ACF Bulletin No. 115 – 6 May 2001
Webpage, Titles from Oceanic Zonal, Chess columnists, Games Parlor Online Global Chess Server, Asian Junior Boys and Girls Championships, Swiss Perfect, Many clubs missing out on great deal, 2001 Grand Prix, Inaugural Southern Skies tournament, Australian Universities Teams Championships, Comment – Graeme Gardiner, Victorian Open Championship, Correspondence.
ACF Webmaster Paul Broekhuyse continues to do an excellent job on the ACF webpage, building upon Andrew Allen’s fine work. During the last six months we have seen the number of hits per week increase from around 1,000 to well over 2,000. This is probably due to the dynamic content.
In particular we now have the Australasian Internet Teams Challenge which includes all Australian states and the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Individuals register for the team and vote upon the moves. It is not too late to register at
The ACF bulletin board also has many interesting postings. I agree with Paul’s new bulletin board policy: “From now on, contributors to the bulletin board are strongly encouraged to use their full names”. I believe everyone should be prepared to put their name to their personal opinion.
There is a wealth of information on the webpage including several chess columns from well-known daily newspapers, Netchess News, which specializes in European chess and interesting recent games in Palview which are easy to play through.
Visit the ACF webpage and have a good browse:
I have heard from several people that they did not receive bulletin 113. I’m not sure what happened there. All back copies of the ACF Bulletin can be found at
I still have not heard about the second FM Title earned at the zonal which looks as though it is between Lee Jones and Andrew Allen. I have been in touch with one of the Joint Chairman of the FIDE Titles Commission, Kevin O’Connell, and I’m still awaiting a decision. I believe that Kevin now has all the information.
One item from Bulletin 113 that I didn’t get a response to was regarding Australian chess columnists.
When advertising your upcoming tournament, please remember to email the following list of chess journalists (Please advise if you are aware of any additions, deletions or amendments):

Shaun Press (Australian Chess Forum)
Paul Dunn (Australian Chess Forum)
Ian Rogers (Sun-Herald & Canberra Times)
Chris Depasquale (The Age)
Ian Murray (Sunday Mail)
Alex Davidovic (Adelaide Advertiser)
Peter Parr (Sydney Morning Herald)
Alan Goldsmith (Sunday Mail)
Dave Ellis (The West Australian)
Bob Howard (Gold Coast Bulletin & Newcastle Herald)
Gary Wastell (Herald Sun)
Phil Viner (The Australian)
Bill Powell (Suncoast Daily)
Nigel Barrow (Bendigo Advertiser)
Alistair Anderson (Geelong Advertiser)


The ACF has now exchanged contracts with Games Parlor and hopes to offer a free, trial service very shortly. This service may be known as Australasian Chess Online. I hope to give you a lot more information next week.

Incidentally, the ACF is still looking for a benefactor. The ACF would like to purchase ten DGT sets/clocks at a total cost of $8,000. This would enable live internet transmissions of various tournaments and events. The ACF already owns one set/clock and would prefer to purchase ten immediately, rather than one set per year for the next ten years. The ACF's total annual budget is around $12,000. Should these sets/clocks be purchased now, it is proposed to distribute them around the states to facilitate live coverage of local events for Australasian Chess Online. The sets/clocks would then be brought together again for major events such as the Australian Championships and Australian Open.

The number of people who like to watch live chess on the internet seems to be growing fairly rapidly.
If you are willing to provide sponsorship for the purchase of these sets/clocks, please contact me at

This event will be held in Tehran from 12 to 20 July. Boys and girls born on or after 1 January 1981 interested in being considered for selection should email Brett Tindall


The ACF is still offering free licences for the Swiss Perfect pairings computer programme. This programme is ideal for all club organisers for tournaments of all standards. It is particularly useful for the efficient running of events with large numbers of competitors where rounds need to follow on quickly, one after the other. It is also very useful for quickly producing all necessary records.

To date, 81 licences have been issued to states and clubs right around Australia. I estimate that there are around another 100 clubs in Australia that have not taken advantage of this offer. Even though some of these may be quite small, the Swiss Perfect programme would give clubs an important tool to enable them to increase their numbers.

A reminder that the owner of Swiss Perfect, Robert Rozycki, has approved free use of relevant state licences by all schools in Australia.

If you would like a free licence for your club, please contact me, Graeme Gardiner at


There are probably a few states and over 150 clubs who have not taken advantage of this great offer (shown below). I do not believe that any club can match the great purchasing power of the ACF.
Did you know that if your club has less then 50 members, you can join the ACF policy providing $10M of Public Liability Insurance Cover for just $121 per annum? This is ridiculously inexpensive. Any club that does not have insurance is irresponsible and any club that is paying more than $121 is plain crazy! Any club that only has (say) $2M public liability insurance is almost certainly 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 of Vicwide Insurance Brokers, who will advise you of the pro rata premium to pay to the common renewal date (31 August). The insurer is Lumley General Insurance. Each club taking advantage of this offer will, of course, get their own copy of the policy with the name of their club endorsed.
If you wish to contact Chris Zuccala direct please do so on email   or phone 03 9569 1569 or fax 03 9569 1515.

The Grand Prix Supervisor is Norm Braybrooke
I have discussed the Sydney Easter Cup with NSWCA President ROBERT KEAST. This event was included in the Grand Prix Calendar of Events in good faith. There was a genuine misunderstanding. Under the circumstances we have decided that to be fair to those who entered the Sydney Easter Cup believing it to be a Grand Prix event, the tournament will stand as a Grand Prix tournament and points earned in that event will count.
Please support the two upcoming Grand Prix events being held on the weekend of 19/20 May; The Adelaide Cup and the NSWCA weekender.
The Gap Open is no longer a Grand Prix event.
The Hobsons Bay Open, which was scheduled for 5/6 May, has been postponed to a later date to be advised.
Details of the 35 events for 2001 are as follows:
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 4562
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
13-15 Apl     Darling Downs Open QLD Cat 2 Keven Duncan 
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  (Note: postponed to a later date to be advised)
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 
9/10 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
7/8 July     Adelaide University Open Cat ?   Robin Wedding 08 8303 3029   
14/15 July     Coal City Open Cat ? George Lithgow
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 Aug    NSWCA Cat 1 Robert Keast 02 9649 8614  
25/26 Aug     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    Audie Pennefather 07 5536 9185 
3/4 Nov     Laurieton Open NSW Cat 1 Endel Lane 02 6559 9060
3-5 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 Nov     NSWCA Cat 1 Robert Keast 02 9649 8614 
8/9 Dec     Tuggeranong Vikings Weekender ACT Cat 1 Lee Forace 02 9556 3960 
15/16 Dec     Melbourne Chess Club Christmas Swiss VIC Cat 2 Malcolm Pyke
The inaugural Southern Skies Chess Tournament will be held at Brisbane Boys' College on 2, 3, 5 and 6 July.  Boys and girls under 19 are eligible and competition will be for individuals and for teams of four.  Two rounds of chess will be played per day over four days of competition with a one hour per player time control each game, using chess clocks.  The Swiss Pairing System will be used and FIDE laws of Chess apply.
Please contact Julie Kelly, Tournament Administrator for a  brochure.
Telephone 07 3309 3551
Facsimile 07 3309 3667
This is part of a sports tournament sponsored by Couran Cove Resort. The founder of Couran Cove was Ron Clarke, the famous distance runner.
It is looking as though this important event will be held somewhere around 23-28 September at Sydney University in parallel with the Australian University Games. I expect the organiser, Allan Richards , will be submitting full details for the bulletin very shortly.
Start organising your teams now!
There has been quite a deal of discussion about the merits of the recent Oceanic Zonal and indeed the format of the FIDE World Championships generally.
GM Ian Rogers makes some interesting observations in his weekly column in the Canberra Times and Andrew Allen comments on Ian’s column on the ACF Bulletin Board 
For my money, I think of the traditional chess World Championship rather like Test Match cricket and the FIDE World Championships rather like the International One Day cricket. Each has its place. Test cricket is for the purists and leading players – One Day cricket is for the popularisation of the sport.
I would very much like the traditional form of chess World Championship to continue. But I do not agree with the three Ks who want to continue the tradition of the World Championship being ‘owned’ by the players. Their view is obviously borne by self interest. In my view, the World Championship should be owned by the world governing body on behalf of the sport. The title is owned by the World Champion for the time being.
While I’m on the subject of chess being a sport, ACT President Denis Jessop gave me examples of why he thinks that chess is being accepted almost automatically as a sport. But I notice from the bulletin board that some chess players still mock the idea. The vast majority of the 159 member nations of FIDE have governments who recognise and fund chess as a sport. If Australian chess is ever to receive government funding it is almost certainly going to have to be through the Department of Sport because it is highly unlikely to get anything from any other department. Whatever the personal views of members of the chess community, we are going to have to be united in pressing on for recognition of chess as a sport.
Many of our opinions are borne out of our cultural surroundings. Almost certainly the reason that some Australians mock the idea of chess as a sport is because of the Australian obsession with the outdoor sweaty sports and because far too few Australians understand the chess culture. The peoples of many overseas nations think the idea of chess as a sport is normal because they have a different cultural approach.
I used to mock the idea of synchronized swimming being a sport. Now I realise that I was allowing my prejudices to rule me. If people involved in synchronized swimming think that it is a sport, then as far as I’m concerned, it is.
We need to stick together on this issue.
Prize Pool: 1st $700  2nd $450*  3rd $200*  5 Rating Prizes of  $100* Top Junior $125* : Top Lady $75*                   
Prizes subject to a minimum of 50 players.           
A computer supplied by Independant Computers of Australia will be competing. Prizes to a limit of $300 will be paid to players who defeat or draw with the computer. A condition of entry into the tournament is that competitors agree to play the computer if so paired.
We thank Independent Computers of Australia for their participation and support.
Time Control: 40 moves in 75  then all  in 15minutes +30 sec per move from move 1.
Venue: Senior Citizens Centre, Latham Cres. Dandenong mel ref. 90C2
Entry Fees: $45, Concession & Juniors $35
Entries: will be received till 2pm prior to the first round or sent by mail to reach the DCC Treasurer, 8 Pickford St. East Burwood, no later than last mail Wednesday 6 June
Cheques to be made out to Dandenong Chess Club Inc.
Playing Schedule:
Saturday 9th June     Sunday 10th June   Monday 11th June
2pm entries close         9.30 am Round 3     9.30 am Round 6
2.30 pm Round 1        2.30 pm Round 4     2.30 pm Round 7
7.30 pm Round 2        7.30 pm Round 5     6.30 pm Presentation
*Free Entry To G'M's, I'M's, WGM's and WIM's
ARBITER FIDE International Arbiter Dr John Frew
All enquires Paul Huver 03 9791-6184 or Don Maciulaitis 03 9791-3541
Editor’s note: Whilst I am happy to advertise this important event and wish it every success, I find it difficult to conceal my disappointment that another Victorian event has chosen not to be a part of the ACF Grand Prix. Victoria used to be the powerhouse of Australian chess and its chess community should have the opportunity to play in more Grand Prix tournaments.
With regard to the letter by Kramnik, Kasparov and Karpov concerning FIDE's attitude to the World Championship concept, my view is that they are right and that FIDE's world title is an interesting and worthwhile event, but a joke of a "world championship".  In practical Australian terms, while I support ACF supporting any Australian participation in the FIDE zonals and knockouts, I hope that ACF will also support any Australian participation in any qualification cycle for the real world title presently held by Kramnik. Furthermore, I hope we will vigorously resist any attempt by FIDE to impose sanctions on anyone involved in such a cycle.  I have outlined my views in more detail in a posting to the ACF Bulletin Board.

I couldn't agree more with the note from the 3 K's.
Is there a website containing a petition to support their view against FIDE's recent policies?
Please advise
Hello Australian chess players.
Will you be available for a game of chess in late August and early September? I have a North American chess expert going to Australia in 2001 to play rated games of chess for his chess records!  He is Robert Feldstein rated 2000(USCF) and he holds a variety of national and soon to be international chess records for the Guiness Book of World Records.
If interested please contact Billy Haynie at
Hi there.
My name is Paul Moore and I would like to extend an invitation to you and your members to consider taking part in an unusual but exciting event.
I am in the 'T.H.E. Theatre Company, Ryde, Inc' production of 'Chess' the Rock Musical, which will be playing at the Argyle Theatre, Blaxland Rd, Ryde in June/July.
A few of us from the cast are in charge of organising this special tournament and we have obtained your contact details from an internet site of NSW Chess Clubs.
As part of our show's marketing strategy we have decided to stage a Chess tournament (with prizemoney) to be staged at various Sydney shopping centres, on Saturdays, June 9, 16 & 23 (next month).
Additionally, I need to get some information from people who are experienced in how Chess tournaments are run. Any advice that you could provide would be greatly appreciated so that all competitors feel comfortable with the set up.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Paul Moore
h) (02) 9660 7660
w) (02) 8296 4827
m) 0413 488 599
1 William St
Annandale  2038
Imagine, if you will, that it's 1982.  Ronald Reagan just delivered his speech to the House of Commons denouncing Russia as the "Evil Empire."  As the two
world superpowers battle it out, Chess has become more than just a game ...
It's The U.S. Versus U.S.S.R!
... And you and your club members are invited to participate in a historic tournament.
What: The Cold War CHESS Tournament
Conducted over three consecutive Saturdays, this high profile tournament will mix calculating strategies with live music, to be performed by the cast members of the THE Theatre Company Ryde, Inc.'s production of the rock musical 'CHESS.'  In the spirit of the Cold War, each player will represent either the U.S. or the U.S.S.R.
 The Stakes: Fame & Fortune Plus
  In addition to receiving notoriety by the Media (which will be invited to cover this historic event), the champion will also receive $500 cash.
     When: Saturdays, June 9, 16 & 23 @ 10:00am – 2:00pm
  (Specific schedules to follow.)
     Where: Assorted Sydney Venues 
 (Specific venues to follow.)
     Why: To promote the rock musical 'CHESS'
 (Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, Lyrics by Tim Rice)
     Entry Fee: $20 per person* 
 (*$15 if you register prior to 21 May, 2001)
     R.S.V.P.: By 21 May, 2001
 Paul Moore      Phone:  0413 488 599  or  (02) 9660 7660
 (OR)   Email:
 Postal Address for payments:    1 William St, Annandale, 2038
 Make cheques payable to ‘THE Theatre Company Ryde, Inc’
 (*Please include commitment to participate, name, club name, address
  and contact numbers.)
   ... It's Your Move!
[Editor’s note: For those who have not seen ‘Chess” the musical it is highly recommended. The music is great!]

Very best wishes to all.
Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
Phone/fax  07 5530 5794
Chess - the clever sport!
PS - If you do not wish to receive this bulletin in future, please email Wendy Gardiner at