ACF Bulletin No. 117 - 20 May 2001
New time controls, Letter to the Minister of Sport, Cooperation with New Zealand, Australasian Internet Challenge, 2001 Grand Prix, Canberra plays overseas clubs, Gold Coast Chess Week and Gold Coast Open, The Tableland Chess Open, Super Tournament in Kazakhstan.

The ACF Council has approved an additional time control to allow for 30 second increments from the start of games.
The following motion was passed as an addition to the rules regarding rating of games already in use, as a trial until the next national conference.
"Games using increments in the time control will be accepted for rating in the normal rating system provide they are of the form G/Xmins + Ysecs per move from move 1 where X and Y are 30 or greater or where X is 60 or greater. Time limits of G/Xmins + Ysecs where X is 15-29 will be rated in the rapid system irrespective of the value of Y as will those where X is 30-59 and Y is less than 30".

I give below a copy of a letter written by Michelle Wagner of Gladstone and the reply she received from the office of the Shadow Minister, Kate Lundy. I 'm  including this simply as an example of  a well thought out letter that I believe helps our cause. An avalanche of letters would be a big help at this time when the political parties are finalising their policies before the election. What we need is an elected government to bring in legislation that leaves the Australian Sports Commission with no alternative but to regard chess as a fully recognised serious sport (not a recreation). It would certainly be helpful if you could copy me, or at least let me know that you have sent a letter. Letters can be sent to Jackie Kelly and/or Kate Lundy  at Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2601 or by email Jackie Kelly Kate Lundy
Dear Ms Kelly,
According to the Collins Dictionary, sport is, I quote: "An individual or group activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, often taking a competitive form" or "any pastime indulged in for pleasure".
So why is it that your government has yet to recognise Chess as a sport?
Surely, it fufils this apt definition.
I ask you to delve into the history of Chess as a sport and consider its value to all Australians.
It is only when you consider the very nature of the activity that you realise the thoughts, feelings and dedication to this sport is equal or above any rival.
It is certainly non-contact but so are so many others. It stimulates the mind and body, involving strategic thought and processes, and stamina.
It is not dissimilar to other sports in its requirements for dedication and commitment.
My child loves chess - his sport. Without chess, he would have very little opportunity to be part of a club and experience the highs and lows of competition. - That's what this sport has given him.
Why is the government so concerned only with physical prowess? Surely, Australian culture has evolved to a standard that recognises all sports - mind and body.
I ask you to help promote legislation that aligns this sport with others of which our country is so proud.
Australia has some brilliant up-and-coming chess youngsters who will do the nation proud if given the opportunity now only afforded to those of physical ability.
Michelle Wagner
Dear Michelle
Thank you for your e-mail to Senator Lundy regarding the status of chess. Senator Lundy has received many representations from Australians regarding chess, and will certainly consider this matter in her sports policy deliberations.
Simon Tatz
Senior Adviser
Office of Senator Kate Lundy
Shadow Minister for Sport, Youth Affairs and Assisting on Information Technology
Ph: 02 6277 3334 or 0418 488 295

I am very encouraged by the current very high levels of cooperation between the ACF and the NZCF. I have already had several productive discussions with NZCF President, Bob Smith and his colleagues which augur well for the future. Bob has started sending out a regular email bulletin which makes interesting reading. Of particular interest at present is the planned 'Girls Chess Week' where the NZCF will be promoting girls chess for the period 28 May to 1 June.

The five games between the various Australian states and territories and the North and South islands of New Zealand are hotting up. You may still register to join your state/territory team or simply view the games at

The Grand Prix Supervisor is Norm Braybrooke
Please note a new contact email for Rob Hochstadt (Noosa Open)
The next events in the calendar are the three Queens Birthday weekenders in Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart. Just a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events for publication in this bulletin.
Details of the 38 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
13-16 Apl  Sydney Easter Cup NSW Cat 1 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  (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 NSW 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 SA Cat ? Robin Wedding 08 8303 3029
14/15 July  Coal City Open NSW Cat ? George Lithgow
14/15 July  Fairfield RSL Winter Cup NSW Cat 2 Elpidio Bautista 02 9723 5537
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
15/16 Dec  Fairfield RSL Pre Christmas Cup NSW Cat 2 Elpidio Bautista 02
9723 5537
NSW 15, Qld 9, Tas 4, SA 4, ACT 3, Vic 2, WA 1.

Last Sunday night, Canberra played in a rapid tournament on the internet against teams consisting of 6 players from Iceland
(Gardabaer), Sweden (LASK)and The Netherlands (Soest). Despite coming last the event was very succesful and enjoyable. Best players on the Canberran side were Michael Wei who scored 2 out 3, and Ian Rout and Isaac Arsanis scoring 1 out of 1 each. All games can be downloaded in PGN format from and some will be put on Ian Rout's webpage

The final standings and results were:
Soest           12
Gardabaer       10.5
LASK            8
Canberra        5.5

The week will open with a Corporate Charity Teams Challenge at the Radisson Resort on Sunday 17 June.
GM Ian Rogers and IM Gary Lane will be coaching in Gold Coast schools during chess week 17-24 June. Chess week will incorporate 10th anniversary celebrations including complimentary refreshments after play on the Saturday night of the Gold Coast Open. Ian Rogers will give a simultaneous display on Wednesday adult club night and both he and Gary will take part in a GMs v Young Guns Super Blitz on Thursday junior club evening. On both of these occasions complimentary refreshments will be provided.
The Gold Coast Open, a Grand Prix class three tournament, will be held in a brand new venue a short distance from Somerset College where it has been held for the last eight years. The Robina Town Centre Community Hall is a large, carpeted, air conditioned venue, with cafes and restaurants very close by. It was used last Tuesday/Wednesday for Gold Coast Primary Schools chess round two with nearly 700 students participating. I'm sure the players will love it.
Prizes total $2,500 with a first prize of $750. There are seven rounds with new time controls 30 mins a side plus 30 secs a move from the start. This means a 60 move game will last about two hours. It also means that players will have to score throughout and undignified time scrambles will be a thing of the past.
Entry forms from Graeme Gardiner 290 Worongary Road, Worongary Qld 4213 Phone/Fax 07 5530 5794 Email

THE TABLELAND CHESS OPEN                                                          
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th of August.2001
Atherton State High School. This Event will be a 5 Round Swiss. Games will be 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes allergro finish. Round 1 9:00am 18th August Round 2 2:00pm 18th August Round 3 7:00pm 18th August Round 4 9:00am 19th August
Round 5 2:00pm 19th August
Entry Fees:  C.A.Q. Members Adults $40.00 Students & Pensioners $35.00 Juniors $30.00                      
Non C.A.Q.Members Adults $50 Students and Pensioners $45 Juniors $40
Prize Money: 1st $200 2nd $100 3rd $ 75 All prize money depends on entry number. Rating Groups,Upset prizes and more will be presented. Other items donated from our sponsors will also be given as prizes.This gives everyone a chance to win. Players can only win one prize. In the event of a tie prize money will be shared equally.
Accommodation: MountainView Caravan Park.Ph.(07)40914144.
Atherton Blue Gum Bed&Breakfast.Ph.(07)       
Motel Atherton.Ph.(07)40911500. Please support these places as they have supported us.
All Accommodation is within walking distance of the Venue. Please Book Early.
Sponsors:Mountain View Park, Atherton Blue Gum Bed&Breakfast, Motel Atherton,
Haymans Electrical. More Sponsors To Be Added At A Later Date. Details To Be Worked Out.
A Updated Flyer Will Be Sent Out With All Sponsors Names.
Catering: There will be a food van on site.
Registration: At 8:30am, August 18th Round 1 will start at 9:00am.
Late entrants: Will be subject to late pairing rules. No late fee. Considered late if after 9am.
Early entry forms are appreciated so we are not rushed on the day thank you.
No Refunds after 9:00am on the 18th of August.
Cheques made payable to J.Tompkins and entries sent to: 6 Rose Street,Atherton,Queensland,4883.
All Cheques and money orders must be received by Friday the 10th of August so they can be cleared.
Enquiries: Glen Tomkins (07)40914278 Email:

Dear Chess Friends,
Do you know of the forthcoming International Super Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan? Kasparov is going to face Kramnik again!
In the period of May 20 - June 1 Astana City, the new capital of Kazakhstan will host an International Super Tournament dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Kazakhstan's Independence. 
The games will start at 3 p.m. local time (GMT +6) Venue: Astana City
Participants: Vladimir Kramnik, Garry Kasparov, Alexander Morozevich, Alexey Shirov, Boris Gelfand, Darmen Sadvakasov.
Technical support of the LIVE Internet display will be provided by FIDE COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL.
See the live coverage at Every day at 3 p.m. local time (GMT +6).

With best regards,


Very best wishes to all.
Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
Phone/fax  07 5530 5794
Chess - the clever sport!
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