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Australian Chess Federation
No. 603 - 22 May 2021
Editor: Keong Ang
Published in the Second Week of Each Month
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ACF Notices

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 .

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 Women’s Speed Chess C’p Qualifiers (online) 28 May to Jun 6
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 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 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 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:
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

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

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.

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.

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.

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


News from the States / Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Chess Association Inc (ACTCA)

Upcoming Events
  • 28-31 May ACT Championships 2021
New South Wales
New South Wales Chess Association Inc (NSWCA)

Upcoming Events

Recent Events
1st: GM Daniel Howard Fernandez.
1st: GM Daniel Howard Fernandez.

Chess Association of Queensland Inc (CAQ)

Upcoming Events
Noosa QLD - Australia's premier resort town.
14 to 20 Nov 2021 - save the dates!

"Get back to the boards!"
Noosa Chess Club is preparing the brassiest chess event of 2021.
7 rounds in 7 days, play starts at 1030.
Incorporating Australian Senior Championship.
Up to 2 half-point byes allowed in rounds 1-5.

Accompanying rapid and blitz open events and the
Noosa Novice for Under 1000s.

We are preparing accommodation choices from 4 to 5 star and a programme of optional tours, activities and dining.

Details to come.

For an invitation, email
Ralph Jackson,

Recent Events
1st: IM Brodie McClymont
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
  • 25 Apr Tony Sturges 2021
  • 12-14 Jun Tasmanian Open 2021
  • 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
  • 12-14 Jun 2021 Victorian Open
  • 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

Recent Events
  by Leonid Sandler, Chess Victoria President.
Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) teams won both Secondary and Primary zonals.
There were 166 girls participating in this event. 67 of the players were from PLC, the host. With such high participation rates, it is no wonder that PLC have been Victorian and Australian Champions for 5 times!
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

Recent Events
1st: Yihe (Rebo) Fu

Problem of the Month - No.60

Selected by Peter Wong

Wolfgang Pauly
Deutsche Schachzeitung 1905
Diagram of Problem of the Month - No.60
White to play and mate in 3

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

Australian Chess History

By Bob Meadley

Nice article by Ralph Jackson on Antony Guest (A Guest amongst the Greats!, ACF Newsletter No.602) and it is a feature of family history that at times chess players come out of the trees. My wife who is a keen family historian often found chess articles in newspapers related to the Purdy chess family. One in a Dubbo paper featured Spencer Crakanthorp when he was a young Bank of NSW (Westpac) bank teller in Dubbo just before WW1. He was Cecil Purdy's future father in law. Another was John Purdy's christening before WW2. In that he kept trying to take the spectacles off the minister as the minister bathed him in holy water.

The British Chess Magazine and the Chess Amateur were full of chess and family history in the pre and post war periods just like that article on Guest.

The late Frank Ravenscroft was an habitual extractor of interesting chess items in newspapers and magazines. Occasionally he would include a limerick

A problem composer from Oatley
Examines prize helpmates devotely
He studies all angles,
Improvement he wangles
Am I like that, I ask? Well, remotely.

Frank probably sent this to the late Bill Whyatt who lived in that southern suburb of Sydney. It was a joy as a youngish man to go over to Frank and Lillian's nice home overlooking Middle Harbour and have a meal with them and their daughter Enid who thought chess a waste of time but who was pleasant about it. The chess problems studied later with Frank were a joy though he was well above me... Many years later Nigel Nettheim told me of some chess books for sale at Tyrell's of North Sydney and I got there to find a problem solving prize book won by F.R. Smith. It was a little dear at $25 but I bought it and told Enid about the book which made my point. Chess was a game that survived generations. Smith was Frank's surname when he lived in the Riverina and his pay checks from the Education Department sometimes went astray with the Smith surname. Later he wrote the teaching book on handwriting and was called Mr. Copperplate. Frank had a lovely habit of distributing his chess books to the many visitors to their home over the years. He paid me the honour of willing the remaining books to me and they are still here 53 years later. He had collected a few of the barrister and NSWCA member Hugh Baron Bignold who had his chambers at Wentworth Court Sydney. Bignold wrote the great book "The Australian Chess Annual" which is a good source for anyone studying Australian and New Zealand chess in the 19th century. Just recently I got a PDF of the Purdy vs Koshnitsky match of 1934 and it contains a list of subscribers led off by Dr. Max Herz who was a strong chess player and an opponent of the British Medical Association which disputed his credentials to practice in Sydney. He continued to practice and an amazing 'life' is included in the Dictionary of National Biography and a short obituary is in Chess World 1948 p.24 the Australasian Chess Review. Just another of the chess family who made good here. He was a German and suffered poor treatment being interned here in WW1.

Chess is a fine game to play but it's history is finer.

Recent International Events

New Zealand Chess News
New Zealand 1st equal: Daqi Mao, Hunter Po'e-Tofaeono 1st: FM Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang 1st: CM Edward Rains 1st: William Rui Liu

Upcoming International Events

New Zealand Chess News
New Zealand


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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)

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Problem Composition 
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Physically Disabled
International Physically Disabled Chess Association
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Australian Chess Enterprises Richmond NSW
Canberra Academy of Chess Phillip ACT
Chess Australia South Yarra Vic
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 
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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
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Hawkes Bay Chess
Howick Pakuranga Chess Club
Kapiti Chess Club
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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.59

Wolfgang Pauly
Deutsche Schachzeitung 1905
Diagram of Problem of the Month No.60
White to play and mate in 3

Try: 1.g8=Q? (waiting). 1…Ka1 2.Rc2 Kb1 3.Qa2. 1…Ka2 2.Rb4+/Rc2+. 1…Kb3/Kb1 2.Qg2. But 1…Ka3! 2.Rb4=.
Key: 1.g8=R! (waiting). 1…Ka3/Ka1 2.Rb4 Ka2 3.Ra8. 1…Ka2 2.Rb4 Ka3/Ka1 3.Ra8. 1…Kb3 2.Rg2 Ka3 3.Rc3. 1…Kb1 2.Rg2 Ka1 3.Rc1.

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