ACF Bulletin No. 130 - 19 August
IN THIS ISSUE
World Junior Championships, Asian Championships, News from Zong-Yuan
Chess is a Sport, Bids for Jan 2003 Aust Open and Aust Juniors, 2001
Prix, Gold Coast Classic, ACF Grand Prix 2001 Leading Scores, Grand
Chess Challenge, Rooty Hill Open, Correspondence.
WORLD JUNIOR (UNDER 20)
Zong-Yuan Zhao and Catherine Lip, our
two representatives in the World Junior
Championships in Greece, have had very fine starts.
Zhao has defeated Klaver RSA U/R, Markos SVK 2479 and IM Vajda ROM
Lip was defeated by Gu CHN 2300, beat WIM Moshina MDA 2221 and drew with
Kaps SLO 2221.
There is a long way to go in this 13 round event, but it's an
nevertheless for both players.
IM Alex Wohl
recovered extremely well to finish on 5.5/11
in what was a very
tough field indeed. I understand that Alex hasn't been too
happy with his
form but this result may help to rebuild his confidence.
Amongst his scalps
were IMs Nazarov 2410, Paragua 2444 and Dede 2402. Well
done Alex. All the
games can be seen at http://www.asianchess2001.com/
NEWS FROM ZONG-YUAN ZHAO
I managed to finish with 6/11 (in the
British Championships) which I'm quite
pleased with. Joe Gallagher won the
tournament ahead of three others
including Hodgson, Wells and I think
I nearly won the U/21 title. If I had drawn with Ward in the last round
I would have shared the title with Pert and Palliser. Unfortunately I
110 move game with rook vs rook bishop which is drawn but I managed
blunder 8 moves before I could claim the 50 move rule!!!
Nonetheless the tournament was the strongest I have ever taken part in
enjoyed it tremendously.
CHESS IS A SPORT - LETTERS TO THE SPORTS
There is quite a lot going on at the moment behind the scenes in terms
lobbying, letters and media work. We also need the support of the
Again I ask all those who care about this matter to consider writing to
the Minister for Sport, Jackie Kelly
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 Jackie.Kelly.MP@aph.gov.au
If you think it appropriate, I would appreciate
copies of your letters or
their replies. I have not, to date, been advised
of any professional lobbyist
living in Canberra who may be prepared to work
on behalf of the ACF on a
voluntary basis. Please advise me if you know of
such a person.
Here is a letter from Matt Sweeney who has been a very
active promoter of
chess in recent times.
Dear Ms Kelly
I hate begging. I hate writing this letter. I wish for so little and I
it not for myself, but for Australia.
1. In Australia, there are about 3,500 senior and 7,500 junior
Chess players and about 10 times that number of enthusiastic
In all, more than 100,000 of us.
2. Chess would be the first choice of sports for a country wishing
increase its intellectual base.
3. In all of Eastern and Western (multicultural) Europe, Chess is
recognised sport. Please make it so in Australia too.
(Editor's note: For the benefit of people writing to the Minister,
I think it
is fair to say that there are around 15,000 school students who
in the national schools teams competition. REARK research some 20
showed that there were around two million Australians who played a
game of chess so it is a fair assumption that there are now closer to
million. I regard casual chess the same way as I regard casual soccer
kick around game in the park). Competitive chess is a sport, casual
a recreation. Competitive soccer is a sport, kick around soccer in
is a recreation. Official chess is a sport, official soccer is a
BIDS FOR JANUARY 2003 AUSTRALIAN OPEN AND
JANUARY 2003 AUSTRALIAN JUNIORS
The ACF would be pleased to receive bids for both of the above
Regarding the Australian Open, I understood that the Box Hill Chess
will not now be bidding for this event, so it is very much open for
state to put in a bid. In relation to the Australian Juniors, and bearing
mind that the Chess Assn of WA have signalled that they will be bidding
the January 2004 event, it would be good to receive a bid from
Australia, but again it is open to any state to make a bid.
2001 GRAND PRIX
Just a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events
publication in this bulletin.
There are now 41 events for 2001.
20-21/October Box Hill Whitehorse Festival Week-Ender VIC Cat 2
NSW 15, Qld 9, Tas 4, SA 4, ACT 3, Vic
5, WA 1.
GOLD COAST CLASSIC 22/23
The Gold Coast Classic, a Grand Prix category 3 event, is
favourite combined individual and teams chess tournament.
the tournament and form themselves into teams of four. Team
scored solely by adding ratings points gained and subtracting
lost for all team members as calculated by the Swiss Perfect
programme. Unrated players are given deemed ratings. The main
the tournament is that players are not only interested in their
performance, but that of their team also. In the past this has seemed
promote a greater social interaction between all participants.
Venue: Somerset College Sports Pavilion, Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast.
Time Controls: 40 mins a side plus 30 secs a move from the start.
Arbiter: Charles Zworestine.
Confirmed starter: GM Ian Rogers (Subject to Ian not being
required for the
Asia v Europe match).
Prizes: Open 1st $700 2nd $300 3rd $100 Five ratings divisions $100
1st Female $100. 1st Primary student $100. Teams 1st $400 ($100 each)
$200 ($50 each) 3rd $100 ($25 each). Total $2,500.
ACF GRAND PRIX 2001 LEADING
These exclude the Australian Rapid Play results which are not yet
Solomon, Stephen QLD 2418 61.50
Stead, Kerry NSW 1970
Wallace, John-Paul NSW 2399 46.50
Johansen, Darryl VIC
Xie, George NSW 2007 29.33
Chapman, Mark SA 2335
Jones, Brian NSW 2102 26.50
NSW 2251 26.00
Lane, Gary NSW 2440 26.00
Rej, Tomek NSW
Stephson, David QLD 2240 22.50
Stead, Kerry NSW 1970 74.00
Rout, Ian ACT 1896
Harp, Joel NSW 1909 28.40
Davidovici, Michael QLD 1759
Dozsa, Paul ACT 1998 23.33
Yang, Song SA 1826 23.16
Matthew QLD 1689 21.16
Wongwichit, Phachara QLD 1498
Capilitan, Romeo NSW UNR 19.66
Jarek, Mariusz NSW 1713 19.50
Forace, Lee ACT 1342 38.58
Norman, Brendon NSW 1599
Hellman, Oscar NSW 1592 32.00
Chan, Jason NSW UNR
Wongwichit, Phachara QLD 1498 29.00
Capilitan, Romeo NSW
Stewart, Craig QLD 1558 28.13
QLD 1449 27.33
Keuning, Tony NSW 1565 26.50
Philip SA 1416 26.33
Xie, George NSW 2007 59.50
Rej, Tomek NSW 2000
Smerdon, David QLD 2104 51.00
Davidovici, Michael QLD 1759
Yang, Song SA 1826 38.00
Zhao, Zong-Yuan NSW 2317
Norman, Brendon NSW 1599 37.00
Huddleston, Heather NSW 1132
Wongwichit, Phachara QLD 1498 27.50
QLD 1449 25.50
Huddleston, Heather NSW 1132 64.00
Lip, Catherine NSW 1801
Mills, Natalie QLD 1909 43.00
Evans, Amy QLD 990 25.50
Marija ACT 1563 25.50
Martin, Janice TAS 1466 24.00
Shannon ACT 1390 24.00
Distledorf, Jessica QLD 1391 20.00
ACT 1867 20.00
Chan, Jason NSW 42.00
Yu, Chris QLD 37.50
Stewart, Torin QLD
Capilitan, Romeo NSW 28.50
Mitchell, K NSW
Eldridge-Smith, Veronique ACT 24.00
Charles TAS 21.00
Wells, Leslie NSW 21.00
Selvir NSW 20.00
Hoang, Khoi ACT 20.00
THE GRAND ASIAN CHESS CHALLENGE 19 to
26 OCTOBER 2001
With reference to the above matter, we are pleased to inform you that
Second Residential College, University of Malaya with the cooperation of
Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) is organizing The Grand Asian
Challenge VI(GACC VI) from 19th to 26th October at the main campus
University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On behalf of the organizing committee, we have the honour to
undergraduates to participate in this event. This year the event will
conducted as an individual championship where the best 4 players’
will be accumulated for the best university team. Enclosed herewith a
of tournament prospectus and registration from for your
We truly hope that your university will be able to send a
team to participate in this meaningful tournament. The closing
registration is on 19th September 2001. For further information
kindly contact the organizing committee or visit our official
Thank you in advance for your precious time and kind consideration.
(Editor's note: The webpage is well worth a visit. I notice that
University entered a team last year. There is much that goes on
Australian chess that many of us never get to hear of).
ROOTY HILL OPEN 2001
7 Round Open Swiss Tournament.
Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Club Sherbrooke Avenue, Rooty Hill.
Start: Monday 20th August, 2001 - 7.30pm each week.
Rate of Play: 40 moves in 90mins, then 15 mins to complete.
Entry Fee: $30. Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club Members $25.
Prizes: 1st $250, 2nd $150 U1900 $100, U1700 $100, U1550 $100, U1400
All other prizemonies dependant upon entries.
OAA Heraklio Chess Club, Epimenidis Cultural Company and the Greek
Federation are announcing the 2001 Panormo open tournament, part of the
The tournament will be held in sunny Crete, Greece from October 20
October 27 with a total prize fund of more than 3000 Euros (1st prize:
We are looking forward to a great event!
On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Miliaraki - President
With very best wishes to all.
Chess - the clever sport!