ACF Bulletin No. 62 - 16 April, 2000
There will be no bulletin next week due to the Easter break. Best wishes to the organisers of the Doeberl Cup (Canberra) and Darling Downs Open (Toowoomba). The next bulletin will be on Sunday 30 April.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA LIKELY TO BE RE ADMITTED TO FIDE
GARY BEKKER advises that Papua New Guinea has recently made prepararations to be re-admitted as a member federation of FIDE and intends to send a men's team to this year's chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. Likely team members include ALLAN LUGA, MARK AI'IO, JOE RUSH, STUART FANCY, HELMUT MARKO, PABLO MELGAR and JEFFERSON ALBIS of which four have already confirmed. SHAUN PRESS is the emegency reserve.
SHAUN PRESS and GARY BEKKER will be depositing SFr1000 into the FIDE bank account in the first week of May. This part of the plan has already been organised and will definitely go ahead. The PNG players will then deposit the SFr600 annual membership fee. Gary Bekker is investigating travel options for them.
Local chess player and organiser, STUART FANCY, also helps run a chess club in Honiara on the Solomon Islands. Chess tournaments are held regularly on Sundays at the Islander Hotel in Port Moresby and there are also players located in Lae. For further information contact Stuart Fancy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Tel:(675)323-1229 or the PNG Chess Federation President Helmut Marko <email@example.com>
We are indebted to Gary and Shaun for the work they have put in to having PNG brought back into the FIDE fold.
MESSAGE FROM FIDE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EMMANUEL OMUKU RE OLYMPICS PROMOTION
Thank you for your e-mail of 6 April 2000. I have just returned from a working visit to Moscow and Elista regarding the rating services, which I believe would now be improved.
As a follow-up to my meeting with IOC Sports Director Gilbert Felli, I met recently with the General Manager (Sports) of SOCOG, Mr. Bob Elphinston in our office here in Lausanne. We agreed in principle that SOCOG would be willing to assist FIDE and the IOC in the realisation of the chess exhibition at the amphitheatre of the Olympic Village. We are still trying to come to terms with the IOC on the funding of the exhibition, which would involve four of our leading male and female players in an exhibition match against each other and a simultaneous display against 60 players over a 2 day period. SOCOG is of the view that they can not finance the cost involved in staging this event and transmitting the games live on the Internet via our Website and on giant electronic screens at the venue.
Mr. Elphinston informed me that he would confirm this in a letter to FIDE in the next five days and as soon as I have this I shall be in touch with you to work out the modalities for the joint collaboration of FIDE and your Federation for this historic event. Naturally, the Australian Chess Federation would be expected to play a crucial role and draw up the list of local participants in the exhibition to enable us obtain passes from SOCOG. You may also wish to consider the possibility of obtaining local sponsorship should our effort to obtain funding for this event from the IOC fail to yield positive results.
It will be my pleasure to meet you in both Sydney and Istanbul.
Thank you so much. Best regards, Emmanuel Omuku, Executive Director
To date the sum of $1,650 has been received and $1,400 pledged making a total of $3,050. I know that the state presidents have just started pushing the appeal. I can't think of any better way of supporting our Olympians and letting them know how important they are to our chess community than by donating what you can afford to the appeal. Thank you in advance. Please mail your donations to NORM GREENWOOD, ACF Treasurer, Unit 15, Horizon Towers, 208 Pacific Highway, Hornsby NSW 2077.
DARRYL JOHANSEN has declined the position as number one Australian at the FIDE Zone 3.2b zonal in Auckland. His place has now been offered to MICHAEL GLUZMAN. ALEKS WOHL has accepted.
COACHING OF OUR LEADING JUNIORS
Last week I advised that both MANUEL WEEKS and IAN ROGERS would be accompanying our players to the World Junior Championships in Oropesa Del Mar. I'm advised by Ian that although he has had discussions with Manuel Weeks and JENNI OLIVER on the subject, to date no definite arrangements have been agreed. My apologies for this error.
To date, the following juniors have expressed interest in attending the one week intensive Grandmaster coaching clinic at Somerset College from 26-30 June:
CHRIS POULTON, MICHAEL LIP, MATTHEW SONTER, SHANNON OLIVER, MICHAEL WEI, HEATHER HUDDLESTON, SAM CHOW, CATHERINE LIP, GARETH OLIVER and TOMEK REJ. In the spirit of Anzac cooperation, an invitation has also been issued to NZ's leading junior, PUCHEN WANG.
A reminder that those who would like to participate (whether selected or not) need to advise me (GRAEME GARDINER firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible but no later than 30 April that they would like to take part. Numbers are being restricted to 16.
ACF SECRETARY ANDREW ALLEN
Just a note that ANDREW ALLEN has changed some of his contact details which now are: PO Box 699, Robina DC, QLD 4226 Australia: Phone 07 5526 6309 / 0410 584793 Email email@example.com.
RESULTS FOR RATING
Tournament organisers please note that all results (both rapid and long games) should only be sent to the relevant state ratings officer for rating. Only NSW results should be sent to BILL GLETSOS. My apologies for any confusion caused by my previous bulletins on this subject.
CHESS IN UNIVERSITIES
In an endeavour to get things moving in relation to a national universities chess competition I'm listing below the start of a universities database. It would be extremely helpful if those involved in any way with universites chess around Australia could email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with additions/corrections and comments as soon as possible. I might point out that I have compiled this list from various web sources including all those on the ACF database with university email addresses. If anyone wishes to be removed from the list, please let me know.
University of Queensland:
PAUL KALOKERINOS: <email@example.com>
AMELIA DOUGLAS-SAVAGE: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CAMERON DOUGLAS-SAVAGE: <email@example.com>
BOGLARKA REMENYI: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ALEX COHN: <email@example.com>
ERNEST CHEUNG: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NIK STAWSKI: <email@example.com>
NICK POON: ??
KIM ORTH <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CONNIE CONSTANTINOU <email@example.com> and <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MAX LESKIEWICZ <email@example.com>
CHARLES PIZZATO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
DAVID COWLAND-COOPER <email@example.com>
JACOB EDWARDS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
KEVIN BURRAGE <email@example.com>
ROSS BLOORE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Australian National University:
PULLICINO PETER <email@example.com>
ANDREW GREENWOOD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There are many people on the ACF (ACT) email database with 'anu.edu.au' addresses.
CHRIS KEVORK <email@example.com>
University of Technology, Sydney
PIERRE CHU <Pierre_Chu@lendlease.com.au> or <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <email@example.com>
ALLAN RICHARDS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NICHOLAS COOPER <email@example.com>
BEN MARKS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BEN MARTIN <email@example.com>
BRENTON YUM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of NSW:
BOB HOWARD <email@example.com>
JASON LYONS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ANDREW MITCHELL <email@example.com>
BEN HUTCHINSON <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ILYA SEROV <email@example.com>
Other students at Sydney Universities include NATHAN PEARCE, VERONICA KLIMENKO, KERRY STEAD, DAVID CONNOLLY, LEE FORACE <firstname.lastname@example.org> and ANDREW BIRD <email@example.com> (Which unis are they at and what are their email addresses?)
MATT SWEENEY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ERKAN MUSTAFA <email@example.com>
Southern Cross University, Lismore:
ROBERT SMITH <firstname.lastname@example.org>
DAVID DOWE <email@example.com>
TUAN LE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
SAM LOW <email@example.com>
Which uni does GEOFF SAW <firstname.lastname@example.org> go to?
BILL REID <email@example.com>
LEIGH HEALEY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MAX MOLLARD <email@example.com>
JOHN OLLE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
RICHARD McCART <email@example.com>
Last year Melbourne University hosted a Victorian Unis comp involving Melbourne University, Monash University, RMIT and Deakin University.
University of Tasmania:
KEVIN BONHAM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of Western Australia:
DANNY DWYER <email@example.com>
STUART MCKAY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MICHAEL PARTIS <email@example.com>
TIM PETERS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Which unis are the following South Australians at? ALEX DAVIDOVIC <email@example.com> ALAN GOLDSMITH <firstname.lastname@example.org> NICK KOSHNITSKY <email@example.com>
Luke Errington firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This year the Australian University Games will be held at Ballarat, Vic in the first week of October (immediately after the Olympics). The Australian University Sports website is at http://www.ausf.edu.au Sports listed for the Australian University Games at Ballarat (AUG Office 03 5327 9702) are shown at http://www.ausf.edu.au/National%20events.htm
I'm sure there must be dozens, if not hundreds of good chess players at universities all around Australia. Your help in developing this database would be most useful. Just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
April 21-23 Darling Downs Open, Toowoomba Grammar School, Cat 2, LES LORD 07 4735 7755
April 21-24 Doeberl Cup, Fenner Hall, Canberra, Cat 3, ROGER McCART 02 6251 6190
April 29-May 1 35th Peninsula Open, Clontarf High School, Cat 1, NORM BRAYBROOKE 0418 716374
May 6-7 Hobson's Bay Open, ADASS Centre, Altona North, Cat 1, PETER CAISSA 0411 710900
May 13-14 Adelaide Cup, SACA, 10 Ranelagh St., Adelaide, Cat 1, CHESS CENTRE 08 8211 7189
May 13-15 Basta Shield, Melbourne Chess Club, Fitzroy, Cat 3, MELBOURNE CHESS CLUB 03 9416 3149
May 27-28 NSWCA Open, Ashfield Catholic Club, Cat 1, MICHAEL WALSH 0407 068550
Just a reminder to tournament organisers that if you send me a report, I'll endeavour to include it in this bulletin. Also, the Grand Prix administrator, INGRID THOMPSON email@example.com, relies on tournament organisers to send her results with the full details immediately after each event.
I wish to comment on Peter Hanna's Correspondence re God in the chess room.
The only players to be assisted by God will be committed Christians and He is part of their everyday life, including chess. I can assure you they will not be 'barring' God from the chess room at any time. God is with them all the time.
In fact, He is everywhere all of the time and the only issue is if we have access to Him and His guidance.
It would be extremely hard to prove any player had assistance from God during a game but equally hard to prove God disadvantaged another player.
As we cannot see God, how would we know if He stayed out of the chess room or not even if He were barred from the room. As I said, He is with the committed Christian all of the time.
I would hazard a guess and say that Peter Hanna is not a committed believer and is upset by the fact that other players are and appear to be getting divine assistance, whether they are or not. There will always be a bone of contention between believers and non-believers, be it chess or anything else.
JAKUB FUKSIK, CZECH REPUBLIC
I would like to inform you about two chess events which we organize in Olomouc (Czech Republic) during summer. Because of favourable conditions I think it could be very interesting for players from your country so let me offer you their attendance here.
Main event "Olomouc Chess Summer 2000" will take place on August 2-10, 2000. Except usual FIDE open there will be organized 3 round-robin tournaments. One GM tournament of 10th category FIDE and two IM tournaments of 4th category FIDE. Both round-robin tournaments are very good chance to fulfil a title norm as well as in last years.
For start in round-robin tournaments are given following conditions for players without title:
GM - 10th category FIDE below 2400 upon agreement with organizers 2401 - 2425 425 DEM 2426 - 2450 375 DEM 2451 - 2500 325 DEM above 2500 275 DEM
IM - 4th category FIDE below 2200 upon agreement with organizers 2200 - 2250 275 DEM 2251 - 2300 225 DEM 2301 - 2350 175 DEM above 2350 125 DEM
The other event "Mladi Open 2000" is organized for young players up to 20 years of age and and it will take place on June 25-29, 2000. There will take place two opens for younger children (born in 1984 or 1988 and younger) and main FIDE open for players up to 20 years of age.
Except of very cheap cost for staying (accommodation and all-day boarding during whole tournament is only c. 65 DEM) is quite interesting the first prize in the FIDE open. The winner "will get" free start in round-robin IM tournament of 4th category FIDE in Olomouc (2.-10.8.2000).
Complete information about both events are published at our web site - http://www.proclient.cz/a64. In case of need of some additional information please let me contact.
I hope you will find both events like interesting for players from your chess federation and you will inform concerned players or responsible representative about them.
Thank you in advance.
With best regards,
Jakub Fuksik Agentura 64 783 73 Grygov 337 Czech Republic tel/fax: ++420-68-5393327 http://www.proclient.cz/a64 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet Chess Journal http://www.chessjournal.cz
With very best wishes
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) Email: email@example.com http://www.auschess.org.au
Chess - the clever sport!
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