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No. 598 - 12 December 2020
Editor: Keong Ang
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by IA Keong Ang

Welcome to the December 2020 newsletter. From this edition onwards, upcoming and recent chess events in Australia are now listed under their state or territory within the "News from the States / Territories" section. More details can usually be obtained from the state or territory chess association's website. Australian chess events that would not fit neatly within a state or territory would be reported in other parts of the newsletter. The past upcoming and recent events sections have now been renamed to reflect their new purpose of listing international events that may be of interest.

The 2020 Australian Schools Teams Championships (ASTC) was a very successful and memorable event. Unique this year in the way it was run as a hybrid chess event (mixing elements of in-person and online) to overcome problems caused by COVID19. The competing teams gathered in playing hubs that were connected online to other hubs. All players played their games under arbiters' supervision. An advantage of holding the ASTC this way was that all games can be viewed online. As well as Chess Victoria President and ACF Vice President IM Leonid Sandler's report in this newsletter, the ASTC webpage contains event information and photos from various hubs.

With travel restrictions continuing into the next year, the ASTC experience with hubs may be useful to facilitate the running of significant chess events. Hubs are really "distributed playing venues with playing areas" that can be located at great distances apart from each other in different time zones. Perhaps this could even be the template to run the Oceania Zonal (subject to approval), under standard time controls where all the benefits like FIDE standard rated games and direct titles would be available, in playing hubs located in main cities around Oceania.

ACF Notices


Readers who may have missed reports of the success of Australia’s open team in the 2020 Asian Nations Online Cup will find reports in the previous issue (no. 597) here and full results on the site: – Open teams here and Women’s teams here.


Australian Girls Champion, Lillian Lu, completed the list of Australian representatives for FIDE’s on-line version of the championships for players in separate Open and Girls age groups from under-10 to under-18. First games for the following nominees are likely to be under way as this issue is being distributed.

   Under-18 (born 2002 or later)
     Open: Albert Winkelman (ACT)
     Girls:  Lillian Lu (Vic)

   Under-16 (born 2004 or later)
     Open: Michael Ostapenko (Qld)
     Girls:  Sulia Van Sebille (Vic)

   Under-14 (born 2006 or later)
     Open: Seth Peramunetilleke (NSW)
     Girls:  Ekaterina Gratchev (Qld)

   Under-12 (born 2008 or later)
     Open: Oscar Gao (WA)
     Girls:  Angela Feng (Vic)

   Under-10 (born 2010 or later)
     Open: Jayden Ooi (Qld)
     Girls:  Deethya Sai Katakam (Vic)

Unlike recent over-the-board versions of these championships, no provision has been made for under-8 championships and, except for special cases, participation in each tournament is limited to one player from each FIDE-affiliated federation.
Australian players will contest the Asian continental zone qualifying tournaments between 11 and 13 December with the chance to qualify for 16-player elimination matches and finals from 19 to 23 December, when games for Australian qualifiers based in eastern States will begin at 2 am.
A link to the complete event regulations with a recorded welcome by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich is here.


In the expectation of further reductions in COVID-19 restrictions, ACF affiliates are currently building fixtures for 2021. Many of these events will be incorporated in the next issue of the ACF Calendar, which normally includes a day-by-day breakdown to help planners avoid unnecessary clashes.

All organisers of ACF- and FIDE-rated competitions and other events of general interest are most welcome to submit schedules for inclusion in the next version by emailing
The ACF calendar will also include dates for major international events likely to be of interest to Australian readers and potential participants.

FIDE is having considerably greater difficulty in predicting suitable dates in the foreseeable future. The following are links and/or extracts from recent FIDE calendars and announcements that might be revised at any time. Although no additional information is currently provided for many of these events, these links may be the first source of new information when available.

27th Abu Dhabi International Festival (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 13-23 Dec 2020
XXXI International Festival ‘Cracovia 2020’ Children (Krakow, Poland) 27-31 Dec 2020
XXXI International Festival ‘Cracovia 2020’ (Krakow, Poland) 27 Dec 2020 – 4 Jan 2021
Djerba International Festival (Djerba, Tunisia) 20 Feb – 1 Mar 2021
World Amateur Championship (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) postponed to Apr/May 2021
World School Individual C’ps (Halkidiki, Greece) 2-11 May 2021
World Seniors Championship (Assisi, Italy)
World Cadet u8 to u12 (Standard-rate) Championships (Batumi, Georgia)
World Youth u16 Olympiad (Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan)

Links to other events currently or soon-to-be listed by FIDE may be followed from here.

● denotes events for which a volunteer Manager would normally be appointed. Applications for appointment as Manager will be invited as dates and location for each event are confirmed. Responsibilities include registration of participants, compliance with ACF behavioural guidelines and regulations that event organisers may refer or assign to Trainer, Coach, Chief, Head or Leader of Delegation.
Please email inquiries concerning Manager appointments to with cc to and phone 0409 525 963 or (03) 9787 7974 if an inquiry is not acknowledged within two days.


Highlights from the 2020 championships will be found elsewhere in this issue, with scores and placings visible on the ACF website here.

The ACF Council’s appreciation for the cooperation and assistance of the organisers of teams, arbiters and venue providers in each of the participating states is recorded with similar thanks for the efforts of ACF Junior Chess Coordinator Hughston Parle and Webmaster David Esmonde.


With insufficient time remaining for arrangements to present the Championships at the usual time in early January, the ACF Council will consider bids from affiliated associations and others to present these events according to schedules and other arrangements that differ from normal practice.

Australian Women’s and Australian Seniors Championship titles, if not awarded in separate tournaments at other times, may be awarded to the highest scoring eligible players in the Australian Open.

Other events often conducted in conjunction with the Australian Open include the Australian Blitz Championship and a shorter, limited-rating tournament.

Bids to conduct the Open as a single event or in conjunction with other events may be lodged by email addressed to


Nominations are invited for potential winners of the following Player-of-the-Year medals to be presented in early 2021.
Player-of-the-Year 2020 nominations must be in respect of achievements during the period from 1 January to 31 December 2020.
Steiner Medal
– Australian Player of the Year 2020

The Steiner medal is to be awarded to the Australian player who has made the greatest impact, not necessarily the highest-rated –for the most notable achievement(s) during 2020.
There is no limit to the number of times the Steiner medal may be won by the same person.

Arlauskas Medal & Award
– Australian Under-16 Player of the Year 2020

The Arlauskas medal is awarded on the same basis as the Steiner medal.
For the medal for 2020, nominees’ year of birth must be 2004 or later.
The winner of the Arlauskas medal will be offered a grant by the ACF – the Romanas Arlauskas Award – to assist with costs related to her or his participation in a significant international or Australian chess event likely to begin within two years of the announcement of the winner of the award.
The Arlauskas medal cannot be won by the same person more than twice.

Viner Medal & Award
– Australian Senior Player of the Year 2020

The Viner medal is also awarded on the same basis as the Steiner medal.
For the medal for 2020, nominees’ year of birth must be 1970 or earlier.
The winner of the Viner medal will be offered a grant by the ACF – the Phil Viner Award – on terms similar to those governing the Romanas Arlauskas Award.
There is no limit to the number of times the Viner medal may be won by the same person.


Nominations need not be from among a State's own members or residents.
A separate document or message containing the following should be provided in respect of each nominee:
  • name in full (correctly spelt);
  • contact details (phone, email, postal address);
  • a citation describing relevant achievements, suitable for publishing or reading at time of presentation;
  • anything else relevant to the nomination.
A person submitting a nomination must retain a complete copy of every document submitted as part of the nomination and must phone 0409 525 963 or (03) 9787 7974 to confirm that it has been received if delivery has not been acknowledged 24 hours after expected delivery time.

Please address nominations comprising email messages and/or attachments to to be received on or before 5 January 2021.
If a nomination includes printed documents, it must be mailed to:
ACF Medals, 22 Bruarong Crescent, Frankston South 3199, to be received in the normal course of post five days before the above deadline.

Nominations for the 2021 Koshnitsky (administration) and Purdy (journalism) awards have now closed, with the announcement of recipients to be made during the ACF National Conference on 17 January 2021, followed by presentations by arrangement with the State associations concerned.


Applications for activities to commence before March 2021 have now closed.
Applications for activities commencing in March through August 2021 should be submitted by 31 December 2020.
Applications and reports must be endorsed by the ACF-affiliated State Association concerned and provide the information specified in the relevant form, including the schedule for the activity and statements of expected and actual income and expenditure.
Given present circumstances, the Council will take into account the exceptional uncertainties being faced by organisers and will consider applications based upon reasonable estimations and expectations.
Email for further information and forms.

News from the States / Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Chess Association Inc (ACTCA)
Upcoming Events

ACT Rapid Championships 2020

19 December 2020 (Saturday)

15 minutes/player per game
7 rounds

Venue: Street Chess, King O'Malleys,City Walk, Civic
Entry fee: $10 , $5 Under 18, (+$5 for non ACTCA/ACTJCL members)
Registration: from 10:30am Saturday 21 December
Prize pool: Based on entries (Usually approximately $300 in total prizes)
Doeberl Cup 2021
The ACT Chess Association is pleased (and cautiously optimistic) to announce that the 2021 Doeberl Cup will proceed on 1-5 April, at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden. Registrations for the 2021 event are now open.

This has been a challenging year, and the 2021 Doeberl Cup will not be a "business as usual" event. We must contend with a changing situation, COVID-Safe directives and limitations on international arrivals. Your patience with the organising team during this process is appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you in April 2021.
- The Doeberl Cup Organisers
Recent Events

2020 Vikings Weekender

1st GM Hrant Melkumyan 5.5/6 $1000
2nd GM Anton Smirnov 5.0 $500
3rd IM Junta Ikeda 4.5 $225
1650-1899 Bazli Karattiyattil 4.5 $225
U/1650 Dominic Fox 4.0 $100
Junior Ruofan Xu 3.5 $50

1st Harry Johnson 5.5/6 $500
2nd Paul Dunn 5.0 $250
3rd James Buckley 4.5 $150
Under 1000 Jacob Wong 4.0 $75
Best Junior Minchen Yang 4.0 $75
Best Female Junior Erin Milne $150
New South Wales
New South Wales Chess Association Inc (NSWCA)


Chess Association of Queensland Inc (CAQ)
Upcoming Events

CAQ Blitz Championships

Starts: December 13, 2020
Ends: December 13, 2020
Location: Grace Lutheran College - Rothwell Campus, Anzac Ave &, Mewes Rd, Rothwell QLD 4022, Australia

South Australia

South Australian Chess Association Inc (SACA)
Upcoming Events

Lidums December Allegro 2020

When: 7:30pm, Tuesday 15th December
Venue: The Chess Centre of South Australia, 10 Ranelagh Street, Adelaide.
Entry Fee: $20 all players
Format: 5 Rounds, Swiss System
Time Control: Fischer Allegro – 15 Minutes + 2 Seconds a move

Lidums Christmas Allegro 2020

When: 7:30pm, 22nd December
Venue: The Chess Centre of South Australia, 10 Ranelagh Street, Adelaide.
Entry Fee: $20 all players
Format: 5 Rounds, Swiss System
Time Control: Fischer Allegro – 15 Minutes + 2 Seconds a move


Tasmanian Chess Association Inc (TCA)
Upcoming Events

Tasmanian Rapid Championships

Saturday, December 12, 2020 11:30
Sunday, December 13, 2020 14:00
Ranelagh Soldiers Memorial Hall 40 Marguerite Street Ranelagh, TAS, 7109 Australia

Tasmanian Lightning Championships

Saturday, December 12, 2020
19:00 21:30
Ranelagh Soldiers Memorial Hall 40 Marguerite Street Ranelagh, TAS, 7109 Australia


Chess Victoria Inc (CV)
Upcoming Events

Victorian Blitz Down Under

Chess Victoria is running an online Swiss Blitz tournament by invitation only on Sunday Dec 20 at 7:30 pm AEST on the platform. Link will be provided on Monday Dec 15 2020.

Eligible players will be FIDE titled players(minimum FM & WFM) and those with a minimum blitz rating of 2200 (as at 1 Dec 2020) who are resident in Australia or overseas players who have previously played over the board tournaments within Australia.
(Invited players who have accepted the invitation to play will become members of Solstice Club on

Time control:3min +2sec/move
No.of rounds:11
Entry fee:Free for GM,IM,WGM,WIM, A$10 for all others, payable on
Entries close:Saturday 19 December2020 midnight AEST

Prize money:
1st A$250
Top Victorian :A$100 and Victorian On line Blitz Title
Top Female : A$100

Prize money will be electronically transferred to winners' nominated bank accounts.

Tournament Organizer: Tom Kalisch (, 0409 529 731
International Arbiter: Peter Tsai (, 0419 324 870

All players agree to abide by all rules and site policies stated at Anti-cheating measures are based on resources and Arbiter.
Zoom: All players will be monitored via Zoom with an additional second side angle camera focused on the player's screen required.

Current players entered:

Recent Events

In December we were very excited to see our country players meeting in person for

2020 Victorian Country Chess Championship

This traditional event was open for players who are living 50 km from Melbourne CBD.
Thank you very much to Geelong Chess Club for organising this over the board tournament.
Full details  about the winners plus many more interesting facts can be seen here.

Western Australia

Chess Association of Western Australia Inc (CAWA)
Upcoming Events


PLAYING TIME: Sunday, 13th December from 2pm to 5pm with a break after every three rounds. Please arrive by 1:30pm to ensure a smooth registration process.
LOCATION: North Woodvale Primary School, 4 Chichester Drive, Woodvale WA 6026
TEAMS: Will consist of two players (with the option to go to four if sufficient interest)
DIVISIONS: Open, Junior rated, Junior non-rated
FORMAT: 11 round swiss.TIME CONTROL: 3 minutes + 2 second increments

Fringe Chess - State of Play 2021

Fri 15 Jan: Junior Blitz - A competitive chess tournament for those under 18!
Sat 16 Jan: Grand Blitz - An open competitive chess tournament for all ages.
Fri 22 Jan: Banter Blitz - A New York-style chess event; trash talk your opponent and knock them off their high horse!
Sat 23 Jan: Grand Master Exhibition - Watch a master at work, as Perth-based Grand Master and Australian Chess Champion Temur Kuybokarov plays 20 members of the CAWA simultaneously!

Recent Events

2020 Future Star Chess Tournament

The 2020 Junior Future Star Chess Tournament was held in UWA Ezone on the 15th of November. A whopping 85 promising young chess players turned up in what was one of the biggest WA junior events in recent years. Given the impact of COVID-19, it was extremely pleasing to see many fresh new faces coming and attempting in their ever tournament.
Congratulations to all the prize winners (and for everyone involved)!

2020 Kingsley Open

The Kingsley Open was played over 2 Sundays from the 15th November and including the 22nd November 2020.
Congratulations to Jamie Laubbacher who won the event with a score of 5.5/6.

2020 Australian Schools Teams Championships

by IM Leonid Sandler

Victoria dominates once again!
The 2020 Australian Schools Teams Championships from a Victorian perspective.

A well-documented pandemic in 2020 created huge problems for all walks of life. Creative solutions were required and our organisers rose up to the challenge and seized the opportunity.

Huge thanks goes to Hughston Parle, David Esmonde and Peter Tsai who along with many others around our vast continent-sized country, managed to make the 2020 Australian Schools Teams Championships a very successful and memorable event.

We were all slightly nervous as many things could go wrong, but by the end of the weekend (December 5 and December 6), the Australian chess community created history by staging the first hybrid chess event where players congregated in different parts of the country in playing hubs that were remotely connected and competed under arbiters' supervision.

I was very excited to meet and greet our 2020 Victorian Schools Champions as the last time I had seen them was about ten months ago. A magnificent hall at the Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) was the hub for our teams from Victoria.

The PLC trophy cabinet comprises many chess awards.

My dear reader, I have to tell you that our young Victorians showed that they are still the dominating force in Australian Junior chess! We won three of four titles. Out of 21 matches, Victorian teams won 19 matches and drew two matches, an outstanding result overall.

Group photo of Victorian teams.

Our girls teams from PLC and Glendal Primary School, perhaps inspired by the popular Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit", were playing at their very best. Glendal Primary School won all five matches; they also won the Graeme Gardiner prize for the highest score in any division with an incredible 20/20 Perfect score!

Glendal Primary School girls team.

Glendal Primary School girls team with Chief Arbiter Dr.Peter Tsai.

Victorian Secondary Schools Girls Team, the legendary Presbyterian Ladies' College, won the National title for the fifth year in row!

PLC team in action under watchful eyes of the past PLC Principals.

In true champions' style, the PLC team won all their matches (3-1, 4-0, 4-0, 3-1, 4-0) and were in a league of their own.

Victorian mass media outlets widely reported about PLC's incredible success amongst other chess stories. Please watch and listen here and here. Congratulations girls!!

In the Secondary Schools Open division, the Victorian Scotch College team won with one round to spare (3-1, 4-0, 4-0, 4-0, 3-1, 3.5-0.5). Sensational stuff!

Team Scotch.

The Victorian Primary school team from Glen Waverley started slowly with two ties (2-2, 2-2) and despite winning their remaining three matches (2.5-1.5, 4-0, 4-0) were forced to settle for silver medals. Good effort from Glen Waverley Primary School Team. Congratulations to the winners ACGC from Queensland, they scored 15 points from 20 games. The QLD teams once again showed their class by winning a total of one gold medal, two silver medals and one bronze medal.

It was also very pleasing to see a strong showing from the Western Australian teams who earned two bronze medals.

Full results from all divisions can be seen here. The games can be viewed here.

Presbyterian Ladies College Principal, Cheryl Penberthy during the closing ceremony.

We have received many lovely emails from Victorian parents and I would like to share an excerpt from one of them with you.
Dear Leonid and Peter,

I just want to say a huge thank you to you both and to Chess Victoria, for running such a successful tournament over the weekend. I know a lot of work has gone into it, together with Hughston Parle and David Esmonde. However, kudos too to you both for getting the Victorian teams to the ASTC.

With the lockdowns in Victoria, and the inability to play OTB tournaments, we are very grateful for Chess Victoria's innovation in moving inter school tournaments online and for having a state finals winner in each division.  

I think what other states may not realise is that Victorians have done it really tough this year. We have endured months of lockdown, with a lot of disruptions and not having any OTB tournaments. There was also mental fatigue, emotional stresses, and the lack of motivation during periods of the long lockdown. To be honest, I was very unsure where the level of chess my kids were at coming into this tournament, due to the lack of chess play. For Victoria to have emerged victorious, winning 3 out of 4 of the titles, it is no mean feat. Ordinarily, it is already not an easy thing, but to win it in this particularly challenging year is an amazing achievement. All Victorians should be congratulated for this wonderful effort!

All Victorian team members received a certificate of participation.

Problem of the Month - No.55

Selected by Peter Wong

Michael Lipton
The Jerusalem Post 1960

White to play and mate in 2

Visit for an introduction to chess composition (including a Glossary) and more problem examples.

VALE Ken Holt

It is very sad to report that well known chess player Ken Holt passed away in November. Ken was an active player on the tournament circuit for over 40 years. He played at Box Hill and Waverley chess clubs and later in life moved to the LaTrobe valley where he became one of the strongest players in the region. He regularly played the major Australian tournaments; Ballarat, Doeberl Cup, Australian Open etc. and also played in New Zealand, most recently the New Zealand Open 2019. Professionally Ken worked as a consumer consultant at LaTrobe Regional hospital, a role he relished. Ken made a great many friends in the chess community and he will be sadly missed.

Roland Brockman

Tornelo Festival of Chess

by David Cordover

With the postponement of the Aus Junior and Open events, this summer was looking quiet in Australia.

But not any more! With the support of FIDE and the European Chess Union, Tornelo is running an online chess festival which is open to all players around the world.

Dates: December 28, 2020 to January 3, 2021

This will include an Open event with Cash prizes, teams events, handicap tournaments and a 24 hr New Year's Eve blitz marathon!

Full schedule of events can be found here:

Tornelo is an Australian chess platform and was the hosting platform for the FIDE World Youth, FISU World Universities, ECU European Youth, ACC African Schools and a number of other high-profile events in 2020. We anticipate this festival to be our biggest event yet.


by Frank Low

We have gone a long way since Homer’s Odyssey, which depicted the ancient Greek virtue of xenia or the ancient laws of hospitality in action. It regulated the obligations of a father to son, host to guest and, at its simplest, in gifts that are obligatory between human beings in society (in both observance and in breach of the rules) as a mainspring of the storyline.

The modern form of xenia is seen in large scale philanthropy structured on section 501(c)(3) of the United States domestic revenue laws on tax exemptions for entities that are organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, and for the prevention of cruelty to children, women, or animals. That chess figures in such large scale philanthropy is rarely seen.

On 23 November, the United States Chess Federation announced that John D Rockefeller V of Maryland has donated three million US dollars to the Federation. This is the largest single donation received by it in its 81-year history although of course there are many other great American philanthropists making a national impact including Rex Sinquefield of Missouri.
Cover page of Chess Life December 2020 First row: John D Rockefeller III, John D Rockefeller V, John D Rockefeller IV, Sharon Percy Rockefeller Second row: Paul Morphy, John T Irwin, GM Maurice Ashley, FM Sunil Weeramantry [GM Hikaru Nakamura’s stepfather]

This munificent donation creates four events, enhances three existing events, renames one, adds to the scholarship funds for the scholastic events, and creates a book fund. The endowments ensure the tournaments will be run and the funds will be awarded in perpetuity. The donation includes an immediate donation of $624,000 and future donations scheduled through 2045 which would equate to $3 million if transferred today.

The full story is found in the Federation’s publication “Chess Life” by clicking here. Incidentally, this publication will soon cease its hard copy edition – a sign of changing times.

John D. Rockefeller Sr. established the Rockefeller Foundation in 1913. Said Rockefeller V: “Using wealth to shape the future is something Rockefellers have done for a long time. Starting in August of 2019, but especially during the first two months of COVID-19 in America, I decided it was time for me to do my part to continue the family legacy. I’ve never done anything approaching this scale of giving.”

This money provides immediate funding, in a very structured way, for a series of events and projects which have already begun or will begin in 2021 as well as future events starting as late as 2030. They are:
  • John D. Rockefeller III National Tournament of Elementary School State Champions (started 2020)
  • GM Maurice Ashley National Tournament of K-3 State Champions (to begin by 2030)
  • Paul Morphy National Tournament of K-1 State Champions (to begin by 2030)
  • John T. Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions (renames the existing event in 2021)
  • FM Sunil Weeramantry National Blitz Tournament of State Champions (started 2020)
  • John D. Rockefeller IV State Invitationals Scholarship Fund (to begin by 2030)
  • Sharon Percy Rockefeller State Invitationals Books Fund (to begin in 2021)
Benefactor John D Rockefeller V earned a PhD in American Literature from Johns Hopkins University and taught until 2015. He coached at his children’s schools for a decade. In 2010 he became the scholastic director for Maryland Chess, giving him responsibility for organizing 21 annual scholastic tournaments, eventually overseeing some 200 events during his tenure.

In our own part of the world, Australia’s Peter Parr (who died in 2013 in sad circumstances) bequeathed part of his estate to the NSW Chess Association. Its President Bill Gletsos advises receipt of a total of AUS $878,820.33 in 5 payments of various amounts between May 2016 and December 2018.

Peter Parr 1979 Photo: Martin Brannan

The present ascendancy of chess in Melbourne can in part be attributed to the fact that its major club the MCC has owned its own premises since 1977 (at 110 Peel Street, North Melbourne, just up from the Victoria Market).  In June 1990 it bought its present home at 66 Leicester Street, Fitzroy with the aid of more than AUS $140,000 from the estate of Arnold Rudzitis. You can read the story of Rudzitis and the post-war Latvian legacy by Mr Justice Bob Brooking here.

Arnolds Rudzitis Photo: Melbourne Chess Club

Asian Chess Federation 30th Anniversary

by Casto Abundo
Asian Chess Federation president Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan cuts the ceremonial cake of the 30th anniversary of the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) during celebrations 28th November 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, assisted by (from left) Layila Rahal of Business Gate, ACF General Secretary Hisham Al Taher, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Manuel Batista of Humanity Pillar.

Visit for full story.


contributed by David Turner

Seize the outpost K5 with your knight, and you can go to sleep. Checkmate will come by itself.
Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.
The winner is the one who makes the next-to-last mistake.
Savielly Tarkatower

When you see a good move, look for a better one.
Emanuel Lasker

The most powerful weapon in chess is to have the next move.
David Bronstein

The King is a fighting piece. Use it!
Wilhelm Steinitz

If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he's worse off.
Nigel Short

The pin is mightier than the sword.
Fred Reinfeld

Discovered check is the dive bomber of the chessboard.
Reuben Fine

And a final tip from GM Vishy Anand:
Nowadays, if you're not a Grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it.

As ever, all comments welcome.
David Turner

Recent International Events

New Zealand Congratulations to:
FM Nicholas Croad, 1st place.
  Congratulations to:
IM Paul Garbett, 1st place.
  Congratulations to:
Nunilon III Fulo, FM Leonard J McLaren, Gordon Morrell, CM Benjamin U Lim and FM Robert E Gibbons, Joint NZ Senior Champions.
  Congratulations to:
FM Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang and FM Daniel Hanwen Gong, shared 1st place.

Upcoming International Events

All upcoming events should be noted as awaiting confirmation in view of government COVID-19 guidelines.

New Zealand


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Solution to Problem of the Month - No.55

Michael Lipton
The Jerusalem Post 1960

White to play and mate in 2

Tries: 1.Bb7? (threat: 2.Ba~), 1…Rh8 2.Bb8, 1…Rh6 2.Bb6, 1…Rh5 2.Bc5, 1…Rh4 2.Bd4, 1…Rh2, Bf2, 1…Rh1+ 2.Bg1, 1…c2 2.Be3/Bd4, but 1…Ka2!; 1.Bc4? Rh7!; 1.Bd4? Rh6!
Key: 1.Bb6! (threat: 2.Ba~), 1…Rh8 2.Bc8, 1…Rh7 2.Bb7, 1…Rh5 2.Bb5, 1…Rh4 2.Bc4, 1…Rh2, Be2, 1…Rh1+ 2.Bf1, 1…c2 2.Bd3, 1…Ka2 2.Bc4.

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