ACF Bulletin No. 120 - 10 June
IN THIS ISSUE
Chess is a sport, World Under 20 Championships, Asian Under 16
Championship, Asian Individual Championship (World Championship
Children's Olympiad, Other important dates taken from FIDE
Chess Championship, Grand Prix, Voice conferencing, Chess
CHESS IS A SPORT
There follows the copy of a letter I have written to Senator
which is self explanatory. Once again I ask all those who
care about this
matter to consider writing to both the Minister for
Sport, Jackie Kelly
Shadow Minister, Kate Lundy. Now is the best
possible time to write. Letters
can be sent to Jackie Kelly and/or Kate Lundy
at Parliament House, Canberra,
ACT 2601 or by email Jackie Kelly Jackie.Kelly.MP@aph.gov.au
If you think it appropriate, I would appreciate
copies of your letters or
their replies. Incidentally, if we have a
professional lobbyist living in
Canberra who is prepared to work on behalf
of the ACF, please let me
Dear Senator Lundy
Chess is a sport.
I refer to previous correspondence in which you indicated that you
currently looking at Labour Party policy in this matter.
There follows the copy of an email I've just sent to the Minister of
Jackie Kelly, which is self explanatory.
I'm sure that the Australian chess community would be extremely
to hear whether you are prepared to break with tradition and
changing the legislation and finally bring chess into the
I'd be very pleased to transmit your policy to the chess community
my weekly bulletin.
With warm regards
President, Australian Chess Federation
Dear Ms Kelly
Michelle Wagner, the mother of a young chess player from Gladstone,
received the following information as part of a reply from your
regarding the question of chess as a sport:
"... there are many activities that seek recognition as a sport from
Australian Sports Commission. For the purpose of providing guidance to
organisations, the commission has defined 'sport' as requiring
involving physical exertion and/or physical skill, is competitive by
and is generally accepted as being sport."
"The Commission, while recognising that chess is a worthwhile pastime,
not view chess as a sport. There are no plans to review the sport
in the near future. The Commission would, however, reassess its
should chess be accepted as a full medal event on the program on an
I must say that I'm extremely disappointed in your complete lack of
for the plight of Australian chess players. We cannot understand why
who choose other sports are in some way better than chess players. Why
that so many other nations around the world recognise and fund chess as
sport....but not Australia? Quite apart from the fact that we are made
feel like second class citizens, we have to scratch around for funding
try and comply with the IOC's requirements in respect of drug
Meanwhile, ASDA provide funding for this purpose to all the wealthy
recognised by you.
Of course, whilst drug testing is necessary to comply with IOC
what we really want to do is develop our sport.
Why does chess have to wait until it is 'on the program on an
Games'? I'm sure you recognise several other sports which are not 'a
medal event on the program on an Olympic Games'.
To be quite honest, whilst I'm sure you do not intend it, your policy
insult to all those Australian children who choose chess as their
put it to you that the present definition used by the Australian
Commission, and the current interpretation of the definition,
conveniently and unnecessarily exclusive and that you should
legislation to change it.
I will pass on your policy to the Australian chess community through
weekly email bulletin which goes to over 900 administrators and
involved in Australian chess.
President, Australian Chess Federation
WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDER 20,
ACF Junior Coordinator Brett Tindall advises that
Zong Yuan Zhao and
Catherine Lip have been
selected to represent Australia at the World Junior
Championships which are
due to be held in the Exhibition Center of
Peristeri, Athens from 16-29
ASIAN UNDER 16 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP 6-16
This will be held at Doha, Qatar from 6 to 16 October. Participants
have been born on or after 1 January 1985. Full board will be provided
the Australian representative. Those interested in being selected
represent Australia should advise Brett Tindall email@example.com
30 June latest.
WORLD CHESS QUALIFYING CHAMPIONSHIP
INCORPORATING 3RD ASIAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS
Nominations received to date are from Alex Wohl, Jean-Paul
Wallace and Tim Reilly. I have
written to the
Asian Continental President, Khalifa, Mohamad
asking for clarification on the number of Australian
seeds. By my
calculation it could be one or two. Unfortunately Alex got
Santa Clara, Cuba so he'll have an extra incentive to do well
in this event,
assuming he gets selected!
CHILDREN'S OLYMPIAD BATATAIS, BRAZIL 18-26
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TAKEN FROM THE FIDE
World Amateur Championship Bento Gonzales, Brazil 08.12.01 -
World Senior Championship Argo, Italy 16.10.01 - 28.10.01
Team Championship (every 2 years) Yerevan, Armenia 11.10.01 - 21.10.01
World Junior Team Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 08.08.01 -
World Rapid Cup Cannes, France 20.03.01 - 25.03.01
Boys and Girls U-20 Tehran, Iran 12.07.01 - 20.07.01
BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP, SCARBOROUGH 29
JULY TO 11 AUGUST
All commonwealth countries are entitled to send one official
to compete. I have entry forms. firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming events in the Grand Prix:
The quarterly ACF Council meeting by phone hook up is due to be held
Monday 25 June. This is quite an expensive exercise. If anyone can advise
an internet-based or phone-based voice conferencing option that is
simple and reliable, please let me know as soon as possible.
conferencing is not an option.
CHESS - THE MUSICAL
Imagine, if you will, that it's 1982. Ronald Reagan just delivered
speech to the House of Commons denouncing Russia as the "Evil
the two world superpowers battle it out, Chess has become
more than just a
It's The U.S. Versus U.S.S.R! ... And you are invited to participate in
What: The Cold War CHESS Tournament
Conducted over two Saturdays in June, this high profile tournament will
calculating strategies with live music, to be performed by the cast
of the THE Theatre Company Ryde, Inc.'s production of the rock
'CHESS.' In the spirit of the Cold War, each player will
the U.S. or the U.S.S.R. ALL MOVES IN 30 MINUTES.
The Stakes: Fame & Fortune Plus
In addition to receiving notoriety by the Media (which will be invited
cover this competition), there will be a $500 cash prize pool.
1st Prize $200, 2nd Prize $100 Bottom Section 1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize
3rd Prize $30.
When: June 16 (Sat) & June 23 (Sat) 10:00am
Where: Chatswood Westfield Shopping Centre (LEVEL 6)
Why: To promote the rock musical 'CHESS' (Music by
Benny Andersson and Bjorn
Ulvaeus, Lyrics by Tim Rice)
Entry Fee: $15 per person
R.S.V.P.: By 8 June, 2001
Phone: 0413 488 599 (OR) 9660 7660 Email:email@example.com
include commitment to participate, name, club name, address and
... It's Your Move!
The venue for the musical production is the Argyle Theatre, Cnr Argyle
Blaxland Rd, Ryde.
Jun 29 8pm Fri
Jun 30 8pm Sat
7 8pm Sat
Adults $23.10 (concession $19.10) Group $17.10 (10 or more per
Booking fee. Ticketmaster7 136166 or www.ticketmaster7.com
Editor's note: For lovers of chess and musicals this is a must. My
put this on a few years ago and it was one of the most enjoyable of
musicals I've seen over the years.
DENIS JESSOP on Swissperfect
I can confirm the fact that cheap old computers can run the
successfully. Both Canberra and Tuggeranong CCs have computers in
$200-400 range running it. Also it runs perfectly on a Windows emulator
as Virtual PC on a Macintosh which is what I use. (I believe Bill
also uses a Mac.)
DR JAN MAZUCH
Dear chess friends,
We let send you regulations of the 1st International Chess
Series CZECH TOUR 2001/2002.
One part of series will be one of the biggest chess events in the world
XII. Year of CZECH OPEN Festival and 5 open tournaments for players
age and performance limitation with rating for ELO FIDE.
12.-29.7. 2001 CZECH OPEN - Pardubice
2.-9.8. 2001 OPEN OLOMOUC -
Open championship of Moravia and Silesia
7.-14.10. 2001 OPEN
1.-8.11. 2001 OPEN KRKONOSE - Pec pod Snezkou
25.1.-1.2. 2002 OPEN
2.-9.2. 2002 OPEN PRAHA (Prague)
Dear President of CF Australian,
I have the pleasure to inform about a new edition of "City of
Chess Open International
Banyoles is a nice village in Girona (Spain), near to the
It is a very interesting place where you can spend excellent
Banyoles have a very nice lake: Lake of Banyoles.
The tournament is played from 4th until 12th August 2001. It is open
licensed players. 9 Rounds. Swiss System. 40 moves / 2 hours + 1 hour
Thank you very much
Lluís Muratet i Miracle
President of Escacs Banyoles Club
I am organizing several tournaments in
Eger/Hungary, which will take place
between 24th of June and 3rd of July.
Enclosed you'll find our announcement.
To every interrested player, I will
give very good conditions concerning
entry fee and accommodation.
anwer me as soon as possible, if you are able to play or if you know
who is. Thank you in advance!
Int. EUROPE CHESS Festival Eger (HUN)
June 25th to July 3rd
Esterházy Károly College, Egészséhaz u. 4, Eger
Category VII to IX, 12 to 14 participants,4 prizes + natural prize
participant. Time limit: 40 moves/2h + 20 moves/h + 30 min sudden
B: IM Tournaments
Category I to II and III to IV, 12 to 14
participants,4 prizes + natural
prize for every participant. Time limit: 40
moves/2h + 20 moves/h + 30 min
C: Rating Tournament
14 participants, 3 nonrated players, 4 prizes + natural prize for
participant. Time limit: 40 moves/2h + 30 min sudden death. Entry
depending on rating, to be stipulated with the organiser.
rounds CH system, last round 1st of July, 40 moves/2h + 30 min
Prizes (HUForint): 60.000, 40.000, 30.000, 25.000, 20.000,
8.000, 7.000, 6.000, best woman, best junior, best senior,
rating prizes +
10 natural prizes. (Prize fond guaranteed > 60
Entry fee (ELO/USD): nonrated / 50; 2001 2100 / 40; 2101
2200 / 30;
2201 2300 / 25; above 2301 /
Hotels and private roms at different categories (ł USD
10,- /night +person)
Information and Registration:
Habibi, Postfach 1148, D-35436 Linden,
With best wishes to all.
Chess - the clever sport!