ACF Bulletin No. 121 - 17 June
IN THIS ISSUE
Chess is a sport, Adelaide and Flinders University Event, Email
database, Asian chess events,
Scholastic chess, New FIDE Laws of Chess, 2001 Queensland Championship,
Hobart June weekender,
2001 Grand Prix, Gold Coast Chess Week and Gold Coast
Open, Sunshine Coast Open.
CHESS IS A SPORT
Here are some more letters to the Minister of Sport. Please keep
coming. Now is the best possible time. Letters can be sent to
and/or Kate Lundy
Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2601 or by email ro Jackie
you think it appropriate, I would appreciate copies of your letters or
replies. Incidentally, if we have a professional lobbyist living in
who is prepared to work on behalf of the ACF, please let me
Dear Ms Kelly
The President of the Australian Chess Federation, Graeme Gardiner,
circulated to ACF members (of whom I am one) a copy of his recent letter
you regarding the Australian Sports Commission’s decision to maintain
view that chess is not a sport for policy or funding purposes. His letter
you, you may recall, was in response to a letter from your office to
constituent - the mother of a young Queensland chess player - that said
"(T)here 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."
I share Mr Gardiner’s disappointment at your and the ASC’s position in
regard. Let me add my own views to those he has already expressed to
The definition of sport as a competitive activity that requires
exertion and/or physical skill is fundamentally elitist, based as it
the enduring but false and damaging dichotomy (due originally to
between “head” and “hand”. It is implicit in the all too pervasive
some races are naturally good at sport, while other races are
at business or academic pursuits. It is at the root of the
widespread in the English-speaking world - that vocational education
inferior to tertiary, “academic”, education. If you or your staff
interested, it is a view that is exploded in the sporting domain in
Boundary by the Trinidadian writer CLR James - regarded by many as
greatest book on sport ever written.
Why not accept that all sports involve a combination of physical
intellectual effort, with marathon running (perhaps) at or near one end
the spectrum and chess at the other? You should also be aware that
played at the elite level is physically exhausting. Physical fitness
rewarded by better results across the board. And chess players, in
with other elite sportspersons, almost invariably decline in
at and beyond middle age.
Chess is also a strong positive influence on young people’s
development. (Chess could be taken as a full academic subject at
university in many former Soviet-bloc countries - which no doubt
explain why their citizens, whatever other shortcomings their education
have had, were highly numerate and mathematically proficient relative
their Western counterparts.) For this reason alone, chess
sympathetic consideration for public funding support.
I can understand your and the ASC’s concern - implicit in your comment
“there are many activities that seek recognition as a sport from the
Commission” - that granting chess the status of a sport risks opening
floodgates. It need not if you adopt instead a commonsense definition
sport as a competitive activity that has regular, elite
competitions that are
keenly followed by a mass audience offers regular, open and accessible
competitions, under the same rules as and a similar format to the elite
competitions, to “serious amateurs” - and especially to young people in
can also be played as a pastime by the less serious or those who want
Chess would meet this definition with ease - perhaps with rather
ease than a number of currently funded sports. But of the other
not “requiring elements involving physical exertion and/or
only bridge springs to mind as potentially meeting this
definition. You have
little to fear from setting a precedent for a rush on
public funds. And if
in the future other activities - backgammon, say - do
succeed in clearing
this hurdle, then surely that is all to the good, and
deserve recognition for successfully spreading their message
to the wider
Please reconsider your and the ASC’s position on this matter.
Yours sincerely, Jeremy Gilling
Chess is a gruelling, physically challenging sport. It requires
of intense concentration to win a game of Chess.
parallels are shooting and motor racing, where in both cases it
intense concentration that is the true challenge.
I am writing because I have a different angle on why Chess should
recognised as a Sport. That "angle" is that Chess is very inclusive.
34 and can look forward to many years of competition. Chess caters
ages. Junior players often compete on equal footing with adults.
being an accomplished player I was once defeated in tournament play
by a nine
year old girl (Michelle Lee who represented Australia at the World
Another important reason that Chess should be recognised as a Sport is
it is very beneficial in the development of academic/cognitve ability
children. There are literally hundreds of scientific papers to
fact. Because of this the propagation of Chess through
Sports funding would
have major benefits to the Australian nation. The clever
country needs Chess
as a sport.
Yours sincerely, Andrew LeRoy.
You are a very intelligent and interesting person Ms Jackie Kelly!
of your educational and military background I am glad you are
us in the parliament. I sincerely hope you shall do that for
long time to
I would like to influence you to the extent that you will include chess
mind-sport to be part of the sport vision of Australia in the next ten
I would like to influence you as a minister of sports and tourism to be
leader of the group who would win the right to bring, the first time
history, the Chess Olympics Games to Australia. As about two hundred
competing in the Chess Olympics in every two years, in man and woman
events, you obviously could see the advantage to win the right to held
event in Australia as far as the tourist minister point of view
That would bring to Sydney 2500 mind sportsperson to Sydney plus
There are a very large number of Australian chess players registered
the Australian Chess Federation, as chess is an increasingly
mind-sport, particularly with school age citizens. Chess is
the best way to train your mind for logical thinking.
All the members of the Australian Chess Federation would be highly
to the Liberal Party to recognising chess as an important
making an effort to bring the next possible chess Olympiad to
I wish you a good day, and successful election campaign.
Sincerely yours, Paul C. Dozsa
Ex chess champion of NSW and runner up in
the 2000 NSW chess championship.
I wish to take issue with the ASC line as given below in response
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
(1) requiring elements involving physical exertion
and/or physical skill,
(2) is competitive by nature
(3) 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
This assessment made by the Australian Sport Commission is wrong and
may be demonstrated as follows: -
(1) Chess is exceptionally physically
demanding. The mental effort that must
be sustained over the long periods
that players, both professional and
amateur, at the Chess Board must endure
will routinely leave competitors
exhausted. Any amateur player who has been
involved in the rigours of a 9
hour playing session on the Saturday of a
weekend tournament will attest to
this. The physical effect on a competitor
who is constrained to sit
calculating at the Chess board continuously for
extended periods cannot be
overstated and it is unlikely that many non-chess
players would appreciate
how just how draining this experience is. The
history of Chess is littered
with great players who lost Chess matches simply
because they were not as
physically fit as their opponents. One of the
brightest stars of Chess, the
legendary Mikail Tal, was only able to maintain
world dominance for a brief
period of two years due to his poor physical
condition. Few modern
professional Chess players would dream of not having a
fitness program in
their training regime. (Further concrete evidence
supporting this can be
provided by the Australian Chess Federation if
(2) Chess is as competitive as a sport can
get. No further comment is
required on this
(3) The concept of something being "generally
accepted as a Sport" is so
indeterminate and vague as to be virtually
meaningless. How does one assess
what is generally accepted as a Sport? Have
there been studies carried out
randomly sampling the population to determine
this? Clearly Tennis or Soccer
would qualify as a generally accepted Sport.
But how about Boxing? That's
debatable if we are to listen to the sensible
advice of the Australian
Medical association. Dressage? Would that be
generally viewed as a Sport. If
so then why not horse racing? Touted,
after all, as the Sport of King's.
Fishing, is that a
But finally, selecting just one of the many Olympic "Sports" that could
accurately described as being in the gray area, how about shooting
at fixed targets? It is patently impossible to demonstrate that
shooting is a Sport and that Chess is not and anyone from the ASC
elsewhere who wishes to pursue this as a tenable argument is welcome to
The Olympic games have been used as a benchmark criterion to guide
Commission's assessment and quite rightly so. The Olympic games emerged
the cradle of mankind in the golden era in the history of humanity.
ancient Greek forefathers left us a rich cultural legacy in
Mathematics, Science and Art and Literature as well as their
The ancient Greeks never knew of Chess. Had they done so, I would ask
members of the Australian Sports Commission, do you really consider
conceivable that our intelligent and gifted ancestors would not have
the game of Chess pride of place in their games of
Yours sincerely, Phil Donnelly
Dear Ms Kelly,
On behalf of the Bunbury Chess Club Inc. I wish to wholeheartedly
the sentiments expressed in the letter to you by the President of
Australian Chess Federation, Mr Graeme Gardiner.
Furthermore I feel that a government which would rather encourage
exertion at the expense of mental activity is not forward-looking. A
sporting prowess was the reason for the introduction of the various
Institutes throughout the country. They succeeded immensely, as on
population basis Australia is now one of the leading sporting countries
Why can't a similar approach be taken in relation to chess, a sport
develops reasoning, skill, tactical and objective thinking,
individuality, competition etc. All these attributes enable
children to grow
into responsible and productive adults, far more so, I
would venture to
suggest, than being Olympic Games entrants.
Alan Phillips, President Bunbury Chess Club Inc.
ADELAIDE AND FLINDERS UNIVERSITY EVENT 7/8 JULY
- ROBIN WEDDING
Adelaide & Flinders University are hosting a Category 2 tournament on
weekend of the 7th and 8th of July. The total prize pool exceeds
and there is a $500 first prize. As an interesting novelty, there
a free meal as well as a transfer tournament on the Saturday
tournament will be a 7 round Swiss draw with 1 hour
each. Please see our
where you can get more
details, and download an entry form in Word 2000 or
rich text format.
We now have well over 900 Australian chess players and administrators
ACF email database. Not only are we constantly trying to
communications in Australian chess, but also we will very soon be
promote Australasian Chess Online as widely as possible. I would
as much assistance as possible in building the ACF email database
involved with Australian chess.
ASIAN CHESS EVENTS
Australia has been somewhat slack in recent years in hosting any of
Asian events. If there are any administrators interested in putting
a bid to host one of the Asian events, please let me know.
NEW FIDE LAWS OF CHESS - DENIS
A reminder that the new FIDE Laws of Chess come into force on 1 July.
have been a few significant new provisions and many small changes
expression meant to clarify, but not to change, existing laws. The
have not always been successful, it seems to me, but nevertheless
relevant laws are still clear enough.
The most significant new provisions, as far as I can see, are as
* A player is said to have the move when the opponent has made a move
1.1) rather than completed a move as at present. This has a number
consequences throughout the Laws.
* There is now a specified penalty for an illegal move where
there was none. Art.10.2 has been deleted from the Laws and the
it has been put in new Art. 7.4 so that the Law that previously
to quickplay finishes now applies generally.
* Players are required to sign both scoresheets and to record the
The result stands even if incorrectly recorded unless the arbiter
otherwise (Art.8.7) Golfers will be familiar with this kind of
* The Laws will permit organisers to adopt a scoring system other than
point for a win and a half-point for a draw (Art.11).
* Blitz ArtC4 has been omitted. It required a player to have
potential" in order to win.
* Players are now forbidden from taking action that will bring the game
chess into disrepute (Art.12.1) rather than simply observing high
of etiquette. This Law will more clearly cover situations like
Gaft/Beaumont fight at the 2000 Doeberl Cup.
* Changes have been made to the Rapidplay Rules (Art.B1 - B8). If the
and Queen are wrongly placed castling with that King is not now
(ArtB4). The scope of Art.B5 has been narrowed so that it now
to "Article 4 (The touched piece)" but widened in that it
provides that a
player forfeits a right to claim under Arts 7.2. 3 or 5
illegal moves) once he has touched a piece according to
* The specific prohibition on players or spectators analysing in the
area, now in Art 12.3, has been omitted but the situation is
sufficiently covered by Art. 12.2 which forbids players analysing
games and Art. 13.7 which forbids spectators and other players
about or otherwise interfering in a game.
* The list of examples of possible penalties that an arbiter may
under Art. 13.4 has been expanded.
* Art. 13.6 has been interestingly changed so that, whereas at present
arbiter is forbidden from informing a player that his opponent has made
move or has failed to stop his clock, under new Art. 13.6 the
is only on informing a player that his opponent has completed a
leaves it open to an arbiter to inform a player that his opponent
has made a
move but has not stopped his clock where, for example, the player
from the board and may not be aware that he has the move. This is a
that was raised in Geurt Gijssen's Arbiter's Notebook on the Chess
page a while ago and the change is quite deliberate.
* The provision in Art. 9.6 (and, for good measure, Art. 6.9 - new
that a game is drawn if a position is reached from which checkmate
occur by any possible series of legal moves, even with the most
play now also appears (without the unnecessary reference to
in Art. 5.2b. Such a position immediately ends the game and
it should be
noted that, even now, and in the future, an arbiter with
and confidence can declare such a game drawn without the
need for a claim by
either player. This is similar to the arbiter's
power/obligation to call a
The above is not an exhaustive list of the changes. The text of the new
can be found on the FIDE website www.fide.com
2001 QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIP - IAN
For the first time, the Queensland Championship employed a knockout
this year to decide the 2001 titleholder. Losers in each round
relegated to The Gap Open, being played as a contiguous
tournament. On reaching the quarterfinals, the four losers
elimination, receiving $100 each to ease the pain. Similarly the
losers were knocked out, leaving the two survivors to battle out
Any draws were decided by one game of five-minute lightning chess,
Black having draw odds. The time controls of G/60 plus 30 secs from move
lowered the playing standard compared to the previous years' 40/120,
G/30 but allowed the event to be completed in one weekend.
Natalie Mills, seeded sixth, became the first major
casualty when knocked
out by Chris Flynn. Jacob Edwards then
held David Smerdon to a draw in the
quarterfinals, but lost
the playoff, while fifth seed Jonathon Sarfati fell
Stephen Solomon. The semifinals Solomon vs
David Stephson and Smerdon vs
Ron Scott led
to a final showdown between Solomon and Smerdon. The game was
Smerdon drew White for the playoff - needing to beat Solo in the
too great a task, and Solomon regained the title.
Smerdon - Solomon [C47]
Qlc Chp playoff, 2001
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5
0-0 9.0-0 cxd5 10.Na4 c6 11.Bg5 Be7 12.c3 h6 13.Bh4 Be6 14.Bc2 Ne4
Qxe7 16.Bxe4 dxe4 17.Qd4 f5 18.Qc5 Qxc5 19.Nxc5 Bc4 20.Rfe1 Rfd8
22.Ne6 Rd6 23.Nd4 g6 24.b4 Rad8 25.f3 Kg7 26.fxe4 Bxe4 27.Re3 h5
29.a5 c5 30.Nb5 Rd7 31.Ree1 a6 32.Na3 Rd2 33.Rab1 Kh7 34.b5 axb5
36.Nd6 Rxa5 37.Nf7 Kg7 38.Ng5 Rxg2+ 39.Kf1 Rxh2 40.Nxe4 fxe4
42.Rb6+ Ke5 43.Kg1 Raa2 44.c4 Kd4 Recording during the final time
is unreliable, but is reasonably accurate 45.Rd6+ Kc3 46.Rdd1 e3
Rac2 48.Rxc2+ Rxc2 49.Kf1 Kd3 50.Ra1 Rh2 51.Re1 0-1
The size of the field was disappointing, indicating some fine tuning
next year. One possibility is that long weekends are no longer an
proposition to players, as all long weekenders have been drawing
HOBART JUNE WEEKENDER REPORT - KEVIN
A reasonable field of 16 players competed in an event which was full
upsets and controversial at times. Burnie dark horse Phil
Donnelly tied for
first with Alija
Premilovac. Premilovac benefited from meeting a fairly
field after an early loss, but Donnelly's play, including consecutive
convincing wins over three of the state's strongest players
Bonham and Frame - the last with a spectacular double exchange
was very impressive.
Both winners were involved in difficult incidents. In the game
Premilovac and Donnelly, Premilovac played two moves in a row while
(who was in time trouble) was exchanging a pawn for a queen. A
debate over the exact position was resolved in Donnelly's favour,
as Premilovac had prematurely stopped scoring.
The second major incident involved the final round draw. The Swiss
program produced a very odd draw, but on initial checking I wrongly
that the debated pairing was unavoidable and hence accepted the
draw. The program produced the pairings Donnelly - Martin
Donnelly was on 4/5 with colour history BWBWB, Todd 2.5
(BWBWB), Martin 2
(BWWBW) and Minol 2 (BWBWB). Donnelly and Todd had
not played and Martin
and Minol had not played. Unfortunately the
incorrect draw had been made
public as "final" and therefore (rule F6) could
not be changed without the
consent of all affected players. Donnelly
(who had already met a very
strong field and courageously turned down a draw
offer in a game he later
lost on the grounds that he came to play chess, not
agree 15-move draws)
maintained his right to play Martin.
5/6 Alija Premilovac 1869, Phil Donnelly 1649
4/6 Milan Mihelcic 1716
(3rd - tiebreak), Nigel Frame 1811
3.5/6 Kevin Bonham 1906, Marcel
Rothlisberger 1874, Glenn Gibbs 1820, Andrew
Todd 1776, Lazar Divkovic 1641
(U1700 prize), Charles Chadwick (UNR)
2/6 Tony Sturges 1390, Janice Martin
1434(*f*), Leo Minol 1248
1.5/6 David Christian 1348
1/6 Persa Divkovic
0.5/6 Thomas Gallagher (UNR)
2001 GRAND PRIX
Just a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events for
publication in this bulletin.
New listing: 20-21/October Box Hill Whitehorse Festival Week-Ender
Trevor Stanning firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekender has been moved back from 25/26 August to 1/2 September.
Next weekend we have the Taree RSL Open and the Gold Coast Open followed
the Noosa Open the following weekend.
There are now 39 events for 2001.
20-21/October Box Hill Whitehorse Festival Week-Ender VIC Cat
2 Trevor Stanning
NSW 15, Qld 9, Tas 4, SA 4, ACT 3, Vic 3, WA 1.
GOLD COAST CHESS WEEK AND GOLD COAST
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
brand new venue a short distance from Somerset College where it has
held for the last eight years. The Robina Town Centre Community Hall is
large, carpeted, air conditioned venue, with cafes and restaurants
close by. It was used last Tuesday/Wednesday for Gold Coast Primary
chess round two with nearly 700 students participating. I'm sure the
will love it.
Prizes total $2,500 with a first prize of $750. There are seven rounds
new time controls 30 mins a side plus 30 secs a move from the start.
means a 60 move game will last about two hours. It also means that
will have to score throughout and undignified time scrambles will be
of the past.
Entry forms from Graeme Gardiner
290 Worongary Road,
Worongary Qld 4213
Phone 07 5530 5794, Fax 07 5530 6959, Email email@example.com
SUNSHINE COAST OPEN
An Australian Class 3 Grand Prix event to be held in Noosa over the weekend
June 30th / July 1, 2001.
Venue; Noosa Bicentennial Centre,
Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Queensland.
1st $700.00 2nd $350.00 3rd $200.00 4th $100.00
There will be $100.00
1st & $50.00 2nd prizes for the winners of each of 4 rating
$100.00 prizes to the winner in the following categories; Best
Suncoast Player Best veteran over 60
Best veteran over 70 Best Junior under
18 Best cadet under 12
$75.00 prize to the best unrated.
7 rounds of play
with 60 minutes each on the clock plus 10 seconds per move when time
Saturday program; 8.30 am Opening Ceremony 9am..Round 1
11.30am..Round 2 2.15pm.Round 3
4.45pm..........Round 4 7pm til late; Party
time at the Reef Hotel with 20% discount on main meals
for players and friends or family.
Sunday program; 9am..Round
5 11.30am..Round 6 2.15pm..Round 7
Presentation of prizes as soon as possible
after completion of last round.
Digital clocks to be used.
Bekker will be the Director of Play.
CAQ or State
Association Members; Seniors $45.00..Concessions $35.00
Seniors $55.00..Concessions $45.00
Concessions granted to over 60's, juniors,
cadets, full-time students on presentation of student card,
Health Care Card holders & FIDE Masters. GMs & IMs have free
A canteen will be in operation offering hot and/or cold meals and
drinks. Prices will be kept as low as possible.
Noosa Reef Hotel....$60.00 double for one night..$110.00 for 2 nights..
Breakfast from $3.95 per person..07 5447 4477 Chez Noosa Resort Motel..263
David Low Way, Noosa
3 minute walk to venue.heated pool and spa.fully self contained
units.competitive rates..07 5447 2027
This is the 9th consecutive year in
which the Suncoast Chess Club has held a Grand Prix weekender in Noosa.
The Noosa Bicentennial Centre is regarded by Grandmaster Ian Rogers as one
of the best chess venues in
Australia and Noosa itself is hard to beat as a year-round holiday
destination whether it be for a weekend
break from the hustle and bustle of the city or for that well-earned 2-week
holiday with a friend or the family.
This event regularly attracts
over 70 players and is certainly one of the more popular tournaments on the
Australian Chess calendar. For more information, phone Robert
Hochstadt on 07 5447 5056 (A.H.)
With very best wishes to all.
Chess - the clever sport!