ACF Bulletin No. 106

4 March 2001

A very short issue this week.


Oceanic Zonal, New strong player in South Australia, ACF Associated Body status, great insurance deal, 2001 Grand Prix, Statement from FIDE President, Correspondence.


FIDE Oceanic Zone 3.2b has now got the go ahead to proceed.

It is my responsibility as zone president to ensure that this event is completed by the end of April so we'll have to move fast.

I hope to give full details of the tournament in next week's bulletin.

In the absence of any other offers from experienced tournament organisers, it looks as though it will have to be held on the Gold Coast again.

The new FIDE regulations give 10 places to the Asian Continental Championship which has to be held by the end of June and 9 places to the various Asian zones, of which zone 3.2b gets one.

If we don't hold our zonal by 30 April then this one place reverts to the pool for the Asian Continental Championships.

Under the new title regulations for zonals held under swiss rules, the maximum number of titles which may be awarded without involving the joint chairmen of the titles commission is one IM and two FM titles.

In practice, once the field has been finalised, the joint chairmen will be contacted and they will determine the number to be awarded.

It is hoped that their determination will be known early in the tournament.

This zonal event is the only way of making certain that the Oceanic region has a qualifier for the World Championship finals.

I hope the elite players of our region give it their support.


JOE TANTI advises that the Asian Under 16 Girls Champion, THU GIANG NGUYEN, has moved to South Australia.

This 2000+ player has enrolled at Glenunga International High, the same school that the LAUER-SMITH girls attend.


At the national conference of the ACF held in Canberra on 7 January 2001, I'm pleased to say that delegates asked me to write to all junior chess leagues, the women's chess league and the correspondence chess league offering to take up 'Associated Body' status.

The reason for this was that it was felt that these organisations were not involved enough in the decision-making process and in any case it was felt that a serious effort needs to be made to bring us all much closer together.

I've now heard that the largest chess organisation in Australia, the NSW Junior Chess League, has voted to become an Associated Body and it is now hoped that the other junior chess leagues, the Australian Women's Chess League and the Correspondence Chess League of Australia will do likewise.


Did you know that if your club has less then 50 members, you can join the ACF policy for just $121 per annum? This is ridiculously inexpensive.

Any club that does not have insurance is crazy and any club that is paying more than $121 is crazy! Any club that only has (say) $2,000,000 public liability insurance is probably under insured!

To take advantage of this special offer, all you need to do is email NORM GREENWOOD with the following details: Name of club, number of current members, main meeting venue (if any), incorporated or unincorporated, any previous liability incidents, contact name/address/phone/fax/email, interested parties to be noted on policy (if any).

You will then be contacted directly by the insurer, CHRIS ZUCCALA, who will advise you of the pro rata premium to pay to the common renewal date (31 August).

If you wish to contact Chris Zuccala direct please do so on email or phone 03 9569 1569 or fax 03 9569 1515.


Please support the two upcoming Grand Prix events, the Tasmanian Championships being held in Hobart from 10-12 March and the South West Open being held in Bunbury on the weekend of 17/18 March.

Please note once again that the new Grand Prix Supervisor is NORM BRAYBROOKE .

I'm sure that he would love to hear from new events.

Norm's webpage is at:

Here are the 34 events for 2001:

3/4 Feb Newcastle Open NSW Cat 2 GEORGE LITHGOW

17/18 Feb Taree RSL Summer Open NSW Cat 1 ENDEL LANE 02 6559 9060

3/4 Mar Dubbo RSL Open NSW Cat 1 ALEXANDER AICH 02 6884 4561

10-12 Mar Tasmanian Championships TAS Cat 1 DAVID FERRIS 03 6225 1523

17/18 Mar South West Open WA Cat 1 ALAN PHILLIPS

13-16 Apl Doeberl Cup ACT Cat 3 ROGER MCCART 02-6251-6190

13-16 Apl Sydney Easter Cup NSW Cat ? PETER HANNA

20-22 Apl Univ of Qld QLD Cat 3 DAVID COWLAND-COOPER 0414 498556

5/6 May Hobson's Bay Open VIC Cat 1 PETER CAISSA 0411 710900

5/6 May Laurieton Open NSW Cat 1 ENDEL LANE 02 6559 9060

5-7 May Redcliffe Peninsula Open QLD Cat 1 MARK STOKES 07 3205 6042

19/20 May Adelaide Cup SA Cat 1 ROLAND EIME 08 8268 1374

19/20 May NSWCA Cat 1 ROBERT KEAST 02 9649 8614

8/10/11 June NSWCA Queen's Birthday Weekender Cat 1 ROBERT KEAST 02 9649 8614

9-11 June Queen's Birthday Weekender The Gap Open QLD Cat 1 ANDREW ROBINSON

9/10 June Queen's Birthday Weekender SA Cat 1 ROLAND EIME 08 8268 1374

9-11 June Queen's Birthday Weekender TAS Cat 1 KEVIN BONHAM 03 6224 8487

23/24 June Taree RSL Open NSW Cat 1 ENDEL LANE 02 6559 9060

23/24 June Gold Coast Open QLD Cat 3 GRAEME GARDINER 07 5530 5794

30Jun/1Jul Suncoast Weekender QLD Cat 3 ROBERT HOCHSTADT 07 5447 5056

28/29 Jul ANU Open ACT Cat 3 SHAUN PRESS 02 6255 2040

4/5 Aug Mackay Open QLD Cat 1 STAN LONG HONG 07 4953 4573

4/5 August NSWCA Cat 1 ROBERT KEAST 02 9649 8614

25/26 August Launceston Weekender TAS Cat 1 LEO MINOL 03 6344 7472

22/23 Sep Gold Coast Classic QLD Cat 3 GRAEME GARDINER 07 5530 5794

29/30 Sep Lidum's Cup SA Cat 1 ROLAND EIME 08 8268 1374

29/30 Sep Redcliffe Challenge QLD Cat 1 MARK STOKES 07 3205 6042

13/14 Oct Tweed Heads Open QLD Cat 3 BRUCE PENNEFATHER 07 5536 9185

3/4 Nov Laurieton Open NSW Cat 1 ENDEL LANE 02 6559 9060

17-19 Nov Tasmanian Open TAS Cat 1 NEVILLE LEDGER 03 6431 1280

17/18 Nov Taree RSL Spring Open NSW Cat 1 ENDEL LANE 02 6559 9060

24/25 November NSWCA Cat 1 ROBERT KEAST 02 9649 8614

8/9 Dec Tuggeranong Vikings Weekender ACT Cat 1 LEE FORACE 02 9556 3960

15/16 December Melbourne Chess Club Christmas Swiss VIC Cat 2 MALCOLM PYKE


Dear friends,

It has become necessary to address you in the face of the controversy generated by the Presidential Board's decision to introduce the new time control for all FIDE events and title tournaments from an average of six hours to four hours for the playing session.

After reflection and consultations, I shall recommend to the next meeting of the Board in Cannes next month, to review its decision after hearing from all interested parties.

I can see that some Federations are not yet prepared to accept the inevitable changes that our sport must undergo, if it is to move with the other sports of the modern era.

Some Federations have stated that the Presidential Board's action in respect of the time control should have been limited to the World Championships, and not all FIDE events and title tournaments.

Therefore, I shall in the FIDE spirit, propose a further compromise solution.

I shall recommend to the Presidential Board to accept the new time control as currently approved for the World Championships and to make it recommendatory for other FIDE events and title tournaments, subject to further review at our next Congress in September.

Regarding the use of the Continental Championships as basis for qualification for the World Championship, I have requested Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos to meet with the Continental Presidents, one day before the Board's meeting in Cannes to put in place the right strategic plan to realise our commercial objectives.

Gens Una Sumus.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President



Please bring to the attention of ZONG YUAN ZHAO that he is entitled to play in the Smith & Williamson British Championship which will take place in Scarborough for two weeks starting the end of July.

The first prize is A310,000.

Other players may not be aware that they are also entitled to play in this giant congress as all the Championships are open to Commonwealth players.

It is hoped to run the Commonwealth Championship in London at the end of August as part of the Mind Sports Olympiad.

Very best wishes to all.

Graeme Gardiner

Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
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Phone 07 5530 3777 (w) 07 5530 5794 (h) Fax 07 5525 2676 (w)
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