The Australian Junior Championships were held in Hervey Bay, the stepping stone to Fraser Island, in Queensland. 23 Victorian players made the long trip to compete in the two week tournament. It was a fantastic experience for all of them. For many it was the first time that they had the opportunity to play games which were considered serious and lasted so long. In the Under 12s the games lasted anywhere up to 4 hours, and in the Under 18s they could go for up to 6 hours per game! Most Victorian children travelled up with parents to make a nice family holiday. Some didn’t, and for them it was a nice holiday from their family!

Australian Junior Chess David Smerdon

David Smerdon, from Qld (see picture), comfortably won the tournament. He drew only one game, to Laura Moylan, and never really looked challenged in any of his games. Laura Moylan (ACT) finished in second place after co-leading the tournament for a long time. Victorian players Julian McDonald and Leon Bowen performed very well for their ratings. The Girls Championships was a small event eventually ending in a 3-way tie for first place. There will be a playoff organised to determine the champion.

Ausjnr 1999 paper

The Under 12 Championships was far stronger than last year. Firstly, junior chess in Australia is getting stronger and secondly, because the effort required to travel to Hervey Bay was significant so only the really good players attended. Victorians did very well with Sam Chow finishing in 2nd place and Matthew Doidge coming in 3rd. Ruperto Lugo played well to finish equal first in the Under 10s along with Casey Barnard (Qld). First time player Lance Truong was right up with the leaders for a while and finished on a very credible 6 out of 11.

The Girls Under 12s was a 10 player round-robin, which although small was very strong. Jade Lauer-Smith (sister of the U/18 winner) finished first. Michelle Lee convincingly won the under 10 Girls title.

Girls Under 18 Championships
Player Rating Total
1 NORRIS Shiloh U18Q 1342 9.5
2 LIP Catherine U14N 1350 9.5
3 LAUER-SMITH Jasmine U18S 1550 9.5
4 PIZZATO Chiara U14Q 1019 7
5 ROSE Allinta U16Q 1147 6.5
6 CONSTANTINOU Andrea U16Q 1085 6
7 KONG Holly U18N 1215 6
8 CHU Winnie U14N unr. 6
9 JOVANOVIC Marija U16A 1234 5.5
10 DISTELDORF Jessica U16Q 1273 5.5
11 LEE Melissa U14V unr. 5.5
12 YOUAKIM Krystal U14A 798 4.5
13 CASSIDY Kelly U16W 846 3.5
14 MCNAB Alexandra U14V unr. 2.5
15 MCNAB Emma U16V unr. 1

1 SMERDON David U16Q 1975 10.5
2 MOYLAN Laura U16A 1778 8.5
3 TAN Justin U14N 1717 8
4 SOLOVEYCHIK Sasha U16V 1816 8
5 SONTER Matthew U18Q 1484 7.5
6 SAINT Andrew U18S 1302 7
7 CASTOR David U18N 1385 7
8 DAVIES Shaun U18N 1588 7
9 BOURMISTROV Denis U14V 1629 7
10 LIP Michael U16N 1739 7
11 RAPOSIO Robert U18N 1776 7
12 ZONG-YUAN Zhao U14N 1793 7
13 MCDONALD Julian U16V 1187 6.5
14 URBAN Sylvester U14N 1427 6.5
15 POON Nick U18Q 1504 6.5
16 REJ Tomek U14N 1545 6.5
17 AYLING Simon U18W 1560 6.5
18 NEMETH Janos U14V 1607 6.5
19 KINGSTON Robert U16Q 1124 6
20 WONGWICHIT Phachara U14Q 1124 6
21 TAYLOR Leon U16W 1512 6
22 MCKAY Chris U18W 1543 6
23 BOWEN Leon U18V unr. 5.5
24 GUTHRIE Aaron U18S 1052 5.5
25 ZVEDENIOUK Ilya U14N 1097 5.5
26 ROVERE Crispin U14W 1174 5.5
27 LAM Anthony U16Q 1180 5.5
28 GOWOR Jacob U16A 1229 5.5
29 NISSEN Amir U14V 1274 5.5
30 RAFIZADEH Shervin U14A 1408 5.5
31 RICHARDS Allan U18T 1448 5.5
32 CHEUNG Justin U18N 1487 5.5
33 CHARLES Gareth U16N 1861 5.5
34 CARMICHAEL Stuart U16Q 1110 5
35 O’SULLIVAN Richard U16W 1220 5
36 CUELLAR Chris U18W 1270 5
37 FITZPATRICK Andrew U16A 1280 5
38 MCKAY Andrew U16W 1371 5
39 POON Timbi U14Q 1421 5
40 TAN Chao U14V 1508 5
41 LAU Vincent U16V unr. 5
42 GOULD Gary U16Q 637 4.5
43 BECKETT Joel U16Q 992 4.5
44 TAYLOR Finley U14Q 1019 4.5
45 CAREY Mitchell U14Q 1100 4.5
46 POULTON Chris U14A 1215 4.5
47 RAKAUSKAS Rhys U16Q 1278 4.5
48 ONUFREICHUK Dima U16V 1401 4.5
….58 players

1 JOVANOVIC Peter U12A 1668 10
2 CHOW Samuel U12V 1500 9.5
3 DOIDGE Matthew U12V 1426 9
4 XIE Ken U12N 1179 7
5 MACHET Richard U12V 1045 7
6 BARNARD Casey U10Q 1234 6.5
7 LUGO Ruperto U10V 1147 6.5
8 BUDIHARDJO Timothy U12N 978 6.5
9 TRUONG Lance U12V unr. 6
10 WEI Michael U10A unr. 6
11 HENG Jonathan U12S unr. 6
12 GOWOR Roman U12A 1107 6
13 KASPAR Ric U12Q 874 6
14 WRIGLEY Andrew U10A 820 5.5
15 LAU David U12Q 826 5.5
16 KOLOKITHAS Peter U12V unr.
5.5
17 CHU Louis U10N unr. 5.5
18 VAN HEERDEN Daniel U12W unr. 5.5
19 KIMURA Toshi U12Q unr. 5
20 LAZARUS Ben U10Q unr. 5
21 BLUZER-FRY Daniel U12V unr. 5
22 PAGE Chris U12Q 1356 5
23 BARNARD Craig U10Q 1092 5
24 WONGWICHIT Chatpong U12Q 1009 5
25 CHRISTY Rhys U12Q 862 5
26 UMAPATHYSIVAM Mahesh U12S792 5
27 HEYWARD Will U12V 832 4.5
28 DOIDGE Liam U10V 940 4.5
29 LEE Dylan U12S unr. 4.5
30 YOUAKIM James U12A 740 4
31 SKORIC Anthony U12Q unr. 4
32 DORRINGTON Alexander U12Q unr. 2
33 INNES Blake U12Q unr. 2
34 CAREY Blake U8Q unr. 1

Girls Under 12 Championships
Player Total
1 LAUER-SMITH Jade U12S 9
2 GILLETT Robyn U12Q 8
3 LEE Michelle U10V 7
4 JOHNSEN Jenna U12Q 6
5 WRIGLEY Alison U12A 4
6 McNAB Jessica U12V 4
7 REID Vaness U10N 3.5
8 DAVIDOVIC Diana U8S 2.5
9 McNAB Scarlett U8V 0.5
10 UMAPATHYSIVAM Priya U8S 0.5

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