News Archives for 2006



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(17 Dec 2006):

NSW Country Junior Championships 2006

The NSW Country Junior Championships were held in three preliminary divisions (Northern, Southern and Western) followed by finals in Sydney.

In the Under 18 finals Matthew Koutnik of Newcastle defeated two previous winners, David Behne-Smith and Michael Tokarz, to win the title. James Brodnik of Wollongong won the Under 12 finals ahead of Jonathon Ginn of Newcastle. For detailed results see under Results at left or just click HERE.

(12 Dec 2006):

Australian Schools Teams Championships 2006

North Sydney Girls High retains Australian title

This year's Australian Schools Teams Championships was held in Canberra on 11-12 December. The most successful NSW team was North Sydney Girls High, which easily retained the Secondary Girls title it won last year. Knox Grammar finished second in the Secondary Open division while Summer Hill Public School's two teams came third and fifth in the Primary Open and Primary Girls divisions.

For full details, including scores and some games, see under Schools  at left or just click HERE.

(25 Nov 2006):

Primary Schools One-Day Tournaments 2006

Two finals tournaments concluded this year's Primary Schools One-Day series (for teams of three players), bringing together the leading schools from the 34 district tournaments which were held all around NSW. The Country Districts Finals resulted in a convincing win for Wollongong Public School, which finished a remarkable 8.5 points ahead of Bonville (Coffs Harbour), followed in equal third place by New Lambton Public School (Newcastle) and Sturt Public School (Wagga Wagga) . The Metropolitan Finals, which - with the inclusion of the top four Country Finals teams - doubled as the State Finals, also had a convincing winner. Sydney Grammar School Edgecliff Preparatory won by a margin of 6 points ahead of Kincoppal Rose Bay and Sydney Grammar's other preparatory school at St Ives. For full results click on "Schools" at left and then look under "Primary Schools One-Day Tournaments".

(24 Nov 2006):

Primary Schools Competition 2006

After nearly three terms of play the NSW Primary Schools Competition (for teams of four players) has at last reached its end. The competition commenced with 10 to 12 weeks of preliminary divisions and continued with lengthy knock-out finals which eventually produced Metropolitan and Country champions - Summer Hill Public School and Wollongong Public School respectively. The competition concluded with a grand final between these two and in this Summer Hill Public School was victorious, thereby becoming the NSW Primary Schools Champion team.  Overall, approximately 1070 teams from 393 schools participated. For details click on "Schools" at left and then look under "Primary Schools Competition".

(21 Nov 2006):

Country Secondary Schools Teams Competition 2006

This years Finals, contested by the six regional winners, has been won by Smiths Hill High School (Wollongong). Maitland High School came second. The Finals took place at the Formule 1 Hotel Gosford (owned by former NSW Champion Roy Travers), which is the sponsor of the competition. For details see under Schools (at left) or just click HERE.

(13 Oct 2006):

City of Sydney Junior Championships 2006

Thirteen-year-old Max Illingworth has won the 2006 City of Sydney Junior (Under 18) Championship. Max was undefeated but conceded three draws in the eight-round tournament, finishing a full point ahead of William Xu and Joshua Levin who shared second place. Adrian Chau achieved a similar result in the Under 15 Championship no losses, three draws and a full-point margin but the Under 12 Championship resulted in a tie between Pasan Perera and Cedric Koh (aged only seven), half a point in front of their nearest rivals. A play-off will be held for the Under 12 title.

For detailed results see "Results" at left or just click HERE.

(9 Oct 2006):

Spring Tournaments 2006

The Spring Two-Day Tournament ended in a three-way tie after state junior champion Joseph Nguyen, who had led throughout, lost his last-round game to Jonathan Yuen. Joining Joseph and Jonathan in the tie was Jeffrey Tse.  There were 211 players in the 10-round event.

The Spring One-Day Tournament attracted 245 players and was won by Anish Kumar with a score of 7.5 out of 8. Five players shared second place half a point behind Anish.

For detailed results see "Results" at left or just click HERE.

(6 Oct 2006):

NSW Girls Championships 2006

Joanne Tan, aged 13,  has won the NSW Girls Championship, scoring 4 out of 5 (two draws). The NSW Girls Under 12 Championship was won by Charmian Zhang who also conceded only two draws, scoring 8 out of 9.   For detailed results see "Results" at left or just click HERE.

(27 Sep 2006):

Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition 2006

The 2006 Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition has at last been completed after many rematches made necessary by ties in the knock-out finals stage. In Senior Grade a tie-break had to be employed after a second tie in the Grand Final match between Sydney Grammar School and Blue Mountains Grammar School. The winners were as follows:

Senior Grade: Sydney Grammar School

Intermediate Grade: Sydney Grammar School

Junior Grade: Sydney Boys High School

(26 Sep 2006):

Coaching at Australian Junior Championships

Canberra, January 2007

The NSWJCL will as usual be arranging expert coaching for NSW players at the Australian Junior Championships and, to help our planning for this, we need to know who is likely to be going. If you are interested in competing in this event, and particularly if you wish to be coached by one of our coaches, please let us know by 30 September so that we can put you on our mailing list and keep you informed as details are finalised. To register your interest, please email the following details to - your name, date of birth, contact phone number and email address (and your parents' names if you would prefer them to make arrangements for you).

Don't miss the deadline of 30 September (even if you are not 100% sure whether you will be playing or want coaching), as late applications will not be considered (some players missed out last year because they were late).

(17 Sep 2006):

City of Sydney Junior Championships 2005 Play-off

The long-delayed play-off for the 2005 City of Sydney Under 15 Championship has at last been completed. William Xu was victorious, scoring 1.5 out of 2, followed by Edwin Wu 1 and Adrian Miranda 0.5. William will hold his new title for less than four weeks as the 2006 City of Sydney Junior Championships will take place on 11-13 October.

(14 July 2006):

NSW Junior Championships 2006

Joseph Nguyen is the new NSW Junior Champion
and Joshua Lau has won the NSW Under 12

Congratulations to Joseph Nguyen for triumphing over a large field of 50 players to win this year's NSW Junior Championship (Under 18) and to Joshua Lau for winning the Under 12 (52 players), For detailed results see Results at left (or click HERE).

The games from the Under 18 may be viewed by clicking HERE.

(7 July 2006):

Winter Tournaments 2006

Max Illingworth wins both Winter Tournaments

Thirteen-year-old Max Illingworth has won the 271-player Winter One-Day Fun Tournament with a maximum score, 8 out of 8. Five players shared second place on 7 points.  For full details see Results at left, or just click HERE.

Max also won the Winter Two-Day Tournament (230 players), scoring 10.5 out of 11 and finishing a point ahead of Jamie Boyce. For details see Results at left, or just click HERE.

(25 June 2006):

Secondary Schools One-Day Teams Tournament 2006

Knox Grammar and Sydney Grammar victorious again

Knox Grammar School has retained the Terrey Shaw Shield by winning the Open Division of this year's Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament. Sydney Grammar School has won the Junior Division (Years 7-9) for the sixth consecutive year. For full details see Schools at left, or just click HERE.

(14 May 2006):

City of Sydney Championship 2006

Youngest Ever Winner Raymond Song

Twelve-year-old Raymond Song has achieved an outstanding result by winning the 2006 City of Sydney (adult) Championship, the youngest player to have won this event in its long history. Raymond, who is also the current City of Sydney Junior Champion, defeated (amongst others) NSW Champion Andrew Bird, top seed George Xie and the winner of the recent Australian Young Masters, Tomek Rej.. Raymond's sister Angela, the current Australian Junior Champion, finished in eighth place. For full results (including some games) see the NSWCA website

(27 Apr 2006):

Autumn Tournaments 2006

Triple Tie in Autumn One-Day Tournament
Jamie Boyce Wins Autumn Two-Day Tournament

Three players, Adrian Miranda, Justin Huang and Jason Cohn shared first place in the NSWJCL's Autumn One-Day Tournament, scoring 6.5 out of 7. A large field of 268 players took part. For full results see Results at left or just click HERE.

Jamie Boyce won the Autumn Two-Day Tournament, ahead of Max Illingworth, Joseph Nguyen and Joseph Webster. Jamie scored 9.5/11 in the 269-player event (even larger than the One-Day tournament!). See Results at left or just click HERE.

(2 Apr 2006):

Australian Internet Junior Championships

ACT wins Interstate Teams Championship

Congratulations to ACT which has won the inaugural Interstate Internet Junior Teams Championship, the first of four events in the Australian Internet Junior Championships. NSW had a one-point lead going into the last round but dropped three and a half points against SA, allowing ACT to clinch victory with an 11-1 win over Tasmania. Scores: ACT 46.5, NSW 45, Victoria 32.5, SA 24.5, Queensland 21, Tasmania 10.5. For detailed results, including games, see

(27 Jan 2006):

Summer Tournaments 2006

Summer One-Day:  James Cronan repeated his win of the Spring One-Day Tournament by winning the Summer One-Day Tournament with a clean score, 8 out of 8. The tournament was contested by 217 players, a record for this time of the year.  

Summer Two-Day:  For the first time one of our two-day tournaments attracted more players than the preceding one-day tournament, but only just! - there were 218 players. Edwin Wu, Joseph Nguyen and Jeffrey Tse shared first place.

Summer Three-Day:  Another clean score, this time by 13-year-old Max Illingworth. The tournament attracted 135 players, nearly twice as many as last year.

For detailed results of all three tournaments see "Results" at left or just click HERE.

(9 Jan 2006):

Australian Junior Championships 2006

Angela Song is the new Australian Junior Champion!

Congratulations, Angela, for becoming the first girl to win the AJC and being, at 13, one of the youngest winners ever. Angela tied with Justin Huang and then won a two-game play-off. Justin was awarded the Australian Under 16 title. Edwin Wu has won the Under 14 title after a play-off with Andrew Brown (ACT).

Angela now has two Australian titles to her credit - she won the Australian Girls Championship in 2003.

Angela's younger brother Raymond played in the Australian Championship rather than the AJC, and scored 6/11, a fantastic result for an 11-year-old! He did well enough to find himself playing on board 1 in the last round - against GM Ian Rogers, who won the tournament.

Full details of the Australian Junior Championships (and subsidiary tournaments such as the Australian Championship) may be found on the event's website