News Archives for 2013



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(15 Dec 2013):

Australian Schools Teams Championships 2013

Abbotsleigh wins Secondary Girls Division

The highlight (for NSW) of this year's Australian Schools Teams Championships, played  in Mudgeeraba on Queensland's Gold Coast, was Abbotsleigh's win of the Secondary Girls Division. The team scored 15/20 and won with a 2-point margin. Kristine Quek top-scored on Board 1 with 5/5, while Alysha Chin and Sarah Chang both scored 4/5.

The King's School achieved third place in the Primary Open Division, with Kevin and Rowan Willathgamuwa each scoring 4.5/5 on Boards 1 and 2.

The NSW results in the four divisions were as follows:

     Secondary Open:  Sydney Boys High School  5th (5.5/20)

     Secondary Girls:  Abbotsleigh  1st (15/20)

     Primary Open:  The King's School  3rd (12.5/20)

     Primary Girls:  Lindfield Public School  6th (3/20)

For full results click HERE (rather than on the previously advertised link)..

(15 Dec 2013):

NSW Country Junior Championships 2013

Paul Russell regains Under 18 Title

Matthew Clarke wins Under 12 Title

Paul Russell of the Central Coast has regained the NSW Country Junior (Under 18) title, which he previously won in 2011 (but relinquished in 2012). He won with a clean score, one and a half points ahead of Jonathon Harding of Molong (Central West NSW).

Matthew Clarke of Charlestown (Hunter District) won the Under 12 Division with a score of 9/10, losing only to Sherjeel Ahmad of Orange. Sherjeel, who suffered two losses, finished second, well ahead of the rest of the field.

For full results click on "Results" in the menu at left.

(1 Dec 2013):

Primary Schools One-Day Tournaments 2013

The Country Districts finals of the Primary Schools One-Day series (for three-player teams) has been won by Westport Public School (from Port Macquarie), ahead of Belair Public School (Newcastle) and then Wollongong Public School. These three teams were invited to participate in the Metropolitan/State finals on the following day.

The Metropolitan finals, which with the inclusion of the top three teams from the country finals doubled as the State finals, was hotly contested by 57 teams which qualified from the 34 district tournaments. It was won by The King's School, while the minor places were taken by St Ives North and Summer Hill.

For detailed results click on "Schools" (at left) and then on "Results" under the heading "Primary Schools One-Day Tournaments".

(29 Nov 2013):

Primary Schools Competition 2013

The state-wide Primary Schools Competition (for teams of four players), which commenced in second term, has concluded. Over the last few months the 35 zone winners participated in region finals and the 10 region winners then took part in the inter-region finals to determine the country and metropolitan champions, which then played each other in the NSW final. In the Country Districts final St Augustine's Primary School Coffs Harbour defeated Illaroo Road Public School (from Nowra). St Augustine's then played the Metropolitan champions, The King's School  for the State title. In this match King's was victorious, winning 6.5-1.5. Congratulations to King's and also to the two country teams, St Augustine's and Illaroo Road, for doing so well in the finals and to all the other finalists for their achievement in reaching the finals. For full details click on "Schools" in the menu at left, then on the Primary Schools Competition "Draw & Results" and then on "Finals".

King's will now represent NSW in the Primary Open section of the Australian Schools Teams Championships to be held on the Gold Coast 7-8 December.

(11 Nov 2013):

Country Secondary Schools Competition 2013

Smiths Hill High School achieves fourth consecutive win

Smiths Hill High School has won the Country Secondary Schools Competition for the fourth consecutive year (and the sixth time in eight years. However, this year's finals (held as a round robin in Sydney) produced an exciting finish going into the last round Smiths Hill and Newcastle Grammar School shared the lead and had to play each other, but in a close match (closer than the score would suggest) Smiths Hill emerged victorious.

For full details click on "Schools" in the left-hand column and then look under the heading "Country Secondary Schools Competition".

(27 Oct 2013):

Australian Junior Championships 2014

A new improved website for the 2014 Australian Junior Championships (Sydney, 11-19 January) is now available. It is accessible via the same link (see top right) but contains significantly more information.

(23 Oct 2013):

NSW Girls Championships 2013

Larissa Yap wins playoff for Under 12 title

The playoff for the NSW Girls Under 12 title, made necessary by a tie for first place in the tournament, has been won by Larissa Yap. She defeated Macy Chan in the two-game match by drawing the first game and and winning the second after a sharp battle.

(18 Oct 2013):

Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition 2013

James Ruse High School wins Senior and Intermediate Grades
Sydney Grammar School wins Junior Grade

The Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition, which started at the beginning of second term, has finally drawn to a close, with James Ruse Agricultural High School winning two grades, Senior (Years 11-12) and Intermediate (Years 9-10) and Sydney Grammar School winning Junior Grade (Years 7-8).

For full details click on "Schools" in the left-hand column and then look under the heading "Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition".

(3 Oct 2013):

City of Sydney Junior Championships 2013

Anton Smirnov wins Under 18 Championship

Kashish Christian, George Bai and Fiona Shen tie in Under 15 Championship

Mishael Chellappah wins Under 12 Championship

Twelve-year-old Anton Smirnov has regained the City of Sydney Junior (Under 18) title, which he first won two years ago. He conceded one draw and won with a round to spare and a final margin of two points.

The Under 15 Championship ended in a three-way tie between Kashish Christian, George Bai and Fiona Shen they will play off for the title.

The Under 12 Championship was won by Mishael Chellappah with a round to spare.

For full scores click on "Results" in the left-hand column.

(27 Sept 2013):

NSW Girls Championships 2013

Shirley Gu wins Under 18 Championship

Larissa Yip and Macy Chan tie in Under 12 Championship

Shirley Gu has retained her NSW Girls title by winning the NSW Girls (Under 18) tournament, conceding only one draw (to her sister Theresa). Theresa tied for second with Kristine Quek.

The Under 12 tournament finished in a tie between Larissa Yip and Macy Chan - they will playoff for the Under 12 title.

For full scores click on "Results" in the left-hand column.

(27 Sept 2013):

Spring Tournaments 2013

Linus Cooper wins Sydney One-Day Spring Tournament

Methew Yan and Thomas Xuan win Sydney Two-Day Tournament

Linus Cooper has won the Sydney One-Day Spring Tournament half a point ahead of Thomas (Hanwen) Xuan. He conceded one draw (to Hayes Choy) and took the lead in the second last round by defeating Thomas (who was until had won every game).

Methew Yan and Thomas (Hanwen) Xuan have won the Sydney Two-Day Tournament, half a point ahead of Luke Halpin and the One-Day winner Linus Cooper.

For full scores of both tournaments click on "Results" in the left-hand column.

For details of the remaining holiday tournaments see "Coming Events" in the menu at left.

(15 Sept 2013):

Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament 2013

James Ruse Agricultural High School retains the Terrey Shaw Shield

James Ruse Agricultural High School has won the won this year's Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament and retained the Terrey Shaw Shield, which it first won last year. James Ruse won with a round to spare and finished four points ahead of its nearest rival, Sydney Grammar School. St George Girls, Sydney Technical and North Sydney Boys A tied for third place.

The Junior Division (for players in years 7 to 9) was also won by James Ruse, but by the minimum margin of half a point. Here too Sydney Grammar finished second, while Trinity Grammar was third.

Forty-four teams participated, representing 23 schools.

For full scores click on "Schools" in the menu in the left-hand column.

(3 Aug 2013):

NSW Under 12 Championship Playoff

Kerry Lin has won his playoff with Michael Pogrebinsky for the NSW Under 12 title. He won the first game of the two-game match and drew the second. Both games were closely fought.

(12 Jul 2013):

NSW Junior Championships 2013

Pengyu Chen wins Under 18 Title

Michael Pogrebinsky and Kerry Lin tie in Under 12

Sixteen-year-old Pengyu Chen has regained the NSW Junior title he previously won in 2009. Pengyu withstood a strong challenge from City of Sydney Junior champion Pasan Perera. Both players were undefeated but Pasan conceded three draws to Pengyu's two.

Nine-year-old Michael Pogrebinsky and ten-year-old Kerry Lin tied for first place in the Under 12 tournament and will play off for the NSW Under 12 title. Michael led the tournament after defeating Kerry in Round 6, but lost his last round game to Mishael Chellappah, thereby allowing Kerry to catch up.

Full details may be found by clicking on "Results" in the menu at left

(11 Jul 2013):

Winter Holiday Tournaments

George Bai wins Sydney Winter One-Day Tournament

Nicholas Brown wins Sydney Winter Two-Day Tournament

Peter Dixon wins Orange Winter One-Day Tournament

Twelve-year-old George Bai has won the Sydney Winter One-Day Tournament. He conceded only one draw and in the last round defeated James Chen, who until then had led the tournament with a clean score).

Nicholas Brown (aged 17) has won the Sydney Winter Two-Day Tournament, finishing half a point ahead of Pasan Perera and Raymond Li.

Peter Dixon has won the Orange Winter Tournament a full point ahead of Nikhil Rajesh, reversing the order in which they finished in the Orange Autumn Tournament.

Full details may be found by clicking on "Results" in the menu at left

(6 Jun 2013):

Inter-School Competitions

For draws and results of the Schools Competitions click on "Schools" in the menu at left.

(26 Apr 2013):

Autumn Holiday Tournaments 2013

Luke Halpin and Methew Yan (ages 16 and 17 respectively) have jointly won the Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament, which attracted 166 players to our new venue at North Ryde.

Dhruv Kapoor and Titus Maddern (aged 14 and 12) tied for first in the 32-player Western Riverina Autumn Tournament held in Griffith.

The Sydney Two-Day Tournament has been won by 16-year-old Thomas (Hanwen) Xuan, half a point ahead of Jack Rodgers.

Nikhil Rajesh has won the 51-player Orange Autumn Tournament ahead of Peter Dixon (with whom he had tied for first in the Orange Summer tournament) and Jingming Chow.

Full details of these tournaments may be found by clicking on "Results" in the menu at left.

(10 Apr 2013):

International Junior Tournaments 2013

The AusJCL is calling for applications for the following international junior tournaments:

     2013 World Youth Under 16 Olympiad Chongqing, China 21-31 July

     2013 World Junior Under 20 Championships Hatay, Turkey 15-20 September

     2013 Asian Schools and Kindergarten Championships Colombo, Sri Lanka 1-7 December

     2013 World Youth Chess Championships Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates 17-29 December

If you are interested in competing in one of these events, please apply via by April 15.

(6 Mar 2013):

NSW Girls Championship 2012 Playoff

Fifteen-year-old Shirley Gu has regained the NSW Girls title by winning her long-deferred playoff match against Kashish Christian, 1.5-0.5. This is Shirley's second win of the title her previous win was in 2010

Kashish Christian won the NSW Girls Under 12 title in 2011 and is the current NSW (Open) Under 12 champion. She and Shirley tied for first place in the NSW Girls Championship tournament last October.

(6 Mar 2013):

Summer Tournaments 2013

Raymond Han and Kinto Wan win the Sydney Summer Three-Day Tournament

Kinto Wan and Luke Halpin win the Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament

Joshua Behar and Daniel Cheng win the Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament

Nikhil Rajesh and Peter Dixon win the Orange Summer Tournament

Jonathon Ginn, Max Liberto, Paul Russell and Spencer Wharton win the Central Coast Summer Tournament

Thomas Chin wins the Wollongong Summer Tournament

Fourteen-year-old Raymond Han and 17-year-old Kinto Wan have jointly won the Sydney Summer Three-Day Tournament, both scoring 8 out of 9. They were one and a half points ahead of five players who shared third place.

Kinto Wan also shared first place in the Sydney One-Day Tournament he and 16-year-old Luke Halpin finished half a point ahead of Vincent Jiang.

The Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament produced another tie, this time between 13-year-old Joshua Behar and 14-year-old Daniel Cheng.

Yet another tie occurred in the Orange Summer One-Day Tournament 14-year-old Nikhil Rajesh and 15-year-old Peter Dixon shared first place.

Four players Jonathan Ginn (aged 15), Max Liberto (12), Paul Russell (15) and Spencer Wharton (11) tied for first in the Central Coast Summer One-Day Tournament.

Twelve-year-old Thomas Chin has won the Wollongong Summer One-Day Tournament, a full point ahead of Kingston Yeung.

For detailed scores of all the above summer tournaments click on "Results" in the menu at left

(28 Jan 2013):

Australian Junior Championships 2013

NSW players performed well in the Australian Junior Championships, which have just completed on the Gold Coast. The following NSW players won titles:

     Open Under 16:  Oscar Wang (7.5/9)

     Open Under 12:  Kerry Lin (7/9, playoff 3/5)

     Open Under 10:  Kevin Willithgamuwa (9/9)

     Girls Under 12:  Fiona Shen (5/9, playoff 2/2)

For full details (including games) click on the link at top right.

(2 Jan 2013):

Anton Smirnov Tops World Under 12 Ratings List

Having finished 2012 on a high note by winning the Australasian Masters tournament, Anton Smirnov has started 2013 even higher the FIDE (World Chess Federation) ratings for January lists him as the top Under 12 player in the world a remarkable achievement indeed. Anton's FIDE rating is 2207. He will turn 12 later in January and is currently playing in the Australian Open Championship in Sydney.

Young Australians have been making a mark for themselves on the world stage in recent years in 2009 Bobby Cheng of Melbourne won the World Under 12 Championship.