The newsletter of the Australian Chess Federation Inc.

an affiliate of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)

No. 392

6 December 2006



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

There are now only 19 shopping days to Christmas and only 22 days to the Australian Open Championships in Canberra.

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 Schools Teams Championships 2006

The Australian Schools Teams Championship will take place next Monday and Tuesday 11 and 12 December 2006 at the Hotel Heritage, 203 Goyder Street, Narrabundah, ACT. Details are on the official website at

Australian Junior Championships 2007

early entries for the Australian Junior Championships have now closed but you can still enter.The entry of 175 players shortly before the close of early entries is alrady an Australian Juniors record.

All entries 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 Organiser

Australian Championships and Junior events 2008

Bids for these events closed last Friday, 17 November 2006. There is so far only one bid, namely, for the Australian Junior Championships 2008 from NSW. That means there are no bids for either the Australian Championship 2007/2008 and Major or the Australian Schools Teams Championships finals 2007.

Any expressions of interest in either of these would be very welcome. You could contact me in the first instance.

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 once.

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

Commonwealth Chess Championships

The Commonwealth Chess Championship at Mumbai, India was won by GM Nigel Short on 9/10. Leading scores were :

1. GM Short Nigel D 2677 9

2. GM Sandipan Chanda 2550 8

3. IM Venkatesh M R 2466 8

4. GM Neelotpal Das 2490 7½

5. GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 2501 7½

6. GM Kunte Abhijit 2524 7½

Sole Australian representative, FM Lee Jones finished on 4. There were 170 entries.

FIDE Ratings


Tournament reports for the January 2007 list have been sent to FIDE and are available for checking at . The actual calculations will not be done by FIDE until later in the month. Thanks to all organisers, arbiters and ratings officers for their help in producing the reports.


Also on my site are tournaments so far registered for FIDE's April 2007 list (those with a finishing date between December 1 and February 28). FIDE has recently announced that it will be cracking down on late submissions from next year and will strictly enforce the 30-day limit from a tournament's official finishing date. I would therefore greatly appreciate it if organisers could directly send me the Swiss Perfect files as soon as tournaments finish. From a FIDE ratings point of view, the SP files do not require any extra preparation compared to submission for the ACF rating system or the Grand Prix, so long as the arbiter has confirmed the results as correct.

Greg Canfell

FIDE Ratings Officer

Chess Victoria Annual General Meeting

The following were elected at the AGM of chess Victoria held recently:

President: Gerrit Hartland, unopposed

Vice-President: Chris Potter, unopposed

Treasurer: vacant ( Trevor Stanning fulfilling duties until someone is appointed ). Trevor Stanning had told Geoff Keenan, the general meetings chairman, that he was withdrawing his nomination in the event of the motion 4.5, regarding the rent share arrangement, being passed.

Trevor said that it was an irreconcilable conflict for him to be treasurer of both Box Hill and CV in light of him negotiating with himself, in effect, about what should be the exact sum for the years rental. As such he chose to stand aside from this position. No response was received after a request for nominations from the floor and the position was declared vacant, and is to be filled by the CV executive by appointment.

Two other Members of the Executive Committee ( Responsibilities determined by the Executive Committee ):

Elliott Renzies and Garry Lycett elected unopposed

General meetings Chairman : Geoff Keenan, unopposed

Auditor: Stephen Frost, unopposed

The retiring President, Gary Wastell, did not seek re-election in light of his impending election as ACF president. The rent share arrangement referred to above is an arrangement adopted by the AGM for CV to share premises with Box Hill Chess Club along the lines of a similar arrangement that existed with the Melbourne Chess Club some years ago.

CAQ Annual General Meeting

The following were elected at the recent AGM of the Chess Association of Queensland:

President:Bill Powell

Vice President: John Surridge

Secretary: Brian Thomas

Treasurer: Ian Murray

Membership Secretary: Gail Young

Ratings Officer: Patrick Byrom

Development Officer: Dion Sampson

Publicity Officer: Bill Powell

Regional Liaison Officer: Beng Goh

Oceania Zonal Championships

There may have been some concern following the coup in Fiji whether the Oceania Zonal would stilll be held there. Oceania Zone President, Gary Bekker, has issued the following statement:

Dear Players,

I have no plans to reschedule or relocate the 2007 Oceania Zonal Chess Championships. The Fiji Chess Federation have done a sterling job, under the leadership of Dr Virgilio De Asa, in arranging an excellent venue and good playing conditions for the event.

The tournament is five months away, so the political tension should have eased by then. It is also located on the opposite "tourism" end of the island near Nadi, geographically removed from the capital of Suva. I am confident the tournament will proceed as scheduled.

I would recommend that players should take full advantage of the cheaper airfares and accommodation packages currently being offered, in the wake of the coup, to get the best travel deals possible.

I look forward to an enjoyable Oceania Zonal Championship event and encourage players to attend. Bids to stage the 2009 Zonal are welcome.

Warm regards,

Gary Bekker

FIDE Oceania Zone President


Just 1 event remains in the Myer Tan Grand Prix for 2006. Tit is:

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

More information about it and the GP scores can be found on the Grand Prix web page .

Vikings Weekender 2006

This event was held last weekend and was won by strong visiting English player FM Ian D Thompson, FIDE 2322, on 5.5/6 ahead of Junta Ikeda, 5, and Ian Rout, Johnny Bolens, Mosaddeque Ali and Jason Hu equal on4.5. There were 35 entries in a filed dominated in numbers by ACT Juniors.

Here are two games from the event. In the first Junta Ikeda beats current ACT Champion Milan Grcic while in the second experienced Canberra player Ian rout accounts for Johnny Bolens.

Ikeda,J - Grcic,M [D15]

Vikings Weekender (3), 02.12.2006

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Bg4 6.Qb3 Ra7 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Be2 e6 9.Qd1 Be7 10.Bd2 0-0 11.0-0 Qc7 12.b4 e5 13.h3 Bh5 14.a4 e4 15.Ne1 Bxe2 16.Qxe2 b5 17.Nc2 Rfa8 18.f3 Nh5 19.fxe4 Ng3 20.Qf3 Nxf1 21.Rxf1 Rf8 22.exd5 cxd5 23.axb5 Qd8 24.b6 Ra8 25.Nxd5 Nf6 26.Nc7 Rc8 27.Nxa6 Ra8 28.b5 Nd7 29.b7 Ra7 30.c6 Rxa6 31.bxa6 Qb6 32.c7 Qxc7 33.a7 Qxc2 34.a8Q 1-0

Bolens,J - Rout,I [C10]

Vikings Weekender, 03.12.2006

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Qd5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Bd3 c5 10.c4 Qh5 11.c3 Nc6 12.0-0 b6 13.Rb1 Rd8 14.Re1 Bb7 15.Bg5 Na5 16.d5 exd5 17.Re5 Ng4 18.Rf5 g6 19.Rf4 dxc4 20.h3 Bxf3 21.Qxf3 Qxg5 22.Rxg4 Qe5 23.Bxc4 Nxc4 24.Rxc4 Re8 25.Rf4 f5 26.Rd1 Rad8 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.g3 Qd5 29.Qe3 Qc6 30.Rh4 Rd1+ 0-1

News about the 2007 Grand Prix has been held over to the next issue.

FIDE Trainers

News has come through that IM Leonid Sandler has been appointed a member of the FIDE Trainers Committee. He was appointed a FIDE Trainer last year. Leonid now conducts a chess coaching business, Chess Australia Pty Ltd, in Melbourne;

And now I'll say goodbye until next time.

Denis Jessop

Acting Editor and ACF President


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Phone: 02 6288 1935

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