The newsletter of the Australian Chess Federation Inc.

an affiliate of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)

No. 391

29 November



Public liability insurance:

In 2001 the ACF introduced a Public Liability Insurance Scheme for Australian chess bodies. The scheme offers competitive rates of insurance for the ACF, ACF-affiliated State and Territory Associations and Clubs affiliated with those Associations. More details here. Clubs wishing to join should contact Ian Gammon of John Bernard & Associates Pty Ltd tel: (03) 9568 4822.


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Australian Open Championships 2006/2007

GM's Ian Rogers and Darryl Johansen(AUS) Dejan Antic (Serbia) and Mark Bluvshtein (Canada) are confirmed entries. Negotiations with another 2 GM's are continuing.

The Open has budgeted for a field of 150 players and with 21 prizes on offer you have a 1 in 7 chance (minimum) of winning a prize.

Enties are coming in steadily but please support the efforts of the organisers by entering the tournament as soon as possible. It would be fabulous to have an entry of 150+ for the Open, as well as big fields for the supporting events, so we can go back to our sponsors and say "Support Australian Chess and Australian chess players will support you"..

The highest placed woman in the Open will be the Australian Women's Champion until the next Open, subject to there being sufficient qualifying entries. There need to be at least 6 entries from 3 different States and Territories. In recognition of that, the Womens prize is now $750 and there is a second prize of $250.

Details of the events and venue and an entry form are available at the official website:

Australian Junior Championships 2007

Early entry discounts expire COB 30 November so make sure you save $15 by entering (and forwarding payment) by this date   We have 175 players entered already!  We think we also have one of the biggest fields (if not biggest ever, then biggest in recent memory) for the Girls' events.


Entries are now listed alphabetically. Players who have entered (but don't appear) have not had their payment confirmed. If any players have concerns about their entry they should contact Jenny Wilkinson


All entries for the Australian Juniors close 22 December.  Please don't leave it until the last minute as this is a firm deadline. Especially as we look like being close to capacity at the venue.


What else is new?  Well, we have Krispy Kreme on board - ready to give away a dozen doughnuts to one lucky player on each day of the Championship!  We have many more local attractions & restaurants on board as well (check out the "Fun Things to Do" page) and there will be opportunities to win entry passes, meals and merchandise throughout the event.  Netlogistics (web hosting) and Corporate Express (powering all the Digital Clocks) are also additions to our sponsor's page.


Don't forget that we debut the official Under 8 Open & Girls' titles at this event as well as hosting the first (of many) Australian Junior Problem-Solving events. 


We have two advertisements on the website specifically for inclusion in your publications - newsletters, flyers etc.  These can be found at as both pdf & picture files.


If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to drop me an e-mail at or call me on (02) 6291 7625.


Libby Smith

Tournament Director

Nominations for ACF medals

State Associations are reminded of the opportunity to nominate persons for

ACF medals as detailed in the ACF Medals Procedures by-law contained

in the ACF Constitution/Administrative Manual, which may be viewed at the

ACF web site at <> (link: ACF Medals Procedures).

The by-law includes the following guidelines for medals to be presented in

January 2007.

Steiner Medal for Australian 'Player of the Year 2006'

This is awarded to the "Player of the Year". It is to be the player who has

made the greatest impact, not necessarily the highest-rated - it is for the most

notable achievement of the year and may be awarded to the same person more than


Koshnitsky Medal

This is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess

administration at a national or a state level. The Koshnitsky medal is not awarded more

than once to the same person. (Previous winners listed at

Purdy Medal

This is awarded for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess as a

journalist at a national or state level.(Previous winners listed at

Nominations need not be from among a State's own members.

A separate document containing the following should be provided in respect

of each nominee:

- name (correctly spelt);

- contact details (phone, email, postal address);

- description or list of relevant achievements;

- anything else relevant to the nomination.

Nominations may be forwarded as follows:

- email:

- post: 20 Sycamore Grove, East St Kilda 3183

- fax: (03) 9525 9632

A person submitting a nomination should retain at least one complete copy

and must phone (03) 9525 9631 or 0409 525 963 to confirm that it has been

received if delivery has not been acknowledged 24 hours after expected delivery time.


- Koshnitsky & Purdy medals: Tuesday 19 December 2006

Steiner medal: Tuesday 2 January 2007

NSWCA Annual General Meeting

The following were elected to the NSWCA Council at the Annual General Meeting held last Sunday, 26 November.

President: Bill Gletsos

Vice-President: Jason Hu

Secretary: Tom Accola

Treasurer: Norm Greenwood

Registrar: Peter Cassettarri

Tournaments Officer: Brett Tindall

Communications Officer: Laura Moylan

Webmaster: Patrick Keuning

Country Rep: Keith Farrell

Club Liason: Shane Burgess

Rating Officer: Steve Carratt

Publicity Officer: Gareth Charles

Junior Rep: Richard Gastineau-Hills

Member without Portfolio: vacant


Best in the West 2006

This event was played over 5 rounds last weekend, 25 and 26 November. There were 22 entries. It was won by Jesse Sales on 4.5/5. Second was Domegoi Dragicevic on 4 and equal 3 to 6 was tied by E. Teichmann, Z. Lin, C. Wallis and S Stojic on 3.5.

The Rest

Only three events remain to conclude the years calendar. They are:

Tuggeranong Vikings ACT Canberra 02/12/06 03/12/06 Cat.1

Xmas Open WA Perth 02/12/06 03/12/06 Cat.1

Christmas Swiss Weekender VIC Melbourne 16/12/06 17/12/06 Cat.1

More information about them can be found on the Grand Prix web page .

2006 Vikings Weekender (Cat 1)

The 2006 Vikings Weekender, sponsored by Tuggeranong Vikings, is on 2 to 3 December at Vikings Erindale, Wanniassa, ACT. A flyer is available at

Please direct any questions to the listed contact, Michael Whitely.

Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix 2007

Entry forms for the 2007 Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix are now available at .

Please enter by the end of November so that programs can be printed before Xmas.

Brian Jones

Australian Chess Enterprises

[Organisers are strongly urged to enter their events in the 2007 Myer Tan GP so as to build on the excellent start made under Brian Jones' Direction this year. DJ]

Other Coming events

Dandenong International Chess Festival – 15 to 23 December 2006

Noble Park Chess Club is proud to present Dandenong International Chess Festival

Sponsored by Hallsteen Pty Ltd, Dandenong Club, Dandenong Council.

Tournament 1: Australian Masters- 12 player round robin IM norm event.

Tournaments 2 & 3: Noble Park Chess Club FIDE Rated Tournament- 2 divisions of 12 players in each division with a chance for unrated players to gain FIDE rating. Winners of both tournaments will be in the running to play in Australian Masters 2007 but only the player who has higher FIDE rating will be eligible to play.

Where: Bosnia & Herzegovina Islamic Society Noble Park, 18 Leonard Avenue, Noble Park 3174

Time Control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds/move

Entry fees

Tournament 1: GMs, IMs, foreign-free; FMs- $75; Non-titled players-$120; $20 discount for juniors

Tournament 2& 3: Titled players-free; FIDE rated players- $80; Unrated players- $120; $20 discount for juniors


Tournament 1: 1st $1000; 2nd $600; 3rd $400

Tournaments 2 & 3: 1st $350; 2nd $250; 3rd $100

(minimum prize fund guaranteed)

Close of entries

Players who wish to play have to enter by Friday, 1st December 2006. The final field of the tournament will be known on Monday, 4th December 2006.

If you wish to enter, you can contact the following people

Carl Gorka-9528 6452, 0406 021 559,

Domagoj Dragicevic- 0421 896 365,

Or you can email

Gold Coast Tin Cup 2007 – 17 and 18 February 2007

NERANG COMMUNITY CHURCH is proud to sponsor THE GOLD COAST TIN CUP 2007 for players rated under 1750. Saturday & Sunday 17 & 18 February 2007 at Somerset College Sports Pavilion. Prizes: 1st $500 + Perpetual Trophy, 2nd $200, 3rd $100 and 5 ratings groups: 1st $100, 2nd $60. Organiser: Peter Bender, Outreach Chess, 6 Georgina St, Oxenford. Ph -07 5556 0434


Venue: Sofitel Fiji Resort & SPA, Grand Ballroom, Denarau, Fiji Islands

Date: 5th May - 12th May 2007

Format: Open Tournament 9 round Swiss; Women’s Tournament 9 round Swiss or round robin (depending on the no. of entries)

For this and other events in the Oceania Zone see the Oceania Chess Calendar at

Australian Womens Master Title

Some little time ago I had a note from Irene Holmes, now a player in Victoria who has recently returned to chess. She is probably better known as Irene Hawkesworth who, some years ago, was, as well as a player, the Registrar for the Australian Womens Master Title. This title was recorded by the Australian Womens Chess League at the same time as John Hanks was recorder for the Australian Master title, established by the ACF.

Irene was wondering if there is any record of the names of those who were awarded the Australian Womens Master title. The names of those awarded the Master or Womens Master titles are not on the ACF website and I am not aware of a complete list of those who gained the womens title.

I should like those names to be on the website records and shall be glad if anyone with reliable information could contact me.

Christmas at Rooty Hill

The Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club in New South Wales maintains a lively website and has reminded me that Christmas is only a few weeks away with the following:

Christmas time’s a-coming but there are few Christmas chess stories

available on the Internet, so at Rooty Hill we write our own.

This year’s story is Die Götterdämmerung (or, How the Knight Learned to

Jump) and can be found at . Until

now, chess historians have known nothing about Loki’s contribution to the

way the pieces move, or how Thor introduced timed games.

Last year’s story, The Santa Gambit, takes place on Christmas Eve at the

North Pole. Santa Claus was worried because the Wicked Witch of the West

had cast a spell over the reindeer and they could no longer fly. The

solution? A chess match with Christmas as the prize. (This chess match

also defined the way future generations would use the Internet.)

In 2004 we did A Christmas Fable about a dyslexic chess player who had

difficulty reading chess books and so, like Dr Faustus before him, he made a

pact with the Devil. Unfortunately, even then his dyslexia caused him to

fail. It’s at

And now I'll say goodbye until next time.

Denis Jessop

Acting Editor and ACF President


Post: 33 Cargelligo Street, Duffy, ACT 2611

Phone: 02 6288 1935

0418 278 324

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