Bulletin No. 94
7th December 2000
Graeme Gardiner is away till 22nd
December (trip to chess olympiad and well earned holiday) so this
bulletin is being brought to you by the acting President, Robert
Yesterday Wendy and I spent a full day at the offices of the USCF. We
were wonderfully treated and learned a great deal which should help
when considering and articulating ways of developing Australian
chess. The USCF has an annual operating budget of US$6M and employs
40 full time staff. It has 86,000 members of which just over half are
aged 19 and under.
Benefits of membership include US Chess Online, Chess Life Magazine
for adults and School Mates Magazine for juniors, merchandising of
various chess goods with discounts for members, ratings service,
members only section on the website, affinity programmes, publishing
initiatives, free handouts, research materials and a library.
The USCF is trying to become a full member of the US Olympic
Committee and is also working on accreditations for coaches and
tournament officials. There are some areas where it might be possible
for the ACF to work with the USCF for the mutual benefit of both
In Washington we stayed with Lubos and Irena Kavalek who were
wonderful hosts. In New York we are staying with Martin and Sophie
Zhao, parents of six year old Parker, the current US Kindy champion
who moved from the Gold Coast a couple of years ago. Martin and
Sophie also were very generous hosts. Tomorrow we go on to Boston
where we stay with Bill and Vesna Kelleher. Bill is the US delegate
to FIDE. After that we will meet up in Seattle with Yasser Seirawan.
Yasser was one of the critics of the Oceanic zonal held in 1999 at
the Parkroyal Surfers Paradise. At the recent FIDE Congress I moved a
motion to tighten up FIDE regulations in relation to titles at zonals
run as Swiss events. An amendment to my motion was accepted and in
future at zonals run as Swiss events a maximum of one IM title and
two FM titles will be awarded without prior consent of the Chairman
of the Titles Commission.
In relation to David Lovejoy's comments re FIDE Commerce, I think I
gave some comments on this matter a couple of weeks ago. Whatever
people may think of the FIDE President and the Russian who is running
FIDE Commerce, they have to perform for the US$3.5million (indexed) a
year or the contract is voided. According to the information given to
the Congress the FIDE President has already given in excess of US$20M
to FIDE over the last few years! Englishman David Anderton, an
impressive character, gave me a great deal of confidence that his
committee had made the contract as watertight as possible under all
I hope all is going well. I look forward to seeing you in early
Very best wishes
FROM BRUCE HARRIS
I wonder if anyone can help me with a bit of information.
I'm involved in a discussion on an email discussion group in which
the subject of computer chess has come up, with particular emphasis
on the difference between the way computers and humans play chess. I
mentioned that case a year or so back of the player who was caught
taking advice from Fritz through hidden communication equipment. This
raised considerable interest, and a couple of people asked for
further detail. I know it was covered in a couple of Aussie chess
columns, and no doubt in other journals around the world, but can't
think of an efficient way to track one down. Does anyone have the
details - who the player was, what the tournament was, where it was
played etc - or can anyone point to a particular column that covered
it? I vaguely recall that Phil Viner's column in the Australian gave
it a good run, but may be wrong.
Another example, perhaps more obscure, I'd like to track down
occurred I believe in one of those carbon vs silicon tournaments. The
computer refrained from playing what looked like an obvious winning
move, to the bafflement of both its opponent and the onlookers. It
was only on analysis that it was found that the obvious winning move
had a fatal flaw. I know it's a big ask, but if anyone can identify
this incident from such a vague recollection, I'd be mighty grateful
for the details.
For that matter, any profound insights into the differences between
computer and human chess style would be useful.
Thanks in anticipation.
Reply directly to: Eva.Harris@Worldonline.cz
MORE FROM BRUCE HARRIS
The current edition of the Czech chess magazine Sachinfo
includes an interview with one Graeme Gardiner. There's a photo
(taken by Cathy Rogers) of Graeme carrying the Olympic Torch, and
according to the text he is only the second person in history to do
so as a chess player, the only other having been Yugoslav GM Predrog
Nikolic in 1984. He comments on what an emotionally rewarding
experience it was.
Graeme goes on to talk about his vision for the future of chess in
Australia, particularly the development of youth chess in schools and
universities. Asked his views on the likelihood of chess ever making
it into the Olympics, Graeme was cautiously optimistic, but not in
the short term - maybe the winter version in 2006 or the summer of
The Gardiners' next stop after Prague was to be Istanbul, and the
interviewer wished him and the Aussie team well - then closed with
the rueful comment that when he said that, he wasn't expecting that
Australia would finish ahead of the Czech Republic.
Incidentally, I met up with
Graeme & Wendy while they were in the Czech Republic. They were
both looking healthy & relaxed.
FROM GEORGE HOWARD
Hi Robert , could you include our Chess tourney in your
The Australian Allegro Chess Championships have been running for 5
years with first prize of $1,000 2nd $400.
The tourney is 7 rounds 15 mins each on the timer. The
tourney is on 26th December 2000 and starts at 12.00 it is all
finished by 5.00 pm. It is run by SACA and in years past
number of entries have ranged between 80 - 110.
There are many other prizes totalling $2,000 in all and we hold it
every year at the beachside suburb of Glenelg as part of the BAY
For further information and entry forms persons interested could call
me on 0414841575 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in CHESS
NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR
Nominations are invited for the
following medals, to be awarded during the presentation of prizes at
the Australian Open Championship in Canberra on Tuesday January 9,
This is awarded
to the "Player of the Year". It is to be the player who has
made the greatest impact, not necessarily the highest-rated - it is
for the most notable achievement of the year. It may be awarded to
the same person more than once.
This is awarded for an
outstanding contribution to Australian chess administration at a
national or a state level. It may not be won more than once by the
CJS Purdy Medal
This is awarded for an outstanding contribution
to Australian chess as a journalist at a national or state level. It
may not be won more than once by the same person.
1. The Steiner Medal is to be
awarded in respect of
impact/achievement during the year 2000.
2. The Koshnitsky and Purdy
medals are not necessarily awarded in
respect of any particular year.
3. A list
of previous winners may be viewed on the ACF web page at
send nominations together with citations and/or other
suitable supportive material so as to be received at the following
address on or before 10 December 2000: 20 Sycamore Grove, East St
Kilda, Vic 3183, or send by e-mail to
email@example.com, or by fax to (03) 9525 9632.
Confirmation of receipt of nominations will be given. If no such
confirmation is received within two days of the expected date of
delivery, please contact Gary Wastell on (03) 9525 9631 or 0419 525
963 or e-mail as above.
retain a copy of all material sent.
Australian Centenary of
Federation Chess Festival
2001 Icon Australian Open
Rydges Lakeside Canberra
Update: The early-entry deadline for the Australian Open has been
To receive the early entry discount, paid entries must be
later than FRIDAY, 08 DECEMBER
Also, players intending to enter on the day (with late fee of $20
Open, $10 Minor before 11AM, 28 December), must notify the organisers
of their intentto do so BEFORE 28 December so that we have an idea of
final numbers before the start of the events. Entries are
coming in fast, so book your accommodation and get entries in now.
Furthermore, there are still plentiful accommodation options
including doubles from $30 p.p. per night within 5 minutes walk of
venue (see City Walk Hotel on website). By coming in groups,
the costs can be vastly reduced - enquire about extra single beds in
rooms at Rydges Lakeside when making bookings
(http://www.rydges.com/canberra/). There are still
single rooms at Fenner Hall (15 min. walk from venue or 5 min. bus)
from $17/night for adults. For more information, visit
Another update on visiting players - some good news and some bad
Goran Todorovic, an early confirmation, has unfortunately notified
organisers of his withdrawal. He has been replaced by three
Masters: 21-year old IM Maarten Solleveld (The Netherlands), IM
Sarwat (Egypt) and 22-year old IM Mohamed Ezat (Egypt). More
visiting players to come. This brings the total number of GMs
and IMs to 15:
GM UTUT ADIANTO (INDONESIA 2583)
GM IAN ROGERS (AUSTRALIA 2558)
GM ALEXANDER VOLZHIN (RUSSIA 2556)
GM DARRYL JOHANSEN (AUSTRALIA 2505)
GM STEFAN DJURIC (YUGOSLAVIA 2472)
IM GARY LANE (ENGLAND 2452)
IM MICHAEL GLUZMAN (AUSTRALIA 2432)
IM MAARTEN SOLLEVELD (NETHERLANDS 2426)
IM VLADIMIR FELDMAN (AUSTRALIA 2399)
IM WALAA SARWAT (EGYPT 2392)
IM GUY WEST (AUSTRALIA 2372)
IM MOHAMED EZAT (EGYPT 2348)
IM ZONG-YUAN ZHAO (AUSTRALIA 2341)
IM DAVID SMERDON (AUSTRALIA 2315)
IM IRINA BEREZINA-FELDMAN (AUSTRALIA 2304)
Other players coming:
ISRAEL YADAO (PHILIPPINES 2303)
FM EDDY LEVI (AUSTRALIA 2258)
FM TIM REILLY (AUSTRALIA 2215)
HENRIK MORTENSEN (DENMARK 2089)
WIM LAURA MOYLAN (AUSTRALIA 2076)
Feel free to contact the organisers if you have any questions.
website for detailed information.
of Federation Chess Festival
PO Box 470
Erindale ACT 2903
Tel. 0403-191-777 (anytime)
NSWCA DECEMBER WEEKENDER!
This is a Grand Prix Tournament Category depends on prize
VENUE: Kamaraigal Room, North Sydney Leagues Club,
Abbott St, Cammeray.
Ample parking available.
Licensed club rules apply.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Catch a bus on routes 202-207 from Wynyard or
North Sydney stations.
Alight at Cammeray shops in Miller St.
One minute from the club.
SEVEN ROUNDS: Time limit of one hour per player for the whole
Games will be rated.
ENQUIRIES: Norm Greenwood 94764533(H).
ENTRIES: Entries taken on the day; or send advance entries to NSW
Association, PO Box 2418, GPO Sydney
NSW 2001. Entries close
at 9:45am on Saturday 16th December.
ROUND TIMES: Saturday 16th December - Round 1 at 10am; Round 2
Round 3 2:30pm.
Sunday 17th December - Round 4 at 10am, Round 5 12:30pm,
Round 6 2:45pm and Round 7 5:00pm.
PRIZES: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, plus U2000, U1800, U1600 and U1400 for rated
players, best unrated & best junior prizes. (All prizes subject
to sufficient number of entries).
Players are eligible for only one prize. Prizes will be pooled and
divided equally in case of ties.
ENTRY FEES: to be announced
Smoking is not allowed in the playing area.
All NSW-resident players must be members of the NSWCA or the
This will be a great tournament! Come and play - and
Chessplayers are invited to Laurieton One
Sunday - 17
10 am. Start ~ Entries close 9:45
Laurieton United Servicemenís Club on the waterfront in
7 Round Swiss
~ 25 minutes per Player for Game
Games Rated ! Prizes determined by the number of
of Tournament Directors is final in this matter.
Fees:- $ 5 Seniors ~
$ 3 Juniors.
Tea/Coffee/Cordial/Biscuits supplied Free !
Club Bistro Open
for Lunch !
Contact:- Reg - 02 6585 5873 ~ Endel - 02 6559 9060.
ACF GRAND PRIX
1 Dubbo RSL Open
Alexander Aich 02 6884
2 UQ Chess
Cowland-Cooper 0414 498
McCart 02 6249
Newcastle 2001 Open
5 Adelaide Cup
6 Queen's Birthday
7 Lidum's Cup
Tasmanian Open C/ship
Ledger 03 6431 1280
South West Open
10 Queen's Birthday
Kevin Bonham 03 6224
11 36th Peninsula
Mark Stokes 07 3205
12 11th Redcliffe
Mark Stokes 07 3205
13 Taree RSL Summer
Lane 02 6559
Lane 02 6559
RSL Spring Open
Lane 02 6559
17 Sydney Easter
18 Sunshine Coast 2001
19 Gold Coast Open
Gardiner 07 5530 5794
20 Gold Coast
September Graeme Gardiner 07 5530
Laurieton May Open
Endel Lane 02
02 6559 9060
Very best wishes to all.
Acting President, Australian Chess Federation
PO Box 716 Mt.Waverley 3149
Phone 03 9579-2533 (w) 03 9700-6295 (h) Fax 03 9570-4095 (w)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.auschess.org.au
Chess - the clever sport!
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