ACF Bulletin No. 130 - 19 August 2001

World Junior Championships, Asian Championships, News from Zong-Yuan Zhao,
Chess is a Sport, Bids for Jan 2003 Aust Open and Aust Juniors, 2001 Grand
Prix, Gold Coast Classic, ACF Grand Prix 2001 Leading Scores, Grand Asian
Chess Challenge, Rooty Hill Open, Correspondence.


Zong-Yuan Zhao and Catherine Lip, our two representatives in the World Junior
Championships in Greece, have had very fine starts.
You can see all the results and games at

Zhao has defeated Klaver RSA U/R, Markos SVK 2479 and IM Vajda ROM 2507.
Lip was defeated by Gu CHN 2300, beat WIM Moshina MDA 2221 and drew with WFM
Kaps SLO 2221.

There is a long way to go in this 13 round event, but it's an encouraging start
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


Hello Everyone!!

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 Hebden.

I nearly won the U/21 title. If I had drawn with Ward in the last round then
I would have shared the title with Pert and Palliser. Unfortunately I lost a
110 move game with rook vs rook bishop which is drawn but I managed to
blunder 8 moves before I could claim the 50 move rule!!!

Nonetheless the tournament was the strongest I have ever taken part in and I
enjoyed it tremendously.

Zong-Yuan Zhao


There is quite a lot going on at the moment behind the scenes in terms of
lobbying, letters and media work. We also need the support of the chess

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. 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 wish
it not for myself, but for Australia.

1. In Australia, there are about 3,500 senior and 7,500 junior tournament
Chess players and about 10 times that number of enthusiastic casual players.
In all, more than 100,000 of us.

2. Chess would be the first choice of sports for a country wishing to
increase its intellectual base.
3. In all of Eastern and Western (multicultural) Europe, Chess is a
recognised sport. Please make it so in Australia too.

Yours sincerely,
Matthew Sweeney

(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 participate
in the national schools teams competition. REARK research some 20 years ago
showed that there were around two million Australians who played a casual
game of chess so it is a fair assumption that there are now closer to three
million. I regard casual chess the same way as I regard casual soccer (ie a
kick around game in the park). Competitive chess is a sport, casual chess is
a recreation. Competitive soccer is a sport, kick around soccer in the park
is a recreation. Official chess is a sport, official soccer is a sport).


The ACF would be pleased to receive bids for both of the above events.
Regarding the Australian Open, I understood that the Box Hill Chess Club
will not now be bidding for this event, so it is very much open for any
state to put in a bid. In relation to the Australian Juniors, and bearing in
mind that the Chess Assn of WA have signalled that they will be bidding for
the January 2004 event, it would be good to receive a bid from South
Australia, but again it is open to any state to make a bid.

Please contact the ACF Tournament Director, Michael Baron if you are interested in making a bid.

The Grand Prix Supervisor is Norm Braybrooke
Just a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events for
publication in this bulletin.
There are now 41 events for 2001.
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.

The Gold Coast Classic, a Grand Prix category 3 event, is Queensland's
favourite combined individual and teams chess tournament. Individuals enter
the tournament and form themselves into teams of four. Team points are
scored solely by adding ratings points gained and subtracting ratings points
lost for all team members as calculated by the Swiss Perfect pairings
programme. Unrated players are given deemed ratings. The main advantage of
the tournament is that players are not only interested in their own
performance, but that of their team also. In the past this has seemed to
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 each.
1st Female $100. 1st Primary student $100. Teams 1st $400 ($100 each) 2nd
$200 ($50 each) 3rd $100 ($25 each). Total $2,500.

Enquiries: Graeme Gardiner Ph 07 5530 5794 Fax 07 5530 6959 Email


These exclude the Australian Rapid Play results which are not yet in.

Solomon, Stephen  QLD 2418 61.50
Stead, Kerry NSW 1970 54.50
Wallace, John-Paul NSW 2399 46.50
Johansen, Darryl  VIC 2528 40.00
Xie, George NSW 2007 29.33
Chapman, Mark SA 2335 28.00
Jones, Brian   NSW  2102 26.50
Agulto, Edgardo NSW 2251 26.00
Lane, Gary NSW 2440 26.00
Rej, Tomek   NSW 2000 23.00
Stephson, David QLD 2240 22.50

Under 2000

Stead, Kerry NSW 1970 74.00
Rout, Ian   ACT 1896 51.90
Harp, Joel  NSW 1909 28.40
Davidovici, Michael QLD 1759 26.50
Dozsa, Paul ACT 1998 23.33
Yang, Song  SA 1826 23.16
Sonter, Matthew QLD 1689 21.16
Wongwichit, Phachara QLD 1498   20.00
Capilitan, Romeo NSW UNR 19.66
Jarek, Mariusz NSW 1713 19.50

Under 1600

Forace, Lee  ACT 1342 38.58
Norman, Brendon  NSW 1599 33.50
Hellman, Oscar  NSW 1592 32.00
Chan, Jason  NSW UNR 29.66
Wongwichit, Phachara QLD 1498   29.00
Capilitan, Romeo NSW UNR 28.50
Stewart, Craig  QLD 1558 28.13
Kimura, Toshi  QLD  1449 27.33
Keuning, Tony  NSW  1565 26.50
Lutley, Philip  SA 1416 26.33


Xie, George NSW 2007 59.50
Rej, Tomek  NSW 2000 54.83
Smerdon, David QLD 2104 51.00
Davidovici, Michael QLD 1759 38.50
Yang, Song  SA 1826 38.00
Zhao, Zong-Yuan NSW 2317 37.50
Norman, Brendon NSW 1599 37.00
Huddleston, Heather NSW 1132 31.83
Wongwichit, Phachara QLD 1498   27.50
Kimura, Toshi QLD  1449 25.50


Huddleston, Heather NSW 1132 64.00
Lip, Catherine NSW 1801 45.50
Mills, Natalie QLD 1909 43.00
Evans, Amy QLD 990 25.50
Jovanovic, Marija  ACT 1563 25.50
Martin, Janice TAS 1466 24.00
Oliver, Shannon ACT 1390 24.00
Distledorf, Jessica QLD 1391 20.00
Moylan, Laura ACT 1867 20.00
Chan, Jason NSW 42.00
Yu, Chris QLD 37.50
Stewart, Torin QLD 30.50
Capilitan, Romeo NSW 28.50
Mitchell, K  NSW 28.00
Eldridge-Smith, Veronique ACT   24.00
Chadwick, Charles  TAS 21.00
Wells, Leslie NSW  21.00
Bajrami, Selvir NSW 20.00
Hoang, Khoi     ACT 20.00


With reference to the above matter, we are pleased to inform you that The
Second Residential College, University of Malaya with the cooperation of The
Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) is organizing The Grand Asian Chess
Challenge VI(GACC VI) from 19th to 26th October at the main campus of
University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we have the honour to invite
undergraduates to participate in this event. This year the event will be
conducted as an individual championship where the best 4 players’ result
will be accumulated for the best university team. Enclosed herewith a copy
of tournament prospectus and registration from for your consideration.

We truly hope that your university will be able to send a representative
team to participate in this meaningful tournament. The closing date for
registration is on 19th September 2001. For further information please
kindly contact the organizing committee or visit our official website:
Thank you in advance for your precious time and kind consideration.
Yours faithfully,

Teeh Ooi Kock
Delegation Director
Tel: 012-4575297/ 012-6624843/ 019-3158098
Fax:603-79571608/ 603-40244357
(Editor's note: The webpage is well worth a visit. I notice that Monash
University entered a team last year. There is much that goes on in
Australian chess that many of us never get to hear of).


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 $100.

All other prizemonies dependant upon entries.

D.O.P. Peter Cassettari 9896 4224 after 7.00pm email


OAA Heraklio Chess Club, Epimenidis Cultural Company and the Greek Chess
Federation are announcing the 2001 Panormo open tournament, part of the 2001
European Grand-Prix.
The tournament will be held in sunny Crete, Greece from October 20 until
October 27 with a total prize fund of more than 3000 Euros (1st prize: 1000

More information is available through the official website of the event:

We are looking forward to a great event!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Korina Miliaraki - President

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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