The newsletter of the Australian Chess Federation Inc.

an affiliate of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)

No. 396

4 January 2007



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Australian Open Championships

The Australian Open has reached round 7, played today. The leader is IM Zong-Yuan Zhao on 6.5 who dropped half a point to GM Ian Rogers in round 5 but has won all the rest. He has already played several of the leading players but faces GM Darryl Johansen in round 8 tomorrow. Places 2 to 5 are shared by the four GMs, Ian Rogers, Mark Bluvshtein, Dejan Antic and Darryl Johansen. The Open concludes on 9 January. Saturday 6 January is a rest day.

Concurrently with the Open are the Major and Seniors events. Tha Major is a 6-round Swiss and the Seniors a 7-round round-robin.

The leaders after 4 rounds of the Major are Brian Thomas (Qld) and Sherab Guo-Yuthok (ACT) on 3.5, followed by Mossadeque Ali and Yi Yuan (both ACT) on 3. There are 22 players.

In the Seniors, 5 rounds have been played with Leon Kempen (Vic) in the lead on 4 followed by Brian Jones (NSW) and David Lovejoy (Qld) sharing places 2 and 3 on 3.5.

Both those events end on Saturday.

Earlier in the Championships the 6-round Minor was played. The winner was Canberra junior Allen Setiabudi with a clean sweep of 6/6, followed by Samuel Dalton (Vic) and Avram Buciu (Qld) each on 4.5. There were 24 players.

Full details of all the events are on the official website at . The pairings and results are at the link of that name. On the Bulletins link are not only downloadable bulletins including the games but also the games in pgn format and, importantly, live transmission of the four top games in the Open each day. Open rounds begin at 2pm.

Australian Junior Championships 2007

Final entries have closed for the Australian Junior Championships with a record entry of 212.

The Championships run from 14 to 26 January 2007 at the Hotel Heritage, Narrahbundah, ACT.

Registration will occur between 10am and 12 noon at the venue on January 14. T-shirts, water bottles, information & goodies will be distributed to players at registration. If you would like to register as a group please contact the Tournament Director, Libby Smith or with a list of players in your group and all of your “cool stuff” will be boxed up together ready for you to collect.

A reminder of a couple of coaching opportunities at the Junior championships.

IM Leonid Sandler (Member of FIDE Trainers Committee and FIDE Trainer title-holder) would like to offer chess coaching for the duration of Australian Junior Championship in Canberra 2007.Interested parties can contact him ASAP as places are limited.Please call on 0412201891 or e-mail or

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I am in formed also that IM Vladimir Feldman is offering his services as a Chess coach for the Australian Junior Championship 2007. To ensure utmost quality and personal attention Vladimir will only coach a few participants for the duration of the tournament. Vladimir is an International Chess Master and FIDE accredited Chess coach. Please call on 0414 798 503 or email at .

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 ACT Canberra 06/04/07 09/04/07 5

12Queensland Open QLD Brisbane 07/04/07 09/04/07 2

13 North Queensland Open QLD Townsville 07/04/07 09/04/07 1

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

15 Gufeld Cup WA Perth 14/04/07 16/04/07 1

Here are some details of some Grand Prix events early in the year.

2007 Canterbury Summer Open VERY SOON

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


Geoff Saw 0402323188


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.

2007 Australia Day Weekender

The NSW Chess Association invites your participation in this Class 2 Grand Prix event with $2,330 in prizes.

Where: Norths (formally North Sydney Leagues Club)

12 Abbott Street

Cammeray NSW 2062

When: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January 2007

Schedule: Saturday Sunday

10am – 10:45am Registration

11am Round 1 11am Round 5

1:30pm Round 2 1:30pm Round 6

4pm Round 3 4pm Round 7

6:30pm Round 4 6:30pm Prizegiving

· You need to register and pay by January 24th to be eligible for the early entry fee.

· All entries received after 10:45am at registration will incur a $10 additional late fee

· Players are eligible for 1 prize only.

· All NSW resident players must be members of (or join) the NSWCA or the NSWJCL

· For further information contact Brett Tindall by telephone on 8756 5974, email or visit the NSWCA website:

Changing partners

An item that may have escaped attention appears in the minutes of the FIDE Swiss Pairings Committee and the 77th FIDE Congress at Turin.

The following appears in the Committee minutes:

6. No manual changes shall be allowed to Swiss pairings. Mr Markkula indicated that an exception might be made during the first 2 – 3 rounds when it is pre-announced.”

The Congress Minutes record, in relation to the Swiss pairings Committee report that:

The manual changes were discussed and no changes will be allowed to original pairings.”

It is also of interest that IA Gary Bekker was asked to redraft the Dutch System Swiss Rules and to submit his draft to IA Geurt Gijssen. No time frame appears to have been fixed for this.

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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