The newsletter of the Australian Chess Federation Inc.

an affiliate of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)

No. 397

10 January 2007



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Zhao is new Australian Open Champion

Popular Sydney University student Zong-Yuan Zhao was the convincing winner of the Australian Open Championship that ended in Canberra on Tuesday. Yuan finished undefeated on 9.5/11 (8 wins and 3 draws), His performance rating was well above 2600, I believe, and it is very sad that the strength of the players involved, and that only, was insufficient to get him a GM norm. Had a few more of our IMs entered the event, this may not have been a problem. Second place went to GM Ian Rogers on 9. Third and fourth were shared by Australian GM Darryl Johansen and visiting young Canadian GM Mark Bluvstein on 8.5 while fifth place went to the remaining GM in the field Dejan Antic of Serbia on 7.5.

I expect to have a fuller report of the event next week. Meanwhile results and games can be accessed at the website

Supporting Events

The Australian Major and the Seniors events both finished last Saturday.

Australian Major

The winner was ACT junior Sherab Guo-Yuthok with 5/6. Second place went to Brian Thomas (Qld) on 4.5 while there was a tie for fourth and fifth between Yi Yuan, Shaun Press (both ACT) and Marc Vliestra (WA) on 4. There were 22 players.


This was an 8-player round-robin. The winner was Leon Kempen (Vic) undefeated on 6. Second place went to Brian Jones (NSW) 5.5 with Phil Viner (NSW) and David Lovejoy (Qld) sharing third and fourth on 4.5

Australian Open Lightning

The Lightning was played on Saturday, 6 January and attracted 31 entries.

The winner and Australian Open Lightning Champion was leading ACT Junior Junta Ikeda on 9.5/11. Jason Hu (NSW) was second on 8.5 and IM Mirko Rujevic third on 8.

Our thanks go to the organisers and the arbiters for what was a very enjoyable and well-run set of events, despite the poorer than anticipated entry numbers.

Australian Junior Championships

The Championships run from next Sunday, 14January, to 26 January 2007 at the Hotel Heritage, Narrabundah, 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 .

ACF National Conference and Council Meeting

These days the National Conference seems to be developing into little more than a set of routine reports and the occasional recommendation to Council. This year, at least we had the interest of the election of Office Bearers that happens every second year. Those elected were:

President: Gary Wastell

Deputy President: Bill Gletsos

Vice Presidents: Kevin Bonham; Denis Jessop

Secretary: Jey Hoole

Treasurer: Norm Greenwood.

Recommendations were made to the Council regarding certain

aspects of the Australian Schools Teams Championships.

At the subsequent Council meeting these were adopted in principle in that it was agreed to take steps for their implementation. The provisions of the Constitution make it necessary for special procedures to be followed for decisions on most of the recommendations. The exception was an amendment of the by-law that was made to provide for a uniform time control of game in 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from move 1 (Fischer).

Another matter to be noted is that last years motion to abolish the administration fee for Rapid games expired at the Council meeting and was not renewed. Thus the previous administration fee is revived as from 7 January 2007.


The Oceania Zonal Chess Championships are scheduled to be held from May 5th to12th at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Grand Ballroom, Denarau, Fiji.  There will be an Open Tournament of nine rounds and a Womens Tournament of nine rounds, or round robin, depending on the number of entries.  Event details have been posted at . For enquiries regarding the event contact Dr Virgilio de Asa .  

Applications to represent Australia at this Zonal are now open.  One male and one female player, selected by the ACF as its official representatives,

will be provided with free entry into the Oceanic Zonal Chess Championship, and will receive accommodation for the event from the Fiji Chess

Federation. Airfares and other costs are to be borne by the selected representatives. 

Those wishing to be considered for selection as official representatives must apply, by email, as per the ACF Selection Procedures

By-Laws, by Friday 2nd February 2007. Please read item 5 of the ACF Selection Procedures By-Laws thoroughly before applying and ensure that all applicable

details required in item 5.4 are supplied (5.4.13 does not apply).  Additionally candidates may submit tournament results and/or a candidates statement if desired - see items 5.6 and 5.7.  The Selection By-Laws are available at .

Applications by email to by February 2 2007.  If an application is not acknowledged within 7 days, please call 6224 8487 or 0421 428 775. 

February 2: Applications close

February 9: Corrections to applications close

February 23: Selections finished, applicants advised of results by email

Selections will be publicly announced in the ACF Newsletter as soon as possible after selections finish.

- (Dr) Kevin Bonham

ACF Selections Co-Ordinator (Senior Events)

Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix 2007

Canterbury Summer Open

This Class 2 GP event was held last weekend attracting a very good entry of 72 players.

There was a big tie for first place on 5 points involving IM Leonid Sandler, FM Michael Baron, Wang-Sheng Lee, Christopher Wallis and Sam Chow. Five more players tied for places 6 to 10.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Australia Day Weekender (NSW)

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:

And now I'll say goodbye until next time.

Denis Jessop

Acting Editor


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