NSW Junior Chess League
(17 Oct 2014):
Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition 2014
The 2014 Metropolitan Secondary Schools Teams Competition, which commenced at the beginning of second term, has concluded. The winners of the three grades were as follows:
Senior Grade (Years 11-12): Sydney Technical High School
The competition attracted 299 teams from 90 schools. These were divided into four regions and then into divisions of approximately 8 teams. Division winners qualified for knock-out region finals, the winners of which progressed to the competition (inter-region) finals in each grade.
As the competition is in three separate school-year-based grades and does not produce an overall secondary schools winner (with players from any secondary year) a separate selection playoff was held to determine the Secondary Open and Secondary Girls teams to represent NSW in the Australian Schools Teams Competition to be held in Adelaide in December:
Secondary Open: Marist College Eastwood
(6 Oct 2014):
World Youth Championships, Durban, 2014
Eleven Australians, including four from NSW, participated in the World Youth Championships which have just finished in Durban, South Africa. Their results were as follows:
Congratulations to all on their excellent results in a tough tournament. Detailed results can be found on www.chess-results.com (country code RSA).
(3 Oct 2014):
City of Sydney Junior Championships 2014
Shucheng Zheng wins Under 18 Championship
Joshua Behar wins Under 15 Championship
Michael Pogrebinsky and Luke Marsh tie in Under 12 Championship
Shucheng (Tony) Zheng has won the City of Sydney Junior (Under 18) title, conceding only one draw (to Thomas Xuan, who came second).
Joshua Behar has won the Under 15 Championship, half a point ahead of Kristine Quek and Linus Cooper.
The Under 12 Championship ended in a tie between Michael Pogrebinsky and Luke Marsh, who finished half a point ahead of Matthew Clarke and Timothy Leong. Michael and Luke will play off for the title.
Although the Under 18 division had fewer players than last year, the Under 15 and Under 12 had considerably more, growing by 42% and 115% respectively.
For full scores click on "Results" in the left-hand column.
(2 Oct 2014):
Spring Tournaments 2014
Matthew Clarke wins Newcastle Spring Tournament
Eleven-year-old Matthew Clarke has won the Newcastle Spring Tournament with a clean score of 7/7.
The Maddern brothers Gil and Titus have taken the top two places in the Western Riverina Spring Tournament in Griffith in a record field of 64 players.
Linus Cooper and Kerry Lin (ages 13 and 11 respectively) shared first place in the Sydney Spring One-Day Tournament, which attracted 155 players. They finished half a point ahead of six players who tied for third place.
Thomas (Hanwen) Xuan has won the Sydney Two-Day Tournament with a handsome margin of two points ahead of George Bai.
Nikhil Rajesh has won the Orange Spring Under 18 tournament, half a point ahead of Sherjeel Ahmad. The Under 12 tournament was won by James Joseph by a large margin of two points ahead of Ishu Rawat.
For full scores click on "Results" in the menu in the left-hand column.
(27 Sept 2014):
NSW Girls Championships 2014
Shirley Gu and Kashish Christian tie in Under 18 Championship
Anshika Jain wins Under 12 Championship
The NSW Girls (Under 18) Championship resulted in a tie between defending champion Shirley Gu and 14-year-old Kashish Christian. Shirley beat Kashish in their game together but conceded two draws. A playoff will be held for the title.
The Under 12 tournament was won by Anshika Jain with a round to space, although she lost the last round against Jennifer Zhang, who finished in second place.
For full scores click on "Results" in the left-hand column.
(14 Sept 2014):
Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament 2014
James Ruse Agricultural High School retains the Terrey Shaw Shield
James Ruse Agricultural High School has won this year's Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament and retained the Terrey Shaw Shield, which it won in 2012 and 2013. James Ruse finished one and a half points ahead of Killara High, with Marist College Eastwood another half point behind.
The Junior Division (for players in years 7 to 9) was won by North Sydney Boys High in a close finish with James Ruse.
Forty-four teams participated, representing 22 schools.
For full scores click on "Schools" in the menu in the left-hand column.
(3 Aug 2014):
NSW Junior Championships 2014
Cedric Koh wins Under 18 Title
Matthew Clarke wins playoff for Under 12 Title
Fifteen-year-old Cedric Koh has won the NSW Junior title, a full point ahead of Rishi Dutta, Paul Russell and Kerry Lin. Rishi was co-leader with Cedric going into the last round but suffered a surprise loss to Kerry.
Eleven-year-olds Matthew Clarke (from Newcastle) and Noah Gong tied in the Under 12, half a point ahead of Luke Marsh. Matthew and Noah played a two-game match for the title. This was tied (two draws), but Matthew won the second match 2-0.
Full details may be found by clicking on "Results" in the menu at left
(4 Jul 2014):
Winter Tournaments 2014
George Bai wins the Sydney Winter One-Day Tournament
Raymond Li wins the Sydney Winter Two-Day Tournament
Nikhil Rajesh and Jonathon Harding win Orange Winter Tournament
Thirteen-year-old George Bai has won the Sydney Winter One-Day Tournament, scoring 7.5 out of 8, half a point ahead of Linus Cooper and Kristine Quek.
Another 13-year-old, Raymond Li, has won the Sydney Winter Two-Day Tournament, half a point ahead of 17-year-old Jack Rodgers. Raymond was undefeated, conceding only two draws in the 11-round event.
The Orange Winter Tournament has been jointly won by Nikhil Rajesh and Jonathon Harding, who each scored 6.5 out of 8.
For full scores of all tournaments click on "Results" in the main menu at left.
Enter now for the remaining winter tournaments – for details click on "Coming Events" in the menu at left.
(31 May 2014):
Autumn Tournaments 2014
Dunnil Yohanes wins Newcastle Autumn Tournament
Titus Maddern wins Western Riverina Tournament
Nicholas Brown, Thomas Xuan and David Marsh win the Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament
Joshua Behar wins Sydney Autumn Two-Day Tournament
Jonathon Harding wins Orange Autumn Tournament
Daniel Jaeger and Luke Watson win Second Newcastle Autumn Tournament
Callum Byrne wins Wollongong Autumn Tournament
Dunnil Yohanes has won the Newcastle Autumn Tournament with 7 out of 8, repeating his victory of last spring. Matthew Clarke, winner of last year's two autumn tournaments, came second.
Thirteen-year-old Titus Maddern has won the Western Riverina Autumn Tournament a point ahead of his older brother Gil. Titus's only loss was to his younger brother Micah, who finished equal third – it was a good day for the Maddern family!
The Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament produced a three-way tie for first place between Nicholas Brown (playing in his last tournament as a junior as he turns 18 in a few days), Thomas Xuan and David Marsh. Jonathon Ginn from Bonnells Bay (near Newcastle) led the field going into the last round, but lost to Thomas and finished in a four-way tie for fourth place.
Fourteen-year-old Joshua Behar has won the Sydney Autumn Two-Way Tournament with a score of 9.5/11, a full point ahead of 13-year-old Raymond Li. Eight players tied for third place on 8 points.
In the Orange Autumn Tournament Jonathon Harding improved on his two previous equal firsts (Spring 2012 and 2013) by capturing first place on his own.
The Second Newcastle Autumn Tournament, held in May, produced a tie for first place between Daniel Jaeger and Luke Watson with 7/8.
Callum Byrne has won the Wollongong Autumn Tournament on tie-break from Arin Tornyi-Aydin, Hugo Black and Alex Wang, all of whom scored 5/7.
For full scores click on "Results" in the main menu at left.
(21 Apr 2014):
Inter-Schools Competitions 2014
Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition: The draws for Met East, Met North and Met West Regions are now available (click on "Schools" in the menu at left). The draw for Met South-West Region will be available soon. The first round will be in Friday 9 May.
Country Secondary Schools Competition: This competition started in March (click on "Schools" for the draw and results).
Primary Schools Competition: The draws are being prepared and will become available progressively over the next week. Please monitor this page and the "Schools" pages. The first round for most zones will be on Friday 9 May.
(23 Feb 2014):
City of Sydney Under 15 Championship 2013 Playoff
Fiona Shen wins Under 15 Title
The long-awaited playoff for the City of Sydney Under 15 title has been won by Fiona Shen. Fiona defeated Kashish Christian in a close two-game match. Kashish gained positional advantages in both games but Fiona fought back to draw the first and win the second. George Bai, who tied with Fiona and Kashish in the tournament, was unable to take part in the playoff.
(30 Apr 2014):
Inter-Schools Competitions 2014
Primary Schools Competition: The draws for all metropolitan zones are now available - click on "Schools" in the main menu at left. The draws for country zones will be added progressively over the next few days. Please monitor the "Schools" pages. The competition material (booklets and result cards) will be posted in a few days. The first round for most zones will be on Friday 9 May.
Secondary Schools Competitions: Please see the "Schools" pages.
(23 Feb 2014):
Summer Tournaments 2014
Bernard Chau wins the Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament
Matthew Clarke wins the Central Coast Summer Tournament
Peter Dixon wins the Orange Summer Tournament
Titus Maddern wins the Western Riverina Summer Tournament
Jack Rodgers wins the Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament
Victor Lin wins Wollongong Summer Tournament
Bernard Chau has come out of retirement (HSC imposed) to win the Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament. He lost only one of his ten games – to Linus Cooper, who finished second. Third was Thomas Xuan, who led for much of the tournament but faltered towards the end. Ten-year-old Luke Marsh put in an excellent performance to come fourth.
Ten-year-old Matthew Clarke has won the Central Coast Summer Tournament with a clean score, including a win over seasoned campaigner Paul Russell (NSW Country Junior Champion).
Peter Dixon has added this year's Orange Summer Tournament to his long list of tournament wins in Orange. He won every game and finished two points ahead of the rest of the field.
The Maddern brothers, Titus, Gil and Micah (ages 12, 14 and 9 respectively), finished first, second and equal third in the Western Riverina Summer Tournament in Griffith.
The Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament was a close battle with the lead changing several times. Jack Rodgers ended up on top with 9/11. His only loss was to Edmund Yu, who shared second place with Thomas Xuan.
The Wollongong Summer Tournament produced a tie between 13-year-old Victor Lin and 14-year-old Callum Bryne. Victor was awarded first place on tie-break
For detailed results click on "Results" in the left-hand menu.
(19 Jan 2014):
Australian Junior Championships, Sydney 2014
Anton Smirnov wins Australian Junior (Under 18) title
Shirley Gu wins Australian Girls (Under 18) title
Rishi Dutta wins Australian Under 14 Open title
Kerry Lin wins Australian Under 12 Open title
NSW players captured four of the main titles at this year's Australian Junior Championships, which have just concluded in Sydney. Twelve-year-old Anton Smirnov won the Under 18 Open title with 7.5/9, losing only to Bernard Chau, who finished fourth after a slow start. Pengyu Chen came second, half a point behind Anton. Shirley Gu won the Under 18 Girls title with 8.5/10, one and a half points ahead of her nearest competitor in the combined Under 18 and Under 16 field. Kristine Quek came third (second Under 16). Eleven-year-old Rowan Willathgamuwa was second on tie-break in the Under Open 16 and Rishi Dutta won the Under 14 Open title with 8/9. Theresa Gu tied for first in the combined Under 14 and Under 12 Girls but finished second in the playoff. Fiona Shen came third. Kerry Lin and Kevin Shen shared in a three-way tie for first in the Under 12 Open; Kerry won the title in a playoff while Kevin was awarded third place on tie-break. Sebastian Bracks tied for first place in the Under 8 Open but finished second in the playoff. Jasmine Lane came third in the Under 8 Girls (in a combined Under 10 and Under 8 tournament).
Three of the Lightning Championship titles were won by NSW players – Andrew Pan (Under 16 Open), Linus Cooper (Under 14 Open) and Kevin Willathgamuwa (Under 12 Open). Four NSW players won titles in the Problem Solving Championships – Linus Cooper (Under 18 Open), Kevin Willathgamuwa (Under 14 Open), Yifu Wu (Under 12 Open) and Sebastian Wei (Under 8 Open).
The Championships attracted 262 players in the main tournaments (plus others in the subsidiary events – Lightning and Problem Solving).
For full details, including games and the Problem Solving questions and answers, click on the link at top right or go directly to the event's website, www.ajcc.org.au.
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