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Australian Chess Federation
No. 604 - 19 June 2021
Editor: Keong Ang
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ACF Notices


The following are extracts from recent and not-so-recent FIDE calendars and announcements, many of which should continue to be regarded as subject to revision at any time.

Although no additional information for several of these events has been posted recently, these links generally remain the most likely place to find updates when available.

Major events, previously shown without dates, that have been delisted include:
World Cadet u8 to u12 (Standard-rate) Championships (Batumi, Georgia)
World Youth u16 Olympiad (Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan)
44th FIDE Olympiad (Moscow, Russia)

Remaining fixtures, supplemented with a variety of online events, comprise:
FIDE Women’s Speed Chess C’p Main Event & Finals (online) 10 Jun to Jul 3
ChessKid/FIDE Challenges: 8 years & under; 9-12 years (online) Jun 19
FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar (Kew, Vic) 26 Jun to Jul 4
FIDE World Cup (Sochi, Russia) Jul 10 to Aug 6
FIDE Women’s World Cup (Sochi, Russia) Jul 10 to Aug 3
Asian Schools C’p (Girls) (online) July 23 to 25
Asian Schools C’p (Boys) (online) July 29 to 31
FIDE Online Cadets & Youth Rapid World Cup (online) Aug 1 to 31
Asian Youth C’ps (Bali, Indonesia) Sep 4 to 13
World Women’s Teams C’p (Sitges, Spain) 26 Sep to Oct 3
FIDE Grand Swiss & Women’s Grand Swiss (Isle of Man) 25 Oct to Nov 8
FIDE Online Cadets & Youth Grand Prix Series (online) Nov 1 to 24
FIDE World Championship  Carlsen v Nepomniachtchi (Dubai, UAE) Nov 24 to Dec 16
FIDE Online Cadets & Youth Rapid Super Final (online) Dec 18 to 24

A link to the FIDE Calendar is here.


Most listings for over-the-board FIDE events in 2022 include venues but remain without dates, indicating continuing uncertainties due to the ongoing pandemic. The following events are currently listed:

World Cadet u8, u10, u12 C’ps (Egypt)
World Youth u16 Chess Olympiad
World Youth u14, u16, u18 C’ps (Moscow, Russia)
World Chess Olympiad (Moscow, Russia)
World Senior Team C’p
World Amateur C’p (Malta)
World Youth u14, u16, u18 Blitz C’p (Batumi, Georgia)
World Youth u14, u16, u18 Rapid C’p (Batumi, Georgia)
World Cadet u8, u10, u12 Blitz C’ps (Batumi, Georgia)
World Cadet u8, u10, u12 Rapid C’ps (Batumi, Georgia)
World Juniors u20 C’p (Olbia, Italy)
World Senior C’p (Sochi, Russia)
World School Individual C’ps (Halkidiki, Greece)

When available, potential participants can expect application details of these and other international events in future issues of this newsletter.


June Jam #2 (Adelaide, SA) June 20
Bundaberg Open (Bundaberg, Qld) Jun 21 to 22
June Allegro #2 (Adelaide, SA) Jun 24
FIDE Arbiters Seminar (Kew, Vic) 26 Jun to Jul 4
June Jam #3 (Adelaide, SA) Jun 27
Edwin Malitis Memorials (Fitzroy, Vic) 28 Jun to Aug 9
Johns-Putra Junior Elite Training Squad [JETS] Camp (Gold Coast, Qld)28 Jun to Jul 4
Gold Coast Open (Gold Coast, Qld) Jul 1 to 4
NSW Junior C'p u18 (North Ryde & Meadowbank, NSW) Jul 5 to 9
Victorian Junior C'ps (Melbourne) Jul 5 to 9
NSW Junior C'p u12 (North Ryde, NSW) Jul 5 to 7
July Blitz (Adelaide, SA) Jul 6
Queensland Juniors u14 to u18 (Sunnybank, Qld) Jul 6 to 9
Queensland Juniors u8 (Sunnybank, Qld) Jul 6
Queensland Juniors u10 (Sunnybank, Qld) Jul 7
Queensland Juniors u12 (Sunnybank, Qld) Jul 8 to 9
West Australian Junior Allegro C'p (Leeming, WA) Jul 9
The Checkmate FIDE Open (Adelaide, SA) Jul 9 to 11
The Checkmate Challengers (Adelaide, SA) Jul 10 to 11
Victorian Championship (Ashwood, Vic) 11 Jul to Sep 12
West Australian Blitz C'p (North Woodvale, WA) Jul 11
West Australian Junior C'ps (Leeming, WA) Jul 12 to 15
July Allegro #1 (Adelaide, SA) Jul 13
South Australian Junior C'ps u12-u18 (Adelaide, SA) Jul 14 to 16
July Quad (Adelaide, SA) Jul 15
City of Adelaide Open (Adelaide, SA) 20 Jul to Sep 14
July Allegro #2 (Adelaide, SA) Jul 22
Australian National University Open (Canberra, ACT) Jul 23-25
Wendy Terry Memorial (Rothwell, Qld) Jul 24-25
Winter Rapid C'p (North Woodvale, WA) Jul 25
July Allegro #3 (Adelaide, SA) Jul 29
South-West Open (Everdon, WA) 31 Jul to Aug 1
FIDE Online Cadets & Youth Rapid World Cup (online) Aug 1 to 31
August Quad (Adelaide, SA) Aug 5
Chocolate Chess (Latrobe, Tas) Aug 8
ACT u12 C'p (Campbell, ACT) Aug 8
August Blitz (Adelaide, SA) Aug 12
Queensland Open (Cairns, Qld) Aug 14 to 15
August Rapid #1 (Adelaide, SA) Aug 15
Swan Valley Winter Allegro (Swan Valley, WA) Aug 15
Melbourne Chess Club Semi-Open (Fitzroy, Vic) 16 Aug to Oct 11
August Allegro #1 (Adelaide, SA) Aug 19
Bundaberg Open (Kalkie, Qld) Aug 21 to 22
Tasmanian Lightning (Burnie, Tas) Aug 21
Tasmanian Rapid (Burnie, Tas) Aug 21 to 22
August Rapid #2 (Adelaide, SA) Aug 22
Harris Edwardes Interclub Comp (Leeming, WA) Aug 22 to 29
August Allegro #2 (Adelaide, SA) Aug 26
ACT u14-u16 C'p (Campbell, ACT) Aug 28 to 29
South Australian Rapid C'p (Adelaide, SA) Aug 29


Strictly enforced limitations currently imposed on travellers wishing to visit or return to Australia after overseas travel have compelled Australian Champion GM Temur Kuybokarov and South Australia’s WFM Chi Phan to relinquish opportunities to participate in the forthcoming FIDE World Cup tournaments.

Temur’s place will be taken by a placegetter in the recent Oceania Zonal Championship, Elmer Prudente, from Guam, who will compete with Australia’s GM Bobby Cheng in the FIDE World Cup tournament, while Penelope Drastik from NSW will replace Chi Phan and compete with Australia’s Julia Ryjanova in the Women’s World Cup.

The two elimination tournaments begin on 10 July in Sochi, Russia, with hopefully comprehensive internet coverage.


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 Rapid and Blitz championships in Open, Women’s, Senior and Junior categories. Although some of these events are 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


In our previous issue, it was reported that a three-way agreement with the Oceania Chess Confederation, the ACF and Queensland’s Noosa Shire Chess Club Inc had been reached that will result in the presentation of an Oceania Seniors Championship at the Tewantin-Noosa RSL from 13 to 20 November, with the highest-scoring Australian Senior being awarded the 2021 Australian Senior Championship title.

The definition of senior for Australian title purposes, revised at the meeting, is: “Players in a Seniors championship must reach the age of 50 or above during the year in which the tournament begins”, thus enabling participation in this year’s event by a player born in or before 1971.

The Noosa Shire Chess Club has now produced an entry pack with details including entry requirements, schedule, and accommodation and recreation possibilities. A link to further information is


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.
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


At the next meeting of the ACF Council, the Council will review the appointment of all Council-appointed positions as listed in the final pages of this newsletter.

Readers with an interest in assisting with the work of the federation are most welcome to seek details of related responsibilities by emailing or by phoning 0409 525 963 at any time.

News from the States / Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Chess Association Inc (ACTCA)
Upcoming Events
  • 23-25 July ANU Open/Minor 2021
 Recent Events
  • 28-31 May ACT Championships 2021
  1st Place: IM Junta Ikeda 7/7
New South Wales
New South Wales Chess Association Inc (NSWCA)

Upcoming Events

Recent Events
1st: GM Daniel Howard Fernandez, IM Junta Ikeda. 6/7
1st: Jason Pan, Savin Peramunetilleke. 6/7

Chess Association of Queensland Inc (CAQ)

Upcoming Events

Recent Events
1st: IM Brodie McClymont

2021 Peninsula Open Report
by FA Max Kershaw

The 56th 2021 Peninsula Open Chess Tournament

This weekend tournament was hosted by the Redcliffe Chess Club (RCC) which was established in 1960 and continues the promotion of chess development in Queensland through such regular events. The RCC now boasts an active membership of 60 plus, with mid week club events hosting between 24 to 30 regular attendees.

Chief event organiser was Mark Stokes (RCC and CAQ President)

Arbiters were FA Max Kershaw and NA David Esmonde.

Major sponsors were BBC Painting (this company has been a long term and valued contributor to the promotion of chess in Queensland); Grace Lutheran College and the RCC.

There were 6 rounds held over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May, 2021. Time control was 60 minutes each, plus 20 seconds a move from move 1. The tournament was run using Vega (there needs to be more on-line and face to face training for this program – a challenge for the ACF to show some leadership). There were 71 entrants, with top seed being IM Brodie McClymont. Of the entrants – 14 were unrated and about 60% were juniors.

All relevant tournament data – list of players; round by round pairings and results were posted to chess chat.

The top 6 boards were televised live to the internet at:
Prize money on offer was $2,500.00.

The event was run with a strict covid plan in place. All entry fees, as well as prize distributions were done via bank transfers.  

1st - IM Brodie McClymont

=2nd - FM Yi Liu and FM Gene Nakauchi

Rating Group A - 3 way tie Aiden Brady, Jayden Ooi and Benjamin Leong

Rating Group B - Joshua Cooper

Rating Group C - Austin Chen

Rating Group D - Dario Tsai

Rating Group E - Mathew Smith

Best unrated - Christian Barkley

Just some general observations:

Overall, the collective playing strength of the juniors continues to improve. Jayden Ooi and Sravan Renjith are now seasoned tournament players at the top level and are pushing the higher rated players to their limit. There are no easy round 1 and 2 wins for the higher rated players – quick wins through blunders and early draws are a thing of the past. Christian Barkley, from the unrated group, is an extremely strong player whose rating, once calculated, should be high to reflect his astute playing technique.

Renowned chess stalwart David Lovejoy had a medical incident during round 6 when he was playing Mark Stokes. Fortunately a qualified nurse (Brodie's girlfriend Josie) was on hand to help David as an ambulance was on the way. When asked how he was by the ambulance officers he said that he had 3 pawns for the exchange!!! All wish David a speedy recovery and return back to the chess scene.

The tournament continued the friendly and supportive atmosphere of the Queensland chess scene and augers well for the future as we move to a post covid society.
South Australia

South Australian Chess Association Inc (SACA)

Upcoming Events
  • Various local events are published in SACA website.

Tasmanian Chess Association Inc (TCA)

Upcoming Events
  • 8 Aug Chocolate Chess 2021
  • 21 Aug Tasmanian Lightning 2021
  • 21-22 Aug Tasmanian Rapid 2021
  • 30-31 Oct Launceston Cup 2021

Chess Victoria Inc (CV)

Upcoming Events
  • 28 Jun - 9 Aug MCC Edwin Malitis Memorials
  • 5-9 Jul Victorian Junior Championship
  • 11 Jul - 12 Sep Victorian Championship
  • 19 Sep Victorian Junior Blitz
  • 26 Sep CV Rapid Play 1
  • 27 Sep - 1 Oct CV Junior Masters
  • 3 Oct CV Rapid Play 2
  • 10 Oct - 28 Nov CV Seniors and Womens Championship
  • 18 Oct - 6 Dec MCC Bob Brooking Round Robins
  • 29 Oct - 2 Nov MCC Greg Hjorth Open Weekender
  • 4-5 Nov Australian Schools Teams Championship (ASTC)
  • 20 Dec Victorian Blitz
Western Australia

Chess Association of Western Australia Inc (CAWA)

Upcoming Events
  • 16 May - 27 Jun 2021 WA Open Chess Championships
  • 9 Jul 2021 WA Junior Allegro Championship
  • 12-15 Jul 2021 State Junior Championships
  • 25 Jul Winter Rapid Championship
  • 31 Jul - 1 Aug South-West Open
  • 15 Aug Swan Valley Winter Allegro
  • 19 Sep Rhein-Donau Blitz
  • 30 Sep - 1 Oct WA Junior Rapidplay Championship
  • 9-10 Oct Willetton Open
  • 24 Oct Swan Valley Allegro
  • 7-14 Nov Kingsley Open
  • 28 Nov Maccabi Blitz
  • 4-5 Dec Christmas Open
  • 12 Dec Christmas Blitz

Problem of the Month - No.61

Selected by Peter Wong

Geoffrey Mott-Smith
The Chess Review 1939
Diagram of Problem of the Month - No.61
White to play and mate in 2

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

Recent International Events

New Zealand Chess News
New Zealand
  1st: FM Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang. 22/27 1st: IM Russell J Dive. 5.5/6 1st: IM Brodie McClymont. 6/6 1st equal: Quentin J F Johnson, Benedict Suazo, Romero Suggate, Richie Christie. 4/5 1st equal: Baraa Zara, Tejasvi Kichavadi. 5/6

Upcoming International Events

New Zealand Chess News
New Zealand


Laws of Chess 
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Live ratings
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Pairing Programs
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Vega or Orion only accepted for FIDE or ACF rating from 1st June 2021

ACF Rating Calculator with Barry Cox
ACF Rating Lookup Dave Thomas
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World Chess Federation (FIDE)
Hong Kong
New Zealand
Asian Chess Federation
ASEAN Chess Confederation
Commonwealth Chess Association
European Chess Union
Oceania Chess Confederation

State & Territory Associations
Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory Chess Association Inc (ACTCA)
New South Wales New South Wales Chess Association Inc (NSWCA)
Queensland Chess Association of Queensland Inc (CAQ)
South Australia South Australian Chess Association Inc (SACA)
Tasmania Tasmanian Chess Association Inc (TCA)
Victoria Chess Victoria Inc (CV)
Western Australia Chess Association of Western Australia Inc (CAWA)

Junior Chess
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Queensland Junior Chess
South Australia
West Australia See "Juniors" tab

Correspondence chess
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International Correspondence Chess Federation

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Trade Associations
Association of Chess Professionals

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Chess Federation of Canada
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Newspaper columns archived
West Australian David Ellis

chessexpress FM Shaun Press
Chesslife David Koetsier GM David Smerdon
Gary's Chess Blog IM Gary Lane's monthly book reviews
GM Max Illingworth’s Blog GM Max Illingworth New Zealand Chess News

Chess People
IM Javier Gil
GM Max Illingworth
Mato Jelic
FM William (Bill) Jordan
GM Moulthun Ly
Melbourne Chess Club

Games Archive
OzBase Paul Dunn

Problem Composition 
World Federation for Chess Composition
OzProblems Peter Wong

VirtualPieces Peter Wong

Physically Disabled
International Physically Disabled Chess Association
International  Braille Chess Association

Australian Chess Enterprises Richmond NSW
Canberra Academy of Chess Phillip ACT
Chess Australia South Yarra Vic
Chess People Brisbane Qld
Chess School SA Salisbury SA
Chess Store Australia Burleigh Heads Qld
Chess World Ormond Vic
Gambit Chess Supplies Harrington Park NSW
Gardiner Chess Mudgeeraba Qld
Knights & Bytes Hindmarsh SA
Lakner Chess Perth SA
Northern Star Chess Balwyn North Vic
Sydney Academy of Chess Burwood NSW
Topchess Qld 
Total Chess Perth WA

Chess Clubs

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Chess Association Inc (ACTCA)

Gungahlin (Belconnen) Gungahlin
Canberra Canberra City
Tuggeranong Wanniassa

New South Wales
New South Wales Chess Association Inc (NSWCA)

Canterbury Lakemba
Central Coast Leagues Gosford
Dubbo RSL
Harbord Diggers Freshwater
Newcastle District Chess Association Newcastle West
Norths Cammeray
Port Macquarie
Rooty Hill
Ryde Eastwood West Ryde
St George Kogarah
Sydney Burwood
Wagga Wagga
Wilton Community
Wollongong Balgownie

New Zealand

New Zealand Chess Federation Inc (NZCF)

Auckland Chess Association
Auckland Chess Centre
Canterbury Chess Club
Hamilton Chess Club
Hawkes Bay Chess
Howick Pakuranga Chess Club
Kapiti Chess Club
Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club
North Shore Chess Club
Otago Chess Club
Papatoetoe Chess Club
Summit Chess Club
Tauranga RSA Chess Club
Waitakere Chess Club
Wellington Chess Club


Chess Association of Queensland Inc (CAQ)

Brisbane Woolloongabba
Gold Coast Nerang
Logan City Springwood
City of Redcliffe Rothwell
Redlands Cleveland
Suncoast Buderim
The Gap
Townsville Pimlico

South Australia

South Australian Chess Association Inc (SACA)

Adelaide University North Terrace
Ingle Farm Library
LeFevre Queenstown
Marion Cultural Oaklands Park
Modbury Modbury North
West Torrens North Plympton


Tasmanian Chess Association Inc (TCA)

Burnie Havenview  
Devonport East Devonport 
Hobart Sandy Bay
Launceston  Kings Meadow


Chess Victoria Inc (CV)

Bandicoot Craigieburn
Box Hill Ashwood
Canterbury Junior Ashwood
Hobsons Bay Altona
Melbourne Fitzroy
Noble Park
Serbian North Fitzroy

Western Australia

Chess Association of Western Australia Inc (CAWA)

Metropolitan Nedlands
Perth Woodvale
Southern Suburbs Leeming

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: Leonid Sandler
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.61

Geoffrey Mott-Smith
The Chess Review 1939
Diagram of Problem of the Month No.61
White to play and mate in 2

Key: 1.Ka2! (threat: 2.Qb3). 1…Qa3+ 2.Qxa3, 1…Qc4+ 2.Qxc4, 1…Qd5+/Qa7 2.Nd5, 1…Qa5 2.Qxa5, 1…Qb5 2.Qd4, 1…Qb4 2.Qc2, 1…Qb6 2.Qc4/Nd5.

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