Saturday, January 28, 2006

Australia Day Weekender Preview

This tournament is set to be a huge success with 70 Participants pre entering for this event!

I'll be taking photos. :D

Stay tuned

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

President Jessop On the Future of the ACF

IN the recent Australian chess Bulletin Mr Dennis Jessop had the following to say abouthe future of the Australian Chess Federation:

The Short-term option

This option would involve a more positive role for the ACF within its existing structure. I deal with it first as it is of a practical and immediate nature and could be begun this year.

The ACF now has more funds available to devote to its constitutional object of fostering chess throughout Australia and so has some capacity actively to promote chess undertakings.

Possible projects that immediately come to mind are a Player Development Fund as an expansion of the present Ergas Junior Program and chess development in less-developed areas such as the Northern Territory already set out to us by David Cordover.

Careful consideration would need to be given to what funds are available to this end, what projects would be suitable for the use of those funds and what priorities are to be allocated to those projects.

Another consideration is the possibility of cooperation with commercial chess businesses to perform functions on behalf of the ACF as a business undertaking, that is for a fee. The first steps have already been taken here in respect of a well-established ACF event - the Grand Prix.

There is no reason why this could not be extended to other projects or to other ACF events such as the Australian Championships for which the ACF should be prepared to take responsibility instead of passing it to the States. Indeed, the ACF's traditional ducking of responsibility for the financial outcome of those events may be one reason for the Mt Buller shambles

I have to say what a greate job Brian Jones has done to get this Grand pPrix up and running. However i do have a few little things to pick on it...... I believe that the Categories should be of total Prizemoney and not just the open prizemoney. I suppose doing things this wayit attempts to get the top players playing in Australia. The second blemish is that I know for one the prizes for the under 1600 division is in fact less than the 2005 prizes. I know it could be a bit of a stretch but rather than offering a second Junior the opportunity to go to Malaysia to play chess, what about the u1600 or u2000 player who cannot realistically win the Open but is rewarded to win a divisional first prize in the GP.

I think that the ACF should steer way clear of David Cordover due to the dodgy dealings with SAJCL and also his contribution to the MT Buller Fiaco. But honestly I do not think it would be worth the ACF's money to sbsidise something that may not work considering that Chess in the NT has already been tried and failed.

The Long-term Option

I believe that there needs to be a complete reconsideration of the structure of the ACF to reflect adequately its national character. Such things as individual membership and a reassessment of the role of State Associations would need to be addressed.

Australia may be unique in that it had a national championship before it was a nation. But the ACF was not formed until 1922 when it was a loose assemblage of State bodies to oversee the running of the Australian Championship. It remained in that general condition for 65 years until its incorporation in 1987. That incorporation had an effect that seems not to have been fully appreciated. Upon incorporation, a legal entity separate from the State Associations was created with nationally-expressed objectives. Unfortunately, the old concept of the new body merely as an assemblage of State Associations was preserved by the new Constitution. Thus we have a national body unable adequately to pursue its national objectives because of a dominance of State interests in matters that largely do not concern them. While State and Territory Associations and their affiliated clubs are responsible for the running of 90% or more of chess activities in Australia, there are national matters that are properly the responsibility of the national body as such, not of the States. Such a concept was recognised upon the establishment of the Australian Federal Government in 1901 but has yet to be recognised in the chess federation.

To achieve this end a considerable amount of re-education will be needed and that is why it is long-term.

I personally agree that the ACF should have individual membership. I know that this may not be acceptable to some state associations due to having some resposibilities taken off of the states. If my memory serves me correct the NSWCA at that point in time rejected Graeme Gardiners motion which included individual membership of the ACF.

I think individual membership of the ACF would be a good idea because it may enable the Grand prix to have more of a "tour" feel rather than just a whole conglomerate of tournaments Whenever. The ACF would be able to determine when tournaments are to take place.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Am i not pretty enough

It looks like the NSWCA Logo might get a facelift!

It currently looks like this:

The arguements are that the A looks like a P. and also It should have when the NSWCA was founded rather than incorporated.

Finally i've figured it out! :D

Some of the pics of the presentation are a little dodgy.....

Aus Champ Photos

Having a problem with putting the pics up here so i am creating a flickr account.

They will be available soon.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Aus Champ Pics

BTW peoples I do intend to post the photos i took at the Australian Champs earlier this month..... In time.....

Friday, January 13, 2006

Wijk aan Zee Starts Today

In my chess career one day i really would like to experience the Wijk Aan Zee tournament. As well as the Grandmaster's A, B and C events they also have an amateur's event which anyone can join.

Anyhow this tournament starts today and will be an interesting tournament. Kramnik and Topalov were confirmed entrants but now it seems that Kramnik has pulled out. Very very bad!

The contenders in the Top division are:
GM Veselin Topalov BUL 2801
GM Viswanathan Anand IND 2792
GM Levon Aronian ARM 2752
GM Peter Leko HUN 2740
GM Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2729
GM Boris Gelfand ISR 2723
GM Etienne Bacrot FRA 2717
GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE
GM Michael Adams ENG 2707
GM Ivan Sokolov NED 2689
GM Gata Kamsky USA 2686
GM Sergey Tiviakov NED 2669
GM Sergey Karjakin UKR 2660
GM Loek van Wely NED 2647

Topalov Has to be the favorite However I would like Anand to win.

An interesting comment

While i was away I recieved the following comment to one of my posts:

I stumbled upon your blog and it was funny as you ... I stumbled upon your blog
and it was funny as you used the same name as my blog.Well not exactly the same
but with very similiar meaning.My blog is gilachess.blogpost.comGilaChess translates literally to Chess
Nut in Malay.Anyway, keep up the good work for Australia chess. Happy New Year
from another chess nut from Malaysia !!My official website: :)

I'm glad that you have stumbled upon my blog! I will be adding a link to your site and blog.

From one chess nut to another best wishes for the new year!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Home Sweet home!

Well i'm back at home now.... back to the daily routine.

BTW i did have picks for the last round of the Championships:

Song - Rogers 0-1
Smerdon - Goldenburg 1-0
Solomon - Chandler 0-1
Wohl - Schmaltz 0-1
Ftacnik - Xie 1-0
Lane - Smirnov 1-0
Johansen - Canfell 1-0
Zhao - Pyke 1-0
Humphrey - Bjelobrk 0-1
Ly - Booth 1-0
Caoli - Guthrie 1-0
Bird - Dougherty 1-0
Frame Moylan 0-1
Wallis - Obst .5-.5

Sunday, January 08, 2006


Calm down now..... its only a loss..... calm down.....
I just played a crap game against Mos Ali.... Was very angry with myself.....

Anyhow My picks for round 10 of the championship....

Wohl - Smerdon 0-1
Rogers - Johansen 1-0
Chandler - Canfell 1-0
Schmaltz - Ftacnik .5-.5
Lane - Xie .5-.5
Goldenberg - Solomon 0-1
Song - Ly 1-0
Smirnov - Zhao 0-1
Pyke - Humphrey 1-0
Bjelobrk - Caoli 1-0
Obst - Bird .5-.5
Booth - Lakner 0-1
Dougherty - Wallis 1-0
Guthrie - Frame 1-0

Saturday, January 07, 2006

round 9 Picks

Wohl - rogers .5-.5
Solomon - Smerdon .5-.5
Schmaltz - Chandler .5-.5
Ftacnik - Lane 1-0
Xie - Goldenberg 1-0
Ly - Smirnov 1-0 I think Ly appreciated to rest day!
Johansen - Zhao .5-.5
Canfell - Bjelobrk 0-1
Walis - Song 0-1
Humphrey - Booth 1-0
Moylan - Caoli 1-0
Lakner - Dougherty 0-1
Frame - Obst 0-1
Bird Has the Bye.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Tourney Report after round 4

Well I'm having a little bit disappointing tournament thus far.

I am on 2/4 which one loss was to the very strong junior Eliot Hoving and the other (which i should have at least drawn) was against Bender who is rated lower than what i am

Now my predictions for round 8 of the championship division:
Rogers - Schmaltz 1-0
Smerdon - Xie 1-0 (Smerdon for GM norm! Go Smerdon! But Xie is a good person I sort of also want Xie to win......)
Zhao - Chandler .5-.5
Bjelobrk - Ftacnik .5-.5
Smirnov - Johansen
Lane - Canfell 1-0
Song - Wohl .5-.5
Guthrie - Solomon 0-1
goldenberg - Humphrey .5-.5
Obst - Ly 0-1
Booth - Moylan 0-1
Lakner - Wallis 1-0
Bird - Pyke 1-0
Caoli - Frame 1-0

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Round 7 picks

Chandler - Rogers 0-1
Xie - Schmaltz 0-1
Smerdon - Lane 1-0
Johansen - Ftacnik .5-.5
Bjelobrk - Zhao .5 -.5
Wohl - Smirnov 1-0
Solomon - Canfell 1-0
Humphrey - Guthrie
Obst - Song 0-1
Bird - Goldenberg 1-0
Moylan - Caoli .5-.5
Pike - Ly 0-1
Dougherty - Booth 1-0
frame - Lakner 0-1

BTW BOOOO HISSSSS at Levi's withdrawal! Off with his head! :D

A little Late but......

These (honestly) were my picks for round 6
Ftacnick - Chandler Draw
Rogers - Smerdon 1-0
Schmaltz- Lane .5-.5
Bjelobrk - Johansen 0-1
Canfell - Wohl 0-1
Xie - Solomon 1-0
Zhao - obst 1-0
Smirnov - Moylan 0-1
Caoli - Humphrey 1-0
Goldenberg - Ly 0-1
Song Lakner 0-1
Booth - Pyke 1-0

Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everybody!

New years day was a rest day for all chessplayers

How did i go in round 4?
1.GM Chandler, Murray (3) .5-.5IM Lane, Gary (2.5) correct
2.GM Rogers, Ian (2.5) 1-0GM Ftacnik, Lubomir (2.5) Incorrect - Draw
3.IM Smerdon, David (2.5).5-.5 GM Johansen, Darryl (2) Incorrect Smerdon Won!
4.IM Zhao, Zong-Yuan (2) 1-0 WIM Moylan, Laura (2) Incorrect - Draw
5.IM Wohl, Alex (2) 1-0 Obst, James (2) Correct
6.IM Solomon, Stephen (2) 1-0 Ly, Moulthun (2) Correct
7.FM Goldenberg, Igor (2) .5-.5 FM Bjelobrk, Igor (2) Incorrect Bjelobrk wins.
8.Pyke, Malcolm (1.5) 0-1 GM Schmaltz, Roland (1.5) Correct!
9.FM Levi, Eddy (1) 0-1 FM Canfell, Greg (1) Correct!
10.FM Dougherty, Michael (1) 0-1 FM Xie, George (1) Correct!
11.Smirnov, Vladimir (1) .5-.5 FM Humphrey, Jonathan (1) Correct!
12.FM Guthrie, Aaron (1) 1-0 Lakner, Jay (1) Incorrect - Draw
13.WIM Caoili, Arianne (0.5) 1-0 Wallis, Christopher (0.5) Correct!
14.Frame, Nigel (0.5) .5-.5 Booth, Stewart (0.5) Incorrect Booth wins!
15.Song, Raymond (0.5) .5-.5 Bird, Andrew (0.5) Incorrect Song Wins!

A score of 8.....

Round 5 Picks:

1.GM Chandler, Murray (3.5) .5-.5 IM Smerdon, David (3.5)
2.GM Ftacnik, Lubomir (3) 1-0 IM Wohl, Alex (3)
3.IM Solomon, Stephen (3) 0-1 GM Rogers, Ian (3)
4.IM Lane, Gary (3) 1-0 FM Bjelobrk, Igor (3)
5.GM Schmaltz, Roland (2.5) 1-0 IM Zhao, Zong-Yuan (2.5)
6.WIM Moylan, Laura (2.5) 0-1 FM Xie, George (2)
7.GM Johansen, Darryl (2) 1-0FM Goldenberg, Igor (2)
8.Ly, Moulthun (2) 1-0 M Canfell, Greg (2)
9.Obst, James (2) 0-1 FM Guthrie, Aaron (1.5)
10.FM Humphrey, Jonathan (1.5) 0-1Song, Raymond (1.5)
11.Lakner, Jay (1.5) .5-.5 Smirnov, Vladimir (1.5)
12.Booth, Stewart (1.5) 0-1 WIM Caoili, Arianne (1.5)
13.FM Dougherty, Michael (1) 1-0 Pyke, Malcolm (1.5)
14.Bird, Andrew (0.5) 1-0FM Levi, Eddy (1)
15.Wallis, Christopher (0.5) 1-0 Frame, Nigel (0.5)

Don't know if i will be able to put up regular predictions for now on that i will be in brisbane playing.....But i'll give it a shot!