ACF Bulletin No. 127 - 29 July 2001

Asian Championships for Women, Corporate Sponsorship, Australian Chess
Forum, 2002 Oceanic Zonal, Asia v Europe match, Zong Yuan Zhao, Queensland
Inter Schools, 2001 Grand Prix, Australian Rapid Play Championships, ANU
Club Championships, NSW Grade Chess, Around Australia trip, Correspondence.

I understand from Robert Jamieson that we still do not, as yet, have any
nominations for the position of Australian seeds at the above event.

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 this Friday 3 August latest please.

Former ACF President Peter Wallman is actively pursuing corporate
sponsorship for Australian chess.
If you are able to give him any leads at all, especially by opening the door
to top level corporate leaders, please email Peter with the information. He
could also do with help with any or all of the following:

1. Names of famous chess players.
2. Influential Australians who play chess.
3. Corporate Sponsors (and statements if possible from them) in different
parts of the world.
4. Cartoons, interesting photos, catchy jokes, sayings etc covering the
Peter's email address is

Having just read the July edition of this excellent magazine, it occurred to
me that I haven't given it a plug for a long time, if at all. This is one of
the few 'hard copy' chess publications available in Australia. It is a
serious record of Australian chess which is clearly editorially independent.
Many thanks to Shaun Press and Paul Dunn for their great work.

If you would like to subscribe at an annual cost of $44 incl GST (12 issues
per annum), the contact details are as follows:
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PO Box 1201 Belconnen ACT 2616

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to the editor are encouraged but correspondents are asked to keep them brief
and to the point.


Assuming that there is no change in policy by FIDE, the 2002 Oceanic Zonal
will be held from Monday 6 May to Saturday 11 May at the Warwick Fiji
Hotel/Resort, a luxury hotel fronting the beach with many facilities. I am
advised by the President of the Fiji Chess Association, Dr Virgilio de Asa
that May is usually off peak for air travel. Dr de Asa has organised the
special room rates of F$67.50 (F$135 per room) or single room at F$125
inclusive of full buffet breakfast. The normal hotel/resort rooms cost
between F$200 and F$280 for overseas guests ($1.00AUD = 1.16754FJD). Dr de Asa
has provided a comprehensive package which I believe will be very appealing
to players.


This will be held in Georgia from 14 to 20 September 2001. The ACF nominated
our two GMs, Ian Rogers and Daryl Johansen. However, I am advised by Ignatius Leong
that, based on ratings and the rule of one player per federation, Asia's six
men will be Anand (or Sasikiran), Kasimdzhanov, Ye, Vladimirov, Adianto and
Dao. Ian Rogers is a reserve.

As a matter of interest, I checked the FIDE ratings of the players chosen,
which are as follows:
Anand 2797 India (Rapid 283)
Sasikiran 2589 India (No Rapid Rating)
Kasimdzhanov 2704 Uzbekistan (Rapid 268)
Ye 2677 China (Rapid 266)
Vladimirov 2612 Kazikstan (Rapid 261)
Adianto 2598 Indonesia (Rapid 264)
Dao 2572 Vietnam (Rapid 255)
Rogers 2538 Australia 29th on Asian list (Rapid 260)
Johansen 2524 Australia 37th on Asian list (No Rapid Rating)


Zong-Yuan promised to send me a regular report of his European travels as
I'm sure that there are many in the chess community who are keen to hear of
his progress. Here is his first note:

Hello Everybody,

Just a quick note to let you all know that everything is going fine and my
result in the Smith & Willamson Young Masters. I managed to get 5.5/9 which
was enough for equal third with four other people out of a field of 22. The
tournament was well organized and most enjoyable.

This Saturday I'm heading for Scarborough where I will be competing in the
British Championships until the 11th of August.

All the best, Zong-Yuan Zhao
Editor's note: Readers should be able to follow the progress of Zong Yuan
and Gary Lane at the British Championships at The event commences today.

I also received this note from Stewart Reuben regarding my error in Zong-
Yuan's score as reported in last week's bulletin:

"Calamity! Zong-Yuan Zhao scored 5.5/9 and came 3-7= in the Smith &
Williamson Young Masters. He is thinking of suing you for libel."

Sorry Zong-Yuan!


While no threat yet to the NSWJCL program, interschool chess in Queensland
is expanding at a rate of knots. The Gold Coast regional tournaments are the
trailblazers, with total players in the primary and secondary events now
over 1000. CAQ is maintaining the thrust in Brisbane, and is now running the
state titles as truly statewide events, with zonal tournaments beyond the
established regions in the south-east corner of the state.

While the Suncoast and Toowoomba clubs stage interschool events in their
zones, this week CAQ is conducting zonals in Gladstone and Mackay. Wide
Bay - Burnett follows at the end of August, then North Queensland and Far
North Queensland in October. Western Queensland is also being targeted, with
zonals in Charleville and Mt Isa if there is sufficient interest. The
Brisbane zonals have been played, as have the first rounds of the Gold Coast

The state finals between the zonal primary and secondary winners is
scheduled for late October, with the state winners going on to the national
finals in Brisbane on 15-16 December.

Another initiative is the RNA Greater Brisbane Primary Schools Interdistrict
Championships, being played over six days at the Brisbane Exhibition (the
Ekka - cf the Royal Easter Show in Sydney). The Royal National Association
is sponsoring the event, with the championships of two education districts
being held on each of the first five days, culminating in the interdistrict
final between the winning teams.

The thrust into north and outback Queensland is being helped in no small
part by a $5000 grant from Sport and Recreation Queensland, an arm of the
state government.


The Grand Prix Supervisor is Norm Braybrooke
One new event this week. The Australian Rapid Play is a class 3 event next
Just a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events for
publication in this bulletin.

There are now 41 events for 2001.
4/5 August Australian Rapid Play Cat 3 David Cordover 03 9576 8177
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

1/2 Sep Geelong Open VIC Cat 2 Bill Stokie 03 5250 1786 Paul Power
22/23 Sep  Gold Coast Classic QLD Cat 3 Graeme Gardiner 07 5530 5794
29/30 Sep  Lidum's Cup SA Cat 2 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 5, WA 1.

Deakin University will again be hosting the Australian Rapid-Play
Championships over the weekend of 4/5 August.

$8000 in prize-money!!! Plenty of ratings prizes and special junior prizes.
Go to to enter.
3 divisions, U/1600, U/2000 and Open. Prize money as follows:
Open 1st $1,300.00 2nd $900.00 3rd $500.00 4th $250.00 Under 2150 $250.00
Under 2000 1st $600.00 2nd $400.00 3rd $200.00
Group A 1st $200.00 2nd $100.00 Group B 1st $200.00 2nd $100.00 Top Female
Under 1600 1st $500.00 2nd $350.00 3rd $200.00 Group A 1st $200.00 2nd
$100.00 Group B $200.00 2nd $100.00
Junior Prizes
Best Junior $100.00 2nd $50.00 3rd $25.00
Best U16 $50.00 2nd $25.00
Best U14 $50.00 2nd $25.00
Best U12 $50.00 2nd $25.00
Best U10 $50.00 3rd $25.00
U8 $25.00
Deakin Student Prizes 1st $100.00 2nd $50.00
Unrated Prize $100.00

The ANU Club Championships just finished. Congratulations to Andrew
for winning!

Here is a copy of the final standings.

1 Greenwood, Andrew       1745     5.5
2 Wright, Ian             1989     5
3 Press, Shaun            1835     4.5
4-5 McCoy, Tom            1526     4
  Oliver, Gareth          1484     4
6-7 Ridge, Mike           1428     3.5
  O'Connor, Travis        1428     3.5
8-9 Griffiths, Nye        1387     3
  Doel, Henk              1816     3
10 De Gier, Jan           1989     2.5
11 Yoon, Sunny            1400     2
12 Oliver, Tony           1100     1
13 Lau, Eddie             1619     0.5


Arianne, now aged 14, has just finished playing in the Dortminud event where
she scored her 5th WIM norm. She came 21st in a field of 110 scoring 7/11
and coming equal with GMs. She had a performance rating of 2350. She is now
participating in the Vlissingen International Open in Holland. She is hoping
to make a WGM norm.


Open grade scores after 9 rounds:
1 St George Pl 32 Pts 21.0 65.63%
2 Koala Pl 32 Pts 20.5 64.06%
3 Wests Pl 32 Pts 19.0 59.38%
4 Fairfield Pl 32 Pts 14.5 45.31%
5 Canterbury Pl 36 Pts 15.00 41.67%
6 North Sydney Pl 36 Pts 10.00 27.78%


I will be in Sydney on 25/26 September, Perth from 27 September to 3
October, Adelaide on 4/5 October and Melbourne on 6/7 October. I very much
hope to arrange open meetings in each of these states and will advise
further in due course.

A big thank you to all of you who supported us in "Chess" the Rock Musical,
which ran at Top Ryde in June/July. The season was a near sell-out and
thoroughly enjoyable for all of us at ‘THE’ Theatre Company.
You may know that we marketed it via an unofficial two-day ‘Cold War’ Chess
Tournament at Chatswood which was well supported by NSW Chess members.

Many people (from NSW Chess and various clubs) gave me great advice in the
early days of its planning and eventually we went with Nick Kordahi’s
guidance. Thanks to all of you and Nick, we were able to hold two great days
of chess with 16 entrants, which turned out to be just the right number for
the space allocated to us at Westfield Chatswood.
Thank you Nick, and to everyone either in or related to NSW Chess
Association who either helped or participated. And to those of you who came
to our show, I hope you enjoyed the performance!

Cold War Chess Tournament Results:
Overall Winner: Rob Goris $200 Overall 2nd (tied): Johnny ($50) and Lachlan
Bottom Section:
Winner (tied) Aaron White ($85) and Upul ($85) Third (tied) Ken Shen ($15)
and Norm Greenwood ($15).

Congratulations to all winners, and many thanks again to all of you. The
cast and directors thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during the tournament,
especially during the final game which was played on the giant chess board.
The tournament’s team results (USA vs USSR) turned out to be a draw, as did
the final giant board match.
Regards, Paul Moore

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