The latest version of the ACF Calendar is version 7, incorporating revised dates noted at the Council’s meeting on 16 May, copies of which are likely to be available on request to Association delegates listed at the end of this newsletter.
An adaptable version is also available for club and other organisers wishing to insert local events using Microsoft Excel. Day-by-day listings of major events in all States enable planners of interstate events to identify potential clashes.
The first version of the Calendar for 2022 is also available for submissions via email@example.com .
FIDE Events 2021
The following are links or extracts from recent FIDE calendars and announcements, many of which should 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.
World Amateur Championship (Heraklion, Crete, Greece) postponed to Apr/May
World School Individual C’ps (previously Halkidiki, Greece 2-11 May) now Panama dates TBA
Asian Continental Open C’p (online hybrid) May 20-30
FIDE Chess.com Women’s Speed Chess C’p Qualifiers (online) 28 May to Jun 6
FIDE Chess.com 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 3
FIDE Women’s World Cup (Sochi, Russia) Jul 10 to Aug 6
FIDE World Championship Carlsen v Nepomniachtchi (Dubai, UAE) Nov 24 to Dec 16
World Seniors Championship (Assisi, Italy) dates TBA
FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss & Women’s Grand Swiss (Isle of Man) 25 Oct to 8 Nov
● World Cadet u8 to u12 (Standard-rate) Championships (Batumi, Georgia) dates TBA
● World Youth u16 Olympiad (Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan) dates TBA
● 44th FIDE Olympiad (Moscow, Russia) dates TBA (“European Summer”)
(NB: minimum 30 rated games requirement for Australian team applicants will not apply)
Links to other events currently or soon-to-be listed by FIDE may be followed from the FIDE Calendar 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to email@example.com 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:
May Allegro #1 (Adelaide, SA) May 20,
May Madness #3 (Adelaide, SA) May 23
May Allegro #2 (Adelaide, SA) May 27
2021 ACT C’ps (Canberra, ACT) May 28-31
Peninsula Open (Rothwell, Qld) May 29-30
June Quad (Adelaide, SA) Jun 3
June Jam #1 (Adelaide, SA) Jun 6
June Allegro #1 (Adelaide, SA) Jun 10
Tasmanian Open (Hobart, Tas) Jun 12-14
Victorian Open (Melbourne, Vic) Jun 12-14
New South Wales Open (Strathfield, NSW) Jun 12-14
Queen’s Birthday Weekender (Adelaide, SA) Jun 12-13
June Blitz (Adelaide, SA) Jun 17
June Jam #2 (Adelaide SA) Jun 20
Bundaberg Open (Bundaberg, Qld) Jun 21-22
June Allegro (Adelaide, SA) Jun 24
June Jam #3 (Adelaide, SA) Jun 27
Johns-Putra Junior Elite Training Squad [JETS] Camp (Gold Coast, Qld) 28 Jun to Jul 4
2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN & AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS & ASSOCIATED EVENTS – BIDS INVITED
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 AUSTRALIAN SENIORS CHAMPION TITLE EVENT
At the ACF Council’s most recent meeting, 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.
Organisers are currently considering the possibility of presenting simultaneously but separately an Australian Women’s Championship.
ACF NOMINEES FOR 2021 FIDE World Cup
Former World under-12 and 2016 Australian champion, GM Bobby Cheng (NSW), and co-winner of the 2020 Australian Allegro Championship, WFM Chi Phan (SA), have been nominated to represent Australia in the forthcoming FIDE World Cup, to be played in Sochi, Russia, between 10 July and August 6.
Other eligible Australians are winners of recent FIDE Zone 3.6 championships, WGM Julia Ryjanova (Vic) and current Australian Champion, GM Temur Kuybokarov (WA).
The FIDE World Cup tournaments are stepping stones to the final opportunity to qualify for future FIDE World Championships.
ON-LINE EVENTS IN 2021
Some recommendations for Australian participants in the increasing number of online events are in recent issues of the ACF Newsletter.
The rules devised by the internet ‘platforms’ that present these events can vary in numerous ways and, although FIDE is working to standardize online rules, the task of unifying the rules remains to be completed. All players are therefore advised to study carefully the rules that apply to each competition.
2021 FUNDING SUPPORT PROGRAM (FSP)
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 email@example.com for further information and forms.
TOURNAMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS FOR RATINGS SUBMISSIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org