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20 December 2006



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Australian Open Championships 2006/2007

The Australian Open Championships begin in Canberra on 28 December 2006 but it is still not too late to enter.

Entries 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.

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) .

Strangely, it seems that some people are confused abut the nature of this event. Shaun Press says:

I've had a couple of phone calls/queries concerning the Major and Minor and I thought it might be time to clear something up.

The Australian Open is open to ALL players regardless of rating. This means that if you wish to spend 13 days in Canberra you can play in the Open. A number of people seem to be confusing the Open with the Championship, which has restricted entry conditions, and are wondering why the Major is only 6 rounds, rather than 11.

The Major (and Minor) are being held as a courtesy to players who wish to support the Open but cannot spare the full 13 days to play the Open. In fact, if you are keen, you can play both the Major (if your rating is below 2000) and the Open, as the Major rounds are in the morning and the Open rounds are in the afternoon.

So just to repeat. This event is the Australian OPEN and not the Australian Championship.”

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 Junior Championships 2007

Entries close 22 December! 


Just a reminder to all players that entries to the Australian Junior Chess Championship close on 22 December.  Your entry must be fully paid by that date.  We already have more than 190 entries making fitting everyone into the playing hall a "special" Christmas puzzle challenge!  With running so close to the maximum capacity it's important that no parent/player/coach have an expectation that we will accept late entries - 22/12 is our deadline.


It will also be helpful if you can spread the word that extremely limited (ie almost zero) spectator capacity will exist in the playing hall.  We don't necessarily think that's a bad thing (from a player's perspective!)


Registration (on site) will occur from 10am to 12 noon on 14 January.  That's when we will confirm arrival, distribute t-shirts, water bottles and "goodie bags."  Please encourage people to register closer to 10am than 12!  Those of you travelling as a group can register as a group (ie one person can collect the lot).  Please make sure we have a list of names for your group and we will box everything up together ready for you to collect.




If you have entered (and your payment has been received) you should find your name here


As well as the main, longer event, there are Lightning, Rapid & Problem-Solving events for a single or half-day.  It is OK to enter these events even if you are not playing in the main tournament.  Entry for those events closes at 1.30pm on the day prior to each tournament.

Rapid Play Championship               10am 17 January 2007 (entries close 1.30pm 16 January)

Problem Solving Championship    10am 23 January 2007 (entries close 1.30pm 22 January)

Lightning Championship                  2pm 23 January 2007 (entries close 1.30pm 22 January)

If you have any questions please contact Libby or 6291 7625.

Libby Smith

Tournament Director


by Charles Zworestine

It had to be considered a success in just about every way! The ninth annual Australian Schools Teams Championships featured a record score, a record attendance of nearly 230 (boosted by several adults: parents, teachers and coaches) and a superb tournament booklet that set new standards for future events. From the first game (that finished in five moves) to the last (where Brendan Baker’s fighting spirit got him a draw from a lost position), the chess was fun, interesting and enjoyed by all. Another happy dispute-free event even featured the usual soft toys on the girls’ boards: Amy Evans’ duck and the North Sydney Girls team mascot (“Hippo”) stood out. Yes, it was a great event, and almost everyone went home happy...

In Canberra on the second Monday and Tuesday in December 2006, Libby Smith and the ACTJCL put on a fantastic event, one of the best National Schools Finals held so far. The venue at the Heritage Hotel, the same one to be used for the Australian Juniors in January, was a good one – even if minor difficulties with the air-conditioning meant everyone appreciated the cool change on the Tuesday! Libby and her team were sensational, and indeed (as stated above) produced the best tournament booklet yet seen at these events. While not quite matching last year’s dinner from heaven in Sydney, a free Monday night dinner and free Krispy Kreme donuts still kept everyone happy. So we could all concentrate on the chess, played at the Fischer time controls of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Secondary) and 40 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Primary); let’s see how they went…

Primary Girls Division: A Thriller!

This event was actually the most exciting of the four events held, coming down as it did to the very last game to determine the winners… Despite early concern at having to explain how to record the moves to a couple of the girls, they soon settled in. Nothing was clear after Round 1, where Kaleen (ACT) drew with Somerville (QLD) 2-2 while Essex Heights (VIC) beat Summer Hill (NSW) 3-1 and Curtin (ACT) beat Wilderness (SA) 3-1. But Round 2 told us more, as a 4-0 win by Kaleen over Wilderness left them a point in front of Somerville, who beat Essex Heights 3-1. Curtin’s chances were severely dented when they lost 2.5-1.5 to Summer Hill; the second ACT school (Kaleen), led by their experienced Board 1 Emma Guo, appeared to be the best chance for the ACT to win this event for the fourth year in a row…

Round 3 seemed to confirm this, as another 4-0 win by Kaleen (this time over Summer Hill) had them going into the second day 2 points clear of Somerville, 3-1 winners over Wilderness; Curtin were out of the picture after losing 2.5-1.5 again, this time to Essex Heights. But then just when Kaleen may have been feeling safe, their 2-2 draw in Round 4 with Essex Heights enabled Somerville to catch up with a 4-0 win over Curtin; Summer Hill beat Wilderness 3-1… In the last round Essex Heights (3-1 winners over Wilderness) watched on as the drama unfolded, made even spicier by the fact that it was the two ACT schools playing in the last round… Somerville led 2-1, but lost the last game for a 2-2 result with Summer Hill; so Kaleen needed 2.5 or better against Curtin to win. At 1-1 the Kaleen Board 4, despite being a rook up, did not know how to win and agreed a draw – so it all came down to the last game. Kaleen needed to win on Board 3; being attacked and in trouble, they suddenly won their opponent’s queen to give Kaleen hope; but then they lost their queen to a knight fork, and were mated soon after (see game below). Somerville by half a point after a most exciting finish; well done girls!

Lee, Joanne - Zeng, Yi-Ying, Girls Primary Round 5, Board 3, 12/12/2006

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 Bf5 6.Bb5 Qb6 7.a4 a6 8.c4 axb5 9.cxb5 Nb4 10.0–0 Nd3 11.Qc2 Nb4 12.Qxf5 e6 13.Qb1 Be7 14.Re1 0–0 15.e4 cxd4 16.e5 Ng4 17.Bg5 Bc5 18.Re2 d3 19.Re3 Nxe3 20.Bxe3 Bxe3 21.fxe3 Qxe3+ 22.Kf1 Qe2+ 23.Kg1 Nc2 24.Ra2 Ne3 25.Nh4 g5 26.b3 gxh4 27.Nf3 Qxa2 28.Qxa2 b6 29.a5 Rxa5 30.Qd2 Nf5 31.Qxd3 Ra1+ 32.Kf2 Ra2+ 33.Kf1 Rc8 34.Qd1 Ne3+ 35.Kg1 Nxd1 36.Kf1 Ne3+ 37.Kg1 Rc1+ 38.Ne1 Rxe1# 0–1

Primary Open Division: Picture Perfect!

The question at the start of this event seemed to be not who, but by how much? The Victorian school, Essex Heights, were overwhelming favourites to win the event, and began with a 4-0 victory over St. Peter’s (SA) as if to emphasize this. They had a sizeable 1.5 point lead already, after Somerset (QLD) had beaten Summer Hill (NSW) 2.5-1.5 and Ainslie (ACT) had drawn with Midland (WA) 2-2. But they knew the next match could be a danger, as Kelvin Finke (Somerset) had won a critical game against James Morris (Essex Heights) in the corresponding top board game last year. No such worries here, as James took care of Kelvin (see game below) and Essex Heights again won 4-0 to all but put Somerset out of the picture; St. Peter’s 3.5-0.5 win over Midland and Summer Hill’s 2.5-1.5 victory against Ainslie seemed less relevant…

Finke, Kelvin - Morris, James, Open Primary Round 2, Board 1 11/12/2006

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e3 e5 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.0–0 d6 8.f4 0–0 9.d3 f5 10.a3 Be6 11.Qc2 Rc8 12.b3 d5 13.Bb2 d4 14.exd4 cxd4 15.Na4 Na5 16.b4 Nxc4 17.Nc5 Ne3 18.Qa4 Bd5 19.Bxd5+ Qxd5 20.Rf2 b6 21.Nd7 Rc2 0–1

When Essex Heights reached 12/12 after Day 1 with a 4-0 win over Midland, we were asking if they could achieve the impossible: no school had ever previously scored 20/20... Summer Hill (3.5-0.5 winners over St. Peter’s) felt they were still in contention, while Somerset recovered to beat Ainslie 3-1. But it was all wrapped up after Round 4 when Essex Heights again crushed Summer Hill 4-0; Somerset aimed for second with their 4-0 win over Midland, while Ainslie drew 2-2 with St. Peter’s. Playing for the record, Essex Heights duly scored their amazing 20/20 with another 4-0 win (over Ainslie), despite a near hiccough from their Board 3 Nicholas Liu. Somerset and Summer Hill also both won their last round games 4-0 (against St. Peter’s and Midland respectively); this left Somerset second on 13.5, with Summer Hill third on 11.5.

Secondary Girls Division: Norths’ Double!

The NSW school had won this event the last three years; it was Abbotsleigh in 2003 and 2004, and North Sydney Girls in 2005. So Norths were shooting for a double, and four years in a row for NSW… Sadly, a late withdrawal from PLC (the Victorian school) meant the second ACT school missed out, and we had only four teams and a double round robin. The standard was quite high on the top two boards, but a little bit more of a concern on Boards 3 and 4 where one first round game ended in five moves! Still, North Sydney were always going to be clear favourite, and duly did not disappoint with a convincing victory by a record seven point margin…

Indeed the main interest here came from Kayleigh Smith’s fantastic performance on Board 1, interest spiced up a bit by the fact that she is the main organiser’s daughter! Her final score of 5/6 (the highest on Board 1) featured two draws against North Sydney’s Heather Huddleston, in both of which she had Heather in grave trouble and literally within seconds of losing (the first of these games is given below); and two upset wins over Alex Jule, one sadly by mobile phone forfeit. Unfortunately for her school (Alfred Deakin), none of this helped to get them anywhere near North Sydney, who won their individual matches 3.5-0.5 and 3-1. Winning both matches against Merrimac (QLD) 3-1 and beating Wilderness (SA) 3-1 and 4-0 helped North Sydney to their final score of 19.5/24 and their record winning margin. Alfred Deakin (12.5) got second after beating Merrimac 3-1 both times and scoring 3-1 and 2-2 against Wilderness; while Merrimac’s two 3-1 wins over Wilderness got them third on 10 points.

Smith, Kayleigh - Huddleston, Heather, Girls Secondary Round 1, Board 1 11/12/2006

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bb5 Bg4 7.Bxc6+ Qxc6 8.Nbd2 e6 9.0–0 Be7 10.Ne5 Bxd1 11.Nxc6 Be2 12.Re1 bxc6 13.Rxe2 cxd4 14.cxd4 0–0 15.Nb3 Rfd8 16.Be3 Nd5 17.Rc1 Rac8 18.Na5 Nxe3 19.fxe3 c5 20.Rec2 Rd5 21.Nb3 g6 22.Nxc5 e5 23.Nb3 Rcd8 24.dxe5 Rxe5 25.Re1 Bh4 26.g3 Bg5 27.Rc3 Rde8 28.Kf2 Rf5+ 29.Kg2 Rfe5 30.Kf3 Rf5+ 31.Ke2 Rfe5 32.Kd2 Bf6 33.Nd4 Re4 34.Rd3 Bd8 35.a3 Ba5+ 36.b4 Bd8 37.Nb5 R4e7 38.e4 Re6 39.Rd4 Bg5+ 40.Kd3 R6e7 41.Rd5 Bf6 42.Nd4 Rc8 43.b5 Bg7 44.Nc6 Rb7 45.e5 a6 46.a4 axb5 47.Rxb5 Rd7+ 48.Nd4 Rcd8 49.Rb4 Rd5 50.Kc3 Bxe5 51.Re4 Kg7 ½–½

Secondary Open Division: At Last!

What? At last – for whom? After all, last year broke the seven year NSW/QLD hegemony when a school from another state finally won this event: St. Peter’s (SA). They were again favourites, but sure to be challenged by much tough opposition. So what happened “at last”?

There were no clues in Round 1, as the NSW school Knox again looked good with a 3.5-0.5 win over Radford (ACT), as did the Queensland school Somerset in their 2.5-1.5 win over Applecross (WA). St. Peter’s gave the impression they wanted back-to-back wins with a 2.5-1.5 win against Balwyn (VIC); but in a sign of things to come, their top board James Obst (The Obstacle) had to work particularly hard to beat Chris Wallis… Balwyn indicated just how tough they would be when they crushed Knox 3.5-0.5 in Round 2, Chris Wallis playing a nice game to beat James Cronan (see game below); but since St. Peter’s did the same to Applecross they were still in the lead, while Radford severely dented Somerset’s chances with a 2.5-1.5 win. Then suddenly Radford proved more than nuisance value when they drew with St. Peter’s 2-2; they could have won the match if Kishore Sreetharan had held a draw in a remarkably tough locked position against The Obstacle… This enabled Balwyn to go into Day 2 a point ahead after they beat Applecross 4-0, while Somerset’s 2.5-1.5 win over Knox all but killed the latter’s chances of winning the event; it could have been even better if Brendan Baker had seen the forced mate in his double rook ending against Michael Jenkins (he didn’t, and he only drew)…

Cronan, James - Wallis, Chris, Open Secondary Round 2, Board 1 11/12/2006

1.Nf3 d5 2.d3 Nf6 3.g3 Bg4 4.Bg2 Nbd7 5.Bf4 Bxf3 6.exf3 e5 7.Qe2 Bd6 8.d4 0–0 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.0–0 Re8 11.Qb5 Rb8 12.Nd2 c6 13.Qb3 Nfd7 14.c3 b5 15.Qc2 b4 16.c4 Nxc4 17.Nxc4 Bxf4 18.gxf4 dxc4 19.Qxc4 Qf6 20.Rac1 Qxb2 21.Rc2 Qa3 22.Bh3 Nf6 23.Qxc6 Rb6 24.Qc7 Qxf3 25.Bg2 Qg4 26.Qxa7 Rbe6 27.Rc4 Re1 28.Qd4 Rxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Qe2+ 30.Kg1 Qxa2 31.Rxb4 Re1+ 32.Bf1 Qe2 33.Rb8+ Ne8 34.Rxe8+ Qxe8 35.Kg2 Qc6+ 36.f3 Qc2+ 37.Kg3 Qc7 38.Qd5 g6 39.Kf2 Re8 40.Bb5 Rd8 41.Qg5 Qb6+ 42.Kg2 Rd2+ 43.Kh3 Qf2 44.Qg3 Qc5 0–1

After Round 4, it really did look like a Victorian school would win this event at last – Balwyn’s 4-0 win over Radford (inspired by Sam Dalton stealing a win in an ending a piece down against David Jaksa) gave them a huge 3 point lead over St. Peter’s after the latter drew 2-2 with Somerset. It could have been worse if Jessica Kinder had not perhaps missed a win in her extremely sharp tactical game against The Obstacle… Knox still had thoughts of second after their 3-1 win against Applecross, but needed 3-1 or better against St. Peter’s to get this. And this is exactly what they did, despite the Obstacle getting to 5/5 by beating James Cronan; Blair Mandla made an extra exchange count to beat Prakash Thiyagarajah on Board 2, and with quick wins already achieved on Boards 3 and 4 Knox got their 3-1 win to snare second by half a point on 11.5/20 (with St. Peter’s third on 11). Balwyn’s 2.5-1.5 win against Somerset saw them a convincing first on 15.5 points; but Somerset fought to the end, with Brendan Baker drawing the last game to finish against Joshua Dalton in an opposite coloured bishop ending several pawns down. Radford avoided the wooden spoon with a convincing 3-1 win over Applecross; they finished on 8 points, while Applecross scored 4 points and gained much invaluable experience.

2006 ASTC Booklet! 


The ASTC Handbook is now online and can be dowloaded from the "downloads" page of the website


It's an unfortunately large document so it may take a while but it is there for anyone who has lost a copy or would just like another.


The photographs from Wilderness school have been removed for this purpose (as requested by the school).  I didn't receive any other expressions of concern so all others have been included.  If anyone else needs the photos to be removed please let me know.


Libby Smith

Tournament Director


Christmas Swiss Weekender, Melbourne

This was the final event on the 2006 calendar. It was played last weekend, 16 – 17 December 2006 over 5 rounds at the Melbourne Chess Club.

The results, after a close finish, were:

1st Chris.Wallis $275

2nd MichaelBaron $175

=3rd Bill Jordan, Mariusz Pecak, ($37.50 each) Bill Reid and CedricAntolins (see below) .

Rating group A: Bill Reid $75

Rating group B: CedricAntolins $75

Here is the board 1 game between the two then leaders that decided the winner.

B.Jordan- C.Wallis

1.Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 3. e3 Nc6 4. d3 e5 5. Na3 Bb4+ 6. Nd2 Qg5 7. e4 Qg6 8. Nc2 a5 9. g3 f5 10. Nxb4 axb4 11. Bh3 Nf6 12. Bxf5 Bxf5 13. exf5 Qxf5 14. Qf3 Qh3 15. Ne4 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 O-O 17. Bd2 Rf7 18. Ke2 Raf8 19. Be1 Rf3 20. a3 Qg2 21. Qd5+ Kh8 22. Rf1 e4 23. axb4 Re3+ 24. Kd1 Qxf1 25. fxe3 Qxd3+ 26. Kc1 Nxb4 0-1

Final results for the Year

The final results and prizes for the Grand Prix have now been calculated.

Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix 2007


Here is a list of the events for the early part of 2007. The full list and details can be seen at

01 Canterbury Summer Open VIC Melbourne 06/01/07 07/01/07 2

02 Australia Day Weekender VIC Melbourne 26/01/07 28/01/07 1

03 Australia Day Weekender TAS Launceston 26/01/07 28/01/07 1

04 Australia Day Weekender NSW North Sydney 27/01/07 28/01/07 2

05 Newcastle Open NSW Newcastle 17/02/07 18/02/07 1

06 Begonia Open look VIC Ballarat 10/03/07 12/03/07 5

07 Tasmanian Championship TAS Hobart 10/03/07 12/03/07 1

08 Toukley White Knight Open NSW Toukley 10/03/07 11/03/07 1

09 March Madness Open up QLD Brisbane 17/03/07 18/03/07 4

10 Dubbo RSL Open NSW Dubbo 24/03/07 25/03/07 1

11 Doeberl Cup Premier ACT Canberra 06/04/07 09/04/07 5

12 Doeberl Cup Major ACT Canberra 06/04/07 09/04/07 5

13 Doeberl Cup Minor ACT Canberra 06/04/07 09/04/07 5

14 Queensland Open QLD Brisbane 07/04/07 09/04/07 2

15 North Queensland Championships QLD Townsville 07/04/07 09/04/07 1

16 Sydney International Open look NSW Parramatta 10/04/07 14/04/07 5

17 Gufeld Open WA Perth 14/04/07 16/04/07 1

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.

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.

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.

Deadline: Tuesday 2 January 2007

Note: The deadline for applications for the Purdy and the Koshnitsky Medals closed on 19 december 2006. (Ed.)

Chess Blogs and Podcasts

The burgeoning internet has now encompassed blogspots and podcasts and several Austarlians are doing their bit. Established blog spots include those by Amiel Rosario (The Closet Grandmaster) from Sydney and Michael Baron from Melbourne.

Newly established is a podcast by Dion Sampson (Belthasar) from Queensland. He has given me some information on it:

I've recorded a new episode of Australian Chess Podcast (episode 4) and was hoping you could publicise it in the next newsletter. The direct download link is or the webpage is . Any comments/suggestions/feedback can be sent to me at


As I am acting editor only until mid-January, I might mention that i wil probably not continue beyond then so, if anybody is interested in writing the newsletter, they could consider it and let me know. I expect that the new Council will call formally for applications in the New Year.

It remains to me to wish all readers, and indeed the whole chess community, a Merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year on behalf of the Australian Chess Federation.

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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