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Australian Chess Federation
No. 601 - 13 March 2021
Editor: Keong Ang
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by IA Keong Ang

Welcome to March 2021's ACF Newsletter.

In addition to being the platform for official Australian Chess Federation communications, other articles that may be "newsworthy" are published. The goal is to get the balance right. That is why suggestions, feedback and comments through emails to the editor are valuable. Please bear with some delays in replies since ACF Newsletter work is done when time is available.

Some authors or contributors welcome direct comments or feedback too. Their contact email address would be published within their article. Others prefer comments or feedback to be routed through the editor. Be warned that I have a tendency to seize any opportunity to convert received communications into content for an article to be published!

Stephen Hodgkin, the author of last month's article (in ACF Newsletter 13 February 2021 Issue 600) about chess notation, "SAN meets a crazy Sicilian", would be very interested in any comments or feedback. Contact Stephen at

ACF Notices

ACF affiliates are continuing to build fixtures for 2021. Several new listings have been included in the latest version of the ACF Calendar, which includes a day-by-day breakdown to help planners avoid unnecessary clashes.
Organisers of ACF- and FIDE-rated competitions and other events of general interest are most welcome to submit schedules for inclusion in coming updates by emailing
The ACF calendar includes dates for major international events likely to be of interest to potential participants and on-line spectators.

FIDE Events 2021
FIDE and other organisers of international events continue to have difficulty predicting suitable dates for events that would normally be held in the remainder of 2021. The following are links and/or extracts from recent FIDE calendars and announcements, which might be revised at any time.
Although no additional information for some of these events has emerged recently, these links may be the first place to find updates.

World University Individual Online Blitz C’p (online) Mar 13-14
Oceania Zone 3.6 C’p (online hybrid) Mar 20-21 & Mar 27-28
World University Individual Online Rapid C’p (online) Mar 20-21
World University Team Online Blitz Cup (online) Mar 27
Asian Nations Cup u14 (online) Mar 27-29
World University Team Online Rapid Cup (online) Mar 28
FIDE Candidates T’ts (Yekaterinburg, Russia) Apr 19-28
World Amateur Championship (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) postponed to Apr/May
World School Individual C’ps (Halkidiki, Greece) 2-11 May
Asian Continental Open C’p (online hybrid) May 20-30
FIDE World Cup (Sochi, Russia) Jul 10 to Aug 3
FIDE Women’s World Cup (Sochi, Russia) Jul 10 to Aug 6
FIDE World Championships (Dubai, UAE) Nov 24 to Dec 16
World Seniors Championship (Assisi, Italy)
FIDE Grand Swiss & Women’s Grand Swiss (Isle of Man) 25 Oct to 8 Nov
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.

Remaining Australian fixtures in the first half of 2021:
Chess on the Fringe (5) in Hindmarsh Square 2021 (Adelaide, SA) Mar 19-21
Term 1 Junior Masters (Gold Coast, Qld) Mar 27-28
Cracovia Blitz (Bennett Springs, WA) Mar 28
O2C Doeberl Cup Premier T’t (Canberra, ACT) Apr 1-5
O2C Doeberl Cup Major & Minor T’ts (Canberra, ACT) Apr 2-5
O2C Doeberl Cup u1200s T’t (Canberra, ACT) Apr 2-3
O2C Doeberl Cup Lightning T’t (Canberra, ACT) Apr 3
Gufeld Cup (Leeming, WA) Apr 4-5
West Australian Junior C’ps (Leeming, WA) Apr 6-9
City of Adelaide C’p (Adelaide, SA) Apr 14-16
South Australian Girls C’ps u8-u18 (Adelaide, SA) Apr 14-16
Melbourne Chess Club ANZAC Day Weekender (Fitzroy, Vic) Apr 23-25
Tony Sturgess Memorial (Hobart, Tas) Apr 25
BBC Painting Gold Cup FIDE Open (Rothwell, Qld) Apr 30 to May 3
ACT u8 C’p (Campbell, ACT) May 2
ACT u10 C’p (Campbell, ACT) May 16
ACT C’ps (Canberra, ACT) May 28-31
Peninsula Open (Rothwell, Qld) May 29-30
Tasmanian Open (Hobart, Tas) Jun 12-14
Victorian Open (Melbourne, Vic) Jun 12-14
Bundaberg Open (Bundaberg, Qld) Jun 21-22
Johns-Putra Junior Elite Training Squad [JETS] Camp (Gold Coast, Qld) Jun 28 to Jul 4

Because arrangements could not be made for the presentation in January of this year’s biennial Open Championship and the annual Australian Junior and Girls Championships, the ACF Council will consider bids from affiliated associations and others to present these events at more suitable times during 2021.
Bids are also invited in respect of other Australian title events such as the Australian Blitz, Women’s and/or Seniors Australian Championships. Although these events are often if not always normally held in conjunction with the Australian Open, they could be the subjects of separate bids with possible variations from the usual schedules and time controls.
Please address related inquiries to

Due to the continuing prevalence of the Corona virus pandemic in many countries, it can be expected that numerous, traditionally over-the-board international events will be held on-line during 2021.
Players seeking selection to represent Australia in these events need to be aware that the organisers may require participants to be members of or registered with the internet site (“platform”) that is authorised by FIDE to present the event concerned.
FIDE has recently introduced rules of play to apply across the various platforms and expects participants, arbiters and organisers to be aware of them when involved in future on-line events. Applicants for selection to participate in these events are advised to familiarise themselves with the applicable FIDE rules and any procedural requirements that might be unique to the platform concerned. This can normally be done by playing casual games on the platform during the days prior to the start of the event.
Details of FIDE-authorised and other major on-line events in 2021 will be included when available in forthcoming issues of this newsletter.

The lack of a suitable opportunity in January for public presentation of the ACF’s annual Player-of-the-Year medals and other awards resulted in winners’ State Associations carrying out the honours in conjunction with recent local events – thanks in large part to the cooperation of senior CAWA, CV and CAQ office-bearers.
Citations accompanying the successful nominations of the following recipients may be seen in the previous issue of this newsletter:
Steiner Medal – Australian Player of the Year 2020: GM Temur Kuybokarov (WA)
Arlauskas Medal – Australian Under-16 Player of the Year 2020: WFM Cassandra Lim (Vic)
Viner Medal – Australian Senior Player of the Year 2020: IM Leonid Sandler (Vic)
Koshnitsky Medal (annual) – Lifetime achievement award for chess administration: David Ellis (WA)
Purdy Medal (biennial) – Lifetime achievement award for chess journalism: GM David Smerdon (Qld)
While nominations for Player-of-the-Year 2021 cannot close until early January, it is not too early to consider nominations for the annual Koshnitsky medal, which is a lifetime achievement award for services as a chess administrator over a range of time that need not encompass the current year.
Nominations for the 2021 Koshnitsky medal will be invited in the second half of 2021. The Koshnitsky medal cannot be awarded more than once to the same person. A link to a list of previous recipients can be found here.

Applications for activities to commence before September 2021 have now closed.
The deadline for activities commencing between 1 September and 28 February 2022 is 30 June 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.
Given continuing uncertainties due to pandemic restrictions, the Council will take into account the difficulties being faced by organisers and will consider applications based upon reasonable estimates and expectations.
Email for further information and forms.

The ACF Council has recently resolved that from 1st June 2021 only tournaments that have been paired and submitted using either Vega or Orion will be accepted for FIDE or ACF rating.
Tournament organisers, chief arbiters and State ratings officers requiring additional information should contact ACF National Ratings Officers Bill Gletsos and/or Graham Saint via

Changes made during the recent ACF Conference to membership of the Executive committee and subsequent changes to the membership of the Council are incorporated in the lists of ACF personnel towards the end of this issue.

News from the States / Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Chess Association Inc (ACTCA)

Upcoming Events
  • 2-5 Apr Doeberl Cup 2021
  • 2 May ACT u8 Championships 2021
  • 16 May ACT u10 Championships 2021
  • 28-31 May ACT Championships 2021
New South Wales
New South Wales Chess Association Inc (NSWCA)

Recent Events

Chess Association of Queensland Inc (CAQ)

Upcoming Events
Recent Events
1st: Aiden Brady.
South Australia

South Australian Chess Association Inc (SACA)

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Tasmanian Chess Association Inc (TCA)

Upcoming Events

Recent Events
1st: Miles Patterson.
Tasmanian Co-Champions: Ian Rout and Kevin Bonham.

Chess Victoria Inc (CV)

Upcoming Events

Recent Events
1st equal: GM Temur Kuybokarov, GM Justin Tan, GM Daniel Fernandez, IM James Morris, GM Darryl Johansen.
Western Australia

Chess Association of Western Australia Inc (CAWA)

Upcoming Events

Recent Events
  1st: Yihe (Rebo) Fu 1st: FM Patrick Gong 2021 WA Allegro Champion: Jamie Laubbacher
2021 WA Seniors' Allegro Champion: Tim Hare
2021 WA Women's Allegro Champion: WFM Kathryn Hardegen

Australian Junior Chess

2021 Johns-Putra Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS)

by GM Ian Rogers

Applications are now open for the 2021 JETS Training Squad sponsored by Geraldine Johns-Putra.

We are pleased to invite applications from talented Australian juniors for the 2021 Australian Junior Elite Training Squad - JETS.

The JETS Squad is Australia's premier development squad, aimed at encouraging and challenging the next generation of Australian chess. (Past JETS members have gone on to become Grandmasters and International Masters.)

Applicants are judged by commitment and improvement, as well as rating, with a loading for applicants aged 14 and under. A maximum of 30 players will be selected, with at least a third of squad members being of each gender. Two places will be reserved for juniors from New Zealand and a minimum of six places for the host State.

Eligibility for the Squad will normally require participation in at least one national Championship event. However because 2020 has been such a difficult year for juniors in many States, there are no prerequisites this year for the 2021 JETS squad.

The selected members of the 2021 JETS Squad must commit to attend the JETS national junior training camp, to be held on the Gold Coast from June 28 to July 4.

After three and a half days of intensive coaching by Grandmasters and International Masters, plus a GM Simultaneous Exhibition, the final three and a half days will involve participation in the Gold Coast Open, with post-game analysis by JETS coaches.

Apply via
Deadline for applications April 8, 2021.

Ballarat Begonia Open 2021

by Kevin Perrin, Tournament Manager.

The Begonia Open 2021 chess tournament was completed last weekend. The committee was delighted to be able to present our 55th consecutive event and appreciated the support received from Victorian and Interstate players who travelled to Ballarat. We finished with a record entry of 157 players which included 5 Grandmasters and 4 International Masters. Many of this year’s competitors had not played in a serious classical tournament since the same event a year ago.

The outright prizes were mainly taken by the GM’s, but IM James Morris managed to edge out Zong-Yuan Zhao to share in a 5 way tie for first place with Temur Kuybokarov, Justin Tan, Daniel Fernandez and Darryl Johansen on 6 points. The latter completed an amazing 14th win of the tournament, some 15 years after his previous victory, whilst James recorded his 5th win. 19 players shared the rating prizes and details are shown on the attached list. The full tournament results and various reports are available at . A report on the tournament can be found at and there are some photos and games from the tournament there as well. Quite a few players were competing in their first major event including some aged 10 years or under. One of those was Paul Dao from the Ballarat Club who scored 4 points to finish equal first in his rating group whilst his coach Ruari Coffey did the same in his rating group.

Thanks to all the players and families who travelled to Ballarat for the tournament, especially those family members who were required to not even enter the building due to Covid related capacity restrictions. In what is now an integral part of the tournament, Ian and Cathy Rogers provided an invaluable and very enjoyable games commentary. Not only does Ian provide expert comments on the games in progress but he gives an insightful look into the global chess scene along with historical anecdotes as well. A disruption to power in the central Ballarat area on Monday morning looked like being a major issue but fortunately supply was restored after 20 minutes. The Arbiter team of IA Peter Tsai, Nigel Barrow and Bjorn Lategan worked together very well and managed to sort out any issues which arose in a very efficient manner.

A big thank you to our sponsors, PPT Financial, Federation University, Northern Star Chess and the Friends of the Begonia Tournament for their generous support. Special thanks also to David and Sabrina Koetsier from Chesslife for bringing a team of players from SA and for providing special book prizes and to Sabrina for her amazing photography.

Putting on a National event of this calibre is a major task for a small regional country chess club so the efforts of the tournament committee comprising of Anna Yates, Patrick Cook, Rob Loveband, Scott Stewart and myself along with other members of the Ballarat Chess Club should be acknowledged.

We welcome any comments or suggestions for improvement of future events from players who competed as well as those who were unable to or chose not to this year.

Vale Alex Toolsie (1975-2020)

by Dion Sampson

The first time I ever saw Alex was at a chess tournament back in 2001. This brazen young man with a ponytail and earring stuck in my memory that day. He played on in a totally lost position against John Myers and got stalemated and Myers was so furious he didn’t shake his hand. The next round, perhaps emboldened by this result, he obstinately played on in a lost endgame against a GM until checkmate!

Fast forward a couple of years, I came home to see my housemate Sean playing blitz against someone.. and the trash talk was fierce. ‘You like it when I trap your knight? Oh yeah I’m crushing you!’ Sean had met this guy playing chess online and invited him over to play but I recognized him. Soon it was my turn to play and without so much as an introduction or a hello my opponent during the game was already exclaiming ‘You like that b!#ch!? You’re getting bodyslammed!’

Who was this guy...?

Suffice to say, Alex had no decorum, no tact and was the most arrogant player I’d ever seen. This extended beyond chess into anything competitive - he was also good at table tennis, poker and video games. And it didn’t matter who you were - the trash talk was an inescapable vortex.

Once at an arcade a complete stranger sat next to Alex to challenge him to a game of Street Fighter and Alex came out with the usual unapologetically vitriolic trash talk. After the victory he started clapping... for himself. Then proclaimed loudly to all ‘Oh yeah, that’s my fans!’

But once you got used to the arrogance it became supremely entertaining. These shenanigans prompted a few of us to also firmly embrace this mock bravado. It was clear after a while Alex thrived on banter and that’s all it was. He just couldn’t help himself. And he was after all finishing a law degree.

Alex’s astonishing ego propelled him through life and granted him fortune on the chess board. He once submitted a game to the ACF bulletin proclaiming it to be ‘Game of the Year’: only for David Smerdon to later thoroughly debunk it. One quote from his analysis:


This is the most brilliant move in the history of Queensland Chess!!! Even my opponent said post mortem that this move deserves a double explanation mark. I disagreed, I thought it was worth three.”

On his best day Alex beat former Aus junior champion Denis Bourmistrov but on his worst lost to an 800 rated junior. He won the Tin Cup in 2004 and for the next year he insisted on referring to himself as the Tin Cup Champ (until Sean won it the following year, ‘just to spite Alex!’).

Alex had incredible self-belief and tenacity even when getting smashed on the board. This was evident in his play but the best example was when he took me on at a variant of chess known as antichess/suicide/giveaway. I was a very strong player at this game but Alex kept on wanting to play me. The score went to 10-0, 20-0, 50-0.. and each time Alex really believed he could win when others would have long since given up. Weeks passed. Alex practiced online. 60-0, 70-0, 80-0. And then it finally happened - after 89 games he won. Very few people would have worked so hard to win at something that so few people played. But with Alex it was again, all about ego.

We would continue to frequent the UQ Chess club during the next couple of years and also play trash talk blitz games. After graduation I moved to Canberra and Alex shortly after returned to Canada and eventually opened his own successful law practice. We sporadically kept in contact but were both pursuing our careers while chess took a back seat.

Alex may be gone but the good memories will live on for a long long time. Farewell my friend.

Dion Sampson

Problem of the Month - No.58

by Peter Wong

Norman Macleod
Die Schwalbe 1976
Diagram of Problem of the Month - No.58
White to play and mate in 2

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

Chess Set Origin?

This rather gorgeous and heavy chess set was bought by Richard Farleigh from the late Peter Parr in the 1980s. It is about a square meter in size. The pieces and table carvings are Isle of Lewis style.

Picture of Chess Set

Richard Farleigh would like to know if anyone knows where it actually came from. If you know, please contact Richard by email,

Celebrating Australian Chess Federation Newsletter #600

by Awani Kumar, Lucknow, INDIA

Australian Chess Federation has successfully come out with its Newsletter No. 600. Let us celebrate it with interesting tours of knight on 20x30 (= 600) cell board. Knight is a curious piece having a weird looking move which has not changed since inception of chess around 5th century in India. Tour of a knight is a fascinating puzzle over a millennium old – the oldest dating back to 840 AD. The challenge is to move a knight on an empty board in such a way that it covers all the cells in successive moves, without visiting any cell twice. There are zillions of knight’s tour on 20x30 board but tours having magic properties are rare, thus more fascinating. Readers can check that in Figure 1, all the consecutive numbers from 1 to 600 are at knight’s move. Moreover, sum of all the 20 columns is 9015 and all the 30 rows is 6010. Such tour is called magic tour of knight.

Figure 1 table
Fig.1. Magic tour of knight on 20x30 board

Although ‘Tour of knight’ is over a millennium year old puzzle but ‘Figured Tour’ of knight is a recent, albeit less explored, field of research. The term was coined in 1940’s by T. R. Dawson (1889-1951), a British author, columnist and ‘father of Fairy Chess’. The name figured tour is appropriate for any numbered tour in which certain arithmetically-related numbers are arranged in a geometrical pattern. For example, Figure 2 is a ‘figured tour’ of knight on 20x30 board. Here all the consecutive square numbers 12, 22, 32 … 242, that is, 1, 4, 9 …576 are also at knight path and when joined form the shape of a square.

Figure 2 square shaped tour of knight
Fig.2. Figured tour of knight with consecutive square numbers in a square shape

Figure 3 also has all the consecutive square numbers at knight path and when joined form the shape of heart – the universal symbol of love. We love Australian Chess Federation Newsletter and anxiously await its arrival. Figured tours are pieces of art having aesthetic appeal. The author has shown just few possibilities – sky is the limit for figured tours.

Figure 3 Heart shaped tour of knight
Fig.3. Figured tour of knight with consecutive square numbers making  shape

Eagle-eyed readers must have spotted that only Figure 2 is a closed (or reentrant) tour, which means that the start cell (1) and the end cell (600) of the knight tour are connected by a knight’s move. In general, it is more challenging to get a ‘closed’ tour and readers may like to compose more such tours on boards of various sizes.

Is It Of Value To Digitise Paper Chess Archives?

by Bob Meadley

Australian and New Zealand Chess has good early literature in books and newspaper columns. The latter are preserved by TROVE but there are many gaps in the National Library Trove collection. Work continues with dedicated volunteers adding newspapers to the digital collection. As for the books, those kept in air-conditioned storage would have long life. Those experiencing very hot temperatures would be ageing rapidly as are my ACR & CW magazines in annual book form and books such as Bignold’s Chess Annual and Charlick’s 1887 Adelaide Australasian Chess Championship.

Is TROVE satisfactory for research? It seems that columns can be extracted using ‘cut & paste’ and placed into an easy to use digital format or hard copy but it is a big job unlikely to attract grant monies unless the chess community thinks it a good idea. I raised this with the ACF and due to the lack of an Archives Officer progress in this area is limited.

The worst gaps are the mighty 19th century chess columns as given below.

Where could this work be done? Firstly, if digitizing of existing brittle paper archives was considered there is a very good run of chess books and magazines in the Victorian Library that would make a good starting point. Gaps could be filled later with a satisfying permanent result achieved.

But, would it be of value? How many chess enthusiasts examine these records? Not many I feel but if they were in digital format more would be accessible but would they be used?

The cost? Just recently a Canadian friend, Wayne Komer, had some scanning done (300 pages) at 50c/page in Melbourne. If we assume a weekly chess column was scanned the annual cost of 50 pages (say) would be $25.
The Melbourne Leader (Vic) 1867-1947
The Australasian (Vic) 1866-1943
The Weekly Times (Vic)1890-1969
The Australian (NSW) 1965-present
The Sydney Mail (NSW) 1867-1914
The Town & Country Journal (NSW) 1871-1913
Adelaide Observer (SA) 1968-1916+
Adelaide Chronicle (SA) 1874-1926+
Brisbane Courier (QLD) 1897-1934+
Sunday Times (WA) 1906-1929+
Tasmanian Mail (TAS) 1877-1926
Canterbury Times (NZ) 1877-1903 & later
New Zealand Mail (NZ) 1876-1893 & later
Otago Witness (NZ) 1875-1906 & later
80 years = $2000 ca
77 years = $2000
79 years = $2000
56 years = $1250
44 years = $1100
42 years = $1050
52 years = $1500+
52 years =$1500+
34 years = $750+
23 years = $600+
56 years = $1500+
50 years ca = $1500
40 years ca = $1000
40 years ca = $1000
Very speculative selection but for many years chess magazines did not exist and the columns covered the gaps. Comments appreciated and will be passed onto the ACF & NZCF. Email Bob Meadley,

Recent International Events

New Zealand Chess News
New Zealand 1st: FM Daniel Hanwen Gong. 1st: FM Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang.

Upcoming International Events

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

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Australian Chess Enterprises Richmond NSW
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Chess Store Australia Burleigh Heads Qld
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Australian Capital Territory Chess Association Inc (ACTCA)

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New South Wales
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Canterbury Lakemba
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South Australia

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Adelaide University North Terrace
Ingle Farm Library
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Modbury Modbury North
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Hobart Sandy Bay
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Chess Victoria Inc (CV)

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Western Australia

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Metropolitan Nedlands
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ACF Personnel

The Australian Chess Federation is an incorporated association (number A 01325) under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 of the ACT. It is the governing chess organisation in Australia and is affiliated to FIDE (the Fédération Internationale des Échecs).


State Association Delegates

NSWCA Delegate: Richard Gastineau-Hills
CV Delegate: Chris Wallis
CAQ Delegate: Shaun Curtis
SACA Delegate: Michael Caruso
TCA Delegate: Tom Saltmarsh
ACTCA Delegate: Cam Cunningham
CAWA Delegate: Andrew Hardegen

Executive Committee

President: Gary Wastell
Deputy President: Bill Gletsos
Vice-President: Kevin Bonham
Vice-President: Hughston Parle
Secretary: Rob Watson
Treasurer: Michael Caruso


Assistant Secretary: Mark Stokes
Assistant Treasurer: Bob Keast
FIDE Delegate & Admin Officer: Kevin Bonham
FIDE Trainers Contact: Leonid Sandler
FIDE Ratings Officer: Bill Gletsos
National Ratings Officer: Bill Gletsos
National Ratings Officer: Graham Saint
Junior Chess Coordinator: Hughston Parle
Selections Director (acting): Tom Saltmarsh
Medals & Awards Convenor: Gary Wastell
Equipment Coordinator: Bob Keast
Newsletter Editor: Keong Ang
Webmaster: David Esmonde
Assistant Webmaster: Dave Thomas
Public Officer (incorporation): Cam Cunningham


Information concerning the following positions which the Council has sought to fill in recent times can be obtained by email to or by phoning 0409 525 963.

Archives Director
Grand Prix Director
Government Relations Director
Publicity Director
Trophies Officer

The term of office for all Council-appointed officers ends each year at the first Council meeting after 30 June.

Solution to Problem of the Month - No.57

Norman Macleod
Die Schwalbe 1976
Diagram of Problem of the Month No.58
White to play and mate in 2

Set: 1…Qc4+ 2.Qxc4, 1…Qg4+ 2.Rxg4, 1…Qd4 2.Rxd4.
Key: 1.Rb6! (threat: 2.Qd1). 1…Qc4+ 2.Qc6, 1…Qg4+ 2.Qd7, 1…Qd4 2.Qb3/Qb5/Qb5/Qd7, 1…a2 2.Qxa2.

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