The newsletter of the Australian Chess Federation Inc.

an affiliate of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)

No. 393

13 December 2006



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Australian Open Championships 2006/2007

There are now only 15 days to the Australian Open Championships in Canberra.

Enties are coming in steadily but many more are needed. 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.

Shaun Press advises that:

The following 4 GM's are confirmed entries

GM Mark Bluvshtein (Can) 2541

GM Ian Rogers (Aus) 2526

GM Darryl Johansen (Aus) 2458

GM Dejan Antic (SCG) 2437

We are still negotiating with a couple of other GM's. With 4 GM's this provides the opportunity to achieve GM and IM norms.

The organisers are also offering free entry into the Open for all members of the 2006 Australian Olympiad Teams (Mens and Womens), as well as $200 each to cover travelling expenses to and from the tournament. (contact for further information) .

During the tournament we will be organising a number of social events at the Country Comfort Hotel including sponsors functions, wine tasting and possibly a trivia evening.

So if you haven't entered yet, just download an entry form from and post it to: Australian Open Chess Championship c/o PO Box 12, Gungahlin, ACT 2912.

Full details of the events and venue are available at the official website:

Australian Schools Teams Championships 2006

The Australian Schools Teams Championship took place on Monday and Tuesday 11 and 12 December 2006 at the Hotel Heritage, 203 Goyder Street, Narrabundah, ACT.

The event was a great success with many happy contestants and some equally happy organisers led by Libby Smith who did a magnificent job as Chief organiser.

The stand-out result was the win by Essex Heights (Victoria) in the Open primary divisionwith a clean score of 20/20 which we believe has never been done before.

The complete final standings are

Open Secondary

Balwyn 15.5

Knox 11.5

St Peter's 11

Somerset 10

Radford 8

Applecross 4

Open Primary

Essex Heights 20

Somerset 13.5

Summer Hill 11.5

Ainslie 6.5

St Peters 6

Midland 2.5

Girls Secondary

Nth Sydney Girls 19.5

Alfred Deakin 12.5

Merrimac 10

Wilderness 6

Girls Primary

Somerville 14

Kaleen 13.5

Essex Heights 11.5

Curtin 8.5

Summer Hill 8.5

Wilderness 4

Congratulations to the prize winners and to all others who took part. I hope to have a bit more on the actual play next week.

Australian Junior Championships 2007

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. There are already about 190 entries, a clear record.

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

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

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

ACF Ratings

ACF Ratings Officer, Bill Gletsos, has told me that some minor adjustments have been made to the december list as a result of the inclusion of an additional event. The revised list and the SP files are expected to appear on the ACF website in the next day or so.


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

Here is some more information about it:

Where: Melbourne Chess CLub: 66 Leicester Street, Fitzroy 3065 (just off Brunswick Street, catch 112 West Preston Tram from Collins Street). Melways Reference: Map 2C, A5


Saturday 16th December

Entries Close: 10am

Round 1: 11am

Round 2: 3pm

Round 3: 7pm

Sunday 17th December

Round 4: 11am

Round 5: 3pm

Prize Giving: 6:30pm

Time Control: 60+30 seconds a move added f4rom move 1. Player must record throughout the game.

Entry Fees:

Working: $55

Non Working: $45

Under 18: $25

-$10 for MCC Members (except U/18)

Phone (Clubrooms): (03) 9416 3149

Or: Malcolm Pyke: 9789 9727 a/h or 0408 150 196 b/h

Vikings Weekender 2006

Here is a short description of that event, courtesy of Arbiter, Shaun Press:

For a tournament no one seems to have heard about, an entry of 35 players isn't bad. Even with the inexpensive entry fee of $50 ($35 concession $20 junior), the advertised prize pool of $1200 was met (with a little extra in the kitty).

Of course having a first prize of $500 provided by the Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby Union Club does help.

The top 5 seeds were rated above 2000 with the top seed rated 2322. Ian Thompson is a short term visitor from England with quite a high elo (and a BCF grade of 210). He lived up to his seeding, although he had to work very hard, with each of his games being the last to finish in the first 3 rounds.

Junta Ikeda has also continued his good form, after recently finishing equal first in the Japan Open. His third round crush of current ACT Champion Milan Grcic was published last week.

Ian Thompson continued his good form on day 2 to finish outright first on 5.5/6. Probably the key game for him was in round 4 against eventual second place getter Junta Ikeda. Having won that he still had some work to do against Ian Rout, defeating him with some clever endgame tactics, before securing outright first with a quick final round draw with Mos Ali.

Junta Ikeda wrapped up second place with a exciting last round win over Michael Wei, with both players down to 10 seconds a move for the final, complicated phase of the game.

Finishing equal third were Ian Rout, Mos Ali, Jason Hu, and a very relieved Johny Bolens.

Ali finished first in the under 1800 section, while Emma Guo was the top scorer of the Under 1600 players. There was a five way tie for the Under 1400 prize between Alana Chibnall, Aiden Lloyd, James Li, Megan Setiabudi, and Carl Nater. Sherab Guo-Yuthok won the junior prize and encouragment prizes went to Yijun Zhang, Lucinda Flood, and Corey Lee.

Thanks for a succesful tournament must go to John Peterson, Michael Whitely, and Jim Flood, as well as the tournament sponsors, Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby Union Club.

Shaun Press

Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix 2007

I shall try to include a full list of registered events in next weeks Newsletter.

Meanwhile, here are details of a Tasmanian GP event ealry in the New Year.

Oz Chess Grand Prix 2007 (Category 1 ACF Grand Prix Event)

Hosted by Launceston Chess Club

Launceston 26th-28th January 2007

Adult Education Centre 8 High Street Launceston

6 Rounds Swiss 90 minutes per player per game

Lightning $10 pay and enter on night - all monies for prize pool.

Registration: Friday 26th Jan 2007 - 10am


Friday 26th Jan Rd 1 10:30-1:30, Rd 2 2:30-5:30. Social sizzle 5:30-7:00 ($5), Lightning 7-9pm

Saturday 27th Jan Rd 3 10:00-1, Rd 4 2-5, Social sizzle 6-6:30($5), Rd 5 6:30-9:30

Sunday 28th Jan Rd 6 10-1

Presentation follows last round

Entry fees: Standard $60 Conc $55 Junior U18: $35 Junior U12: $25

Entries close Wednesday 24th Jan. Late entries subject to space and $5 surcharge. Send to Leo Minol 11 Docking Court Newstead 7250, ph 6344 7472 email:

Cheques payable to Launceston Chess Club.

Arbiters: Tony Dowden, Paul Berzins, Dallas Fry

Prizes: All prizes subject to total entry numbers

1st 40%, 2nd 20%, 3rd, U1700, U1500 and JU18 10%. Trophy for female runner-up U18, trophy for JU12.

The organisers reserve the right to make any modification necessary.

Information: Ph 6344 8325

Other Events

Croydon Chess Club, Melbourne is a relatively new club with a friendly atmosphere, so I am told. Steve Frost has sent me this report on a couple of their recent activities.

Croydon Chess -- Club Championships


In a tightly contested round-robin tournament, Peter Braham and Douglas Stones drew their individual round 7 game to both finish on 5.5 pts.  Because their individual game was drawn, the committee has awarded the title of Club Champion jointly to both players.  There was a similar tussle for third place, jointly awarded to Tony Waller and Stephen Frost who finished on 4.5 pts and who also tied their individual game.



Braham, Peter












Stones, Douglas












Frost, Stephen












Waller, Tony












Kloprogge Ion












Smith, Mike












Jaske, Jan












Gabrys, Marek











Croydon Chess – The Mike Smith "beautiful game" award


At the end of every year,  Mike Smith (Croydon Chess' Vice-President and Webmaster) selects one game from the hundreds played for his “Beautiful Game Award”.

This year the award goes to Douglas Stones for this lovely attack:

White: Tony Waller

Black: Douglas Stones

Uncommon Opening

1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.d3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.O-O Bf5 6.Nbd2 O-O 7.c4 c6 8.b3 e4 9.dxe4 dxe4 10.Nh4 Be5 11.Rb1 Qd7 12.Nxf5 Qxf5 13.Qc2 Nbd7 14.Bxe4 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Qh5 16.Nf3 Rfe8 17.Qc2 Nf6 18.Bb2 Ng4 19.Rbd1 Re6 20.Kg2 Rh6 21.Rh1 Qh3+ 22.Kg1   (see diagram )

22...Bxg3! 23.Bd4 Bf4 24.Qf5 Rg6! 25.Qxf4 Ne3+!   0-1

A Note about coaching from Leonid Sandler

Hello all,

I would like to offer chess coaching for the duration of Australian Junior Championship in Canberra 2007.Interested parties can contact me ASAP as places are limited.Please call on 0412201891 or e-mail or

Leonid Sandler

International master

Member of FIDE Trainers Committee

Chess Australia Pty.Ltd Director

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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