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The largest chess tournament ever held in Victorian was held at Monash University on Monday. 481 players from 82 schools competed in two Divisions.

See the Primary Results – well done to Mount View, 2009 Premiers!

See the Middle Years Results – well done Brighton Grammar, 2009 Premiers!

Photo Gallery of the day

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From the Chanel 10 News on October 26 – report on Victorian Interschool Chess Championships Finals.

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The last 7 days have been hectic, but very enjoyable! There is nothing better than seeing the culmination of a year of hard work and effort on the part of some 850 kids around Australia.

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Congratulations, what a fantastic achievement. I thoroughly enjoyed today, the professionalism of your team, the dress code was great and easily identifiable. The team were very effective in resolving issues quickly and quietly. I was shocked to see so many children, parents, teachers all in one spot and the various displays that you had for everyone it truly was amazing. Well done David I think I feel totally rejuvenated in relation to the chess scene.

Thanks once again for a lovely noisy day.

Jacqueline, Elsternwick Primary

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Terrey Shaw was an Australian International Master who represented Australia on many occasions from the late 1960s to the 1980s. He was not a flashy player but was renown for his determination and ability to grind down lesser opponents from even positions.

In today’s puzzle from the 1968 Chess Olympiad Terrey is playing an opponent from Hong Kong and has a position which is even on material but Terrey (White) has a bit more pressure. Black of course is happy to draw with his higher rated opponent and is trying to swap off pieces and make sure that everything is defended.

It is Black to move. He must decide between 1…Ne6 to try to swap knights; 1…Nb5+ to drive the white King away or 1…Rb7 just to mark time and see if White tries anything.

One of these moves is a horrible blunder and that is the move that Black chose! The puzzle is which move did he choose and why is it a blunder?

Shaw v Robes 1968 - Black to play and blunder.

Shaw v Robes 1968 - Black to play and blunder.

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Dear David,

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity for the students that you organised. I know there must have been considerable time and effort given by yourself to have such a success event! Congratulations.

Our students thoroughly enjoyed the day, albeit they were very nervous at the start of the day. It was certainly worth the effort and cost to get there. Hopefully we will be back next year.

Once again, many thanks.

Kind regards,

Kathy Fenwick
Great Southern Grammar

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Here is a position from the 1976 Olympiad in Haifa between GM Jan Timman (Holland) white, and IM Werner Hug (Switzerland) black. I remember Hug from 1971 when he was the surprise winner of the World Junior Championship held in Athens, and he became Switzerland’s best player until Korchnoi took out Swiss citizenship.

Anyway, in this position Timman clearly has the more solid position and Hug’s pawns are a bit of a mess. Hug now had to decide between 1…Rfe8 to put pressure on white’s “e” pawn; 1…g4 to move the pawn away from a potential discovered attack from white’s queen; and 1…Qc5 with the idea of Qe5+ which would be a nice outpost for the queen. Unfortunately he chose the wrong move and lost.

Today’s puzzle is which move did Hug choose and what was white’s winning reply?

Timman v Hug 1976 - Black to play and lose!

Timman v Hug 1976 - Black to play and lose!