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It is usually thought that the prerequisites of chess creativity are logic, accurate calculation of variations and technique, the latter including theoretical knowledge. There is a fourth component, however, perhaps the most attractive, although it is often forgotten. I have in mind intuition, or,  if you like, imagination. Bronstein in his work on the Candidates Tournament Zurich 1953, annotating the game of Averbakh v. Kotov


Newsletter 19/10

31 October 2019

Editor: Frank Low 



Contributions are welcome. The next issue is 30 November and the last for the year. The following issue will be out on 31 January 2020.

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We salute a new Women’s Champion for Queensland – the amazing 7-year old Elizabeth Williams. A Grade 2 student at Pullenvale State School in Brisbane’s western suburbs, she has no trouble juggling her interests in swimming, piano and chess. At Loreto College Coorparoo over the weekend of 12-13 October, she beat a field of 19 contestants to score an undefeated 5 points out of 6 (4 wins and 2 draws).


David Esmonde/Queensland Chess Association


Journalist Antonia O’Flaherty on 21 October in the Courier Mail reported CAQ President Mark Stokes: “Most of the younger ones can lose concentration, wander off, but she just stays there and watches the board. She’s got the concentration powers of an adult.”


Ian Rogers in the Sun-Herald on 20 October states that she is the youngest state champion ever in Australia (although not yet one of the strongest female players, who may by-pass women-only events). 

And she is extraordinarily active in both junior and open tournaments. Just this year alone, she has competed in the Doeberl Cup (Canberra), U1600 ACF Championship (Brisbane), Queensland U8 Junior Championship, Gold Coast Open Major, Peninsula Open, Queensland Open, Wendy Terry Memorial, Queensland Reserves & Tin Cup, March Open and the FIDE Open. Wotta girl!

FIDE WORLD FISCHER RANDOM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP: Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana 12.5-7.5 in the semis of the FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship and will face Wesley So (who defeated Ian Nepomniachtchiin the final that starts today [31 October].





INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 2019-2020 – Inquiries & Applications

Potential participants in the following events may obtain additional information by emailing When available, a hyperlink to the organiser’s regulations will normally be incorporated in the listed name of the event.

Events requiring national federation selection of official ACF representatives are listed with an ACF deadline for notification of preliminary interest. This deadline can be up to three months before the event’s starting date and may be revised when the organiser’s regulations and administrative timetable become available.

If the ACF selections deadline has passed (ACF-x), inquiries concerning participation as an additional player should be directed without delay to the ACF Manager for the event.


Asian Amateur Championship (Kathmandu, Nepal) 8 to 16 Nov (ACF-x)

World Senior Championships (Bucharest, Romania) 11 to 24 Nov (ACF-x)

First FIDE World Disabled Cadet & Youth Championships (Cardiff, Wales) 26 Nov to 4 Dec (event cancelled)

Fourth FIDE World Championship for Disabled (Cardiff, Wales) 26 Nov to 4 Dec (event cancelled)

World Prestigious University Tournament (Tianjin City, China) 25 to 30 Nov (ACF-x)


World Teams Championships 50+, 65+ (Prague, Czech Republic) 4 to 15 Mar (ACF 4 Dec)

World Amateur Championship (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) 2 to 12 Apr (ACF 2 Jan)

*World Youth u14, u16 u18 Rapid & Blitz Championships (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) 12 to 16 Apr (ACF 12 Jan)

*World Cadet u8, u10 u12 Rapid & Blitz Championships (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) 12 to 16 Apr (ACF 12 Jan)

*World Schools Individual Championships (Lima, Peru) 2 to 10 May (ACF 2 Feb)

44th FIDE Olympiad (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) 1 to 15 Aug (ACF 1 May)

*World Youth u14, u16, u18 Championships (Mamaia, Romania) 7 to 20 Sep (ACF 7 Jun)

FISU World University  Mind Sports Championships (Bydgoszcz, Poland) 11 to 26 Sep (11 Jun)

*World Cadet u8, u10, u12 Championships (Batumi, Georgia) 18 to 31 Oct (ACF 18 Jul)

World Senior Championship (Assisi, Italy) 6 to 16 Nov (ACF 6 Aug)

* denotes events for younger players, for which a volunteer Manager is yet to be appointed. Responsibilities include the registration of participants prior to the event, compliance with the organiser’s regulations and application of ACF behavioural guidelines during the event. 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.



Please address inquiries and nominations to

Nominations may now be made for the following ACF awards.

ACF Service Medals

  •  Koshnitsky Medal – Chess Administration

The Koshnitsky medal is a lifetime achievement award that is presented annually for services to Australian chess at a national and/or state level by an administrator.

  • Whyatt Medal – Chess Problem Composition

The Whyatt medal can be awarded for achievements as a composer of chess problems and studies, and may also be awarded in respect of services to promote and develop appreciation of the art of chess problem composition.

The Koshnitsky and Whyatt medals cannot be awarded to the same person more than once. Lists of previous recipients (plus 2019 medallist, Norbert Muller,) may be seen here

Koshnitsky and Whyatt medal nominations, including citations, should be sent on or before 15 November 2019.

ACF Player of the Year 2019 Medals & Awards

Invitations to nominate players for the annual Australian Player-of-the-Year awards will be extended in coming issues of this newsletter. The 2019 awards will comprise the:

  • Steiner Medal (Australian Player of the Year), any age;

  • Arlauskas Medal (Australian Under-16 Player of the Year), for players born in or after 2003; and,

  • Viner Medal (Australian Senior Player of the Year), for players born in or before 1969.

Previous winners may be nominated but citations are limited to the nominee’s accomplishments between 1 January and 31 December 2019. All ACF Player-of-the-Year nominations will close on 3 January 2020.



Bids to present the following events on behalf of the ACF are now invited and may be lodged by email addressed to

2020 Australian Primary and Secondary Schools Open and Girls Teams Championships

Normally presented on a two-day weekend in early December, the championships comprise four separate round-robin tournaments contested by up to eight 4-player teams of students from the same Australian primary or secondary school who have qualified during the preceding year through State schools teams championships.

2021 Australian Open Championship and Associated Events

Although usually presented over approximately 10 days during early January, dates and number of rounds may be varied to avoid clashes with other major events. Participation in the open by players from overseas is actively encouraged.

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.

Associated events include the Australian Blitz Championship and a limited-rating tournament.

2021 Australian Junior and Girls Championships and Associated Events

The 2021 championships will comprise the annual national under-age championships for players in even-numbered age groups from Under-8 to Under-16, and the official Australian Junior and Australian Girls Championships for players born in or after 2003.

Separate open and girls-only tournaments are normally offered for classical-rate titles. Blitz championships and problem-solving competitions are normally presented on a single day during the schedule.



The closing date for applications for FSP activities commencing between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2020 is 31 December 2019.

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 for further information and forms.



The 2019 Australian Schools Teams Championships are to be held at Canberra Grammar School, in Red Hill, ACT, on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December.

The four tournaments comprise:

The Australian Primary Schools Teams Championship;

The Australian Primary Schools Girls Teams Championship;

The Australian Secondary Schools Teams Championship; and,

The Australian Secondary Schools Girls Teams Championship.

Participation is limited to teams nominated by ACF-affiliated State associations and normally includes the winning teams in equivalent State competitions during the year.

Additional information may be found here.



The ACF Council has approved arrangements for the next Australian Championship and Reserves tournament to be presented at the St George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Highway, Beverley Park (Kogarah), NSW, from Thursday 2 to Monday 13 January 2020.

The schedule provides for one round of the Championship and Reserves Tournament at 2pm on each day except the rest day on 8 January, when the 11-round Australian Blitz Championship will be played from 2pm.

A seven-round, subsidiary event limited to players rated below 1800 – the St George Chess Classic – will begin on 4 January and be played daily (except 8 January) from 10am to January 11.

The main playing area will be the air-conditioned Riviera Room, with seating for up to 150 players. The club is fully licensed and has bistro facilities.

Notable are the club’s Dress Regulations here.

Assistance with accommodation is to be offered to visiting players, with requests for billets to be considered.

The early cut-off date for entries for all events is 13 December 2019. Applications to enter the Australian Championship from players rated under 2150 will not be accepted after 6 December 2019. No entries will be accepted after 31 December 2019.



The Chess Association of Queensland will present the next Australian Junior and Girls Championships and associated events, with dates spanning Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 January 2020.

The venue is The Southport School on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Details may be seen here


[After a packed few months replete with playing in the Oceanic Zonal in Guam, lecturing on arbiting in the Solomon Islands, playing in the World Cup itself in Khanty-Mansysk, and arbiting in New Caledonia, we asked peripatetic IA Shaun Press for his opinion on FIDE’s planned expansion of the World Cup.]


I am in favour of them. 


It will now be likely that Oceania will have 3 players in the World Cup, as both Australia and New Zealand should finish in the top 100 at the Olympiad, as well as the place earned through the zonal.


 Of course, giving the top 50 players a first-round bye makes it easier for them, but the major purpose of the World Cup has been to provide a well-paying tournament for 2600+ players, and so this won't hurt them. 


The only downside is that the loser's purse for the first round has been cut in half to US$3000 which makes it less lucrative for players from this region (once travel and accommodation expenses are taken into account).

-Shaun Press





I stand in awe of a recent article in OzProblems written by my colleague Peter Wong who is this Newsletter’s Problem Editor. 


On 8 September 2018, he discussed endgame tablebases “which in some ways are even more amazing than super-strong engines.” Later, he examined a curious endgame study by Andrew Buchanan, one that makes explicit use of tablebase data and exemplifies a novel form of problem composition involving retrograde analysis and the 50-move rule. 


Now on 16 October 2019, he has followed up with a discussion of a new unique find by Buchanan who by a combination of mathematics and whimsicality has created “the first heraldic chess problem, and perhaps the only one ever”.

What is a Vintage Computing Enthusiast?



on ChessChat 17-10-2019

I am looking for an old version of ChessBase 8.0. I am aware of the free versions of Chessbase Lite and Chessbase Reader, but I do not want those (I am a vintage computing enthusiast). Would anybody be able to help me obtain ChessBase 8.0 ? or point me in the right direction? I am willing to purchase a copy (or reimburse you for making an ISO copy).
I bought Deep Fritz 20 years ago (Fritz 6 32-bit multiprocessor) and its ChessBase menu option shows an error message that Chessbase 8.0 is not installed, so I would like to complete the program functionality. I also have a copy of Mega Database 2002 that I want to use with it.

A vintage computing enthusiast is someone who enjoys using old computing technology. For example old calculators, PDAs, software, or HAM radios.

Satisfaction comes from a confluence of things; part sentimental, part utility and part principle. Sentimentally I love the nostalgia of relatively quieter and simpler times, back when youth was blissfully squandered. One could play Dune2 or Civilisation for ages and be oblivious to consequence. There were no bills, friends actually saw each other, and dialup BBS's was where the scene was.

While others scoff at obsolete things and worry about the latest and greatest - I, on the other hand, see perfectly usable stuff. People often spend obscene amounts of money on marginal changes that rapidly depreciate in value. There is so much waste chasing trends.

Most computing enthusiasts chase trends ie. bigger, faster, more features etc. It is a never-ending cycle of discard and feelings of loss and shame of not being up to date. I, on the other hand, derive amazement from my 286 AT 20mhz 1 MB ram 40mb disk PC. It was the cutting edge once. Want a word processor? – got WordPerfect 5.1. Want a GUI OS? –  got Windows 3.0. Want multitasking? –  got DesqView. 30 years later the same 286 is still there — my interest in it is still there — and there is still another 30 years of interesting things to do with it. It is not obsolete!

I am someone who lives in the past. I used my Nokia 6150 for 15 years (nowadays it is a Nokia N82). Between 2014-2018 my average mobile phone bill was $0.01 per day. It only went up to $0.02 per day due to new employment-related calls. Contrast this with people who experience acute anxiety when they do not have access to their phone for 1 day.

Chess is an activity that is compatible with my peaceful, quiet, recluse and frugal mind. I do not aspire to be a grandmaster, but I do enjoy exploring and experimenting with the features in chess-related software to improve my game. There is utility and purpose in it. For me, chess provides a means to extend the vintage computing adventure. It does not matter if the software is old because in the end it ultimately betters my appreciation of history and what once was.

They say that the older you get, the past becomes more interesting than the future. The more things change, the more they stay the same. What do you think? — Why not find a copy of Fritz 1.0 or Chessmaster 2000 and see how far things have come. Would you be able to beat it? It might bring out the vintage computing enthusiast in you.

- mcooper1970





Australia had two representatives in the 58th World Junior Championship held in New Delhi this month.


GM Temur Kuybokarov of Perth seeded 18th placed 15th. His story when told will undoubtedly be glorious both in the immediate future and in the years to come as Australia’s tenth Grandmaster.


Australia’ second representative was the home-schooled  ACT junior Albert Winkelman seeded 84th who sensationally came 46th out of 94 finishing with 50% and an incredible performance rating of 2416. 



Now it is universally known that the monarch Shahryar, upon discovering his first wife was unfaithful to him, resolved to marry a new virgin each day as well as behead the previous day's wife, so that she would not have the opportunity to be unfaithful to him. So when he was introduced to Scheherazade, the vizier's daughter, she devised a stratagem to keep herself alive day by day by telling him stories for the next 1001 nights during which time he fell in love with her and spared her life. 

Albert’s prominence brings to mind a story about his father John as told by Shaun Press in his column of 13 February 2013:

During this year's ACT Championship I was chatting with one of the spectators, John Winkelman, whose son Albert Winkelman was playing in the tournament. I knew he had played chess in the past, although I usually saw him playing Go, at the ANU Go Club on Wednesday nights. During the conversation, he casually remarked he once drew a game with Bobby Fischer, in a tournament in the US midwest. Resisting the urge to exclaim "Pictures or it didn't happen" I made a mental note to look the game up when I got home.


At first my search of my databases proved fruitless, but I had more success once I hit my library. Sure enough, in "The Games of Robert J. Fischer" by Robert Wade and Kevin O'Connell, there was the record of the 1955 US Junior Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska, showing that in round 9 Fischer had drawn with John Winkelman.


There was no record of the game in the book, which explains why it did not turn up in my database. I asked John whether he had a copy of the game, but unfortunately, he did not. He does remember that is was probably a Ruy Lopez, and that they agreed to a draw as they were 'scared of each other'. As for the tournament Fischer finished on 5/10 (+2=6-2), and picked up a prize for the best Under 12 player. It turns out he was a shoo-in for this prize, as he was the only Under 12 player in the tournament.

[Quoted with permission of the author. Researcher: Cathy Chua].




My 60 Memorable Games

[Extracted from a sale notice located by Cathy Chua here.]


My 60 Memorable Games (William Lombardy's Copy and the First Copy Bobby Fischer Signed as World...


“Buy Used

US$ 45,000.00”


“Bibliographic Details

Title: My 60 Memorable Games (William Lombardy's ...

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition”


“About this Item

****AN EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF CHESS HISTORY**** AND ONE OF THE TOWERING ASSOCIATION COPIES IN THE GAME'S VAST LITERATURE. WARMLY inscribed (in itself very unusual) by the newly-minted World Champion to William Lombardy, Bobby Fischer's "second" at Reykjavik and the man widely credited with convincing an overwrought Fischer to move forward and play the match. As with most of Fischer's relationships, his friendship with Lombardy was complicated and experienced many highs and lows. But the fact remains that Lombardy played a major role as coach and mentor in Fischer's development as a world-class player and provided much-needed stability during Bobby's early years. Fully aware of Fischer's tight-fisted ways, Lombardy was understandably looking for compensation for the time and toil he had invested in the Fischer-Spassky match and he set his sights on this historic copy of "My 60 Memorable Games". By making sure that he could secure Bobby's very first signature as World Champion --and in an expressive, personalized inscription no less-- he understood that he would own a piece of chess immortality, a physical talisman for the ages. To further mark the significance of the signing, Lombardy verified in his own hand that this indeed was Fischer's first signature as World Champion and he even had Saemi Palsson (Fischer's bodyguard and the Chief of the Reykjavik Police Department) sign this copy as well as a witness to history. On top of the remarkable history attached to it, this copy is also a very solid example of the 1969 stated 1st printing. Clean and Near Fine in a crisp, price-intact ($6.95), VG+ dustjacket, with just a bit of light chipping along the panel edges. Thick octavo, ‘with introductions to the games by International Grandmaster Larry Evans. ONE OF THE GREAT FISCHER PIECES EVER TO REACH THE MARKET AND ONE OF THE TRUE RARITIES TO EMERGE --ALMOST 50 YEARS LATER-- FROM THE EPIC 1972 STRUGGLE IN REYKJAVIK.”

[As an observer in the market place for chess memorabilia, no comment is offered on the views of the vendor apropos the role of Lombardy in the events leading to Reykjavik.  Ed.]




 By David Turner

First in a series of 100 chess greats, players and theorists past and present, with interviews, quotes and games to illustrate what they love doing best – beating each other.


Please note the quotes cannot be definitively attributed in many cases and should be taken with a grain of salt. 


Seymon Alapin

Russian: 1856-1923

Famous for: opening variations: Caro-Kann, Dutch, Giuocco Piano, French, Ruy Lopez,


Alapin v Marshall, Ostend, 1905, 1-0:


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Adolph Albin

Romanian, 1848-1920

Famous for: the Albin counter gambit and the Albin attack in the French defence.

“If cunning alone were needed to excel, women would be the best chess players.”

Albin v Steinitz, Nuremberg 1896, 1-0:

Alexander Alekhine

Russian/French, 1892-1946

Famous for: beating Capablanca for the fourth World Championship

“I think the ideal chess player is born.”

“Chess is a matter of vanity.”

“During a chess competition, a chess master should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk.”

Documentary: 1 min 37 sec

Capablanca v Aklekhine, Buenos Aries, 1927, 0-1:



GM Vishwanathan Anand

Indian, 1969-

Famous for: winning the World Championship 2000-2002, 2007-2013

“For every door computers have closed they have opened a new one.”  

“Nowadays, if you're not a Grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it.”

Interview: 2 min 37 sec

Anand v Kasparov, New York, 1995, 1-0:

Adolph Anderssen

German, 1818-1879

Famous for: being the world’s leading player 1851-1858

“Attack!  Always attack!”

Anderssen v Morphy, Paris, 1858, 1-0:


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GM Levon Aronian

Armenian, 1982-

Famous for: being the fourth-highest rated player in history.

“As a chess player one has to control one’s feelings, one has to as cold as a machine.”

Interview: 1 min 51 sec

So v Aronian, St Louis, 2015, 0-1:


GM Yuri Averbach

Russian: 1922-

Famous for: USSR Championship 1954, endgame studies, opening theory esp. KID.

“It is impossible to ignore a highly important factor in the chess struggle –psychology.”

Averbach v Taimanov, Zurich, 1953, 1-0:





2 January – 13 January 2020

Kogarah NSW 




 4 Tournaments


Over $14,000 prize money


Live commentary at St George Leagues Club Sydney Australia by GM Ian Rogers 


Chief Arbiter is  IA Peter Tsai


 The 2020 Australian Chess Championships at St George Chess Club comprise four tournaments:

  • Australian Championship 

  • Australian Reserves – Under 2150 

  • St George Chess Club Classic – Under 1800 

  • Australian Blitz Championship 


The Championships are run by St George Chess Club on behalf of the Australian Chess Federation and the NSWCA. 



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For Australian Championships tournament info, please contact mob 0410563965 or 0417246183.



The 2020 Australian Chess Championships will be played in selected rooms at the St Georges Leagues Club, 124 Princes Hwy, Kogarah, NSW.


St George Leagues Club was established in 1963 when was the first of the “Super” Leagues Clubs developed in the 1960s and was commonly referred to as the “Taj Mahal” because of the extensive use of white marble in the original building.


Very little of the original design survives today after extensive refurbishing and redesigning the entire Club to make it one of the most superbly fitted clubs in Australia. From the luxurious foyer, through to the catering outlets and lounge areas, St George’s interiors are comforting and welcoming.


There is a large separate room for game analysis.


St George Leagues Club is a licensed club. Juniors are welcome. Become a member of our venue host at the start of the tournament and you’ll get your money back in savings, and more if you eat at the club a few times. As well as discounted food and drink you won’t have to show ID and sign in each day. Note that an adult accompanying a junior is the one to take out membership.


During the January holiday period, there is a multitude of accommodation options available to participants in the Australian Chess Championship. Close to the St. George Leagues Club are hotels from established chains such as the Novotel at Brighton Beach and the Mercure, Holiday Inn and the Ibis Budget at the airport. In addition, there are a number of apartments, B&B and inner-city hostels all seeking the custom of the weary traveller such as yourself. 


On the other hand, you might opt to eschew the joys of the suburbs and dwell in the city centre, reaching the venue through the delights of the public train system. A browse through travel websites like Tripadvisor and will confront the reader with plenty of choices. Two words of caution to guide your selection.


Firstly, Sydney is packed with tourists for the New Year fireworks so accommodation can be very difficult to find if you leave it to the last minute. We would recommend you book early. 

Secondly, if you are coming by car, you will have little problem with parking at the venue as the St. George Leagues’ Club has ample space. If you are coming by public transport, then it is best to choose lodgings close to a railway station, in particular, the Illawarra train line. All hotels in Sydney Central Business District have this connection through stations like Central, Town Hall and Martin Place.


Playing Schedule

Thurs 2nd Jan

Registration from 11.00 am

Welcome Reception at 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Round 1 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Fri, 3rd Jan

Round 2 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Sat, 4th Jan

Round 3 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 1 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Sun, 5th Jan

Round 4 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 2 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Mon, 6th Jan

Round 5 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 3 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Tue, 7th Jan

Round 6 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 4 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Wed, 8th Jan

Rest Day

Australian Blitz at 2 pm

Thurs, 9th Jan

Round 7 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 5 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Fri, 10th Jan

Round 8 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 6 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Sat, 11th Jan

Round 9 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Round 7 (Classic) at 10.00 am

Sun, 12th Jan

Round 10 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Mon, 13th Jan

Round 11 (Champs and Reserves) 2 pm

Prizegiving at 7.30 pm


NSW residents must be members of the NSWCA. NSW Juniors under-18 must be NSWCA or NSW Junior Chess League Members. Other juniors must be members of the equivalent State or Territory organisation.


With the generosity of our new sponsor, we are pleased to increase prizes in line with the gift’s stated aim of “encouragement of chess players in Australia and for further promotion of chess as a game and sport”.

We also extend thanks to our host St George Leagues Club, without whose support this tournament would not be possible.






1st $3,000

1st $1,200

1st $500

2nd $2,000

2nd $800

2nd $300

3rd $1,000

3rd $500

3rd $200

4th $700

4th $300

U1600 $200

5th $500

U2000 $250


6th $400

U1800 $250


7th $300

U1600 $550


8th $200

U1400 $250


U1200 $250


Unrated $250


Limit of one cash prize per player. ACF Classic rating (or if a player doesn’t have one, FIDE Standard rating) is used to determine rating prizes. Unrated players (i.e. those without an ACF Classic or FIDE Standard rating) are only eligible for the Unrated prizes in the Reserves and Classic.


Smart casual in accordance with St George Leagues Club regulations. Food and drink may not be brought into the club but is available for purchase at the venue.


As determined by the ACF in 2015 the following will apply with regards half-point byes:

  • No half-point byes are allowed in the Australian Championship.

  • For the Australian Reserves only one half-point bye is allowed and only in the first six rounds, and will be permitted only by prior arrangement with the arbiter.

If you will not be able to play a round in any tournament, request a bye by speaking to Charles Zworestine at the venue or 0410 563 965;

Time Control

Championships: 40 moves in 90 mins, + 30 mins to finish game, with an increment of 30 secs per move from Move 1.

Reserves: All moves in 90 mins, with an increment of 30 secs per move from Move 1.

Classic: All moves in 60 mins, with an increment of 30 secs per move from Move 1.


Any player who arrives at the chessboard more than 30 mins after scheduled start of the session shall lose the game unless the arbiter decides otherwise.


In accordance with ACF requirements, a report will be made to the ACF on players who withdraw from the events with the reasons for their withdrawal. Action may be taken by the ACF on unapproved withdrawals.


In case of a tie, the ACF By-laws for ACF Tournaments apply.




Click here to register now!






2019 MCC Greg Hjorth Open Weekender 

Friday 1 November – Tuesday 5 November 




November 2014 MCC

Where: Melbourne Chess Club. 66 Leicester St. Fitzroy, 3065.


Format: 9 round Swiss


Time Control: 90 minutes per game + 30 seconds per move. Forfeit time is 30 minutes after game begins.


Entry Fee:

$95 Full Member, $85 Concession / Junior Member (add $15 for Non-Members)

Free entry for Club Member GMs/WGMs, IMs/WIMs and FMs/WFMs and non Victorian GMs/WGMs and IMs/WIMs.

$10 early bird discount if paid before Friday 25th Oct.

If you want a round-1 bye you must have fully paid your entry to be paired. Refunds are available if notified 24 hours before the event.



$6000+ Prize pool guaranteed
1st: $2000
2nd: $1200
3rd: $700
4th: $400
5th: $200
6th: $100


Rating 1, 1st: $200

Rating 1, 2nd: $100

Rating 2, 1st: $200

Rating 2, 2nd: $100

Rating 3, 1st: $200

Rating 3, 2nd: $100

Rating 4, 1st: $200

Rating 4, 2nd: $100

Rating 5, 1st: $200

Rating 5, 2nd: $100


Unrated: Free entry to another MCC tournament.

Hjorth Junior: $150 (biggest FIDE rating upset before last round)

Brilliancy Prize: $40 book voucher prize for library plus chance to win in overall Hjorth Brilliancy for the year.


Byes: Players may take 2 half-point byes in rounds 1-7.




Round 1: Fri 1st Nov, 7 pm

Round 2: Sat 2nd Nov, 10.30 am

Round 3: Sat 2nd Nov, 3.30 pm

Round 4: Sun 3rd Nov, 10.30 am

Round 5: Sun 3rd Nov, 3.30 pm

Round 6: Mon 4th Nov, 10.30 am

Round 7: Mon 4th Nov, 3.30 pm

Round 8: Tue 5th Nov, 10.30 am

Round 9: Tue 5th Nov, 3.30 pm


Rating: The event will be FIDE and ACF rated.


Further Questions: Contact or


Organiser: Simon Dale (0407 834 027,, or


Arbiter: Alexej Khamatgaleev (0426731726,






9 & 10 November 2019


The ACT Chess Association and the Tuggeranong Chess Club are holding the 2019 Vikings Weekender Chess Tournament on the 9th and 10th November 2019. The venue is the Lanyon Club, Heidelberg St, Condor, ACT.


There is an Open section (all players are eligible) and an Under-1600 section. Both events will be 7-round tournaments with a time limit of 60m+10s per game.


Saturday 9 November
Entries: 10am (at venue)
Round 1: 10:30 am
Round 2: 1:30 pm
Round 3: 4:00 pm
Round 4: 7:00 pm
Sunday 10 November
Round 5: 10:30 am
Round 6: 1:30 pm
Round 7: 3:45 pm



Open 1st $1000

Under 1600 1st $500

(All other prizes dependent on entries. NB Previous years have seen $3000+ in prizes paid out)


Entry Fees


$45 Concession
$45 Junior (Under 18)


Registration and further details available at


To register online please choose the relevant tournament, click on 'Register Now' and select 'Other Nationality'. If you have a FIDE ID search on your surname and click the 'Register' button. If you do not have a FIDE ID, fill in the form. If you do not know your ACF ID or rating, simply enter '1' in the required fields.


Shaun Press 21 October 2019




The Lidums Australian Young Masters will be held at the University of Adelaide on 7-13 December 2019. The event has three sections open to players under 30 years of age (born on 1 January 1989 or later):

  1. The Lidums Young Masters group is a 10-player invitational round-robin offering IM-norm opportunities for participants. It runs from 7-13 December and has a prize fund of $1,900

  2. The Lidums Young Masters Open event is a FIDE and ACF-rated 9-round Swiss event. It runs from 7-13 December and has a prize fund of $1,200.

  3. The Lidums Young Masters U/1200 event is an ACF-rated 9-round Swiss event. It runs from 7-9 December and has a prize fund of $600.

Limited free homestay accommodation with a local chess family for the duration of the tournament is available for participants from interstate and overseas – please contact us.



The Lidums Australian Young Masters IM and Open will be played over 9 rounds with each player having 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move from move 1 to finish the game.


The Lidums Australian Young Masters U/1200 will be played over 9 rounds with each player having 60 minutes + 10 seconds per move from move 1 to finish the game.


The opening ceremony for all events will be at 9:00 am on Saturday 7 December in the Ira Raymond Room.



Saturday December 7th

Opening Ceremony – 9:00 am

Round 1 – 9:30 am

Round 2 – 2:30 pm


Sunday December 8th

Round 3 – 9:30 am

Round 4 – 2:30 pm


Monday December 9th

Round 5 – 2:30 pm


Tuesday December 10th

Round 6 – 2:30 pm


Wednesday December 11th

Round 7 – 2:30 pm


Thursday December 12th

Round 8 – 2:30 pm


Friday December 13th

Round 9 – 9:30 am



Saturday December 7th

Opening Ceremony – 9:00 am

Round 1 – 9:30 am

Round 2 – 12:30 pm

Round 3 – 2:30 pm

Sunday December 8th

Round 4 – 9:30 am

Round 5 – 12:30 pm

Round 6 – 2:30 pm

Monday December 9th

Round 7 – 9:30 am

Round 8 – 12:30 pm

Round 9 – 2:30 pm

Closing Ceremony – 5:00 pm







Pairings and Results

Follow on Vega:

GM Norm Event

IM Norm Event


Round Start Times

  1.    6.30 pm Sat 14th December

  2.    6.30 pm Sun 15th December

  3.    4 pm Mon 16th December

  4.    4 pm Tue 17th December

  5.    4 pm Wed 18th December

  6.    4 pm Thu 19th December

  7.    4 pm Fri 20th December

  8.    6.30 pm Sat 21st December

  9.    2 pm Sun 22nd December


Melbourne Chess Club, 66 Leicester Street, Fitzroy


GM Norm Event

Arbiter: IA Peter Tsai (Chief Arbiter)


GM Bobby Cheng (AUS)

GM Temur Kuybokarov (AUS)

GM Frode Olav Olsen Urkedal (NOR)

IM Junta Ikeda (AUS)

IM Xiangyi Liu (SGP)

IM Erlend Mikalsen (NOR)

IM Stephen J Solomon (AUS)

FM Christopher Wallis (AUS)


IM Norm Event

Arbiters: IA Leonid Sandler (Chief Arbiter)


 IM Ari Dale (AUS)

IM Alexej Khamatgaleev (RUS)

IM James Morris (AUS)

FM Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang (NZL)

FM Daniel Hanwen Gong (NZL)

FM Eddy L Levi (AUS)

Tom Maguire (AUS)

FM Maung Kyaw Zaw Hein Maung (MYA)

Albert Winkelman (AUS)

Ray Yang (AUS)



14 – 24 JANUARY 2020


Trinity Wharf 51 Dive Crescent Tauranga New Zealand, one of Tauranga’s top hotels


Organised by the NZ Chess Federation in association with The Mount Chess Club 


$10,000 minimum prize-fund


NZ Open Championship 14th – 22nd January 

NZ Major Open 14th – 22nd January 

Buffet banquet 7 pm 22nd January 

NZ Open Junior Championship 15th – 20th January 

NZ Rapid Championship 23rd – 24th January 

NZ Lightning Championship 24th January 


Entry form includes schedules, conditions and full details here

Chief Organiser: Bob Smith cellphone 0274786282



Australian Junior Chess Championships


The Southport School Australian Junior Chess Championships 2020 will be held at The Southport School on the beautiful Gold Coast from 18 January through 26 January 2020.


The Australian Junior Chess Championships have been held in Queensland 3 other times since the turn of the century. In 2006, the tournament was held at Carlton Crest Hotel in Brisbane City, in 2013 the tournament was held at Bond University on the Gold Coast, and in 2017 the tournament was held at Anglican Church Grammar in East Brisbane.


The schedule can be found by clicking here.


IA Michael D’Arcy has been appointed as the Chief Arbiter of the event.



Located centrally to accommodation in both Southport and Surfers Paradise, The Southport School provides an ideal playing hall, complete with air-conditioned venue, with an onsite canteen plus being within easy walking distance to local shops.


PrepSchoolMap – Building 20, Prep Hall is the tournament location.


Regular transport links run along Ferry and Benowa Roads, a short walk from the playing hall.

The Southport School, 8-16 Lupus St, Southport QLD 4215



Players must be under the age category for which they are entering. For example, to enter the Under 12 tournament, the player must be born on 1 January 2008 or later.


Time Controls:
  • Under 18 Open – 90 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move

  • Under 16 Open – 90 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move

  • Under 14 Open – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move

  • Under 12 Open – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move

  • Under 10 Open – 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds added per move

  • Under 8 Open – 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds added per move

  • Under 18 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move

  • Under 16 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move

  • Under 14 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move

  • Under 12 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move

  • Under 10 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds added per move

  • Under 8 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds added per move


Entry Fees 


Early - By 30 Nov

Normal - By 31 Dec


Under 18 Open




Under 18 Girls




Under 16 Open




Under 16 Girls




Under 14 Open




Under 14 Girls




Under 12 Open




Under 12 Girls




Under 10 Open




Under 10 Girls




Under 8 Open




Under 8 Girls




Blitz - Under 18




Blitz - Under 12




Problem Solving





Registration is now open. Whilst we are working with the bank on setting up a credit card processing facility, registrations can be done via email and bank deposit: Direct Deposit to bank account: Chess Association of Queensland, BSB: 084391, ACC: 205017068, Reference = AJCC + Surname. Email with confirmation of payment and details including Name of entrant, DOB, State, Tournament playing, Contact number.

The early entry runs through until the 30th November, when fees will go up by $20. The Chess Association of Queensland and The Southport School look forward to welcoming everyone to the event.



By Bryan Moss


From October 1 -13 five Australian players (Ben Atia, Byron Morris, Cameron McGowan, Eva Ge and Jasper Moss) competed in the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai (the first time the event has been held in India).  


Byron Morris, Ben Atia, Jasper Moss, Cameron McGowan and Eva Ge  Photo: Bryan Moss


This was an 11-round competition with a double round on day 2 and the rest day not until after the 7th-round – making for some exhausted players!


Making life easier for the players and accompanying persons, the venue and hotel were one and the same (the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Centre).  With a plentiful supply of water bottles and food that was prepared more for Western tastes, the organisers really tried to ensure that stomach bugs wouldn’t be an issue.  Our contingent remained healthy throughout the tournament, which was very pleasing.


Moving the opening ceremony from just before play started to the arrival day turned out to be a good move as the 30 minutes initially allocated for the ceremony was inadequate, on the downside, however, this did result in some very tired players and accompanying persons trying their best to remain focussed (and in some cases, awake) throughout the opening ceremony.  The opening ceremony showcased Indian culture, from drummers to a variety of different dance types, before dinner commenced. 


Our players were interviewed by IM Sagar Shah (Chess Base India) prior to the commencement of the opening ceremony.  The video can be found here.


A new experience for our players was the use of metal detectors as they passed the roped-off section of the Grand Ballroom, where spectators could congregate and take photos before the round commenced, and entered the playing area.  The use of metal detectors also extended to Heads of Delegation who were the only people allowed into the playing area prior to the start of the rounds. After the start of play, only Heads of Delegation were permitted to enter the Grand Hall, but they were unable to enter the playing area, helping keep distractions to a minimum.


Mobile devices were banned from the playing area prior to the rounds starting and while photos could be taken up to 5 minutes after the start of play (from the roped-off viewing area) these couldn’t be taken from mobiles.  To ensure that players couldn’t receive any outside help a corridor was erected (and this was literally finished just prior to the start of round 1) for the players to use when they needed to get from the playing hall to the bathrooms.  


Overall, I think the organisers did a good job of preventing cheating, with the one exception being that the official lanyards given to the players weren’t available for round 1 and once received they didn’t contain a photo of the player.  With no cases being heard by the appeals committee, it seems that everyone embraced the notion of a cheating-free competition.


In terms of the competition, the average rating for the u14 Open competition (Ben, Byron and Jasper) was 1920, with 33 players rated over 2000.  The number one seed was an Indian IM, M Sreeshwan (2449). In the u16 Girls competition (Eva) the average rating was 1767 with the number one seed being Russian WCM Leya Garifullina (2330).  17 players were rated above 2000. In the u16 Open competition (Cameron) the average rating was 2004 with the number one seed being American IM Hans Niemann (2439). 43 players were rated above 2000.  Regardless of the division, the competition was very tough.  


Unfortunately both the u14 Open and u16 Open divisions had an odd number of players due to one team unexpectedly not turning up, resulting in the dreaded bye, which was a real shame, especially for those that travelled some distance to compete only to receive a bye.  Following the withdrawal of one u14 player partway through the tournament that division finished with an even number of players, which a few players in the last couple of rounds were thankful for.


While he didn’t win, I think one of the standout players of the tournament was the 55th seed in the u14 Open division, R Abinandhan, an Indian player with a rating of 1830.  This young player finished 8th overall picking up a mammoth 258 rating points and finishing with a performance rating of 2433 (at one stage his performance rating was over 2500).  After such a strong start it was a shame he didn’t finish with a medal. Incredibly disappointingly, some of the players he beat couldn’t accept they were outplayed, with comments made to other players (and apparently in some online forums) that he must be cheating.  How he managed to cheat after going through metal detectors and using a coach free bathroom is beyond me! That was really the only sour note of an otherwise very good competition.


In one of the funnier moments I observed, which occurred just prior to the commencement of round 7, I was standing next to Board 1 in the u16 Open division, which was a battle between the number one seeded American and the eventual World Champion from Russia (Rudik Makarian).  As the American sat down he commented on the 5 water bottles the Russian had on the table, with Rudik responding that he didn’t want to waste time getting up during the game to get water. The American then proceeded to go and grab some water bottles of his own, returning with 6, giving the Russian a sly grin.  At which point one of the Russian’s compatriots walked off returning with another one, slamming it down on the table and loudly pronouncing SEVEN! It was good to see that even before the start of a tough game the boys were relaxed enough to share a joke. 


Coming as a surprise to our players was that after making their first 40 moves within 90 minutes the clocks didn’t automatically allocate an extra 30 minutes.  Rather the time reset only after the clock wound down to 0. Thankfully we were able to clear this up by the end of round 2, but it still came as a shock. In one game (after clearing this up) Byron had recorded 40 moves so let his time run out to get his extra 30 minutes, but his opponent had only recorded 35 moves resulting in a claim that Byron had lost on time, causing a little bit of anxiousness and second-guessing.  Both players then left the board to play through the game with an arbiter and the extra 30 minutes was duly added to Byron’s clock, showing the importance of focussing on your game and recording your moves properly!


Overall our team performed well and played some great chess.  The Russian’s proved their strength again by winning the u16 Open, u16 Girls and u18 Girls.  Azerbaijan won the u14 Open, Kazakhstan won the u14 Girls, and to the absolute delight (and perhaps relief) of the home country, India won the u18 Open.  For a more detailed analysis of some of the top games see the ChessBase India website.


14-year-old GM Praggnanandhaa R winner of the Under 18 Open Championship centre stage Photo: Bryan Moss


Some games of the 2019 World Youth Chess Championship:


Jasper Moss (1408) v Lovro Novosel (1720) 1-0

 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 Nf6 4. Bb5+ Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. O-O Qc7 8. d3 Be7 9. Qe1 O-O 10. e5 Nd5 11. Ne4 Rb8 12. Qg3 Kh8 13. c4 Nb4 14. f5 d5 15. f6 gxf6 16. Qh4 dxe4 17. exf6 Rg8 18. fxe7 Bd7 19. Qf6+ Rg7 20. Bh6 Rbg8 21. Ng5 Be8 22. Bxg7+ Rxg7 23. Nxf7+ Bxf7 24. Qxf7 Qxe7 25. Qf8+ Qxf8 26. Rxf8+ Rg8 27. Rxg8+ Kxg8 28. dxe4 Kf7 29. a3 Nc2 30. Rc1 Nd4 31. Kf2 Kf6 32. Rc3 Ke5 33. Ke3 a5 34. g4 Kf6 35. h4 e5 36. Rc1 a4 37. Rf1+ Kg6 38. Rf8 Nc2+ 39. Kd2 Nd4 40. Ra8 Nf3+ 41. Ke3 Nxh4 42. Rxa4 Kg5 43. Ra7 h6 44. Rg7+ Kf6 45. Rc7  *



Maheshwari, Ritvik (1506) - Atia,Ben (1609) 0-1

 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.e4 e5 5.d5 Be7 6.Bd3 0–0 7.0–0 Nc5 8.h3 h6 9.Be3 Nxd3 10.Qxd3 Nh7 11.Rad1 f5 12.exf5 Bxf5 13.Qd2 Bxh3 14.Nxe5 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 dxe5 16.Ne4 Qe8 17.Ng3 Ng5 18.Bxg5 Bxg5 19.Qd3 Bf4 20.Qe4 Qb5 21.b3 Rf7 22.Nh5 Raf8 23.Nxf4 exf4 24.Rde1 f3+ 25.Kg3 Qc5 26.Re3 Qd6+ 27.Qe5 Qg6+ 28.Kh3 Qg2+ 29.Kh4 Rf4+ 30.Kh5 R8f5+ 31.Qxf5 Rxf5+ 32.Kh4 Rf4+


Victorian Country Chess Championship

12-13 October 2019 Geelong


2019 VRCL Champion: Geoffrey Gill Facebook

From Country Chess Victoria:

“Round 1 had two major upsets - Jack Smith defeated second seed Nigel Barrow, and Bas van Riel fell to lower-rated Sean Macak. Unlucky Patrick Cook was paired against unrated Alex Leach - undoubtedly a strong club player from OS of around 1800, so no easy game for either in the first round.


“Round 2 saw Ruari hold Alistair to a draw, Sean continued winning, this time against Omar, another 1800 rated player. Rob L and Reza drew in a long hard game. Nigel fell to Alex and Bas couldn't manage more than a draw against 23rd seed, Robert Dejanovic. Jasan had a good win against Patrick Lenne, and Anna Yates fought well to draw veteran Andrew Wemyss.


“Round 3 - Carl Gorka continued his winning streak, taking out Geoff Barber from Geelong. Alex finally met his match in Geoffrey Gill, Mio played a good game against Reza, and Chantelle held Patrick C to a draw after trapping his queen. Bas once again couldn't flex his chess muscles, losing to Kevin. Greg Brown beat Patrick Lenne who was suffering from a cold and subsequently withdrew.


“In Round 4 the two leaders, Carl and Geoffrey G continued their run, with Ruari taking a point from Omar, putting him on 3/4. It was Rob's turn for victory against Geoff B, who had defeated him in a Ballarat Geelong match 2 years previously. Bas withdrew citing poor form.


“Round 5 - Last year's winner Carl Gorka found himself under attack by Geoffrey Gill, but stubbornly refused a draw offer, falling 5 moves later to checkmate. Kevin had a good win against higher rated Omar.


“Last round and it looked like Geoffrey Gill had it in the bag - paired against 13th seed Rob Loveband and on 5/5. If he lost and Carl won against Ruari it could have been a 3-way tie but the odds were long. He soundly beat Rob but on board 2 Ruari scored a surprise win against Carl, putting him in 2nd place. Kevin held KG to a draw, Sean continued his good form, beating Rod Hessing.


“Thanks to Geelong for hosting, and to Nigel Barrow, our arbiter, to Kevin for organising prizes and equipment. Congratulations to Geoffrey Gill, thanks to all players for a fun tournament, and for continuing the tradition of having a Country Victorian Chess Championship for the folks up bush.”


Ballarat Chess Club


Final Standings:

Place Name               Loc Club Score

  1   Gill, Geoffrey     1843 Geelong 6    

  2   Coffey, Ruari      1633 Ballarat 5    

 3-8  Gorka, Carl        2194 Drouin 4    

      Loveband, Rob      1606 Ballarat 4    

      Anderson, Alistair 1864 Geelong     4    

      Macak, Sean        1248 Ballarat 4    

      Daneshvar, Reza    1790 Geelong 4    

      Barrow, Nigel      1932 Bendigo 4    

9-11  Leach, Alex        1800 Geelong 3.5  

      Ghafouri, Khosrou  1667 Box Hill 3.5  

      Perrin, Kevin J    1484 Ballarat 3.5  

12-17 Ristic, Mio        1658 Geelong 3    

      Babic, Zoran       1651 Geelong 3    

      Bashar, Omar HMN   1800 Geelong 3    

      Cook, Patrick      1571 Ballarat 3    

      Goswami, Sagargiri 1442 Geelong     3    

      Smith, Jack        1539 Geelong 3    

18-21 Hessing, Rod       1539 Geelong 2.5  

      Barnett, Chantelle 885  Ballarat 2.5  

      Dejanovic, Robert  1111 Geelong 2.5  

      Brown, Greg        1240 Rosebud 2.5  

22-23 Barber, Geoffrey   1687 Geelong 2    

      Yates, Anna        892 Ballarat 2    

 24   Wemyss, Andrew M   1459 Geelong 1.5  

25-26 Nater, Carl        1071 Castlemaine 1    

      Barnett, Jasan     950 Ballarat 1    

 27   Van Riel, Bas      1712 Ballarat 0.5  

 28   Lenne, Patrick     1467 Drouin 0







9 Sep-4 Oct FIDE World Cup 2019 (Khanty-Mansiysk RUS)

For the record, these were Shaun Press’ two Round One games against first seed Ding Liren of China in the month-long 128-player struggle:


Press, Shaun vs Ding, Liren

10 September 2019

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 g6 5. d3 Bg7 6. Be3 Rb8 7. Qd2 b5 8. Nge2 b4 9. Nd1 h5 10. h3 e6 11. O-O Nge7 12. f4 a5 13. Rb1 O-O 14. g4 hxg4 15. hxg4 f5 16. exf5 exf5 17. g5 Be6 18. b3 Nd5 19. Bf2 Nd4 20. Nxd4 cxd4 21. Re1 Bf7 22. Nb2 Ne3 23. Bxe3 dxe3 24. Qxe3 Re8 25. Qf2 Rxe1+ 26. Qxe1 Qb6+ 27. Kh2 Re8 28. Qf1 d5 29. Na4 Qd4 30. Kh1 Bf8 31. Rc1 Bd6 32. c3 bxc3 33. Nxc3 Bxf4 34. Rc2 Qh8+ 0-1


Ding, Liren vs Press, Shaun

11 September 2019

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. e5 Nfd7 5. d4 dxc4 6. Bxc4 Nb6 7. Bd3 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Nf3 Nc6 10. O-O h6 11. Qe2 Bd7 12. a3 Nd5 13. Ne4 Be7 14. b4 Qb8 15. Bb2 Nf4 16. Qe3 Nxd3 17. Qxd3 O-O 18. b5 1-0


Teimour Radjabov Photo:FIDE World Cup 2019

Teimour Radjabov ultimately won the event by beating Ding Liren 6-4 in the final. “I can’t even feel anything at the moment. It is extreme exhaustion. I am just happy with the last two games in which I was able to outplay him in the fast part, where the hands were moving,” said Teimour after the victory. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Yu Yangyi to finish in third place.


1-13 Oct World Youth U14, 16, 18 Chess Championship 2019 Mumbai, India

Praggnanandhaa R (IND) – 9 points out of 11 won him the open and Polina Shuvalova won the girls. See separate report.


Praggnanandhaa R Photo: FIDE


5-10 Oct South Island Championships Hanmer Springs New Zealand

Venue: Heritage Hotel, 1 Conical Hill Rd, Hanmer Springs.

Organised by the Canterbury Chess Club, in association with the New Zealand Chess Federation Inc.

Chief organiser Craig Hall.

1st M Steadman 7.5

2nd S Wastney 7

3rd J Duneas 6.5

4th= G Thornton 6

4th= E Lee 6 (joint SI Champ)

4th= M McNabb 6 (joint SI Champ, All Canterbury Champ)

1st= U2000 R Christie 5.5

1st= U2000 F Xie 5.5

1st= U1700 N Braganza 4.5

1st= U1700 K Zhang 4.5

1st= U1700 S Taylor 4.5

Results on Vega here.

Consolidated PGN here.


8-22 Oct FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament Isle of Man

The FIDE Isle of Man Grand Swiss was the first time that such a large number of the world’s elite  players (led by the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and World No 2 Fabiano Caruana) gathered for a Swiss competition for a $430,000 prize fund and the avenue for one place into the 2020 Candidates tournament.


Seeded 25 out of 128 and the triumph of a lifetime, GM Wang Hao of China defeated GM David Howell of England in the ultimate round, securing 8 points on this tournament’s unique format to win the tournament from Fabiano Caruana on tiebreak. 


Photo: John Saunders


12-19 Oct New Caledonia Open Noumea

IA Shaun Press was the chief arbiter. Twelve-year-old local Arden Kaemo finished on 4.5/9, a result that included wins over WFM Vivian Smith and Australian veteran Oleg Korenevski. Full results can be found here.


The play-off. Photo: Shaun Press


Final top placings:

1st= GM Samy Shoker of Egypt who won the play-off against GM Adrien Demuth 8/9 of France

3rd IM Russell Dive 7/9

4th= FM John Duneas, WFM Camille De Seroux 6/9


14-26 Oct World Junior and Girls U20 Chess Championship 2019 New Delhi, India

The open tournament had 94 players, including 15 grandmasters, while the girls' section attracted 95 participants.  in the open section a student at Texas Tech University, Evgeny Shtembuliak (Ukraine, 2577) was half a point ahead of Shant Sargsyan (Armenia, 2580).


In the girls' section, twice World U18 Girls Youth Championship winner Polina Shuvalova (Russia, 2412) finished half a point in front of Mobina Alinasab (Iran, 2239).


Temur Kuybokarov

19-year-old GM Temur Kuybokarov Photo: CAWA


Australia’s latest GM Temur Kuybokarov seeded 15th came 18th while Australia's other representative Albert Winkleman seeded 82 came 42nd - a remarkable performance.


Leading scores:


Photo: Niklesh Jain ChessBase India



1. Evgeny Shtembuliak (UKR) – 9.0

2. Shant Sargsyan  (ARM) – 8.5

3. Aram Hakobyan  (ARM) – 8.0

4. Miguel Santos Ruiz  (ESP) – 7.5

5. Murali Karthikeyan  (IND) – 7.5

6. Wang Shixu B (CHN) – 7.5

7. Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.  (IND) – 7.5

8. Mihnea Costachi  (ROU) – 7.5

9. Praggnanandhaa R (IND) – 7.0

10. Volodar Murzin  (RUS) – 7.0


Photo: Niklesh Jain ChessBase India



1. Polina Shuvalova  (RUS) – 9.5

2. Mobina Alinasab (IRI) 9.0

3. Elizaveta Solozhenkina (RUS) – 8.0

4. Mariia Berdnyk (UKR) – 8.0

5. Aakanksha Hagawane (IND) – 8.0

6. Song Yuxin (CHN) – 7.5

7. Li Yunshan (CHN) – 7.5

8. Stavroula Tsolakidou (GRE) – 7.0

9. Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) – 7.0

10. Dinara Dordzhieva (RUS) – 7.0


Polina finished the 7th round game with her compatriot Anna Afonasieva in spectacular fashion:


31. Rxg7! Bxg7 32. Qxh7+! Kxh7 33. f6+ Kh6 
34. Be3+ Kh5 35. Bf3+ Kh4 36. Bf2+ 1-0


She was asked: “Is the gold medal more special or this combination?” With a smile on her face, she said, “I have to say it's the combination!”




28-29 Sep Leo Wilkinson Memorial Rothwell Qld

Sponsored by BBC Painting, IM Brodie McClymont 5.5/6 won the $1000 first prize.


IM Brodie McClymont v IM Stephen Solomon Photo: Junior Tay

Second place was shared by GM Moulthun Ly, IM Stephen Solomon and CM Junior Tay from Singapore with 5/6.

Rating Group A Winner, Allan Fossey, also scored 5/6.

Anthony Solomon (Stephen’s son) won Rating Group B on 4/6.

Rating Group C was won by Aanan Shafiuddin with 4/6.

Micah Lo won Rating Group D with 3.5/6.

Group E was shared four ways by Nicholas Carter, Calen Tang, Chee Sung Lee and Suvan Nag

The Unrated Prize was shared by Kingston Wang and Kona Baldock.


2 Oct  Sydney Spring One-Day Tournament [junior] North Ryde NSW

Jack Keating has repeated his winter successes by winning both Sydney Spring Tournaments. He won every game in the one-day event.


2-6 Oct 2019 Victorian Junior Masters Tournament Fitzroy Vic

Played at the Melbourne Chess Club by round-robin and depending on the number of rounds, the rates of play were:

1. U8 - all moves in 30 minutes + 30 seconds per move increment.

2. All other categories 60 minutes + 30 seconds per move increment.


The winners were:

U8 Girls: Dissanayake, Vidushi 9/9

U10 Girls:  Zeng, Vera 3.5/4

U12 Girls: Chang, Sophie 6.5/8

U14/16 Girls:  Van Sebille, Sulia 3.5/4

U8 Open: Lin,Zhao 7/9

U10 Open: Wang, Cunmeng 7/9

U12 Open: Ding, Rey 8.5/9

U14 Open: Testolin, Ryder 7.5/9


3-4 Oct Sydney Spring Two-Day Tournament [junior] North Ryde NSW

Jack Keating conceded but one game (to Justin Wayne-Lowe)


3-4 Oct NSW Girls Championships (Under 18 and Under 12) North Ryde NSW

The Under 18 Championship has been won by 12-year-old Alaina Vincent. She won all her games except a draw with Amanda Cheng, who finished second.


The Under 12 Championship was won by Chelsea Huey, who also conceded only one draw. In second place was Chanya Rupasinghe.


3-7 Oct Queensland Championships Spring Hill  Qld

Brodie McClymont is the Queensland Champion for 2019. He said “Thank you to Chess Association of Queensland and its President Mark Stokes for always supporting and believing in me, I love him like a father! And to, Josy, my fiance, for being the best nurse I ever met!”


The Championship boasted a field of 24 players with an average rating surpassing 2000. The competitive field included five international players, one Grandmaster, and four International Masters. International Master Brodie McClymont finished on 8.5/9, drawing only with GM Daniel Fernandez. See all the Champion’s games at AuNix LiveChess.


Winner IM Brodie McClymont, CAQ President Mark Stokes & outstanding Tournament Organizer Hughston Parle [who at a recent Council Meeting of the Australian Chess Federation was appointed ACF Junior Chess Co-Ordinator] Photo: CAQ 


Standings at round 9 (last round) 

    Pos Pts ID Title NAME Rtg Fed Buc1 BucT 

1 8.5 3 IM McClymont,Brodie 2332 AUS 44.5 48.5

2 7.5 1 GM Fernandez,Daniel Howard 2440 ENG 46.5 51.5 

3 6.0 6 IM Sandler,Leonid 2218 AUS 43.0 45.0 

4 5.5 2 IM Solomon,Stephen J 2338 AUS 45.0 48.5 

5 5.5 4 FM Stojic,Dusan 2270 AUS 45.0 48.5 

6 5.5 12 Paevskiy,Igor 1999 AUS 44.5 46.5

7 5.5 5 FM Liu,Yi 2247 AUS 42.5 46.5 

8 5.0 9 IM Garbett,Paul 2172 NZL 41.0 44.5 

9 5.0 14 Ostapenko,Michael 1900 AUS 39.0 40.5 

10 4.5 8 FM Nakauchi,Gene 2175 AUS 41.0 43.0 11 4.5 

11 CM Lam,Ross 2032 AUS 37.0 39.0 

12 4.5 13 WIM Jule,Alexandra 1993 AUS 37.0 38.5 

13 4.5 17 CM Davis,Tony J 1840 AUS 35.0 38.5 

14 4.5 20 Post,Martin 1753 NZL 32.5 34.0 

15 4.0 7 Maguire,Tom 2178 AUS 38.5 42.0 

16 4.0 19 Ooi,Jayden 1783 AUS 34.0 35.5 

17 4.0 24 Brady,Aiden 1591 AUS 32.0 33.5 

18 4.0 22 CM Buciu,Aurel-John 1728 AUS 31.5 33.5 

19 3.5 15 Silva,K W C U 1894 SRI 36.5 40.5 

20 3.0 16 Wang,Jason 1860 AUS 36.0 38.5 

21 2.5 18 Holt,Stuart 1824 AUS 34.5 36.0 

22 2.0 10 Renjith,Sravan (W) 2055 NZL 36.5 38.0 

23 2.0 23 Esmaili,Ali 1727 AUS 31.0 33.0

 24 2.0 21 Al Zaher,Louay (W) 1740 AUS 31.0 32.5 


Tie Break legend: 

Buc1 = Buchholz Cut 1 

BucT = Buchholz Total 


4-6 Oct 2019 Queensland U1600 ACF Championship Spring Hill Qld

Oliver McCarthy is the 2019 Queensland Under 1600 Champion.


President Mark Stokes, Hughston Parle & Oliver McCarthy who scored 6/7 in a field of 41 Photo: CAQ


5-7 Oct Hosworth Foundation Weekender Adelaide SA

1st Place: Goran Srdic

=2nd Place: Kevin Sheldrick, William Wedding, Bill Joran & Juan Rodriguez Fernandez

Best U1600: Roland Brockman

Best Junior: Oliver Fenton

Best Rating Performance: David Jeanes

Final Standings:

Pos NAME                 Rtg T Fed Pts | 1   2 3 4 5 6 |  Buc1 BucT  

  1 Srdic,Goran          2092 SA 6.0 | +B8   +W12 +B6 +W4 +B3 +W2    | 18.5 20.0 

  2 Wedding,William      1936 SA 4.0 | +W14  =B5 +W3 =BYE +B7 -B1    | 21.0 22.5 

  3 Sheldrick,Kevin      2004 SA 4.0 | +B10  +W4 -B2 +W6 -W1 +B8    | 20.5 23.0 

  4 Jordan,William       2158 FM SA 4.0 | +W15  -B3 +W5 -B1 +W9 +B10   | 19.5 20.5 

  5 Rodriguez Fernandez, 2185      SA 4.0 | +B11 =W2 -B4 +B9 =W6   +W7 | 17.5 20.0 

  6 Leaver,Kyle          2069 SA 3.5 | +W9   +B7 -W1 -B3 =B5 +W11   | 20.0 22.5 

  7 Mdinaradze,Edgar     1818 SA 3.0 | +B13  -W6 +B10 +W8 -W2 -B5    | 17.0 18.5 

  8 Brockman,Roland      1492 VIC 3.0 | -W1   +B14 +W13 -B7 +B12 -W3    | 16.0 17.5 

  9 Fenton,Oliver        1489 SA 3.0 | -B6   +W11 +B12 -W5 -B4 +W13   | 15.5 17.0 

 10 Retnaraja,Ethan      1395 SA 2.5 | -W3   +B15 -W7 +B13 =B11 -W4    | 15.0 16.0 

 11 Boldyrev,Nikita      1730 SA 2.5 | -W5   -B9 +W15 +B14 =W10 -B6    | 14.5 15.5 

 12 Jeanes,David          825 SA 2.0 | +BYE -B1   -W9 +B15 -W8 -B14 | 16.0    17.0 

 13 Liu,Ethan Yi         1150 SA 2.0 | -W7   +BYE -B8 -W10 +W14 -B9    | 13.5 15.0 

 14 Retnaraja,Athena-Mal 1341      SA 2.0 | -B2 -W8 +BYE -W11 -B13  +W12 | 12.5 14.0 

 15 Cinco,Dino       (W) 1651 SA 1.0 | -B4   -W10 -B11 -W12 +BYE -- |   12.5


5-7 Oct 2019 Ryde Eastwood CJS Purdy Memorial Open West Ryde NSW

Played at the Ryde-Eastwood Club under somewhat cramped conditions with a field of 81, IM Igor Bjelobrk took first prize of $1500 with 6.5/7 and WGM Jilin Zhang in a rare tournament foray took second place winning $1000 with 6/7, both remaining undefeated without meeting each other. 

Igor Bjelobrk and wife Ingela at the Melbourne Chess Club December 2015 Photo: Leonid Sandler

Leading scores:

Pos   N NAME                      | Rtg PRtg Fed | Pts    

 1   1 IM Bjelobrk,Igor                  | 2530 2432 NSW | 6.5    

  2   3 WGM Zhang,Jilin               | 2260 2185 NSW | 6.0      

  3   5   Litchfield,Frederick          | 2228 2071 ACT | 5.5     

  4   6   Rodgers,Jack                 | 2194 2156 NSW | 5.5     

  5   2 IM Xie,George Wendi        | 2351 2125 NSW | 5.0     

  6   4   Largo,Bengt                      | 2230 2015 OS | 5.0    

  7  11 CM Parsonage,Ian P         | 1898 1796 NSW | 5.0    

  8  14     Balan,Jigando                  | 1861 1487 OS | 5.0     

  9  20     Melamed,Daniel             | 1809 1749 NSW | 5.0      

 10  21   Christensen,Joshua      | 1798 1536 NSW | 5.0     

 11  28   Kumar,Viney                  | 1624 1572 NSW | 5.0    


7-8 Oct 2019 Junior Rapidplay Chess Championships Leeming WA

This was held as a two day 9 round swiss at Leeming Primary School with 38 players participating. This tournament replaced the Primary and Secondary Schools tournament normally run at this time of the year. Entrants were divided into an Under 18 and Under 12 tournaments with a total of five age subdivisions.


Chess Association of West Australia 




Under 18

  1st: Rebo Fu (WA Junior Rapidplay Champion)

  2nd: Jamie Laubbacher

  3rd: Julius Clegg


Under 14

  1st: Alex Pimenov 

  2nd: Kundan Dharmampuri

  3rd: Surya Kunan

Merit trophies:  Yash Merredy, Minh Nguyen & Celine Ong


Under 12

  1st: Iker Hernandez

  2nd: Barath Harirajesh

  3rd: Daniel Levin

Merit trophies:  Shaan Barbare, Aarnav Gupta, Anoushka Gupta, 

                   Aaron Levine, Naftali Resnick & Yuvan Muthusami


Under 10

  1st: Anthony Nguyen

  2nd: Eu Jin Khaw

 =3rd: Timothy Kaempf & Yonal De Vas

Merit trophies:  Raphael Resnick, Kobe Wu and Eddie Young 


Under 8

  1st: Eu Ming Khaw

 =2nd: Eric Deng, Ezra Levine & Oz Karo

  3rd: Senudi De Vas

Merit trophies:  Emily Liu & Eric Young


Girls Rapidplay champion

  Celine Ong


9-11 Oct  City of Sydney Junior Championships (Under 18, Under 15 , Under 12) North Ryde


Jack Keating won the City of Sydney Junior Championship with 6.5 out of 8 a full point ahead of last year's winner Matthew Clarke and Justin Wayne-Lowe.

Seth Peramunetilleke won the Under 15 division on 7.5 out of 8.

Shaheel Faizal won the Under 12 division with 9.5 out of 11, half a point ahead of Ralph Tsui.

The three divisions attracted a total of 109 players, which was 13 more than last year.


10 Oct Orange Spring Tournament incorporating the NSW Country Junior Championships - Western Qualifier Orange NSW

Khaiam Ali has won the Orange Spring Tournament's Under 18 Division with a clean score of 8 out of 8, a point ahead of James Joseph. The Under 12 Division was won by Sarayu Prakashbabu with 7.5 out of 8.


12-13 Oct Victorian Country Chess Championship Geelong Vic

See separate report.


12-13 Oct Queensland Women's and Girl's Championship Coorparoo Qld

See separate report.  Four of the top boards being broadcasted live in a first for women's chess in Queensland through the generosity of AuNix. Results were:



First 5/6 Elizabeth Williams (aged 7)

Second 4/6 =Elaina Qiang (aged 7)

=Tiffany Tran (aged 8)

=Alex Yu (aged 7)

Women’s second includes Women’s second and third places and Girls’ third place.



First 4.5/6 =Sophie Watkins (aged 17)

=Yuehan Xu (aged 11)



U16 5/6 Elizabeth Williams (aged 7)

U14 4.5/6 Yuehan Xu (aged 11)

U12 4/6 =Elaina Qiang             (aged 7)

=Tiffany Tran             (aged 8)

=Alex Yu (aged 7)

U10 3/6 =Amy Ma (aged 8)

=Alice Yu (aged 7)

U8 2.5/6 Xintong Zhang             (aged 6)


18-20 Oct Queensland Schools Teams Championship Qld


Run over the 3 days, this hotly contested event was split into 4 sections. 


Gardiner Chess


On the Friday, the Girls Primary and Secondary were held with Sunnybank Hills State School winning the primary event and Kings Christian College winning the secondary event. Over the weekend, the Open finals were held with 40 primary teams and 22 secondary teams playing from as far afield as Cairns. The primary champions were Somerset College who edged MacGregor State School on tie-break (Match points) whilst Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) won the secondary division once again.


26-27 Oct Gosford Open Gosford NSW

Played at the Central Coast Leagues Club at Gosford last weekend with 3 rounds per day among32 contestants over 6 rounds, this popular annual tourney was a shared triumph for Matthew Clarke and Andriy Bukreyev both on 6/7.

Standings were:

Place Name                    Feder Loc Id Rtg Loc Score

 1-2  Clarke, Matthew         NSW 2106 5    

      Bukreyev, Andriy        NSW 2039 5    

  3   Abbott, Peter           NSW 1961 4.5  

 4-6  Raichle, Joerg          NSW 2070 4    

      Wettstein, Carla        NSW 1554 4    

      Sirkka, Pertti T        NSW 1733 4    

7-12  Fox, Dominic            NSW 1662 3.5  

      Tiffen, Rodney E        NSW 1657 3.5  

      Christie, Patrick       NSW 1364 3.5  

      Pisani, David           NSW P 1500 3.5  

      Cox, Braiden            NSW 1557 3.5  

      Chan, Anthony           NSW 1816 3.5  

13-17 Farrell, Keith R        NSW 1268 3    

      Shaw, Ralph             NSW 1388 3    

      Egan, Bill              ACT 1419 3    

      Kucera, Steven          NSW 1347 3    

      Russell, Paul           NSW 1846 3    

18-22 Dibley, Shane E         NSW 1533 2.5  

      Ni, Lucas               NSW 1031 2.5  

      Cooper, Joshua          QLD 1058 2.5  

      Accola, Tom             NSW 1062 2.5  

      Clark, Neil             NSW 1502 2.5  

23-26 Tracey, Michael J       NSW 1216 2    

      Lever, Michael          NSW 1447 2    

      Jiang, Benjamin         NSW 967 2    

      Chen, Dean              NSW 625 2    

27-28 Lukic, Milorad          NSW 1549 1.5  

      Alexander-Meyland, Arlo NSW   P 1500 1.5  

 29   Boag, Sean              NSW 1114 1    

30-32 Russell, Geoff          NSW 1124 0    

      Losh, Gary              NSW 1520 0    

      Timms, Cameron          NSW 1141 0





For listings of major events &  tournaments, see FIDE Calendar & The Week In Chess Calendar


28 Oct- 6 Nov World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2019 Corum Turkey


Part of the Australian team leaves to meet up with the rest at Doha Chesslife 26 October 2019


4-18 Nov FIDE Grand Prix Series Hamburg, Germany


8-16 Nov Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2019 Kathmandu, Nepal


11-24 Nov World Senior Championship 2019 Bucharest, Romania


30 Nov-10 Dec Southeast Asian Games 2019 Manila, Philippines


2-15 Dec  Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series Monaco


10-24 Dec FIDE Grand Prix Series Tel-Aviv, Israel


12-21 Dec 19th Deaf Chess Olympiad of the ICCD Valtellina, Italy


28 Dec-5 Jan 20 95th Caplin Hastings Congress 2019-20 Hastings England


10-26 Jan 20 82nd Tata Steel 2020 Wijk aan Zee Netherlands


14-24 Jan 20 127th NZ Chess Congress, Tauranga NZ


19-31 Jan 20 Gibraltar Chess Festival 2020 Caleta England


1-14 Mar 20 Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series Lausanne Switzerland


5-15 Mar 20 World Team Chess Championship 50+, 65+ 2020 Prague, Czech Republic


2-12 Apr 20 World Amateur Chess Championship 2020 Heraklion, Creta, Greece


12-16 Apr World Youth U14, U16, U18 Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2020 Heraklion, Creta, Greece


12-16 Apr 20 World Cadet U8, U10, U12 Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2020 Heraklion, Creta, Greece


2-10 May 20 World School Individual Championships 2020 Lima, Peru


2-15 May 20  Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series Sardinia Italy


18-29 Jul 20  53rd Biel Chess Festival 2020 Biel Switzerland


1-15 Aug 20 44th World Chess Olympiad 2020 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia


7-20 Sep 20 World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships 2020  Mamaia, Romania


21 Sep-15 Oct 20 Women's World Chess Cup 2020 Minsk, Belarus 



18-31 Oct 20 World Cadet U8, U10, U12 Championships 2020 Batumi, Georgia


6-16 Nov 20 World Senior Championship 2020 Assisi, Italy


1-28 Aug 21 World Chess Cup 2021 Minsk Belarus




1-5 Nov MCC Greg Hjorth Open Weekender Fitzroy Vic


2 Nov Launceston Open Lightning Kings Meadow Tas


2-3 Nov Launceston Cup 2019 Kings Meadows Tas


2-3 Nov ACT Under 14/16 Championships Campbell ACT


3 Nov Maccabi Blitz Yokine WA


6 Nov Victorian 2019 Primary Open Grand Final North Balwyn Vic


7 Nov South Australian Seniors Championship 2019 [commences] Adelaide SA


9-10 Nov Vikings Weekender Condor ACT


9-10 Nov 2019 Kingsley Open Woodvale WA


10 Nov Carmel Open Junior Tournament [junior] Yokine, WA 


10 Nov Wollongong Spring Tournament [junior] Fairy Meadow NSW


TBA Nov NSW Country Secondary Schools Competition Finals Parramatta NSW


16-17 Nov Queensland Veteran Chess Championship Bracken Ridge Qld


16-17 Nov Vikings Weekender 2019 TBA ACT


17 Nov NSW Country Junior Championships - Northern Qualifier Broadmeadow NSW


 TBA     NSW Country Junior Championships - Southern Qualifier NSW


24 Nov Primary Schools One-Day NSW Finals TBA NSW


26 Nov Lidums November Allegro Adelaide SA


30 Nov-1 Dec 2019 Australian Schools Teams Chess Championships Red Hill ACT


30 Nov-1 Dec The Charm City Motel Open Thabeban Qld


30 Nov-1 Dec Christmas Open North Woodvale WA


3 Dec December Blitz Adelaide SA 


5 Dec 2019 Victorian Primary Junior Open Final Brighton, Vic


7-9 Dec Lidums Australian Young Masters U/1200 Adelaide SA


7-13 Dec Lidums Australian Young Masters IM and Open Adelaide SA


8 Dec NSW Country Junior Championships - Finals Killara NSW


8 Dec Queensland Blitz Championships Qld


8 Dec Transfer Chess Tournament and Presentation Day [junior] Campbell ACT 


10 Dec Lidums December Allegro Adelaide SA


12-21 Dec 19th Deaf Chess Olympiad of the ICCD Valtellina, Italy


14-15 Dec 2019 MCC Fastplay Rapid Championship Fitzroy Vic


14-22 Dec 2019 Australasian Masters Fitzroy Vic


15 Dec Christmas Blitz North Woodvale WA 


15 Dec Queensland Teams Championships Qld


17 Dec Lidums Christmas Allegro Adelaide SA


26 Dec Lidums Australian Allegro Championship Adelaide SA


2-13 Jan 20 Australian Championships & Reserves Tournament Kogarah NSW


18-26 Jan 20 Australian Junior Championships Southport Qld


21-24 Jan 20 Summer Holiday Boot Camp Campbell ACT





Tarjei J. Svensen @TarjeiJS Oct 25, 2019 @ECUonline


“Historic moment in chess history? The Norwegian women team played with twins on all boards, The Machlik and Kyrkjebø sisters, during the European Team Chess Championships [23 October to 3 November].”


Twins on all boards? On each board? On every two boards? On one side only of every two boards? An example of a situation where everything is manifestly clear until obscurantists take over.



Facebook 16 Oct 2019


Paul Russell holds the Campus Engagement Award shield conferred on the Macquarie University Chess Society for the student society that holds an outstanding student project during the year. 


Spearheaded by the dashing Russell, the Society revived the Sydney international Open and associated festival events held in April on campus at Macquarie University to universal acclaim and satisfaction. They included the




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