as possible it would be great if chess organisers could regularly
inform these journos of news, results, upcoming tournaments etc etc. Of
course, it will also help if you advise Andrew Allen for our webpage.
Some info is up on the webpage but we really need the final results from
each tournament in order to calculate Grand Prix points.

2-5 APRIL 1999, Fenner Hall, 210 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT

PRIZES $10,000
Open Division (FIDE-rated)
First                $2200
Second           $1100
Third                 $600
Fourth              $400
Fifth                  $300
Under 2150      $300
Best Junior       $200
Best Local        $100

Major Division (Rated under 2000 only)
First                $1000
Second             $700
Third                 $500
1700-1799        $300
Under 1700       $250
Best Junior        $100
Best Local         $100

Minor Division (Rated under 1600 only)
First                    $600
Second                $400
Third                   $300
1350-1499          $250
Under 1350         $200
Best Unrated       $100

April 2 (Good Friday):
12:00 noon Entries close
1:15 pm Opening ceremony
1:30 pm Round 1
7:00 pm Round 2

April 3:
10:00am Round 3
3:00pm  Round 4
7:30pm Lightning

April 4:
10:00am Round 5
3:00pm Round 6

April 5:
9:00am Round 7
1:45pm Presentations

Adult $85 (Gms, IMs free)
Under 18s & FMs $45
A $20/$10 discount applies if entry is received by 26-03-99.
A $20 surcharge applies for under 2000 non-FIDE rated entries to Open Section.
Players must be ACT or State Association  members.

Digital clocks will be used.
Open Section (FIDE rated): 32 moves in 90 minutes, then 24 moves in 30
minutes, followed by 20 seconds per move.
Major/ Minor Sections: 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 moves in 30 minutes,
followed by 20 seconds per move.

Paul Dunn (Treasurer, Doeberl Cup), 20 Richmond St, Macquarie, ACT 2614

Roger McCart (Convener, Doeberl Cup), Ph: 02-62516190, e-mail:
Further improvements have been made by webmaster Andrew Allen. We now have
our first regular columnist - John Paul Wallace is writing a monthly column
entitled Wally's Wisdom. A link to "Chess Central" written by Theo Rippis
and Brett Tindall has been added. An opinion column has been added. Whilst
the ACF Executive is unlikely to concur with much of the opinion shown in
this section it should provide for lively debate which could benefit
Australian chess if writers concentrate on positive solutions to problems
and keep personalities out. We should soon be adding a listing of
Australian clubs by state with contact details. We also hope soon to add a
current copy of the ACF Handbook and constitution.

A reminder that the webpage address is:
According to the well respected TWIC (The Week in Chess) the World
Championships are very likely to be held in Las Vegas from July 26 to
August 28. If this is true it could provide major problems for some major
overseas tournaments which are scheduled during the same period.
One of Australia's best tournament organisers, Jason Lyons, is working on
another big international event which he hopes to hold in Sydney Town Hall
perhaps from 27 April to 8 May 2000 once again sponsored by Dato Tan Chin
Nam. This is the week after the Doeberl Cup. We wish Jason well with his
plans and hope that his example encourages more chess organisers to throw
their hat into the ring and create greater chess activity around the nation.
Plans are going well for the Zonal with several entries coming in during
the week. Although the deadline is 31 March, it would be most helpful to me
if players could get their entries in by 21 March to give me time to write
to all before I go to Canberra for the Doeberl Cup and National Junior
open. The only concern at present is that we are a little light on for
female players.
Just a reminder that this event is scheduled for 28 June to 10 July. Please
contact Chris Depasquale for more info
Bill Powell advises me that he has a contact in Darwin. Darwin Chess Club
meets Thursdays 7.30pm at the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Community Room,
Ground Floor, Palm Court, 8 Kavanagh St (Corner Bennett St) Contact is Eric
Harman 11, Beagle Court, Larrakeyah NT 0820 phone 08 8981 1502
1.  Asian Team Championship (China option)
China got the option to organise this event during 1999, but it is possible
to hold it either in 1999 or 2001 prior to the World Team Championship year
2.  Asian Youth Chess Championships Boys U 10/12/14 - 1999
All India Chess Federation (Confirmed) scheduled 6-16 Nov 1999
3.  Asian Womens Individual Championship - 1999
All India Chess Federation (Confirmed) scheduled Udaipur 7-19 October 1999
4.  Asian Individual Chess championship for Men - 1999
All India Chess Federation (Confirmed) scheduled Udaipur 7-19 October 1999
Vietnam Chess Federation (Second Option)
5.  Asian Junior Boys and Girls U 20 1999
Vietnam Chess Federation (Confirmed)
6.  Asian Boys and Girls U 16 1999 (Uzbekistan conf)
End April beginning May 1999
7.  Commonwealth Chess Championship for Men and Women and Junior
Championships for Boys and Girls will be hosted by the All India Chess
Federation at Bikaner from 15-26 April 1999
Evelyn Fitzpatrick and the ACT Junior Chess Assn are working on plans for
the Australian Schools Teams Finals Weekend which will probably be held on
11/12 December 1999. She can be contacted on  States
are encouraged to make sure that all schools in the state have some kind of
opportunity to participate and that all are aware that state winners
qualify for the national finals. I believe that this is a competition which
can grow significantly in terms of numbers of competitors over the next few
Best wishes in chess
Graeme Gardiner


Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
C/- Somerset College, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba Q 4213
Phone 07 5530 3777 (w) 07 5530 5794 (h) Fax 07 5525 2676 (w)