ACF Bulletin No. 124 - 8 July 2001


ACF directory of clubs, Upcoming international junior events, Australasian
Chess Online, Federation Group Australian Masters, FIDE communique, Letters
to the Sports Minister, Associated Body status, 2001 Australian Universities
Teams Championship, Alex Wohl, Matt Sonter, Asian Womens Championship, Asian
Mens Championship, Swiss Perfect, Insurance deal, 2001 Grand Prix, NSW grade
competition, Global Youth Tertiary Institutes Challenge, The Gap Chess Club,
The Tableland Chess Open, Correspondence.

I'm pleased to advise that Norm Taylor of Alice Springs Chess Club has
kindly agreed to compile a complete directory of all states, clubs, leagues,
key individuals etc in Australia. Please contact Norm with contact details
of your club/state/league etc at I'm sure that
Norm will use as a starting point directories that have already been
compiled by states but some of the information in these may either be out of
date or lacking some of the details that Norm will be trying to gather.
I sent Norm a copy of an old directory which used to be compiled by Bill
of the Sunshine Coast and I'm sure that Norm will be trying to match
this fine publication. This is another step in trying to improve
communication amongst the Australian chess community and making it easier
for those who are looking for a club to join.

Incidentally, Norm advises that Terry O'Neill of the Darwin Chess Club has
almost completed incorporation of the Northern Territory Chess Association
and the ACF can expect a membership application from the Northern Territory
shortly thereafter.


Asian Under 20 Tehran- Iran, July 12-20

World Youth Championships Oropesa del Mar, Spain 20.10.01 - 03.11.01 Team
already chosen and organised.

IV World Junior Team Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10.10.01 - 15.10.01
Applications invited.
Children's Olympiad Batatais, Brazil 18.09.01 - 26.09.01 Interest shown by ­
Vincent Suttor, Ruperto Lugo, Parker Zhao.

World Junior and Girls' U-20 Championship Athens, Greece 15.08.01 - 30.08.01
Zong Yuan Zhao and Catherine Lip will be representing Australia.

Asian Boys and Girls U-16 Doha, Qatar from 6 to 16 October Interest shown by
Joven Sanchez and Vincent Suttor.

We are particularly keen to enter juniors in the Asian Under 16s and the
Children's Olympiad. Please encourage keen juniors to put their name forward
to Brett Tindall for the selectors'

The introduction of this service has been slower than we would have liked.
However, there are signs that we may be able to make a announcement
very soon. It is hoped to introduce a free three month trial period when it kicks off.
In the meantime, distribution of the DGT Boards/Clocks generously
sponsored by Queensland University of Technology is almost complete.
Robert Keast of NSW is looking after two, Denis Jessop of ACT one, Ian
Murray of Queensland one, Alan Goldsmith of SA one and Gary Bekker of
Victoria has five for now, one of which will be going to Denis McMahon of WA.
The one already owned by the ACF is temporarily with QUT for assessment.
Gary Bekker has agreed to keep track of the boards and
provide technical advice to any who experience difficulties operating them. Thanks Gary.


Australian Masters International Chess Tournament - 7 to 15 July 2001, Reserve
Bank, Melbourne, Australia, proudly sponsored by the Federation Group and
Eddy Levi.

Eddy Levi has sponsored this event for several years. Federation Group are
generously sponsoring this year's tournament for the sum of $2,000.

Arbiter: Frank Meerbach, Organiser: Gary Bekker.

Minimum prizes: 1st-A$500, 2nd-A$300, 3rd-A$200.

Time Control: All moves in 2 hours, plus 30 sec/move added from move 1.

Follow the event at At this
stage I'm not sure if the DGT Boards/Clocks, kindly sponsored by QUT, will be in use.
There is a problem with getting access to phone lines for internet use in the Reserve
Bank Building.


1.  GM Johansen, Darryl    AUS  2524
2.  IM West, Guy         AUS  2363
3.  FM Rujevic, Mirko    AUS  2355
4.  FM Baron, Michael    AUS  2321
5.  FM Levi, Eddy        AUS  2247
6.  Hacche, David        AUS  2218
7.  Bjelobrk, Igor       NZL  2197
8.  Valenti, Richard     FRA  2143
9.  Dizdarevic, Mehmed BIH  2095
Federation Group is an Australian technology company which controls the
world rights to the vanadium redox battery. It also holds the world rights
to Luxalum, a photoluminescent pigment with marine safety and computer
screen applications. Federation have contracts with some of the worlds
biggest companies including Honeywell and Mitsubishi.
The company will shortly be undertaking a dual listing on the US based
NASDAQ index and can currently be found in the industrials sector of the ASX
list. I (Guy West) am a big fan of the Federation story and hold a
substantial number of shares.


The FIDE President, H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was given a full mandate by the
Presidential Board of FIDE to finalise negotiations with interested parties
for this year's World Chess Championships.

The Board which held its second quarter meeting in Dubai today, resolved to
postpone the decision on the venue for the World Championship until the next
3 weeks after noting the interest shown by the United Arab Emirates at a
meeting between H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of
Higher Education of the UAE and the FIDE President the previous evening in
the former's palace in Abu Dhabi.

President Ilyumzhinov had earlier congratulated the UAE for its
contributions to chess development by its hosting of the 1986 Chess Olympiad
in Dubai and for the dynamic activities of the UAE Chess Federation and the
Arab Chess Federation headed by the UAE's Ibrahim Al Bannai who was the
brain behind the building of the prestigious Dubai Chess Club and Cultural
Centre. President Ilyumzhinov also thanked the UAE for accepting to hold one
of the Grand Prix events in 2002.

The Board resolved to begin the test run on the parallel implementation of
the new rating system in close collaboration with FIDE Commerce, the FIDE
technical experts on rating matters as well as national federations. It
further resolved to give FIDE Commerce the support needed for the
implementation later this month of the World Internet Championship, which
will serve as basis for the selection of 8 qualifiers to the World
Championship this year.

With regard to the new time control, a Committee comprising Rating
Administrator C. Abundo, Arbiters' Council Chairman P. Nikolopoulos and
World Championship Cycle Committee Chairman W. Iclicki was appointed to
study proposals on changes to the system to allow for only one time control
and to report to the next FIDE Congress in Halkidiki. It further resolved to
put forward its recommendation on the new time control to the next FIDE
Congress for confirmation. The Board also resolved to fully adopt the IOC
Medical Code as the only basis for the FIDE Anti-Doping Code with effect
from 1 July 2001.

Stewart Reuben from England advises "When I met with (UK Sports Minister)
Tony Banks he said he had received more comment letters on chess as a sport
than on any other topic. He was clearly impressed."

With this in mind again I ask all those who care about this matter to
consider writing to both the Minister for Sport, Jackie Kelly and Shadow
Minister, Kate Lundy. Now (whilst the political parties are finalising
policy prior to the election) 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 and Kate Lundy 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 know.

Here is another helpful letter written by IM John Paul Wallace.

Ms Kelly
Parliament House, Canberra
Dear Ms Kelly,

Chess is a sport and a sport that I really love. It suits my competitive
nature and I have dedicated my life to the study of its intricacies. It
disappoints me that the Australian Government does not recognise  chess as a
sport with the consquence that chess in this country lacks the financial
resources needed to make us internationally competitive.

Chess is a sport because at the end of the day what matters is:

-whether or not your play is of a high standard
-your psychological composure and ability to cope with pressure
-the hours of training and practice that must be invested in preparation for
successful competition
-the joy of success and learning to cope with the heartache of perceived

Chess receives government sponsorship in most European countries which
enables chess players from this region to reap the benefits of high level
competition and training. Thus, these players have a competitive advantage
over us. While we have to fund ourselves in order to represent our country,
Europeans not only have all their costs taken care of but are also paid to
play in the Chess Olympics.

Australians are fighters, both on and off the chess board. Unfortunately
however, the lack of financial resources within chess in Australia has
caused much of our promising players to look to other endeavours. This is
yet another sad example of Australia losing out on its own, home-grown
innovative and intellectual opportunities.

If the Australian Governement was to support chess as a sport the nation
would benefit both directly, as Australians would be able to compete
internationally on a 'level playing field' and thus improve our Olympic
performances, and indirectly as  Australia's eroding intellectual base would
be considerably strengthened.

I hope the minister seriously considers these statements,

Thankyou very much,

John-Paul Wallace
International Chess Master
Australian Champion 1993/94
Twice Australian Representative at the Chess Olympiad


I'm pleased to report that James Stenner has advised that at the
Correspondence Chess League of Australia Council Meeting held on 12 June,
the CCLA decided to become an Associated Body of the ACF. The contact for
the CCLA will be Roy Lawrence The CCLA joins the
Australian Women's Chess League and the NSW Junior Chess League as associated
bodies of the ACF. In my opinion this is an important step in bringing
together the various parts of Australian chess to form a coordinated force.


Please contact Allan Richards now to indicate your interest in participating
and discuss with him the details. This is a perfect event for uni chess
players who would like to compete in a strong tournament, who enjoy being
part of a team and like to have plenty of opportunities to socialise.

Allan's E-mail: Phone: 0407 713 684
The Festival:
An Australian University Games Cultural and Arts Festival will be held for
the first time in conjunction with the 2001 Australian University Games.
This event is a joint initiative by the Australian University Games and the
University of Sydney Union to integrate existing university cultural
activities, currently being held in isolation, into the University Games
program. The event will showcase Australia's premier artistic talent in a
weeklong program of musical, intellectual, artistic and cultural events. The
cultural program is expected to attract an additional 1500 students and the
wider community into Sydney on top of the 6500 university athletes in
Sydney to participate in the Games. The festival will be held predominantly
on-campus at The University of Sydney.

The week-long activities will be integrated into the Games Program to
maximise attendances to the festival. While the cultural program is a trial
in 2001, the anticipated success of the event is expected to ensure that it
becomes a significant part of the Australian University Games Program in
future years. The 2001 Australian University Games Cultural and Arts
Festival aims to compliment the Games by presenting a spectacular national
forum for students, tertiary & secondary, across Australia to participate
and perform in.

This is a teams event and will consist of four players a side. There can be
as many Undergraduates as a team wants, with one member of staff and one
Postgraduate also allowed. Universities can send as many teams as they like.

Dates: 24 to­ 27 September.
Format: 2 rounds a day on the 24th, 25th,­ 26th and one round on the 27th.
Venue: The University of Sydney.
Time Controls: 60 minutes a side plus 30 seconds per move.
Entry Fee: $25 per player.
Prizes: To be confirmed.

Alex reports that he has 5/6 in Naujac Sur Mer. It's a holiday tournament
near Bordeaux where the prizes are fine Medoc wine.
1st is your weight in wine, 2nd half your weight etc. (Ed: sounds like
my type of tournament).


Gold Coast junior Matt Sonter has been awarded a chess scholarship by the
University of Texas, Dallas. Current USCF President Tim Redman is the
principle of the programme. Check out their webpage at UT Dallas recently won the US National
Universities Championship with GM Yuri Shulman on board one. Matthew was
alerted to the scholarship opportunity by Alex Wohl who mentored Matthew in
earlier years.


This will be held at Channai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India from 2 to 12
September. I have been advised that Australia is entitled to two seeds.
Entry fee 200 Swiss Francs. Free board and lodging for seeds. Extra players
and accompanying persons twin US$60 per day, single US$100 per day. 11
rounds. New FIDE time controls to be used. Prize fund to be announced
shortly. Nominations for seeds to be in to Robert Jamieson by Monday 16 July latest please.

Australia's two seeds for this event are Alex Wohl and Tim Reilly. We wish
them the best of luck.


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. Swiss Perfect has also helped the ratings
officers in their task of efficiently producing ratings lists. There is a
reduction in the admin fee for tournaments submitted using Swiss Perfect.

To date, 80 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.
Australia: ACF.

Tasmania: TCA, Sandy Bay, Burnie, Launceston, Hobart International.
NSW: NSWCA, Rooty Hill, Central Coast, Ettalong Beach, Hakoah Club, Ford
Memorial, Woolongong Collegians, Mingara, Newcastle, Canterbury Bankstown,
St George, Illawarra Southern, Port Macquarie, Ballina, North Sydney, Koala
Club, South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club, Dubbo, Manly Warringah,
Fairfield, Univ of NSW.

Victoria: VCA, Elwood, Chess Kids, Hobsons Bay, Geelong, Bendigo, Box Hill,
Ballarat, Dandenong, Chess Ideas, Albury, Frankston, Latrobe Valley,
Melbourne University.

Queensland: CAQ, Qld Juniors, The Gap, Redcliffe, Toowoomba Grammar, Coomera
Juniors, Gold Coast, Townsville, Hervey Bay, Northside Juniors, Kin Kora
(Gladstone), Suncoast, Coomera Juniors, Queensland Women's Chess League,
Northside Juniors, Toowoomba, Bullwinkle.

Northern Territory: Darwin, Alice Springs.

South Australia: SACA, Modbury, Norwood, Adelaide, Adelaide University.

Western Australia: CAWA, WA Juniors, Metro, Perth, Fremantle, Midland,

ACT: ACTCA, ACT High Schools, ACTJCL, Tuggeranong, ANU, Canberra, Belconnen,

In the interests of international cooperation the ACF has also organised
licences for Fiji, Qatar and New Zealand.

If your club or school would like a free licence, please contact Graeme Gardiner
<>. Robert Rozycki's Swiss Perfect website is

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 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

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.
I am aware of the following states/clubs who have signed up for the deal:
Gold Coast, Canberra, Southside Junior Chess Club, Bunbury, Hobsons Bay,
Dandenong, Tweed Coolangatta, Street Chess (Canberra), ACTCA, Belconnen,
ACTJCL, Noble Knights, CAWA, SACA.

The Grand Prix Supervisor is Norm Braybrooke
Many thanks to Norm for the fine job he is doing in administering the

There are two events in NSW this coming weekend; please support them. The
Coal City Open in Newcastle and the Fairfield RSL Winter Cup. There is a new
contact for the Fairfield event Rolando Atienza 02 9755 0183
Just a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events for
publication in this bulletin.
There are now 39 events for 2001.

14/15 July  Coal City Open NSW Cat 2 George Lithgow

14/15 July  Fairfield RSL Winter Cup NSW Cat 2 02 9755 0183 Rolando Atienza

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
1/2 September  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

20-21/October  Box Hill Whitehorse Festival Week-Ender VIC Cat 2 Trevor

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 3, WA 1.

Open scores after six rounds:

Canterbury 8.5/20 42.50%
North Sydney 6.5/24 27.08%
Fairfield 7.5/20 37.50%
Koala 18/24 75.00%
St George 14.5/24 60.42%
Wests 13/24 54.17%

The ANU team has arrived back in Australia from the 2001 Global Tertiary
Institutes Chess Challenge. Our performance fell away in the final few
rounds, however we did make the 2nd qualifying group. We finished in 8th
position overall, after we were whitewashed in the final two rounds. Points
were carried through against teams who also qualified from your same
group (like the world cup cricket system 1999).  Final standings:
Group 1-4:
1. Nan Kai University (China) 8.5/12
2. Iceland University (Iceland) 7.5/12
3. Cambridge University (England) 7/12
4. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 1/12

Group 5-8:
5. Universiti Teknologi (Malaysia) 8.5/12
6. National University of Singapore B 8.5/12
7. Multimedia University A (Malaysia) 5/12
8. Australian National University 2/12

Group 9-10:
9. National University of Singapore A 4/4
10. Multimedia University B (Malaysia) 0/4
Board prizes:

1st board       GM Zhang Zhong (Nan Kai University)     5.5/6
2nd board       FM Du Shan (Nan Kai University) 6/6
3rd board       David Hodge (Cambridge University) 5/5
4th board       Seow Yong Li (NUS B) 5/5
Over all rounds, ANU scored 6.5/24, however our team had some good
individual games where we fought hard, played well and results could have
gone either way. In Round 7 I missed an easy win against FM Wong Zi Jing of
Malaysia which was disappointing after the other 3 games finished in losses.
Here are three games our team played from the tournament:

Round 5: Lee Forace (ANU) - Handy Mulia (NUS A, Singapore) 1-0
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 d6 6.Bc4 Ne5 7.Be2 Be7 8.0-0
0-0 9.f4 Ng6 10.Be3 c6 11.Bd3 Ng4 12.Bc1 Qb6 13.Be2 Bf6 14.Bxg4 Bxd4+
15.Kh1 Bxg4 16.Qxg4 Rfe8 17.Re1 Qb4 18.Qf3 Re7 19.a3 Qc5 20.Bd2 Rae8
21.Rad1 Nh4 22.Qd3 Bxc3 23.Bxc3 Qf2 24.Qg3 Qxg3 25.hxg3 Ng6 26.Rxd6 h6
27.e5 Nf8 28.Red1 g6 29.Kh2 Re6 30.Rxe6 Nxe6 31.Rd7 Rb8 32.Ba5 Nc5 33.Rd2
Ne4 34.Rd8+ Rxd8 35.Bxd8 Nd2 36.Ba5 Nc4 37.Bc3 b6 38.Kg1 Ne3 39.Kf2 Nxc2
40.Ke2 Na1 41.b4 Nc2 42.Bb2 c5 43.bxc5 bxc5 44.Kd2 Nd4 45.Bxd4 cxd4 46.Kd3
Kf8 47.Kxd4 Ke7 48.Kc5 Kd7 49.Kb5 h5 50.Ka6 Kc6 51.Ka5 Kb7 52.Kb5 a6+
53.Kc5 Kc7 54.a4 Kb7 55.Kd6 Kb6 56.Ke7 Ka5 57.Kxf7 Kxa4 58.e6 Kb3 59.e7 a5
60.e8Q a4 1-0
Round 3: Andrew Greenwood - FM Mark Chan (2309, NTU, Singapore) 1/2-1/2
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bg5 e6 4.Nbd2 c5 5.e3 cxd4 6.exd4 Be7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.c3
0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Nd7 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.f4 f6 14.exf6 Nxf6
15.Nf3 Bd7 16.Qe2 Qd6 17.Ne5 Re7 18.Kh1 Be8 19.Rae1 Nd7 20.Nxd7 Bxd7 21.Qe5
Qxe5 22.Rxe5 Rf7 23.g3 b5 24.Rfe1 g6 25.Kg1 Rff8 26.Kf2 a5 27.h4 Rac8 28.h5
Kg7 29.Rh1 b4 30.cxb4 axb4 31.Rg5 Be8 32.Re5 1/2-1/2

Round 3: Wong Chee Chung (2282, NTU, Singapore) - Tom McCoy (ANU) 1/2-1/2
1.g3 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Qa4 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.Bg2 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3
Nbd7 9.d3 0-0 10.h3 Qc7 11.Nh4 Bg6 12.Nxg6 hxg6 13.b4 Nb6 14.Qb3 Nbd5
15.Bd2 Nxb4 16.Rab1 Rab8 17.Rfc1 Qd6 18.Na4 Nbd5 19.e4 Nc7 20.Nc5 Nb5 21.e5
Qxe5 22.Bf4 Qd4 23.Rc4 Qd8 24.Bxb8 Qxb8 25.Nxb7 Na3 26.Rxc6 Nxb1 27.Qxb1
Rc8 28.Qc2 Rxc6 29.Qxc6 Qe5 30.Qa6 Qd4 31.Qc4 Qb6 32.a4 Nh5 33.a5 Qb1+
34.Kh2 Qb2 35.Kg1 Qb1+ 36.Kh2 Qb2 1/2-1/2

The event was most enjoyable, very well organised and a pleasure to be
involved in.  The organisers went to great trouble for all the players and
the hospitality was extremely welcoming and friendly.  I would certainly
recommend that other universities throughout Australia consider entering
teams in future years.

Andrew advises that the club, which has been operating since the 1960s has a
new webpage Check it out.

Date: Saturday/Sunday 18/19 August 2001
Venue: Atherton State High School. First Avenue side entrance.
Rate of play: 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 $50.00 Students & Pensioners $45
Juniors $40. Juniors are under 20.

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

Sponsors:Mountain View Park, Atherton Blue Gum Bed&Breakfast, Motel
Atherton, Haymans Electrical,Wadley’s Chemworld .
A Very Special Thank You To All Our Sponsors For Making This Event By Far
Much Better Then Originally Thought. We Appreciate This Very Much.
Catering: There will be a food van on site.

Registration:   At 8:30am August 18 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 18 August.

Don’t Forget: Mackay Tournament on the 4th & 5th of August. Followed by
Townsville on the 11/12th August,then Atherton on the 18/19th August. A
Triple Treat for Chess Players.

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 10 August so they can be cleared. Enquiries: (07)4091
4278. Email



Dear Graeme,

OK, here are my comments as DOP of the Gold Coast Open! I will admit first
of all that the controversial new time control of 30 minutes for the whole
game, plus thirty seconds per move from the start caused little or no
problems. Moreover, the vexed issue of recording the moves was also not a
problem - for the most part, the players did.
However, this does not change my instincts on this matter. Future problems
with recording the moves may occur further down the track, and we need to be
wary. The ANU Open will tell us a lot more about this. My feeling is that 30
seconds may not be enough time for some people to record, adjust to the new
position and still make a respectable next move. Perhaps a minute
increment would make more sense. Or maybe 45 seconds as a compromise if a
minute seems too long...

The other point is that I feel only a game with a time control of an hour
per player or more should be rated. FIDE would say the 30 minutes plus
thirty seconds increment time control used at the Gold Coast Open should be
rated, as it is one hour each for a 60 move game. But that's because FIDE
consider 60 moves to be the AVERAGE game length! In my experience, this is
nonsense. 40 moves is the average length for a game; so that in effect, at
the Gold Coast Open, a lot of rapid play games were being ACF rated (not on
the rapid play list). Surely a time control of 40 minutes plus 30 seconds
increment would make more sense...

I know it's a separate issue, but let me also add here my comments about
Swiss Perfect. It is a fantastic pairings program - and its creator, Robert
Rozycki, should be congratulated - except for two points. The first is
somewhat controversial in the chess community, so I will not address it in
too much detail here, except to say this: I believe the fundamental
principle of Swiss pairings is top half versus bottom half, but Swiss
Perfect often violates this to balance (or even alternate) colours.
However, I recognise the pairing rules are ambiguous on this point, so I
will say no more about it...
The second point is more serious. I believe the way Swiss Perfect handles
floats is just plain wrong. Again, it does this to balance (or even
alternate) colours, which may be OK sometimes but not when it results in big
rating differences (e.g. the downfloater playing someone rated 2200 instead
of 2400). This happened in the last round of the Gold Coast Open - and I
changed the pairings. There is nothing wrong with this, but it is obviously
easier (saves work and time) if the computer gets it right. It is important
that the pairings produced agree with common sense, and the players see it
that way and are happy with the pairings. In the case of the changed
pairings at the Gold Coast Open, this was the case - all players concerned
agreed that the changed pairings made more sense than the original
(computer) ones.
While the above paragraph is still subject to some differences in
interpretation of the pairing rules, Swiss Perfect makes an even more
serious mistake when it floats players up (or down) to a different score
group to balance (or alternate) colours. There is no question of
interpretation here; it is just plain wrong. It clearly violates Section B.
Pairing Criteria of the pairing rules: "Relative Criteria (these are in
descending priority. They should be fulfilled as much as possible. To comply
with these criteria, transpositions or even exchanges may be applied, BUT NO
There is no ambiguity here. Swiss Perfect violated this at a critical stage
of the Australian Juniors this year - again, we changed the pairings to the
correct ones. Once more, nothing wrong with this. Christian Krause, Chairman
of the FIDE Swiss Pairings Committee, is quoted by Stuart Reuben (in the
orange book) as saying: "It is the controller who makes the pairings. The
computer is just a tool which he may use". So we can change computer
pairings. But it would be so much easier if we didn't have to...
I appeal to Robert Rozycki to change these things; or if he refuses, to hand
over the license to the ACF for someone there to make the necessary
changes. We are so close to a computer pairing program which produces
pairings that are universally agreed upon - which would clearly be fantastic
for Australian Chess. Let us not falter at the last hurdle: make the changes
(easy to do, I'm sure), and make life easier for all Australian arbiters...


We are looking for last several players rated 2150+ without IM title to our
three IM round-robin tournaments (FIDE category 4) which will take place at
1.-9.8.2001 in Olomouc (Czech Republic).

We are preferably looking for players with international title like FM, WFM,
WIM, WGM, HM, FIDE Candidate Player.

If you (or some your friends and clubmates) are interested in start let me
contact by e-mail as soon as possible.

For further information you can visit website of this tournament where you
can find also information about FIDE open we organize within our festival.
Follow this link:
Agentura 64 783 73 Grygov 337 Czech Republic tel/fax: ++420-68-5393327, e-mail:

With very best wishes to all.

Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
Phone 07 5530 5794
Fax 07 5530 6959 
Chess - the clever sport!
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