The newsletter of the Australian Chess Federation Inc.

an affiliate of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)

No. 395

27 December 2006



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Australian Open Championships

The Australian Open Championship begins tomorrow with a current entry of 55. This is a disappointing figure, well below the hoped-for 120 to 150. But on one view it is not all that surprising as it has all the characteristics of the Open at Mt Buller in 2005, that is, quite a good GM entry and support from a representative selection of fairly strong players, but an almost total absence of local IMs and juniors. As at Mt Buller the entry for the Junior Championships to be held later at effectively the same venue is a record.

Entries for the supporting events are also low but the Major and the Seniors don't start until 1 January so there's still time to enter those events.

Full details of the events and venue are available at the official website: from which there is also a link to live games which will be available when the event begins.

Australian Junior Championships 2007

Final entries have closed for the Australian Junior Championships with a record entry of over 200, well above the previous record set in Brisbane this year.

Libby Smith is now working out how to fit so many people into the avaliable space but latest reports indicate that this is well under control. It looks as though it will be a Championships to remember!

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Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix 2006

I'm not sure that my attempt to include a grapghic table of the Prize winners' names and prizes in last week's Newsletter was altogether successful so I'm repeating them in text.



George Xie

$1000 plus airfare


Ian Rogers



David Smerdon


3rd =

Igor Goldenberg



Johnny Bolens



Igor Bjelobrk



Stephen Solomon



Peter Froelich



Darryl Johansen



Andras Toth




Laura Moylan

$500 plus airfare


Narelle Szuveges



Shannon Oliver



Mary Wilkie




Dusan Stojic

$500 plus airfare


Max Illingworth

$250 plus airfare


James Morris



Chris Wallis




Jessica Kinder



Alexandra Jule



Sophie Eustace



Vaness Reid


4th =

Sally Yu


4th =

Emma Guo




Neil Wrigh



Gareth Oliver



Mendes da Costa



Arthur Huynh




Andrew Brown



Trent Parker



Yi Yuan



Gene Nakauchi




Ahmed Faris



Kevin Bonham


David Ellis


Srbo Zaric


Junta Ikeda


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

A total of 58 events is registered with the Director Brian Jones of Australian Chess Enterprises.

Here are some details of one or two Grand Prix evens early in the year.

2007 Canterbury Summer Open

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January 2007

Category 2 Grand Prix Event

6 round Swiss, 1 hour + 30 seconds/move

First - $500

Second - $300

Third - $200

Book/voucher prizes for first/second U14, U12, U10, U8, Girls U14, Girls U12, Girls U10, Girls U8

Venue: Emulation Hall, 3 Rochester Road, Canterbury

Playing times

Saturday 6 Jan

10.00 am Round one

1.00 pm Round two

4.00 pm Round three

Sunday 7 Jan

9.30 am Round four

12.30 pm Round five

3.30 pm Round six

6.30 pm Presentations

Entry fees

$60 Adults

$50 Juniors

$50 Concession

$10 discount for entries recieved by Wednesday 3 January


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To enter early pay in person to Gerry Hartland at the Box Hill Chess Club or make a cheque out to "Box Hill Chess Club" and mail to 15 Highvale Road Glen Waverley 3150.

Entries close 9.30 am Saturday 6 January at Emulation Hall.

A list of entries may be viewed at or

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.

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

Entries by 24 Jan: Leo Minol 11 Docking Court Newstead 7250, ph 6344 7472 email:

Cheques payable to Launceston Chess Club.

Other Events

Australian Masters 2006

The Australian Masters was held as part of the first Dandenong International Chess festival organised by the Noble Park Chess Club. It was a 12 player round-robin that is to be FIDE-rated and was hoped it would provide an opportunity for a local player or two to make an IM norm. Though that did not occur there was considerable joy in that George Xie, who was granted the IM title at the FIDE Congress in Turin this year subect to his achieving a rating of 2400, has achieved that rating and we await FIDE confirmation of his title.

The event was complicated by the withdrawal of one player after losing his first 3 games. Fortunately a player entered in one of the supporting events sportingly agreed to play in the Masters as well.

Final standings were

G.Xie 9

D.Johansen 8

J.Sales 7.5

I.Goldenberg, V.Smirnov, D.Antic 7

D.Stojic 6

C.Depasquale 4.5

E.Levi 4

C.Gorka 3

D.Hacche 2

M.Dizdarevic 1/7

Congratulations to George on his IM title and to Mehmedalija Dizdarevic for his stepping into the breach on the withdrawal of the other player.


Summer in Mt Buller

A couple of thoughts about Mt Buller, the site of the Australian Open 2004-2005.

1. I would say that those who had in mind holding the Open there again this year are rather glad it didn't happen. First, it seemed that the township might be consumed by bushfires and then it had snow! I'm glad to hear that apparently the township is now safe.

2. Closer to home, summer has flowed from the 2005 Open as the ACF has now received payment of all the moneys owed by the Organiser, George Howard, in the wrap-up of the event including the $4000 for the Junior Development Fund and the admin and rating fees and other miscellaneous amounts. The total is just under $5000.

And now I'll say goodbye until next time.

Denis Jessop

Acting Editor and ACF President


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