News Archives for 2005



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(18 Dec 2005):

NSW Country Junior Championships 2005

The leading players from each of the three preliminary divisions - Northern, Western and Southern - met in Sydney for the Finals. Sebastian Jurd of Wentworth Falls and Michal Tokarz of Wollongong tied for first place in the Under 18 and then drew a one-game play-off match. They will now share the title. The Under 12 was won by John McMahon of Wagga Wagga. For detailed results click HERE.

(11 Dec 2005):

Australian Schools Teams Championships 2005

North Sydney Girls High wins Secondary Girls Championship

Congratulations to the North Sydney Girls High School team for its convincing win of the Secondary Girls title and to the interstate teams St Peter's College (SA), Somerset College (Qld) and Curtin Primary School (ACT) – which won the other titles. For full details (including games) click HERE.

(29 Nov 2005):

NSW Inter-Schools Competitions 2005

The NSW inter-schools competitions have come to an end for the year with three primary schools finals being held over three consecutive days.

The Primary Schools Competition (1150 teams of 4-players) culminated in a grand final in which Metropolitan Champions Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory defeated Country Champions Wollongong Public School. The following day the Country Districts finals of the Primary Schools One-Day series (3-player teams) took place and was won by The Junction Public School of Newcastle. Two of the top three country teams joined the metropolitan finalists the next day in the Metropolitan/State finals of the same series – this was convincingly won by Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory. In the One-Day series a total of 1147 teams participated in the 34 district tournaments which preceded the two finals.

Two weeks earlier the Country Secondary Schools Competition (147 teams of 4-players) concluded when the six regional winners met for the grand finals in Sydney – the winning team was Karabar High School from Queanbeyan. The Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition (285 teams of 4-players) finished in the previous school term with Knox Grammar School winning the Open Grade, Trinity Grammar School winning the Senior and Intermediate Grades and Baulkham Hills High School winning the Junior Grade.

For details of these competitions click on “Schools” in the left hand column (or just click HERE).

The 4-player Primary and Secondary Schools Competitions have determined the teams to represent NSW in the Australian Schools Teams Championships to be held in Sydney on 10-11 December. There are four divisions and the NSW teams are as follows: Primary Open – Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory; Primary Girls – Summer Hill Public School; Secondary Open – Knox Grammar School; Secondary Girls – North Sydney Girls High School. For further details see the top right-hand corner of this page (or just click HERE).

(7 Oct 2005):

City of Sydney Junior Championships 2005

This year's City of Sydney Junior Championships were contested by 112 players, nearly twice as many as last year's 58. Raymond Song was in unstoppable form to win the Under 18 with a clean score, but the Under 15 was much closer and ended in a triple tie between Adrian Miranda, Edwin Wu and William Xu. (A play-off will be held to decide the title.) The Under 12 was won by William Yap. For detailed results see "Results" at left or just click HERE.

(30 Sep 2005):

NSW Girls Championships 2005

Forty-eight girls competed in this year's NSW Girls Championships, more than twice as many as last year. Rebecca Harris win the Under 18 title (despite a loss to Deborah Ng) and Karishma Kumar won the Under 12 (with a clean score). For detailed results see "Results" at left or just click HERE.

(30 Sep 2005):

Spring Tournaments 2005

James Cronan scored a "picket fence" to win this year's Spring One-Day tournament and conceded only one draw to win the Two-Day tournament. The tournaments attracted 256 and 195 players respectively, records for our Spring tournaments. For detailed results see "Results" at left or just click HERE.

(18 Sep 2005):

Schools Chess Challenge 2005

The 2005 Schools Chess Challenge, held again at Knox Grammar School, was contested by 111 teams from 69 schools. A team from the host school won the Secondary Schools section while Sydney Grammar St Ives Preparatory won the Primary Schools section. For detailed results click HERE.

(3 Aug 2005):

World Youth Championships, France 2005

The World Youth Championships took place in Belfort, France from 19 to 28 July. Twenty-two Australians were among the 1102 competitors from 82 countries. The results of the NSW players were as follows:

     Open Under 18 - Vincent Suttor 5.5/11 (=46th/105)

     Open Under 16 - James Cronan 5/11 (=86th/153)

     Open Under 14 - Edwin Wu 4.5/11 (=96th/136)

     Girls Under 16 - Heather Huddleston 6/11 (=30th/96)

     Girls Under 16 - Vaness Reid 5/11 (=55th/96)

All were excellent results, particularly Heather's score of 6/11.

For detailed results see the Fédération française des échecs (French Chess Federation) website then click on "Youth World Championship 2005" under Summary.

(15 Jul 2005):

NSW Junior Championships 2005

The 2005 NSW Junior Championship (Under 18) has been won by David Behne-Smith of Newcastle. David was NSW Country Junior Co-champion in 2003.

The NSW Under 12 Championship was won by William Xu who last year tied for first place but lost a hard-fought play-off.

For full results (standings and crosstables) see Results.
For games (all Under 18 and some Under 12) see Games.

(9 Jul 2005):

Australian Young Masters 2005

Three tournaments for Australia's top young players (under 20) were held in Sydney from 4 to 8 July. They attracted players from all states except Tasmania. The winners were:

     Australian Young Masters:  Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW)
     Australian Junior Masters:  Alex Mendes da Costa (NSW)
     Australian Girls Masters:  Shannon Oliver (ACT)

For full details, including games, click HERE.

(8 Jul 2005):

Winter Two-Day Tournament 2005

After an early loss, Blair Mandla  finished strongly to win this tournament outright, ahead of 204 other players.

For full details see Results

(6 Jul 2005):

Winter One-Day Tournament 2005

The 262-player Winter One-Day Tournament produced a quadruple tie for first place between Anish Kumar, Blair Mandla, Jonathan Shen and James Aclis.

For full details see Results

(26 Jun 2005):

Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament 2005

Knox Grammar School Wins the Terrey Shaw Shield

After a close battle with Girraween High School, Knox Grammar School leapt ahead in the final round to win the Open Division and with it the Terrey Shaw Shield.

For the fifth consecutive year Sydney Grammar School has won the Junior Division (Years 7-9).

For full details see Schools

(21 Apr 2005):

Autumn Two-Day Tournament 2005

The Autumn Two-Day Tournament attracted 242 players, a record for our two-day tournaments. It was won by Jeffrey Tse who defeated the previous leader, Blair Mandla, in the last round.

For full details see Results

(14 Apr 2005):

Autumn One-Day Tournament 2005

A record number of 277 players took part in our Autumn One-Day Tournament. It was won by Blair Mandla who finished half a point ahead of a dozen players who tied for second place.

For full details see Results

(3 Apr 2005):

Regional Warm-up Tournaments February-March-April 2005

All nine Warm-up tournaments have now been completed and, of several players who participated in multiple tournaments, 12-year-old Max Illingworth was the most successful, winning all four of the tournaments he took part in.

The winners were:

     Illawarra Region (Wollongong):  Michal Tokarz

     North-Western Sydney (Blacktown):  Bob Liang
Southern Sydney (Rockdale):  Max Illingworth
     South-Western Sydney (Liverpool):  Jamie Boyce and Bob Liang

     Northern Sydney (Normanhurst):  Max Illingworth
     Hunter Region (Newcastle):  David Behne-Smith
     Western Sydney (Lidcombe):  Max Illingworth
     Eastern Sydney (Randwick):  Max Illingworth
     Central Coast (Erina):  Anish Kumar

For full details see Results

(10 Feb 2005):

Oceania Zonal Tournament 2005

Angela Song qualifies as a WFM!

Four of our juniors played in the Oceania Zonal Tournament in Waipuna, New Zealand, and all performed creditably against strong opposition. In the Open (won by Australian Champion Gary Lane) Raymond Song scored 4.5/9 and came equal 25th out of 60 players, while James Cronan scored 4/9, coming equal 35th. In the Women's Zonal (won by Irina Berezina-Feldman) Angela Song finished equal fourth (out of 17 players) with 5/9 and thereby qualified for the Woman FIDE Master title (WFM) - quite an achievement, especially at the age of only 12! Vaness Reid also scored 5/9 but just missed out on a WFM title.  For details see

(5 Feb 2005):

Australian Junior Championships 2005

Rebecca Harris wins Australian Girls Under 18 title
Deborah Ng wins Australian Girls Under 14 title

Congratulations to Rebecca and Deborah for their successes in Mount Buller, Victoria.. Vincent Suttor just missed out on the Australian Junior title - he led throughout but lost the last round to tie for first place, and then lost the play-off against Moulthun Ly from Queensland.  Mounthun, aged 13, has become the youngest ever Australian Junior Champion. Twenty-two of the 170 contestants were from NSW. For details see (once in that website, click on "RESULTS" then page down.).

(20 Jan 2005):

Summer Two-Day Tournament

The NSWJCL's Summer Two-Day Tournament has been won by Blair Mandla with a score of 11 out of 12, one and a half points ahead of Alexander Nabung in second place.  Full results here!

(13 Jan 2005):

Summer One-Day Tournament

Adam Guzel has won the NSWJCL's Summer One-Day Tournament with a clean score of 8 out of 8.  Full results here!

(10 Jan 2005):

Australian Open 2004-2005

NSW Juniors Excel!!

NSW juniors (and recent ex-juniors) preformed exceptionally well in the Australian Open Championship just completed in Mount Buller, Victoria. The tournament was won by Woman Grandmaster Elena Sedena from Italy with 8.5/11. Our top junior was Raymond Song who came equal tenth (in a field of 75 players) with a score of 7/11 - a fantastic result!

Scores of the NSW juniors (in bold) and recent ex-juniors (in italics):

Player                      Age   Score      Place
Tomek Rej                18       7         10-14
Raymond Song        10       7         10-14
George Xie               19       6.5      15-22
Jason Hu                  17       6         23-30
Ilia Zvedeniouk        18       6         23-30
Angela Song            12       6         23-30
Max Illingworth      12       5.5      31-42

Congratulations, all!!   For details see

The Australian Junior Championships begin in Mount Buller on Tuesday 11 January. Progress results may be found on the same website.

(6 Jan 2005):

New Year Tournament

The first of the NSWJCL's summer holidays tournaments, the New Year Tournament, has been won by City of Sydney Junior Champion Michael Morris with a score of 8 out of 9. Full results here!