ACF Bulletin No. 98 - 8 January 2001


The ACF National Conference was held yesterday at Rydges Hotel, Canberra.

The following executive was elected to serve Australian chess for the next
two years:

Deputy President, ROBERT JAMIESON

The following ACF office-bearers were also confirmed:

Archivist/Historian, PAUL DUNN
Bulletin Editor, GRAEME GARDINER
Corporate Relations, PETER WALLMAN
Director of Coaching, BRETT TINDALL
FIDE Ratings Officer, GARY BEKKER
Grand Prix Supervisor/Recorder - Vacant
Junior Selection Coordinator, BRETT TINDALL
Medals Coordinator, GARY WASTELL
National Ratings Officer, BILL GLETSOS/GRAHAM SAINT
Olympiad Appeal Coordinator, GRAEME GARDINER
Public Officer, DENNIS JESSOP
Publicity Officer - Vacant
Senior Selection Coordinator, ROBERT JAMIESON
Tournament Coordinator - Vacant

Nominations for the vacant positions would be very much appreciated and can
be sent to me at



I would like to start by thanking all those throughout Australian chess at
all levels who have worked so hard on a voluntary basis to create chess
activity, administer and promote chess. Chess players of all standards and
ages owe a great deal to those that give so selflessly to provide an
enjoyable and well run chess environment.

Whilst it is impossible for me here to thank all those involved in schools,
club and state chess, I would like to particularly thank the following who
have specifically helped the ACF to operate smoothly. Deputy President
ROBERT JAMIESON is one of Australia's most experienced chess administrators
and his advice on elite chess, selections, constitutional matters and 
dotting the 'i's and crossing the 't's has been invaluable. I particularly
valued Robert's support during the lead up to the DEPASQUALE court case and
his handling of the Presidency in my absence overseas. We are so lucky to
have as our Treasurer a man as capable as NORM GREENWOOD. I don't know what
we would have done without him over the last four years. ANDREW ALLEN has
now resigned as Secretary but we need to record what a conscientious job he
did. His greatest contribution was to significantly advance the ACF webpage
and commence receiving some sponsorship from that webpage. Since Andrew
resigned, we were lucky to recruit PAUL BROEKHUYSE as Secretary and he has
already made his mark in both secretarial matters and as webmaster.

The role of the ratings officers is becoming more and more central. The
introduction of the ACF Rapid list has the potential to provide the ACF 
many more 'membership' prospects. The rating of games may eventually form
part of the collection of membership data. BILL GLETSOS and GRAHAM SAINT
have cheerfully and conscientiously gone about the hard work of producing
timely and accurate lists and this is a vital role in Australian chess. 
and Graham, thank you so much. During the year, our national junior
coordinator, MANUEL WEEKS, stood down after several years service. Elite
junior chess in Australia is now at one of its highest levels and Manuel 
take a great deal of credit for that. Thank you Manuel. We wish his
successor, BRETT TINDALL, well in his new role. We are also indebted to the
Grand Prix organiser and supervisor, JASON LYONS and INGRID THOMPSON. Jason
put in place the structure for a revamped Grand Prix which has been quite
successful and Ingrid has put in the hard yards to record all the results.
This is a significant task and we thank both Jason and Ingrid.

During my recent attendance at the FIDE Congress in Istanbul, I saw first
hand exactly what is involved in being a delegate. PHIL VINER has filled
this role for Australia for many years and I don't think we can ever thank
Phil enough for his contribution. Whilst GARY BEKKER stood down as ACF
Deputy President over a year ago, he still is a significant worker for the
ACF in many areas. In particular, I really don't think the FIDE chess
exhibition could have been a success without Gary's major contribution. 
thanks, Gary. The Depasquale court case had the potential to bankrupt the
ACF. In addition to Robert Jamieson, I'd very much like to thank ROBERT
COLQUHOUN for conducting an independent review of the matter, PETER PARR 
his time and business sacrifices to be an important witness and ADRIAN CHEK
and MARCUS PESMAN who presented the ACF case immaculately.  Last but not
least I'd like to thank the state presidents for their cooperation, advice
and support and for receiving Wendy and I so generously on our second 
Australia' trip. In particular, GARY WASTELL and DENNIS JESSOP were
extremely helpful on constitutional and administrative matters.

Final thanks go to all those who contributed so generously to the ACF's
Olympiad Appeal. I'm sure our Olympians were lifted in the knowledge the
chess community were prepared to get behind them.

Now onto a report on what has happened over the last twelve months. It is
generally recognised that the weekly ACF Bulletins are an ongoing
President's Report so the following is really a summary of those documents.
It is hoped that the email bulletins, the ACF webpage, the round Australia
trips and the quarterly ACF Council phone hook ups have given everyone in
Australian chess the feeling that they are fully included.

The restructure debate has been a very important process which I believe 
a long way to go before we all start to feel that we are getting somewhere.
With the existing constitution it is extremely hard to get consensus among
the states on changes required to move chess forward. I personally believe
that it is well worth the seemingly endless work in trying to get all 
pointing in the same direction. Some people say that this is impossible
because chess players are trained to look for tricks and traps and even 
they can't find any, will still always be looking for them. I believe that
if we stick to the issues, eventually things will have been so deeply
debated that some form of agreement is inevitable. I hope that all those
involved in this process will continue to work diligently to find 

The efforts of our men's and women's teams at the Istanbul Olympiad were a
highlight of the year. Their performance gives all of us involved in
Australian chess encouragement for the future. Particular congratulations 
LAURA MOYLAN and DARRYL JOHANSEN for their outstanding individual
performances in this team's event. The performance of our younger players 
the world youth festival also gives us great heart for the future. DAVID
SMERDON's undefeated tournament showed that he is a world class player. 
YUAN ZHAO's play throughout the year indicated that, taking into account 
age, he is one of Australia's best ever prospects. Even allowing for the
very small ACF budget, we should try and do everything we can to produce a
world class player from amongst the ranks of players like Smerdon, Zhao and
Moylan. One world class player in Australia would do much to have chess
accepted in the general Australian population as an important sport.

We could have done without the Depasquale court case. This exercise took up
an enormous amount of ACF time and caused a great deal of stress to those
involved. I sincerely hope we don't have to go through this type of process
again for a very long time. One positive to come out of all of this was 
we have been motivated to see if it is possible to try and tighten up our
selection and appeal procedures.

The FIDE chess exhibition which was held at the Olympic Village, did much 
test the ACF in its ability to respond at short notice. I'm pleased to say
that some hard work by a few individuals, especially GARY BEKKER and MANUEL
WEEKS, saved FIDE from what could have been a big embarrassment for them.
Whether FIDE succeeds in having chess accepted as an Olympic sport remains
to be seen.

Having attended my first FIDE Congress, I have to say I do not share the
pessimism of some regarding the future of FIDE. In my opinion the big
strengths of FIDE are its very high number of member nations and its
extraordinary committee network. The calibre of many men and women working
behind the scenes give me confidence that whatever people may think of the
leadership, FIDE has got far too much strength in depth to be permanently
damaged. The FIDE Commerce contract has been gone through with a fine tooth
comb by a committee headed by respected UK lawyer DAVID ANDERTON. If FIDE
Commerce do not perform, the contract is simply rescinded. At the FIDE
Congress I moved to tighten up FIDE rules regarding titles for zonals run 
swiss events and an amended motion was passed. We also asked the Asian
Continental President to improve communication in our region by putting out
a regular email bulletin regarding upcoming Asian events.

The Garry Koshnitsky Memorial Festival incorporated several tournaments
which were held in Queensland, ACT, Victoria and South Australia. Several
strong players from overseas gave our best players excellent competition 
provided a very appropriate tribute to the great man. It was good to see
Evelyn in such fine form at the finale in Adelaide.

The Australian Championships in Tumbi Umbi, the Australian Junior
Championships in Churchill and the Australian Schools Teams Finals weekend
were successful, flagship events for Australian chess. The number of events
in the Grand Prix calendar grew substantially to 41. It is important to 
suitable sponsorship for this event in order that it may thrive.

Looking ahead, these are some of the things that I personally would like to
see happen:

- States, junior chess leagues, women's chess league and correspondence
chess league (ie all official chess bodies) brought closer together under
the one umbrella - the ACF.

- The ACF with steady, reliable income streams.

- The ACF with a role in developing chess for the benefit of all areas of

- The Northern Territory affiliated with the ACF.

-  Non voting classes of membership be created to which the ACF could
provide benefits. The first class would be online benefits and the second
class would simply be the provision of  the ratings service.

- More live online coverage of Australian tournaments.

- The development of a national universities competition.

- The expansion of services to states/clubs such as the free Swiss Perfect
licences and national insurance policy.

- The professional development of coaching in Australia.

- Collection of statistics in order to track our progress and to assist 
government funding applications.

- Further development of chess in the schools.

- Corporate and government sponsors for chess.

- A national chess hero.

Sometimes it seems as if things are not happening quickly enough in
Australian chess. I guess that patience is a virtue and if we all work
steadily and diligently we will succeed in the long run. I hope that we can
all work together for the ultimate success of chess in Australia.

Graeme Gardiner
President 5/1/01


Arguably the most important items on the agenda were the restructure

In respect of the Admin Fee, the following motion was passed with 16 in
favour, two against and one abstention:

"During the calendar year 2001, the following admin fees be charged on all
tournaments submitted for official ACF rating:

Tournaments 60 mins a side or over and four rounds or more - 50 cents per
player for the ACF plus a state charge to be decided by each state

Tournaments 60 mins a side or over and three rounds or less - 25 cents per
player for the ACF plus a state charge to be decided by each state

Tournaments 15-59 mins a side - 25 cents per player for the ACF plus a 
charge to be decided by each state independently.

There will be a loading of 10% if the games are submitted without using
Swiss Perfect and a further 10% if they are submitted more than 21 days
after the event.

States will be free to offer a list of benefits to tournaments that pre
register more than three months before the date of the event.

All admin fees will be collected by the states, with the ACF portion to be
remitted within 21 days of the end of each quarter".

A motion delaying the introduction of this admin fee until 1 April 2001 was
recommended to the ACF Council by the conference and approved by the ACF
Council at the subsequent meeting. This admin fee will be a trial at least
until 31 December 2001.

What will the admin fee mean to players, tournament organisers, states and
the ACF?

The ACF admin fee of 50 cents (or 25 cents) per player, per tournament
should not, in itself, have a big effect on players. Tournament organisers
will have a choice of increasing entry fees by 50 cents (or 25 cents),
reducing prizes by an equivalent amount or absorbing this small additional

Tournament organisers will have to allow for this increased cost when
planning their events. States have the option of adding their charge also.
Victoria have been doing this for the last couple of years and this has
successfully replaced their membership scheme. The bottom line is that the
VCA have provided a service to tournament organisers and have scrapped 
time consuming membership scheme which took a great deal of administration.
Other states now have the opportunity to follow this lead if they wish.

The admin fee will for the first time give the ACF its own stream of 
Initially, it will not be significant. However, it is hoped that in the not
too distant future we will be able to scrap state quotas. In general terms,
some of the states and the ACF are moving tentatively towards 'user pays'
schemes. It is hoped that the benefit to all in the short to medium term
will be a much more efficient environment for administration of chess in

In respect of the State Schools Teams Competition Levies, the following
motion failed on a 9-9 vote with one abstention.

"The sum of $3 per team for all teams in state schools teams competitions
will be submitted to the ACF for the development of chess in Australia. 
amount represents ten per cent of a notional entry fee of $30 per team 
the ACF considers to be an appropriate fee to be charged by the states.

The actual fees to be charged by the states are, however, a matter for them
to decide independently.

States with independent junior chess leagues will liaise with those bodies
to ensure their involvement".

The positives to come out of the defeat of this motion is that there was
general agreement that the reason for the defeat was not the merit of the
motion, but the fact that the junior chess leagues had not been involved
closely enough in discussions. Everyone agreed that the President should
immediately contact the junior chess leagues, women's chess league and
correspondence chess league and encourage them to join the ACF as associate
members and attend ACF council meetings. This is in the spirit of trying to
bring all involved in Australian chess closer together.

The conference decided that as the ACF would not now, at least in the short
term, be receiving schools levies, the state quotas would have to remain 
same and not be cut by 50% as planned. However, the ACF is committed to
continuing with this restructure path and plan to cut state quotas as soon
as possible, initially by 50 % and eventually by 100%.



Congratulations to ANDREW GREENWOOD, DEBBIE POULTON and their team for the
fine job they have done in organising this excellent event.

Leading scores after 9 rounds:

1 GM Stefan Djuric (YUG) 2461 8
2 GM Ian Rogers (N) 2590 7
3 GM Abhijit Kunte (IND) 2538 7
4 GM Alexander Volzhin (RUS) 2547
5 IM Mark Heidenfeld (IRL) 2375 6.5
6 IM Gary Lane (ENG) 2440 6.5
7 IM Zong-Yuan Zhao (N) 2297 6.5
8 GM Darryl Johansen (V) 2528 6.5
9 IM David Smerdon (Q) 2304 6.5
10 Igor Bjelobrk (NZL) 1938 6.5
11 Israel Yadao (PHI) 2303 6.5
12 IM Walaa Sarwat (EGY) 2357 6.5
13 Paul Broekhuyse (N) 2090 6.5

125 players


6 rounds, final scores.

1 Duncan Bape (Q) 1876 5 5
2 Michael Davidovici (Q) 1681 5
3 Dimitri Partsi (V) 1817 5
4 John Myers (Q) 1994 5
5 Karel Hursky (N) 1860 4.5
6 Igor Bjelobrk (V) 1938 4.5
7 Jay Lakner (W) 1865 4.5
8 John Huseyin (N) 1808 4.5

60 players


7 rounds, final scores.

1 Kamal Muthreja (N) 6.5
2 Rafael Kaplan (V) 1340 6
3 Melba Horwood (Q) 1547 5.5
4 Ken Xie (N) 1486 5.5
5 Andrew Fitzpatrick (A) 1518 5
6 Craig Stewart (Q) 1510 5
7 Gareth Oliver (A) 1555 5
8 Anthony Keuning (N) 1565 5

48 players


7 rounds, final scores

1 IM Walaa Sarwat (EGY) 2357 5.52 IM Mohamed Ezat (EGY) 2346 5.5
3 IM Zong-Yuan Zhao 2248 5.5
4 Neil Wright 2035 5.5
5 Vladimir Smirnov 2051 5.5
6 Richard Voon 1915 5
7 Michael Wilkins 2025 5
8 Paul Dozsa 1998 5

48 players

Full results at



Tehran, 26 December 2000

To All National Federations
To All Chess players
To Members of the Press

Dear Friends:

The Presidential Board of FIDE, chaired by the FIDE President, H.E. Kirsan
Ilyumzhinov, met today at the Chess Palace in Tehran, Iran, and after wide
ranging consultations with FIDE officials and players took a number of far
reaching decisions with respect to the World Chess Championship titles. A
copy of the text of the historic Tehran Declaration on World Chess
Championship titles is annexed herewith.

In line with the decision of the FIDE General Assembly in Istanbul and 
on the consensus of opinion of the overwhelming majority of top players at
the World Chess Championship in New Delhi, the Board unanimously approved
the new time control, with effect from 1 January 2001. Instead of the
existing format (40 moves in 100 minutes, 20 moves in 50 minutes, 10 
for the remainder of the game with an increment of 30 seconds), the new 
control to be used in all FIDE events and international title tournaments
will be 40 moves in 75 minutes, 15 minutes for the remainder of the game,
with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.

With regard to the new format of the World Chess Championship, the
Presidential Board noted with satisfaction the success of the current
knockout format, congratulating the 15th World Champion, Grandmaster
Viswanathan Anand of India, and the runner-up, GM Alexey Shirov of Spain,
for their outstanding victories in their matches and resolved not to change
the current format for the World Championship. The Board however resolved 
increase the number of places to 128 players as against the previous figure
of 100, while insisting that all players should now play from the first
round in keeping with the principle established by the FIDE General 
that there should be no special privileges for any of the players. Of
particular significance was the Board's decision to include the World
Internet Championship, which will be open to qualification to the top 8
players to participate in the World Chess Championship.

The Board also approved in principle the establishment of a parallel system
of an elite section of the top 32 players, to play in a series of events,
including the Grand Prix qualifying tournaments, the World Chess Cup and 
Grand Prix final, as part of FIDE's commercialisation programme. A special
Committee to be chaired by the Deputy President G. Makropoulos, has been
mandated by the Board to coordinate all aspects of the planning and the
preparation of the World Chess Championship, World Internet Championship 
the series of elite tournaments on behalf of FIDE in collaboration with Mr.
A. Tarasov of FIDE Commerce.



Considering the special history of the game of Chess and bearing in mind 
need to safeguard the interest of millions of chess players and the will of
its 159 national affiliates, and having noted further the historical fact
that FIDE has consistently organised and supervised the chess activities
around the world since it was founded in 1924, and the fact that it has
consistently organised the World Chess Championships since 1947, carrying
out the decisions of its General Assembly in strict accordance with the 
Statutes, and bearing in mind that the qualification process for the World
Chess Championships had prior to 1947 been subject to abuse by some
individual holders of the World Chess Championship title;

The Presidential Board of FIDE at its meeting in Tehran, 26 December 2000,
hereby declares:

1. As the sole authority recognised by the International Olympic Committee
responsible for the game of Chess and its Championships, and buttressed 
historical facts, FIDE hereby announces its clearly established role as the
only custodian of the World Chess Championship titles.

2. The World Chess Championship title shall be bestowed on any individual,
who has participated and won an event solely organised by FIDE for this
purpose and this shall include a qualification process, which is fair and
democratic and not subject to abuse by any individual or group, but as
approved by the will of the member Federations of FIDE, including the
participation where necessary, in National Championships, Zonal tournaments
or Continental Championships, through the FIDE rating system and such other
events as approved by FIDE for this purpose.

3. Any winner of the World Chess Championship title is under obligation to
defend the title in the World Chess Championship event organised by FIDE 
she/he is precluded from participating in any other event, which seeks to
declare itself as a World Championship event. In addition, any reigning
World Chess Champion, who for any reason including the grounds of health,
fails, refuses or declines to defend the title in any designated World
Championship event, organised by FIDE, or participates in any other event
purporting to regard itself as a World Chess Championship event, not
authorised by FIDE, shall be stripped of the title and be referred to as ex
or former World Chess Champion.

4. Members of the Press and the General Public are hereby advised and are 
be guided accordingly.


As a follow up to our last press release dated 26 December 2000, in 
to the meeting of the Presidential Board of FIDE in Tehran, it has become
necessary for FIDE to clarify the basis for the decision of the 
Board to introduce the new time control to be used in all FIDE events and
where applicable, in all title tournaments.

As was clearly stated in the press release of 26th December 2000, the Board
acted in full compliance with the directive of the General Assembly in
Istanbul requiring it to examine the opinion of a cross section of the
players and to finalise on the new time control for FIDE events. As
Grandmaster Alexander Matanovic of Chess Informant wrote in his book Chess
is Chess, "A century ago, players at tournaments had five hours to make 40
moves. In those days, games began with the first move. Today, seven hours
will see a person from Europe to America and good theoreticians play by 
until the twentieth move and only then really begin to play."

The Board realises that it is now incumbent on FIDE to move with the 
of our changing world. It is no longer realistic to expect that in the
modern world of today where with the advent of computers and advanced soft
wares, the professional chess player cannot in all reality claim that he
does not have the assistance of these appliances in the preparation for his
matches. Therefore the Board resolved in the larger interest of the game 
its future to heed the  advice of the vast majority of the top 100 players
of the world present in New Delhi to revise downwards the current time
control for FIDE competitions. This decision has the added advantage that
sponsors and organisers will consume less time to organise their events and
with less costs.

Finally, what the Board has done is merely to lower the barrier for the 
controls. At the same time, it realises that there are many federations and
chess organisers who may not have the resources to apply the cumulative 
control of an additional thirty seconds from move one. Therefore, there is
no compulsion involved here for organisers to use this mode in the
transitional period so long as there is substantial compliance within the
limits set out by the Board.

As to the technical questions regarding the World Championship, a Committee
chaired by Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos will meet in Lausanne
within the next week to clarify all technical issues related to the
questions of the zones and continental competitions, as well as other 
of interest to players and National Federations.

Meanwhile, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our FIDE
friends a Happy and prosperous New Year!

- Emmanual Omuku, 
Executive Director.



During the last couple of months, the ACF Treasurer, NORM GREENWOOD, had a
computer crash and may have lost some emails relating to requests for the
special insurance deal for clubs and states. If you have made such a 
which does not appear to have been dealt with, please email Norm on



Former ACF President, PETER WALLMAN, has kindly offered to take on the task
of ACF Corporate Relations. Peter has high level contacts in Sydney and 
be looking to build relationships with companies for the mutual benefit of
the ACF and such companies.

As part of this process, we would like to organise a one day corporate 
challenge in Sydney with the main aim being friendraising as much as
fundraising. If anyone in Sydney would be prepared to organise such an 
for the ACF please contact me on



It is possible that this will be the final year that zonals will be held.
FIDE appear to be moving to scrap zonals in favour of continental
championships. It is possible that I will once again organise the Oceanic
Zonal around April or May this year. However, if some other experienced
organiser would like the responsibility, please let me know. A small round
robin for the leading players in our region is probably preferred, but
financial realities may dictate another swiss event. The 'cheap' titles are
no longer a concern because of recent changes to FIDE regulations.



2000 Championship - 12 December 2000
Fourteen players contested the closely fought 7 Round Swiss. The result saw
MIRKO KREZNOVIC and MUSTAFA ERKAN share the first place prize money with a
result of 6/7. Mirko Kreznovic was declared 2000 Club Champion based on
BARRY COX shared third place (all on 4/7). Zeljko Kanostrevak had the best
rating based performance.

2000 Blitz Championships results - 1st MIRKO KREZNOVIC (80.30%), 2nd VLADE
STOJKOVSKI (75.76%) and 3rd STEVE ASCIC (67.19%). The Club Blitz
championship was held throughout the year. Five Round-Robin Tournaments 
played, and the best 3 results were used to determine the winners.



This will be held on the weekend of June 30 / July 1, 2001 at the usual
venue - The Noosa Bicentennial Centre, Sunshine Beach.


Very best wishes to all for 2001!

Graeme Gardiner


Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
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