ACF Bulletin #204, February 17, 2003

In This Issue

* Registration/ACF website
* Midland masters
* Tournament results - Newcastle, Taree
* Chess in parliament
* Internet conferencing trial
* World News
* Opinion - developing Australian chess
* Australian Clubs Team Championships
* Letters
* Grand Prix 2003
* Upcoming tournaments

ACF Bulletin: please register

After asking people to register last week, the ACF website promptly went off-air! Apologies to those who tried to register but could not get to the website. It will be a few days before the site is up-and-running again, but in the meantime you can still register at

Here's what you do:
1. Go to the website at
2. Find the "box" titled "Want to receive the ACF Bulletin?" It's near the top of the page, but you might need to scroll down a little.
3. Type in your name, state, and email address.
4. Click the "Submit" button.
5. That's it!

It should only take a moment, so please register. It will make my life much easier and greatly improve the distribution of the Bulletin. If you're not sure whether you have already registered, try anyway. A message will appear telling you if you're already registered. Also, there seems to be a problem for people using Netscape browsers. I've checked the page and can't work out what the problem is, unfortunately. If you're a Netscape user and the page won't work, please email me your details (name, state, email address).

And remember, I'll be shifting to the new system soon - so time's running out! If you haven't registered by then, you won't receive the Bulletin.

First WA FIDE-rated event

Midland Chess Club is hosting the first-ever FIDE-rated event in WA: the 2003 Midland Masters (a 10 player round robin) which has just begun.

A strong field has been assembled:
1. Haydn Barber (2290 FIDE/2228 ACF)
2. Michael Wilkins (2274/2048)
3. Stewart Byrne (2220/2096)
4. Michael Horstmann (2212)
5. Tristan Boyd (2136)
6. Adam Haasse (2104)
7. Jay Lakner (1995)
8. Mike Partis (1990)
9. Stephen Phillip (1926)
10. Andrew Hardegan (1771; 1st Midland Challengers 2002)

We hope to run updates on the progress in the tournament as it plays out. Thanks to the tireless organiser, Rob Maris, for the information.

There's also a FIDE-rated event starting at Graeme Gardiner's Chess Centre on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Lane, Tan win Newcastle Open

NSW: The Australian Chess Federation Grand Prix weekend tournament in Newcastle resulted in a tie for first place between International Master Gary Lane and former Australian junior champion Justin Tan. The two winners met in round 5 after scoring 4 wins each. Tan, with two knights for a rook, missed a difficult win against Lane, and settled for a perpetual check in a time scramble. Tan took the sole lead in round 6 but Lane (2400), the top seed, beat Ronald Scott (2192) seeded second in the last round.

Leading final scores (56 players including 4 rated above 2100, 7 rounds):
6.0 G.Lane, J.Tan
5.5 B.Jones, M.Van Renan 5.5

- Thanks to Peter Parr for the info.

David Castor wins in Taree

NSW: Congratulations to David Castor who's won the Taree Summer Open with 6/7. I know David well from our games at my local (Gosford, NSW) club: after a promising junior career, it's nice to see him winning an adult tourney, especially since he's a nice young bloke. Another good bloke, NSW junior organiser Kerry Stead, was the DOP and finished second.

Place Name                Feder Rtg Loc  Score Progr. M-Buch. Buch.

  1   Castor, David       NSW       1788 6       27.0    21.0  29.5
  2   Stead, Kerry        NSW       1981 5.5     19.5    19.5  27.0
 3-4  Keuning, Anthony V  NSW       1517 5       18.0    17.5  25.5
      Brown, Phillip      NSW       1537 5       15.0    17.0  23.0
 5-6  Tankel, Alan        NSW       1927 4.5     21.5    20.0  28.5
      Varela, Peter       NSW       1637 4.5     20.5    20.5  29.5
7-10  Clarke, Gilbert     NSW       1477 4       19.0    20.0  27.0
      Dickson, Ian C      NSW       1654 4       14.0    19.5  26.5
      Ross, Bill          NSW       1349 4       13.0    16.0  23.0
      Lukic, Mick         NSW       1472 4       12.0    16.0  22.5
11-13 O'Riordan, Bernard  NSW       1629 3.5     17.5    17.5  24.0
      Dick, David W       NSW       2026 3.5     16.5    20.5  28.0
      Weltner, Michael    NSW       1474 3.5     11.0    15.5  21.5
14-16 Gray, David Peter H QLD       1249 3       15.0    21.0  27.5
      Parr, Bruce         NSW       992  3       10.0    14.5  20.5
      Losh, Gary          NSW       1376 3        9.0    15.0  22.0
 17   Tkac, Miloslav      NSW       1380 2.5     11.0    19.0  24.5
18-19 Northover, Shane    NSW       796  2        9.0    18.5  24.5
      Van Renen, Mike     NSW       1932 2        9.0    12.5  20.0
20-22 Lane, Endel         NSW       1431 1.5      8.5    17.0  23.5
      Wilks, Eric         NSW       1029 1.5      4.5    13.5  18.0
      Brown, Matt         NSW            1.5      3.5    16.0  21.0

The missing links ...

A few stray letters managed to wander into some of the links last week, so here are the correct ones: Gibraltar Chess Congress official site   Gibraltar Chess Congress - View Games

Chess in Parliament

Queensland: We also mentioned last week that Graeme Gardiner's new chess centre had received an honourable mention in the hallowed halls of Parliament. In her speech, chess-friendly MP Margaret May also spoke in defence of chess as a sport - and even plans to pursue the Sports Minister on the issue and draft a private members' bill. But you wouldn't have known about it, because the website was incorrect - turns out that the link was to the most recent Hansard reports, which is a moveable feast, and had changed by the time the Bulletin was sent out.

Here's the correct link:

and the chess centre Official site

And here's the text of the speech:

Mudgeeraba Chess Centre

Mrs MAY (McPherson) (5.50 p.m.)
A very exciting opening happened on the Gold Coast earlier this week.
Graeme and Wendy Gardiner officially opened a state-of-the-art chess centre.
It is the first of its kind in Australia, and I am proud to say that the centre is located in Mudgeeraba in the electorate of McPherson.
This opening is the culmination of 12 years of commitment and dedication by Graeme.
It has been his dream for many years to purpose build a chess centre to meet the growing demand on the Gold Coast and, indeed, nationally for a centre such as this.
Graeme Gardiner is a founding member of the Gold Coast Chess Club, which came into being in 1991.
Graeme has spent many hours since the formation of the club endeavouring to establish chess in Australia, particularly for junior school children.
He started the Gold Coast primary and high school teams chess championships in 1991 with 40 participants, which grew to more than 1,000 primary students from 250 schools across Australia participating in 2002.
It was an Australian record.
The Prime Minister briefly visited the 2001 Gold Coast primary schools chess championships during his visit to the Gold Coast and he could not believe that close to 700 primary school students were sitting down to contest the championships.
It has been a remarkable and wonderful success story for Graeme and all those young students who have taken up the sport of chess.
Over the years, Graeme has encouraged Gold Coast schools to take up the sport and employ professional coaches for the students.
Graeme estimates that 50 per cent of schools in the Gold Coast region now have some type of organised chess program - all due to Graeme’s commitment and love of the game of chess.
Mr Gardiner has written a comprehensive chess-coaching course, currently being taught on a co-curricular basis at Somerset College, All Saints Anglican School and St Stephens College.
The course is also available to schools throughout Australia.
The new chess centre at Mudgeeraba includes a tournament room with state-of-the-art computer equipment, a cafe offering gourmet delights as well as Internet access and a shop stocking chess sets and other related items.
The chess centre will cater for all levels of chess players, from beginner to grandmaster, and is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Mr Gardiner aims to expand the number children involved in playing chess and also to target adults and get them more involved.
The chess centre will provide a wonderful environment for players to not only enjoy the game of chess but also aspire to be champions.
But the game of chess is not just played for social benefits; it has proven educational benefits.
The game has improved cognitive development and helped develop critical and creative thinking, reasoning and memory.
Significant improvements in mathematics results and reading scores have been documented, and chess also helps with problem solving skills.
The journey to this wonderful opening of the chess centre has not been without some pain and certainly a lot of frustration for Graeme Gardiner.
For many years now Graeme has been trying unsuccessfully to have the game of chess recognised in this country as a sport - and therein lies the problem.
The playing of chess is not a sport, nor is it recognised as education.
Many other countries around the world recognise and fund chess as a sport.
Why not Australia? Chess in this country receives no funding from any level of government.
Yet last year the department of immigration determined that an Indian grandmaster of chess was indeed a professional sportsman and charged him double for his visa.
We have the ridiculous situation where one government department decides that chess is a sport and another - the Australian Sports Commission - deems chess not to be a sport.
This situation is sending mixed messages from our government and is not helping to build the sport of chess.
We lost to America a young lady who was just 13 years old and a recognised international champion.
With a lack of any funding by the federal government, this young lady and her family migrated to America where she was offered a $77,000 per annum chess scholarship at the University of Texas.
This young lady could have been ours.
Time tonight does not allow me to explore the vexed question of whether we should recognise chess as a sport.
However, I believe this issue should be addressed.
Imagine if Australia hosted a chess Olympiad with around 2,000 to 3,000 people from around the world descending on our country.
What sort of export dollars would that earn for our country? I congratulate Graeme and his wife, Wendy, for chasing the dream and seeing it come to fruition.
But I put my government on notice that I will not give up trying in the future to have chess recognised as a sport.

Internet conferencing trial

ACF meetings: ACF President George Howard says internet conferencing will be trialled instead of the usual phone hook-ups for the Federation's regular council meetings. The idea is to save money, as telephone conferences have proven a major expense in the past.

All states, territories and affiliated bodies are asked to email George with the name, address and email address of their ACF delegate, so that headphones and instructions can be forwarded to them.

Meanwhile, George Howard was elected President of the South Australian Chess Association at its Annual General Meeting last week, and SACA secretary Michael Peake was elected as SA's ACF delegate.

Auckland scores


2003 Auckland International Open final scores, 9 rounds

Place Name                Feder Rtg  Loc  Score Buch. Progr.

  1   Froehlich, Peter    GER   2421      7.5    47.0   40.5
  2   Sermek, Drazen      SLO   2577      7      51.0   39.5
  3   Ker, Anthony        NZL   2336      6.5    47.5   33.0
  4   Mc Laren, Leonard   NZL   2274      6      43.5   28.5
 5-9  Kulashko, Aleksei   NZL   2387      5.5    49.0   29.0
      Watson, Bruce       NZL   2266      5.5    46.5   26.5
      Smith, Robert       NZL   2259      5.5    46.0   29.5
      Zakaria, Fairin     MAS   2167      5.5    42.0   27.0
      Guthrie, David      NZL   2160      5.5    42.0   25.5
10-14 Spain, Graeme       NZL   2188      5      47.0   29.0
      Wang, Puchen        NZL        2129 5      45.5   26.5
      Beach, Paul         NZL        1934 5      45.5   25.5
      Van Der Hoorn, Mark NZL   2143      5      43.0   21.0
      Rippis, Theos       AUS   2061      5      40.5   24.5
15-25 Garbett, Paul       NZL   2329      4.5    49.0   27.5
      Green, Peter        NZL   2246      4.5    46.0   25.0
      Jones, Lee          AUS   2216      4.5    45.5   24.0
      Jones, Brian        AUS   2196      4.5    45.0   25.5
      Song, Raymond       AUS        1537 4.5    37.0   19.5
      Gibbons, Robert     NZL   2096      4.5    36.5   20.5
      Goodhue, Nathan     NZL        1861 4.5    36.5   19.0
      Morrison, Chris     SCO   2180      4.5    35.0   19.5
      Bennett, Hilton     NZL   2074      4.5    34.5   20.5
      Anderson, Bruce     NZL   2229      4.5    34.5   19.0
      Safarian, Alek      AUS   2058      4.5    34.0   18.5
26-27 Thornton, Gino      NZL        1527 4      36.5   20.5
      Goffin, Peter       NZL   2175      4      33.0   17.5
28-30 Stuart, Peter       NZL   2215      3.5    45.5   22.0
      Song, Angela        AUS        1341 3.5    31.0   16.0
      Lim, Benji          NZL        1977 3.5    31.0   14.5
 31   Xu, David           NZL        1547 2.5    33.0   12.5
32-33 Otene, Edith        NZL   2050      1.5    34.5    9.5
      Zhang, Michael      NZL        1534 1.5    31.5    8.5
 34   Pan, Alex           NZL        1133 0      31.5    0.0

World News

Overseas: No Australian games this week (hint, hint ...) so you're just going to have to settle for an import. As you've probably heard, Kasparov tied his match against computer program Deep Junior in New York recently. I think this was the most interesting game:

[Event "FIDE Man-Machine WC"]
[Site "New York USA"]
[Date "2003.02.05"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Kasparov,G"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2847"]
[EventDate "2003.01.26"]
[ECO "E48"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Nge2 Re8 8. O-O Bd6 9. a3 c6 10. Qc2 Bxh2+!!

As this game was being played, the internet kibitzers were poo-poohing this move, but Kasparov himself has since declared that it's a ripper. The great man also declared that it marks something of a turning point: computers are starting to play promising but essentially speculative sacrifices. Good grief, where will it end!

11. Kxh2 Ng4+ 12. Kg3 Qg5 13. f4 Qh5 14.Bd2 Qh2+ 15. Kf3 Qh4 16. Bxh7+ Kh8 17. Ng3 Nh2+ 18. Kf2 Ng4+ 19. Kf3 Nh2+ 1/2-1/2

You've got to hand it to the computer: not everyone can force a draw against Kasparov in 20 moves with Black!

Also in the news this week: Former FIDE president Florencio Campomanes has been sentenced to jail for misusing funds intended for the 1992 Olympiad - but he's appealing against the conviction. See the story at, and look out for Ian Rogers' excellent report on this when the ACF site is back online. It's intriguing that the big internet chess media - TWIC, Chessbase, even the FIDE site - have either not reported this at all or not given it much prominence - I leave you to draw your own conclusions. And I commend Ian Rogers for his chess journalism: he's never afraid to tackle the controversial issues in an informative way, without fear or favour.

Some thoughts on building chess in Australia

Nothing special, just my opinion: Much discussion in this Bulletin and elswhere concerns how to enhance chess in Australia, and I'd like to throw my two bob's worth in (you can keep the change!).

The equation's fairly simple, as I see it. To build something in a modern, capitalist world, you need money (don't we all!). But chessplayers don't have much money - and tournament fees, association registration fees and so on are already pretty high, in my view. So you can't count on sucking more money out of the small numbers of existing players.

Instead, we should try to increase the number of players. Easier said than done, of course, but opportunities are emerging.

I'm talking about the real growth area of Australian chess: juniors, and school-based chess in particular.

I don't know the accurate numbers, but as I recall it, there are about 3000 active adult players in Australia at the moment - but many times that playing junior/school chess. As I recall the numbers, there were something like 10,000 school players in NSW alone, and other states have had comparable success. (Please take my numbers with a big pinch of salt: the important point is that junior chess is thriving)

That's a tribute to the fine, painstaking work done by Margaret Cuckson and Richard Gastineau-Hills in NSW, and many others in other states whose work I'm less aware of.

And it presents an opportunity which should be grasped with both hands.

As I see it, the focus for developing chess in Australia should be to find ways to retain these juniors as they reach adult ranks.

Again, easier said than done, and my apologies to the many who've heard this all before and applied their considerable intellects and efforts to the question. But I do think this is a realistic and achievable aim that could bring real benefits to Australian chess players. Here are my suggestions:
1. Boost chess in universities and TAFEs, and in general, in that 18-25 year age group. This could involve more tournaments and greater publicity, and perhaps working more closely with the uni/TAFE cultural/SRC/activities groups.
Perhaps, too, we could introduce a national under-21 or under-25 Championship, held at one of the unis or TAFEs. These would help to bridge the gap between junior and senior ranks. (After all, when you have 18-year-old World Champions (Ponomariov) and 12-year-old GMs (Karjakin), the junior-based events seem a little arbitrary, anyway! Perhaps we should introduce over-18 events to accommodate all of us old fogies who can't keep up with the youngsters!) Another idea would be to have "junior versus senior" tournaments - that would help to reduce the "culture shock" experienced by juniors who are interested, but feeling a little lost upon turning 18. I well remember this feeling myself.

2. Build up Australian internet/correspondence chess. I say this not just because it's something I'm into, but because it suits the "target demographic". Young people are enthusiastic about the internet, and the ACF/State associations would do well to accommodate this.
That said, it's easy to get carried away about the internet. Australasian Chess Online, a project I was heavily involved with, has not been a great success in terms of numbers. After that experience, I don't think it's possible to make oodles of money online, but I still think the internet is a powerful avenue for chess, one that will only get stronger, and it's certainly a great way to bring players into the "fold". In general, we need to have a catholic approach to the various forms of chess, and aim for more co-operation.
With that in mind, I'd recommend that the ACF work more closely with the Correspondence Chess League of Australia, and the organisers of the Australian Email Chess Championships, to integrate internet/correspondence chess better into the fabric of mainstream over-the-board chess in Australia. Both sides should benefit.

3. One of the main differences between juniors and adults is time: adults, and HSC-level juniors, don't have much. So there should be more emphasis on quicker, one-day tournaments. I understand that people buck up about abbreviating the time-limits for official events like the state and national titles, and I'm not suggesting that the Australian champion should be whoever's quickest at making a dodgy bulldust move and then punching the clock. But more one-day, lightning, half-hour or quarter-hour-per-player tournaments wouldn't hurt for the many players, married or otherwise committed, who just don't have much time. I know, I'm one of them.

Some of this work has already been done, of course. Previous ACF president Graeme Gardiner did great work in bringing various organisations into the fold via associate memberships, and new president George Howard has some exciting ideas for promoting the game. A lot of work is being put into developing university chess. And State Associations, no doubt, already organise the sort of tournaments I mention, and know better than I the demand or otherwise, and the feasibility, for these sorts of events. I'm simply making the point that this is where the focus should be.

If we could double or triple the number of active players in Australia, it would much easier for chess organisers to fund the various events, organise more tournaments, and generally, attend to the bread-and-butter needs of the average player. _ PaulB

Australian Clubs Team Championships

(Caloundra, Sunshine Coast) 29 September to 3 October 2003 We have had several serious registrations of interest for this event. It is now time to confirm entries by sending in the entry fee of $400 per team. Cheques for $400 should be made payable to Australian Chess Federation and mailed to Graeme Gardiner at 11 Hardys Road Mudgeeraba Qld 4213 along with as much information as possible about the make up of your team. These need to be received by 31 March 2003 in order for the event to proceed. The venue is also looking for room bookings by that date.

The event is being held in the school holidays of all states and territories except Tasmania.

Details of this inaugural FIDE rated event are as follows:

This is an official Australian title event.

Teams of 8, of which at least three must be female and three male. One of the aims of this competition is to promote the social side and family side of club chess. Players must play in board order of playing strength and keep in this order throughout the competition. Reserves may be freely substituted.

Prizes: Trophies for the winning team and boards plus the title of Australian Clubs Team Champion. There are no cash prizes for this event. Just the glory!

Entry Fee: $400 per team (no extra charge for reserves).

Time Controls: 32 moves in 90 mins, 24 moves in 30 mins then 20 secs a move to finish (same as Doeberl Cup).


Sat/Sun 27/28 September (Optional) Redcliffe Challenge Grand Prix event

Monday 29 September Rest Day
Tuesday 30 September 2 Rounds 10am and 3pm
Wednesday 1 October 2 Rounds 10am and 3pm
Thusday 2 October 2 Rounds 10am and 3pm
Friday 3 October Rest Day

Sat/Sun 4/5 October (Optional) Tweed Heads Open (Grand Prix event)

4 teams: double round robin, 6 games
5 teams: 5 rounds, each team plays 4 games
6 teams: 5 rounds, 5 games
7 teams: 7 rounds, each team plays 6 games (a Friday morning round would be required)
8 teams: 7 rounds, 7 games (a Friday morning round would be required)
9+ teams: Swiss Draw, 6 games

FIDE rated.

Venue/Accommodation: Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. This is a 4.5 star luxury resort, only a very short walk to the beach. It has recently won Queensland Catering and Restaurant Awards for Excellence, was a finalist in the Queensland Tourism awards and winner of the Skal International Sunshine Coast Best Restaurant award.

Nevertheless, by staying in a three bed self catering apartment sleeping seven, you can stay for five days for a total of just $109 per person. You can stay for longer if you wish at the same rates. This luxury accommodation suits teams and families on a budget. There is a range of accommodation to suit all tastes.

5 Day Rates:
Hotel Spa Room: $409 single or twin share.
Two Bedroom Villa: $549 sleeps 2 to 4.
Three Bedroom Villa: $614 sleeps 3 to 5 (Additional roll-away $15 each).

Full details of this great holiday destination can be found at

Obviously we as organisers are hoping that all competitors stay at this venue. There are very good reasons why you should:

1. Where else would you get 4.5 star accommodation at a rate of around $22 per person, per day?

2. To maximise the social interaction with your team and opposing team it is always better to stay at the same venue.

3. What a great place to mix a great holiday with serious chess.

4. Social events/dinners/BBQs will be organised. These will be optional at own cost.

5. 200 hotel rooms, suites and self-contained one, two and three bedroom apartments to suit the needs of every guest. All rooms feature free inhouse movies, Sky Channel, direct dial ISD data port telephones. Easy walking distance to the beach and shopping centre. The Deck Restaurant, specialising in fresh seafood and chargrilled steaks. Legends cocktail bar and lounge.

Swimming pool and outdoor heated spa. Children's playground and babysitting service available. Golf putting green. Tennis court. 10 acres of tropical landscaped gardens and water lily lagoons. Comprehensive conference facilities for up to 250 people. 24 hour reception, tour desk. Takeaway meals available from the Restaurant. Games Room. Underwater World not far.

Transport: The organisers will endeavour to facilitate transport from the Gold Coast to Caloundra for those players choosing to play in the Gold Coast Classic and from Caloundra to Redcliffe for those players choosing to play in the Redcliffe Challenge.

Enquiries and Entries: Kerry Corker and Graeme Gardiner

Accommodation Bookings: Rydges Oasis Resort with a copy to Kerry Corker please.

The organisers and venue have stipulated that the event will definitely proceed if at least four clubs from at least three states have entered by 31 March 2003. Already it seems that entries are almost certain from the Gold Coast Chess Club, Club Bullwinkle (Jacob Edwards), Canberra (Jenni Oliver) and the Koala Club (Brian Jones). If you are keen for this tournament to thrive, please start putting your team together now (and let us know!).

- Graeme Gardiner

GP Co-ordinator needed

The ACF still needs someone to run the GP race. Norm Braybrook did a sterling job co-ordinating last year's epic - can you do likewise? If you've been looking for a way to get involved in Australian chess, this could be it. Think about it!

Letters: Good sports like chess


Will the ACF invite Australian sprint champion Patrick Johnson to open the next Australian Championship and Lightning or Rapid Championship? (read the Age Sport Feb 10 Page 5 for the reason why he should)
Perhaps he could play basketballer Andrew Gaze in a celebrity challenge?

Explanation: Jonathon Edwards, British World and Olympic Triple Jump Champion, thinks about chess between jumps to calm himself.
Ron Barassi is well known for playing chess, but his chess partner while at North Melbourne was Brent Crosswell. The two cannot be more different but both love chess.
Andrew Gaze knows how to play, I rang the Melbourne Tigers basketball club ages ago and they confirmed it.
I also rang the radio station (can't remember which now!) when Eddie Maguire (pre Collingwood) , Richard Stubbs (comedian) and Brigette Duclos had a morning show. They all professed to knowing how to play.
Believe Jamie Durie (now host of a landscape gardening show on TV) was a former performer in a male revue group (Mandate?), where his favourite item was a chess piece brought back from Asia.
They are all out there, the ACF just needs to find them!

From The Age: Johnson makes the extraordinary appear natural
Date: February 10 2003

By Dave Hughes
"He was born on a speedboat bound for Cairns Base Hospital. His Aboriginal mother died in a car crash when he was 18 months old so his Irish father raised him on an 11-metre fishing boat.
He attended school at whichever North Queensland port happened to be within rowing distance, won beers for his dad playing chess against all-comers in dockside bars, speaks fluent Indonesian and Cantonese and, when offered contracts by the Canberra Raiders and North Queensland Cowboys at the age of 24, decided to borrow a pair of spikes and run in a university race to find out if he was as fast as the rugby league scouts suspected. ....."

- Peter Caissa

The Australian Junior Championship. Four players tie for first, yet two players play a match for the title. Am I missing something?
- Peter Caissa

Apparently, it's all to do with the tie-break system used: "sum of progressive scores". Had me stumped as well :) but then again, I make a habit of not understanding such matters, lest someone should ask me to undertake the onerous job of running a tourney - PaulB

I have been circulating the following document on chess coaching for a few weeks now and have been receiving feed back that is 50% positive 50% as yet unconvinced but still listening. Disappointingly, a number of chess coaches are ignoring it - perhaps they hope it will just go away. What many people may find interesting is that the majority of responses that I have received so far have told me the following:
There is a lot of hatred and politics in junior chess that will make a National Chess Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCCAS) very difficult to get off the ground.
I am sure that we all wish it was not so. People should keep in mind that capable people like Nik Stawski, Brett Tindall, Ian Murry, David Cordover, and Graeme Gardiner have all tried to make some version of a NCCAS happen, but found either time or politics got in the way. Nevertheless, I would be interested to hear what individuals in the chess community think of the following proposal.
- Matthew Sweeney

You can read details of Matthew's proposal at

Upcoming tournaments

City of Sydney Championships

The 2003 City of Sydney Championships get underway Sunday 23rd February.
Registration Closes 1:00pm 23rd Feb ($10 penalty for late entries).
Those of you who are not members of the State Association will also be able to renew your
membership on the day. I look forward to seeing you there, as a spectator or player, for this NSWCA event.
Venue : Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club
117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde (1 minute from West Ryde Station)
Nine rounds from 23rd Feb to 27th April (Sundays except Easter Sunday)
Rounds commence 2pm
Rate of play 30 moves in 90 minutes then 60 minutes to finish
Entry Fees:
OPEN: Adult $90, Under 18 $70, Under 14 $50.
U1700: Adult $70, Under 18 $50, Under 14 $40.
$10 Discount for Registration by 17th Feb
You can register at the
City of Sydney 2003 Lightning Championship same venue same time Today the 16th
Or by Ph 0403 775 476 or email to
All NSW resident players must be members of NSWCA or NSWJCL
Open (will be FIDE rated)
1st $500
Under 1700
1st $300
Rating and Junior prizes based on entries
Estimated prizes in excess of $2,000
Please make all cheques payable to NSWCA inc
Enquiries NSWCA 0403 775 476

Ballarat Begonia Open

8 to 10 March 2003
FIDE Rated with Guaranteed Prizes in excess of $3,000
A Grand Prix Category 3 Event
Amenities Centre, Old Gaol Building, School of Mines, Lydiard St South, Ballarat.
Schedule The tournament will be a 7 round Swiss starting at 1.30 pm Saturday with the final round on Monday at 2.00 pm. The rate of play will be 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increment from move 1.
Entries $60.00 adult, $50.00 concession for pensioners and unemployed & $30 for juniors under 14 years of age.
Contacts Telephone: Patrick Cook 03 5331 6658 or Bas van Riel 03 5331 6439
Postal: Box 1242, Ballarat Mail Centre Vic 3354
Web site:

Dubbo RSL Open

Date: Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th March 2003
Venue: Dubbo RSL Club, corner Brisbane and Wingewarra Streets, Dubbo
6 round Swiss
Rounds: Saturday - 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm
Sunday - 9:30am, 12:00pm and 2:30pm
Prize money: $325 first prize; Divisional prizes subject to number of entries
Rate of Play: 60 min + 10 sec
Entry fees: Adult - $40, Concession - $30, Junior - $20 ($5 discount if paid by 1-3-2003)
Contact: Alexander Aich 02 6884 4561email
Trevor Bemrose 02 6882 2725 email
Stay an extra day to see our famous Western Plains Zoo!

The Italo-Australian Club 41st Doeberl Cup

A Class 3 ACF Grand Prix Event 18-21 April 2003
Location: The Italo-Australian Club, 78 Franklin Street, Forrest, Canberra, ACT.
Total Prizes: $10,000
Time Limits: Digital clocks will be used. All divisions: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from the beginning.
Entry Fees:
Premier Division: Adult $100; Under 18s $60 (GMs & IMs free, if entry received by 11-04-2003.
Major & Minor Divisions: Adult $90; Under 18s $50
Please note that a $20 (Adult) /$10 (Under 18s) discount applies, if entry is received by 11-04-2003.
Entries to:
Paul Dunn (Treasurer, Doeberl Cup)
20 Richmond St, Macquarie, ACT 2614
Please make cheques payable to ACTCA.
Roger McCart (Convener, Doeberl Cup) Ph: 02-62516190

University Open 2003

SA: $4000 Total Prizes
Category Three Grand Prix
12th & 13th July
$35 Adult $25 Junior/Concession
Adelaide University, SA
Official site

ACF Grand Prix 2003

Full details at: Official site

WA's South West Open has joined the Grand Prix as a category 1 event (not 3 as we said last week):
A 6 Round Swiss incorporating the Western Australian Country Championship
Playing Dates: Saturday 8th March and Sunday 9th March 2003
Venue: Bunbury Catholic College Hall, Bunbury
Time Limit: 60 minutes each clock
A separate tournament for juniors will be played provided a sufficient number of juniors enter.

Taree RSL Open
Category 1
Feb 15-16
Contact Endel Lane  (02) 6559  9060

Tasmanian Open Championship - Burnie
Category 1
Mar 8-10
Contact Neville Ledger (03) 6431 1280

Ballarat Begonia Weekend Tournament
Category 3
Mar 8-10
Contact B. van Riel

Dubbo RSL Open
Category 1
Mar 15-16
Contact Alexander Aich  (02) 6884 4561

Doeberl Cup
Category 3
Apr 18-21
Contact Roger McCart
'phone  (06) 6251 6190

Chess World ANZAC Day weekender
Category 2
April 25-27
ChessWorld Tournament Centre 
Contact David Cordover (03) 957 6177 or 0411-877-833

37th. Peninsula Open
Category 1
May  3-5
Contact Mark Stokes (07) 3205 6042

Laurieton May Open
Category 1
May 3-4
Contact Endel Lane  (02) 6559  9060

NSWCA May Weekender
Category  2
May 17-18
Contact P.Cassettari

Tasmanian Chess Championship
Category  1
Jun 7-9
Contact  K.Bonham  (03) 6224 8487

NSW Open Championship
Category  3
Jun 7-9
Contact: P.Cassettari

Taree RSL June Open
Category 1
Jun 14-15
Contact Endel Lane  (02) 6559  9060

Gold Coast Open (Gold Coast CC) 
Category 3
Jun 21-22
Contact Graeme Gardiner
(07) 5530 5794

Caloundra Open	
Category 3?	
Jun 28/29
Contact Derrick Jeffries

University Open
Category  3
JUL 12-13 ph (08) 8303 3029 or ph  (08) 8332 3752

NSWCA August Weekender
Category  2
Aug 2-3
Contact P.Cassettari

Father's Day Tournament
Category 2/3?
Sep 6-7
Contact:  David Cordover (03) 9576177 or 0411-877-833

Gold Coast Classic (Gold Coast CC) 
Category 3
Sep 20-21
Contact Graeme Gardiner
(07) 5530 5794

12th. Redcliffe Challenge
Category 2
Sep 27-28
Contact Mark Stokes (07) 3205 6042

Tweed Open
Category  3
Oct 4-5
Contact Audie Pennefather

Koala Open
Category 3
Oct 5-6
Contact Brian Jones

Laurieton Open
Category 1
Nov 1-2
Contact Endel Lane  (02) 6559  9060

November weekender
Category  1
Nov 1-2 or 1-3
Contact  K.Bonham  (03) 6224 8487

Gosford Open
Category  2
Nov 8-9
Contact  Lachlan Lee

Taree RSL Spring Open
Category 1
Nov 15-16
Contact Endel Lane  (02) 6559  9060

NSWCA November Weekender
Category 2
Nov 22-23

X-Mas Swiss Tournament
Category 2-3?
December 20-21
Contact David Cordover (03) 9576177 or 0411-877-833

Total 29 NSW 14 QLD 6 VIC 4 ACT 1 TAS 3 SA 1

Best wishes till next time - Paul Broekhuyse