News Archives for 2004



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(20 Dec 2004):

Asian Youth Championships 2004

Angela Song wins Silver Medal in Asian Girls Under 12!

Seven NSW players were among the ten Australians who took part in the Asian Youth Championships in Singapore in the first half of December. All did well but the best results were achieved by the Song siblings, Angela and Raymond. Angela won the silver medal in the Girls Under 12, while Raymond came seventh in the Open Under 10.

Results of the NSW players were:

                                    Score       Place

   Division    Player                /9    (after tie-break)


   Open  U14   Justin Huang          5          16/42

   Open  U12   William Xu            4.5        27/52

   Open  U12   Edwin Wu              4.5        29/52

   Open  U10   Raymond Song          6           7/46

   Open  U08   Sebastian Soltysik    2.5        38/40

   Girls U12   Angela Song           7           2/41

   Girls U12   Adelaide Soltysik     4.5        20/41

For full details see

(19 Dec 2004):

NSW Country Junior Championships 2004

Sebastian Jurd regains Under 18 title
Jordan Morris wins Under 12 title after marathon play-off

In the finals of the NSW Country Junior Championships the Under 18 title has been won by Sebastian Jurd of Wentworth Falls - he previously won in 2002, but did not play in 2003.

The Under 12 finals tournament produced a tie between Jordan Morris of Bulli and Alex Boyd of Newcastle. A two-game play-off match was tied, as was a second two-game match, and a third, before Jordan won the next two games (giving a total play-off score of 5-3).

Full results here!

(15 Dec 2004):

Australian Schools Teams Championships 2004

NSW teams achieve two firsts and two thirds - Congratulations!

Secondary Open Winners:  Sydney Boys High School
Secondary Girls Winners:  Abbotsleigh

Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory came third in the Primary Open
(first was Worongary State School of Queensland).
Summer Hill Public School came third in the Primary Girls
(first was Curtin Primary School of ACT).

(30 Nov 2004):

Primary Schools Competition 2004

Competition Winners: Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory

The Primary Schools Competition which commenced in second term has now been completed.
The competition attracted 1200 teams (of four players) from 419 schools and was held in 33 zones throughout the state, followed by knock-out finals.

In the grand final the Metropolitan Champions, Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory, defeated the Country Champions, The Junction Public School from Newcastle.

These same schools featured in the finals of the Primary Schools One-Day Tournaments which finished a few days before (see story below).

Details of the competition may be found by clicking on Schools at left and then looking under the heading Primary Schools Competition.

(28 Nov 2004):

Primary Schools One-Day Tournaments 2004

The Junction Public School wins Country District Finals
Sydney Grammar St Ives Preparatory wins Metropolitan and State Finals

The Primary Schools One-Day series (34 district tournaments plus two sets of finals) is over for 2004.

Congratulations to the winning teams - The Junction Public School which won the Country Districts Finals (15 teams from 15 district tournaments) and Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory  which won the Metropolitan Finals (58 teams from 19 tournaments). Teams in this competition are of three players. As usual the top finishing teams from the Country Districts Finals were invited to participate in the Metropolitan Finals which therefore doubled as the State Finals.

Announced at the Finals was the good news that Accor Asia Pacific's sponsorship of this competition will be continuing next year. Thank you, Accor!

Full results here!

These and other details can also be accessed by clicking on Schools at left and then looking under the heading Primary Schools One-Day Tournaments.

(15 Nov 2004):

Country Secondary Schools Competition 2004

The NSW Country Secondary Schools Competition Finals, contested in Sydney by the winning teams from the six country regions, has been won by Coffs Harbour Christian School.

Full results here!

(24 Nov 2004):

World Youth Championships 2004

Raymond Song equal first in World Under 10 (fourth on tie-break)!

Australians performed well in the World Youth Championships just completed in Crete, Greece. An outstanding result was achieved by Raymond Song who scored 9 out of 11 in the Under 10 division, beating the leader in the last round and finishing in a four-way tie for first place. He was awarded fourth place on tie-break (sum of progressive scores).

Well done, Raymond a fantastic result! And congratulations to all our players.

Results of the NSW players were:

                                  Score            Tie-break

   Division    Player              /11     Place     place


   Open  U18   Jason Hu            4.5   =59-71/ 85   65th

   Open  U16   Ronald Yu           6.5   =23-35/115   30th

   Open  U16   Vincent Suttor      6     =36-52/115   52nd

   Open  U12   Max Illingworth     5     =69-86/122   85th

   Open  U10   Raymond Song        9      =1-4 /130    4th

   Girls U16   Heather Huddleston  5.5   =33-50/ 81   38th

   Girls U12   Angela Song         6.5   =18-23/ 84   20th 

As is to be expected in a World event, these championships are tough! All divisions contained titled players (even the two Under 10 divisions!) the Open U18, for example, contained 2 GMs, 1 WGM, 12 IMs and 17 FMs (32 titles amongst the 85 players).

For full details see

(8 Oct 2004):

City of Sydney Junior Championships 2004

A smaller than usual field contested this year's City of Sydney Junior Championships. Although all three sections were closely fought, each produced an outright winner without the need for playoffs. The winners were:

Under 18:  Michael Morris
Under 15:  Joseph Nguyen
Under 12:  Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy

Full results here!

(1 Oct 2004):

NSW Girls Championships 2004

Vaness Reid and Angela Song  have tied for first place in the NSW Girls Championship (Under 18) and will play off for the title.  Full results here!

The NSW Girls Under 12 Championship has been won by Joanne TanFull results here!

(1 Oct 2004):

Spring One- and Two-Day Tournaments 2004

The 224-player Spring One-Day Tournament  has been won by 13-year-old Justin Huang.

Full results here!

Following his successes in Winter, Jason Hu has won the Spring Two-Day Tournament.

Full results here!

(17 Sep 2004):

Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition 2004

After a protracted series of finals (due to the closeness of the competition with many tied matches requiring replays), the Metropolitan Secondary Schools Teams Competition has at last concluded.

Congratulations to the following winners:
Junior Grade
(years 7-8): Sydney Grammar School
Intermediate Grade
(years 9-10): Knox Grammar School
Senior Grade
(years 11-12): Sydney Boys High School

Full results here!

(12 Sep 2004):

Schools Chess CHALLENGE 2004

122 teams from 73 schools took part in this year's Schools Chess Challenge,
held at Knox Grammar School.
Sydney Grammar St Ives Preparatory
won the Primary Schools section
and Sydney Boys High won the Secondary Schools section.

Full results here!

(17 Jul 2004):

Edwin Wu wins 2004 NSW Under 12 Championship Play-Off

The play-off between Edwin Wu and William Xu for the NSW Under 12 title has taken place.
Their two-game match was tied 1-1 and a further two games were then played - Edwin won both of these, finishing the last game in fine style with a queen sacrifice forcing checkmate. Well done, Edwin!

(16 Jul 2004):

NSW Junior Championships 2004

Ronald Yu is the new NSW Junior Champion.
Ronald clinched the title by drawing his last round game. Second was Kevin O'Chee and third was Raymond Song.    Full details here!

William Xu and Edwin Wu tied for first place in the Under 12.
They will play off for the title.  Full details here!

Congratulations to Yu, Xu and Wu!!

(9 Jul 2004):

Jason Hu (again!) and Sebastian Jurd win Winter 2004 Two-Day Tournament

Jason and Sebastian scored 9.5 out of 11. Third on 9 points was Edwin Wu.
205 players took part.  Details here!

(7 Jul 2004):

Quadruple Tie in Winter 2004 One-Day Tournament

The Winter One-Day tournament proved popular, attracting 269 players.
Equal first were Jason Hu, Jonathan Shen, Nicholas Chernih and Blair Mandla, all with 6.5 out of 7.  Details here!

(30 Jun 2004):

Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament 2004

Trinity Grammar School Wins the Terrey Shaw Shield

Three schools - Trinity Grammar, Girraween High and Sydney Grammar - tied for first place in the Open division of the 2004 Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament.  Trinity was awarded the Terrey Shaw Shield on tie-break.
Sydney Grammar won the Junior division (Years 7-9)
 Full results here!

(22 Apr 2004):

Three Way First in Autumn 2004 Two Day-Tournament!

Max Illingworth, Michael Morris and Sebastian Jurd all finished on 8.5 out of 10 in the massive 203 players event! Full details here!

(15 Apr 2004):

Blair Mandla Wins Autumn 2004 One-Day Tournament

With 234 players the Autumn One-Day tournament was a success for Blair Mandla with 6.5/7 There was a pack of 11 players on 6 just behind! Details here!

Who will win next weekends Autumn Two-Day Event! There is still time to enter!

(25 Jan 2004):

The 2004 Australian Junior Championships, Perth

This years Championships resulted in another successful tournament for NSW players. Heather Huddleston was the winner of the Under 18 girls title with an outstanding 11 out of 11! Congratulations to Heather for being girls Champion!

Congratulations also to Vincent Suttor for winning the Under 16 title and Max Illingworth for the Under 12 title. Deborah Ng also was a winner of the Under 12 girls tournament!