FIDE & ASIAN FEDERATION EVENTS
World Cups 2021
Results of the 2021 FIDE World Cup Open and Women’s tournaments are by now well-known, with ultimate successes recorded by Polish GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland and former World Women’s Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, of Russia.
Less well known has been the plight of Australia’s WGM Julia Ryjanovic who, while preparing for her return flight from Moscow on 5 August, was informed by Qatar airlines that her prepaid booking had been cancelled due to “compliance with the passenger capacity regulations of the government of Australia”.
Favourable responses by FIDE, the Oceania Chess Confederation, ACF Council, Chess Victoria and the Melbourne Chess Club have secured a flight arriving in Melbourne on 29 September.
GM Bobby Cheng’s scheduled round 2 match against world No.5 Lev Aronian was halted after Bobby’s first move and a report that Aronian had withdrawn from the event for health reasons.
In round three, Bobby was held to a draw when needing to win his second game against Belorussian GM Vladislav Kovalev, seeded 67th with a rating of 2637.
White: Kovalev. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd cxd 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.h3 e6 7.Nf3 Bd6 8.o-o Nge7 9.Re1 o-o 10.b3 b6 11.Na3 a6 12.Nc2 b5 13.Qe2 Ng6 14.Bd2 Nf4 15.Bxf4 Bxf4 16.Ne3 Bb7 17.Ng4 Rfe8 18.Qc2 h5 19.Ne3 Rac8 20.Qe2 Qd8 21.Rac1 Kf8 22.g3 Bh6 23.Nh4 b4 24.Qxh5 bxc3 25.Rxc3 Nxd4 26.Rxc8 Bxc8 27.Nf3 Qf6 28.Nxd4 Qxd4 29.Qe2 Bxe3 30.Qxe3 Qxe3 31.fxe3 Ke7 32.Rc1 Kd6 33.b4 e5 34.h4 Bb7 35.Kf2 Re6 36.Be2 d4 37.exd4 exd4 38.Rc5 Re3 39.Ra5 Rc3 40.Bxa6 Rc2+ 41.Ke1 Be4 42.Ra3 Rb2 43.Bc4 Rxb4 44.Ra6+ Kc5 45.Bb3 Rb7 46.Kd2 f5 47.Ra5+ Kd6 48.Ra6+ Kc5 49.Ra5+ Kd6 50.Ra6+ Kc5 ½-½
Bobby’s return journey was also hampered by uncertainties due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
A place to search for links to all the World Cup games is here.
Eastern Asia Online Youth Championships 2021
The following players have been registered to represent Australia in the forthcoming Asian Youth Championships, to be played online between 24 September and 3 October, via the Tornelo platform.
Under 16: Lachlan Ho (ACT), Matthew Arthur (Vic)
Under 14: Joshua Liang (ACT)
Under 12: James Arthur (Vic), Minchen Yang (ACT), Vihaan Anup Kumar (NSW), Larry Cheng (ACT), Charles Huang (ACT)
Under 8: Jerry Cheng (ACT), Dev Raichura (ACT).
Girls Under 14: Shriya Karthik (ACT)
Girls Under 12: Shakthi Karthik (ACT)
Girls Under 10: Emily Zhang (WA), Deethya Sai Katakam (Vic)
Girls Under 8: Shivani Sundar (ACT)
Other forthcoming FIDE and Asian Chess Federation events include:
1st Punjab FIDE-rated [Rapid] C’p (Lahore, Pakistan) 19 Sep
Joytu Sheikh Hasina International GMs T’t (Dhaka, Bangladesh) 19 to 27 Sep
Eastern Asia Girls C’ps u8, u10, u12, u14, u16, u18 (online) 24 to 26 Sep
World Women’s Teams C’p (Sitges, Spain) 26 Sep to Oct 3
Deputy Commissioner [Rapid] C’p 2021 (Jhang, Pakistan) 26 Sep
Eastern Asia Youth C’ps u8, u10, u12, u14, u16, u18 (online) 1 to 3 Oct Sep
World Amateur C’p (Rhodes, Greece) [vaccination requirements] Oct 16 to 26
Asian Youth C’ps (online) 22 to 31 Oct
FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss & Women’s Grand Swiss (Riga, Latvia) 25 Oct to Nov 8
FIDE Online Cadets & Youth Grand Prix Series (online) Nov 1 to 24
31st Southeast Asian Games (Hanoi, Vietnam) 21 Nov to Dec 2
FIDE World Championship Carlsen v Nepomniachtchi (Dubai, UAE) Nov 24 to Dec 16
FIDE Online Cadets & Youth Rapid Super Final (online) Dec 18 to 24
The FIDE Calendar here remains a likely place to find updated information concerning these events.
Online Olympiad 2021
At the time of writing, the Russian and American teams were preparing for their gold and silver final, having respectively eliminated their semi-finals opponents, China and India, as reported in detail on the FIDE website here.
The event was hosted on the Chess.com platform, here, where links to results, games and details of earlier matches may be found.
Reports on the performance of Australia’s team, seeded 44th on a list of 155 registered teams, may be found in later pages of this or the next issue.
The Australian team, managed and captained by Queensland’s Jack Rodgers, comprised:
Open (no selection limitations)
board 1: GM Temur Kuybokarov (WA)
board 2: GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW)
first Open reserve: GM Moulthun Ly (Qld)
second Open reserve: FM Luis Chan (Vic)
Women (no age limitations)
board 3: WGM Julia Ryjanova (Vic)
board 4: WGM Jilin Zhang (NSW)
first Women’s reserve: WFM Giang Nguyen (SA)
second Women’s reserve: Chai Phan (SA)
Junior (FIDE Definition – born 2001 or later)
board 5: FM Albert Winkelman (ACT))
Junior reserve: Samuel Asaka (Vic
Girl (FIDE Definition – female born 2001 or later)
board 6: Jody Middleton (Vic)
Girl reserve: Chao Xin Cheng (Vic)
FIDE & Asian Federation Events 2022
Begum Laila Alam 11th International Women’s T’t (Bangladesh) Feb 13 to 19
Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games (Bangkok, Thailand) Mar 10 to 20
World Senior Team C’p 2022 (Acqui Terme, Italy) May 5 to 16
On 5 July, FIDE confirmed the postponement until 2022 of the following events, previously listed for 2021, reporting that “The decision was made following the recommendations of the World Health Organization, national sports authorities in the hosting countries, and concerns expressed by many participants and national federations. In some cases, the previously posted locations for these events have been changed.”
World School Individual C’ps – Panama City, Panama
World Youth u14, u16, u18 C’ps – Mamaia, Romania
World Cadet u8, u10, u12 C’ps – Batumi, Georgia
World Senior C’ps – Assisi, Italy
World Youth u14, u16, u18 Rapid & Blitz C’ps – Greece
World Cadet u8, u10, u12 Rapid & Blitz C’ps – Greece
Other previously listed events that remain without dates are:
World Youth u16 Chess Olympiad
World Chess Olympiad (Moscow, Russia)
World Amateur C’p (Malta)
World Juniors u20 C’p (Olbia, Italy)
When available, potential participants can expect application details of these and other international events in future issues of this newsletter.
Local Events to January 2022
As with all other listed events, postponements and cancellations remain possible due to local Corona virus restrictions. To confirm a fixture, contact the ACF Delegate for the State concerned, as listed in the final pages of this newsletter.
Nell Van de Graaff Classic (Gold Coast, Qld) Sep 18 to 19
Rhein-Donau Blitz (Myaree, WA) Sep 19
Victorian Junior Blitz (Vic) Sep 19
September Allegro #1 (Adelaide, SA) Sep 23
AFL Grand Final Eve Blitz (Fitzroy, Vic) Sep 24
Leo Wilkinson Memorial (Rothwell, Qld) Sep 25 to 26
CV Rapid Play 1 (Vic) Sep 26
Chess Victoria Junior Masters (Melbourne, Vic) 27 Sep to Oct 1
City of Sydney Junior C’ps u18, u15, u12 (North Ryde, NSW) Sep 28 to 30
Junior Chess Camp (TBA, WA) Sep 28 to 29
ACT Junior C’ps (Campbell, ACT) 29 Sep to Oct 1
Queensland C’ps (Rothwell, Qld) 30 Sep to Oct 4)
September Allegro #2 (Adelaide, SA) Sep 30
West Australian Junior Rapidplay C’p (Leeming, WA) 30 Sep & Oct 2
Queensland Under 1600 C’ps (Rothwell, Qld) 1 to 4 Oct
Labour Day Weekender T’ts (Adelaide, SA) Oct 2 to 4
West Australian Junior Allegro C’p (TBA, WA) Oct 3
CV Rapid Play 2 (Vic) Oct 3
CV Women’s & Seniors C’ps (Vic) 3 Oct to Dec 5
South Australian Youth C’ps (Adelaide, SA) Oct 4 to 6
Pennant Teams Competition (Adelaide, SA) 5 Oct to Nov 16
u11 – u7 Junior C’ps (Adelaide, SA) Oct 6
October Rapid (Adelaide, SA) Oct 7
Willeton Open (Willeton, WA) Oct 9 to 10
CV Zonal School Secondary Final (Vic) Oct 11
CV Zonal School Primary & Secondary Girls Finals (Vic) Oct 12
October Blitz (Adelaide, SA) Oct 14
Queensland Women’s & Girls C’ps (Coorparoo, Qld) Oct 16 to 17
Bob Brooking Round Robins (Fitzroy, Vic) 18 Oct to Dec 6
October Allegro #1 (Adelaide, SA) Oct 21
Queensland Seniors C’p (Bracken Ridge,Qld) Oct 23 to 24
Queen’s Gambit Thematic (Adelaide, SA) Oct 24
Swan Valley Allegro (Swan Valley, WA) Oct 24
October Allegro #2 (Adelaide, SA) Oct 28
Greg Hjorth Open Weekender (Fitzroy, Vic) 29 Oct to Nov 2
Launceston Cup (Kings Meadows, Tas) Oct 30 to 31
CV Zonal Primary Open (Vic) Nov 3
South Australian Seniors C’p (Adelaide, SA) Nov 18
Chess People Rapid (Rothwell, Qld) 7 Nov
Kingsley Open (North Woodvale, WA) Nov 7 & 14
Oceania Seniors C’p [incl Australian Seniors C’p] (Noosa, Qld) Nov 14 to 20
November Blitz (Adelaide, SA) Nov 23
November Quad (Adelaide, SA) Nov 25
Melbourne Chess Club Allegro C’p (Fitzroy, Vic) Nov 27
Bundaberg Classic / Open (Bundaberg, Qld) Nov 27 to 28
Maccabi Blitz (Yokine, WA) Nov 28
Lidums Series #1 (Adelaide, SA) Nov 30
Australian Schools Teams C’ps (East Brisbane, Qld) Dec 4 to 5
Christmas Open (Leeming, WA) Dec 4 to 5
Melbourne Chess Club Xmas Fastplay C’p (Fitzroy, Vic) Dec 4 to 5
December Blitz (Adelaide, SA) Dec 7
End of Year Awards Night (Adelaide, SA) Dec 10
Disco December #1 (Adelaide, SA) Dec 12
Christmas Blitz & CAWA Windup (North Woodvale, WA) Dec 12
Lidums Series #2 (Adelaide, SA) Dec 14
Lidums Series #3 (Adelaide, SA) Dec 19
Disco December #2 (Adelaide, SA) Dec 19
Victorian Blitz C’p (Vic) Dec 20
Lidums Australian Allegro C’p (Gleneld, SA) Dec 26
Australian Chess Championship (Perth, WA) Jan 4 to 15
Australian Championship Reserves Tournament (Perth, WA) Jan 4 to 15
Perth Chess Classic (Perth, WA) Jan 4 to 11
Australian u18, u16, u14, u12 C’ps (Perth, WA) Jan 4 to 15
Australian Girls u18, u16, u14, u12 C’ps (Perth, WA) Jan 4 to 15
Australian Girls u10, u8 C’ps (Perth, WA) Jan 4 to 8
Australian Blitz C’p (Perth, WA) Jan 9
Australian Junior Problem-solving C’p (Perth, WA) Jan 9
Australian u10, u8 C’ps (Perth, WA) Jan 10 to 15
Australian Junior Blitz C’p (Perth, WA) Jan 12
Gold Cup FIDE Open (Mermaid Waters, Qld) 29 Apr to May 2
2021 Oceania and Australian Seniors Championship Title Events
Additional information concerning the planned presentation of the 2021 Oceania Seniors Championship may be seen here.
The championship is the product of a three-way agreement with the Oceania Chess Confederation, the ACF and Queensland’s Noosa Shire Chess Club Inc, to present an international tournament for players who satisfy the FIDE and ACF definitions of “Senior”, which will limit participation this year to players born in or before 1971.
The event is to be held at the Tewantin-Noosa RSL from 14 to 20 November, with the highest-scoring Australian Senior being awarded the 2021 Australian Senior Championship title.
An entry pack produced by the Noosa Shire Chess Club is available with playing schedule, entry requirements, and accommodation and recreation possibilities.
Australian Schools Teams Championships 2021 – Preserving Options
Recent government decisions have increased the possibility of a second variation from the normal OTB presentation of the Australian Schools Teams Championships, currently scheduled to be held in East Brisbane on December 4 and 5.
Whether or not it will be necessary to repeat last year’s arrangements, with each State’s teams assembling to play online from a local venue, will be under constant consideration in the coming weeks in the hope that arrangements can be confirmed in or before the next issue of this newsletter.
State organisers are advised to ensure that, if the need arises, a suitable local venue and personnel will be available on 4 and 5 December.
DISTINGUISHED TALENT VISA AWARDED TO GM TEMUR KUYBOKAROV
Western Australian Chess Association President, Alan Wolstencroft, has reported the Association’s successful nomination of Australian Champion, GM Temur Kuybokarov, for the Australian Government’s Distinguished Talent Visa, thereby assuring Temur of his eligibility to reside, work and play chess in Australia indefinitely.
ACF MEDALS & AWARD NOMINATIONS
Nominations are invited for the annual ACF Koshnitsky Medal, a lifetime award for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess administration at a national or a state level.
The award is not limited to accomplishments or services during a particular year and cannot be awarded more than once to the same person.
A list of previous recipients may be found on the ACF website under “ACF Awards” via this link.
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:
A person submitting a nomination must retain a complete copy of each 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 48 hours after expected delivery time.
- 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.
Please address nominations comprising email messages and/or attachments to email@example.com to be received on or before 1 November 2021.
In coming issues of this newsletter, nominations will also be invited for potential recipients of the ACF’s annual Player-of-the-Year awards, in recognition of outstanding achievements as a player during 2021.
ACF Funding Support Program
The deadline for activities commencing before 1 March 2022 has passed.
Applications for activities to commencing between 1 March and 31 August 2022 is 31 December 2021.
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and forms.
Tournament Management Programs for Ratings Submissions
Organisers planning to present forthcoming ACF- and FIDE-rated events are reminded that only results from tournaments paired and submitted using either Vega or Orion programs will be accepted for FIDE or ACF rating.
Organisers, arbiters and ratings officers may obtain additional information from ACF National Ratings Officers Bill Gletsos and/or Graham Saint via email@example.com
Personnel Changes and Vacancies
At its meeting on 1 August, the ACF Council recorded its appreciation for services rendered over many years by CAQ President, Koshnitsky medallist and retiring Assistant ACF Secretary, Mark Stokes.
Also noted with thanks were the contributions made during their previous term of office by former Chess Victoria Secretary and retiring Council delegate Chris Wallis, retiring Webmaster Dave Thomas and all reappointed officers.
The updated Personnel lists in the final pages of this newsletter include currently vacant positions that the Council has sought to fill in recent times.