Australian Junior Championships Report


Cameron McGowan is the 2020 Australian Junior Champion.

The Australian Junior Chess Championships have concluded for 2020. In total, there were 362 players in the main events, 144 players in the Blitz and 102 Juniors competed in the problem solving.

Under 18 Open:
1st – Cameron McGowan (NSW)
2nd – Michael Ostapenko (QLD)
3rd – Sravan Renjith (QLD)

Under 16 Open:
1st – Ryder Testolin (VIC)
2nd – James Spencer (NSW)
3rd – Daniel Melamed (NSW)

Under 14 Open:
1st – Alexavier Ly-Liu (QLD)
2nd – Yihe (Rebo) Fu (WA)
3rd – Seth Peramunetellike (NSW)

Under 12 Open:
1st – Jayden Ooi (QLD)
2nd – Archit Kannan (VIC)
3rd – Arthur Gao (VIC)

Under 10 Open:
1st – Jayden Ooi (QLD) via play-off
2nd – Zerui Xing (QLD)
3rd – Joel Leong (QLD)

Under 8 Open:
1st – Lachlan Wang (QLD)
2nd – Harvey Zhu (QLD)
3rd – Calen Tang (QLD)

Under 12 – 18 Girls was a combined tournament
with the following trophies awarded.

Under 18 Girls:
1st – Lillian Lu (VIC)
2nd – Emily Lin (VIC)
3rd – Eva Ge (NSW)

Under 16 Girls:
1st – Athena Hathiramani (ACT) (2nd overall)
2nd – Myiesha Maunders (VIC)
3rd – Jennifer Morrison (VIC)

Under 14 Girls:
1st – Elizaveta Gratchev (QLD)
(via play-off with Athena-Malar Retnaraja)
2nd – Ekaterina Gratchev (QLD)
3rd – Dhwani Patel (NSW)

Under 12 Girls:
1st – Athena-Malar Retnaraja (SA)
(after play-offwith Elizaveta Gratchev)
2nd – Damaris Augustine (VIC)
3rd – Ethena Qiang (QLD)

Under 10 Girls:
1st – Darline Augustine (VIC) (via play-off)
2nd – Chanya Rupasinghe (NSW)
3rd – Emily Zhang

Under 8 Girls:
1st – Vidushi Dissanayake (VIC)
2nd – Xintong Zhang (QLD)
3rd – Manyata Sindhi (VIC)

Full standings and cross-tables are available at AJCC-2020 Results

Fun CAQ Teams of 6 Chess Day

It was another epic day of Team Chess in more ways than one on Sunday December 15 in the spacious hall of St Joseph’s Primary School in Bracken Ridge. When the third seeded team Epic Epicness defeated Gold Coast Team 1, the second seeds, by 5.5 to 0.5, a buzz went round the room. What was in the flowers around their necks, perhaps a performance enhancing perfume? When they later drew their match 3 all with the Number 1 seeds Bullwinkle Team 1, victory seemed assured. However, Redcliffe Team 1 looked a possible giant killer in the final round when they looked to be doing quite well on at least 3 of the six boards. But Charles Tsai came back from the dead against Mark C Stokes and the other close games fell Epic Epicness’ way and a very deserved Division 1 Teams of 6 Queensland Championship was theirs for the first time by just 1 match point! Division 2 was also decided by 1 match point, with Bullwinkle 3 taking it out in a very close contest. The day was full of fun and very well run by Arbiter Max Kershaw, with up to date Team Match points and individual board score points on display for one and all from round 1 to round 9! Max certainly deserved the big round of applause he received from all 60 players at the prize giving ceremony! But Tyson Walker and Epic Epicness deserve the biggest applause for an outstanding, epic performance, winning 48 games, drawing 3 games and losing just 3 games on the day! What was in those flowers????

The 10 teams entered are:

Bullwinkle 1 (average rating for the 6 boards is 2120)
Gold Coast 1 (2064)
Excessive Epicness (2012)
Bullwinkle 2 (1798)
Redcliffe 1 (1507)
Logan-Redlands (1452)
Bullwinkle 3 (1208)
Gold Coast 2 (1123)
All Juniors (1095)
Redcliffe 2 (1037)

It is a full round robin, with all play all. There are two divisions being contested for both the Open and a divisional winner as well as individual board prizes.

Team winners on the day were:

Division 1.
1st Excessive Epicness 1 on 17 match points.
2nd Gold Coast 1 on 16mps.
3rd Bullwinkle 1 on 15 mps.

The Excessive Epicness team have been runners up in this event for the past few years and were worthy winners this year. The team members were: Board 1 Eliot Soo-Burrows; 2 Hughston Parle; 3 Sravan Renjith; 4 Charles Tsai; 5 Tyson Walker and 6 Andrew Mather. Out of the 54 games that they contested they only lost 3 and drew 3.

Division 2 winners were:
1st Bullwinkle 3 on 7 mps.
=2nd were Logan-Redlands and All Juniors on 6mps.

The Bullwinkle 3 team members were Board 1 Jayden Ooi; 2 Michael D’Arcy; 3 Jason Chan; 4 Regina Edwards; 5 Keon Poon and 6 Keenan Poon.

Charm City Motel Open – 2019

GM Timur Gareyev is the Charm City Motel Open 2019 champion!

 

Charm City Motel Open – Round 6

Standings

Place Name                     Feder Rtg  Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Timur Gareyev (1)        USA   2588      6        15.0  23.0   21.0
 2-3  Brodie McClymont (3)     QLD        2387 5        16.0  25.0   19.0
      Heather Richards (4)     QLD        2216 5        12.5  18.5   15.0
4-12  Stephen Solomon (2)      QLD        2398 4        16.0  25.0   17.0
      Ben Atia (14)            QLD        1423 4        15.0  21.5   13.5
      Jayden Ooi (8)           QLD        1654 4        14.5  23.5   14.5
      Timothy Harris (6)       QLD        1860 4        13.5  20.5   17.0
      Aiden Brady (9)          QLD        1610 4        13.5  19.5   14.5
      Martin Post (7)          QLD        1700 4        13.0  20.0   15.0
      Craig Stewart (12)       QLD        1452 4        12.5  19.5   14.0
      Tony Weller (10)         QLD        1572 4        12.5  18.5   13.0
      Raphael Atia (26)        QLD        1052 4        12.5  17.0   11.0
13-16 Patrick Harris (18)      QLD        1290 3.5      14.5  22.5   12.0
      Andrew Lin (24)          QLD        1088 3.5      12.0  18.5   11.0
      Keith MacLeod (17)       QLD        1297 3.5      11.5  17.5   12.0
      Mark Stokes (13)         QLD        1431 3.5      11.0  18.5   11.5
17-25 Karl Rochford (16)       QLD        1309 3        14.5  21.0   15.0
      Peter Bender (22)        QLD        1158 3        14.5  21.0   13.0
      Orson Van Der Byl (19)   QLD        1236 3        14.5  19.0   12.0
      Andrew Van Der Meer (21) QLD        1208 3        12.5  19.0    9.0
      Joshua McCorkell (41)                    3        12.5  18.0    9.0
      Louis Willemse (20)      QLD        1226 3        11.5  18.0    9.0
      Khush Patel (15)         QLD        1352 3        11.0  17.5   11.0
      John Harris (11)         QLD        1540 3        10.5  15.0   13.0
      Elizabeth Williams (33)  QLD        639  3         9.0  14.5    6.0
26-28 Luka Hart (35)           QLD        557  2.5      13.0  17.0    8.0
      Shubh Patel (31)         QLD        804  2.5      11.0  16.5    9.0
      Indruh Lawrence (32)     QLD        732  2.5       9.5  15.0    5.0
29-35 Joel Knight (30)         QLD        830  2        12.5  18.0    6.0
      Martin Carter (29)       QLD        868  2        12.5  17.0    8.0
      William Ilka (27)        QLD        1018 2        12.0  16.5    8.0
      Sarah Knight (36)        QLD        548  2        12.0  16.5    3.0
      Alexander Ilka (25)      QLD        1055 2        11.5  17.0    8.0
      Philip Mulholland (23)   QLD        1112 2        11.5  17.0    7.0
      Scott Hoens (34)         QLD        606  2         8.0  11.5    5.0
36-37 Himanshu Patel (28)      QLD        893  1.5      12.0  17.5    8.0
      Joshua Lee (39)                          1.5      11.5  16.5    5.0
38-39 Jeeva Praveen (42)                       1        11.0  16.5    6.0
      Timothy McCorkell (40)                   1         9.5  14.5    3.0
40-42 Biljana Dekic (5)        NSW        1975 0         4.0   4.0    0.0
      Lucas Bern (37)                          0         2.0   7.0    0.0
      Simon Knight (38)        QLD             0         0.0   0.0    0.0

Cross Table

No  Name                Feder Rtg  Loc  Title  1    2    3    4    5    6  

1.  Timur Gareyev       USA   2588      gm    18:W 13:W  8:W 16:W  3:W  2:W
2.  Stephen Solomon     QLD        2398 im    19:W 15:W  9:W  3:L 10:W  1:L
3.  Brodie McClymont    QLD        2387 im    20:W 14:W 12:W  2:W  1:L  6:W
4.  Heather Richards    QLD        2216 wim   21:L 24:W 23:W 15:W 16:W  7:W
5.  Biljana Dekic       NSW        1975 wim   22:L   :L   :    :    :    : 
6.  Timothy Harris      QLD        1860       23:W 17:W 11:W  7:L 19:W  3:L
7.  Martin Post         QLD        1700       25:W 16:L 20:W  6:W 22:W  4:L
8.  Jayden Ooi          QLD        1654       26:W 21:W  1:L 14:D 18:D 19:W
9.  Aiden Brady         QLD        1610       27:W 22:W  2:L 18:D 14:D 41:W
10. Tony Weller         QLD        1572       29:L 32:W 21:W 17:W  2:L 22:W
11. John Harris         QLD        1540       30:W 42:W  6:L 22:L 25:W 14:L
12. Craig Stewart       QLD        1452       33:W 29:W  3:L 19:L 24:W 16:W
13. Mark Stokes         QLD        1431       35:W  1:L 22:L 30:W 27:W 18:D
14. Ben Atia            QLD        1423       36:W  3:L 26:W  8:D  9:D 11:W
15. Khush Patel         QLD        1352       37:W  2:L 25:W  4:L 41:L 27:W
16. Karl Rochford       QLD        1309       40:W  7:W 28:W  1:L  4:L 12:L
17. Keith MacLeod       QLD        1297       41:W  6:L 27:W 10:L 35:D 25:W
18. Patrick Harris      QLD        1290        1:L 33:W 29:W  9:D  8:D 13:D
19. Orson Van Der Byl   QLD        1236        2:L 35:W 42:W 12:W  6:L  8:L
20. Louis Willemse      QLD        1226        3:L 36:W  7:L 28:W 26:L 23:W
21. Andrew Van Der Meer QLD        1208        4:W  8:L 10:L 35:L 28:W 29:W
22. Peter Bender        QLD        1158        5:W  9:L 13:W 11:W  7:L 10:L
23. Philip Mulholland   QLD        1112        6:L 37:W  4:L 41:L 40:W 20:L
24. Andrew Lin          QLD        1088         :D  4:L 30:W 31:W 12:L 35:W
25. Alexander Ilka      QLD        1055        7:L 39:W 15:L 29:W 11:L 17:L
26. Raphael Atia        QLD        1052        8:L 41:W 14:L 42:W 20:W 31:W
27. William Ilka        QLD        1018        9:L 40:W 17:L 34:W 13:L 15:L
28. Himanshu Patel      QLD        893          :D 31:W 16:L 20:L 21:L 32:L
29. Martin Carter       QLD        868        10:W 12:L 18:L 25:L 42:W 21:L
30. Joel Knight         QLD        830        11:L 34:W 24:L 13:L 33:L   :W
31. Shubh Patel         QLD        804          :D 28:L 33:W 24:L 39:W 26:L
32. Indruh Lawrence     QLD        732          :L 10:L   :D 39:L 34:W 28:W
33. Elizabeth Williams  QLD        639        12:L 18:L 31:L 36:W 30:W 39:W
34. Scott Hoens         QLD        606          :  30:L 37:W 27:L 32:L 40:W
35. Luka Hart           QLD        557        13:L 19:L 40:W 21:W 17:D 24:L
36. Sarah Knight        QLD        548        14:L 20:L 41:L 33:L   :W 42:W
37. Lucas Bern                                15:L 23:L 34:L   :    :    : 
38. Simon Knight        QLD                     :    :    :    :    :    : 
39. Joshua Lee                                  :  25:L   :D 32:W 31:L 33:L
40. Timothy McCorkell                         16:L 27:L 35:L   :W 23:L 34:L
41. Joshua McCorkell                          17:L 26:L 36:W 23:W 15:W  9:L
42. Jeeva Praveen                               :W 11:L 19:L 26:L 29:L 36:L

TopChess Christmas Weekender

Starts: December 21, 2019
Ends: December 22, 2019
Location: Buranda State School, 24 Cowley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia

What better way to finish the year with a final tournament! This is also a perfect opportunity to drop the kids off and go do the Christmas shopping, and there is a canteen available on-site!

With 3 rounds on each day, the schedule is very friendly. There are two half point byes allowed (except final round), with the time control being 60 minutes + 20 seconds per move added.

CAQ Membership is required, however this will roll over into 2020.

Get involved for some last minute Australian Junior practice 🙂

Scam Alert!

Another scam email is doing the rounds – it says that CAQ President Mark C Stokes is unwell and seeking financial assistance!

Please ignore this e-mail.

President Mark, when asked for a comment, said that this e-mail is only partially true – his health is fine!

Seriously though; these “phishing e-mails” do a lot of damage. The Federal Government Scam Watch website is a good resource for those seeking more info.

The 27th Gold Coast Open

The 27th Gold Coast Open is on from the 27th of June to the 1st of July 2019.
English GM Daniel Fernandez and Australian GM’s Zong-Yuan Zhao and Bobby Cheng have registered.
There are Premier, Major and Minor divisions, and almost $7,000 in prizes.
GM Ian Rogers will once again be doing commentary on the weekend of the event.

See the 27th Gold Coast Open website for details!