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The other major event that I need to report on from over the holidays is the Australian Junior Championships which were held in Sydney in mid-January. The winners were:

2014 Australian Junior Championship Title Holders:
Under 18 Open: Anton Smirnov (NSW)
Under 18 Girls: Shirley Gu (NSW)
Under 16 Open: George Carolin-Unkovich (WA)
Under 16 Girls: Zhi Lin Guo (VIC)
Under 14 Open: Rishi Dutta (NSW)
Under 14 Girls: Alanna Chew Lee (VIC) (def. Theresa Gu (NSW) 1.5-0.5 in the playoff)
Under 12 Open: Kerry Lin (NSW) (def. Haran Salasan (VIC) 1.5-0.5 in the playoff)
Under 12 Girls: Licia Yao (VIC)
Under 10 Open: Bobby Yu (VIC)
Under 10 Girls: Cassandra Lim (VIC)
Under 8 Open: Jay Landau (VIC) (def. Sebastian Bracks (NSW) 2-0 in the playoff)
Under 8 Girls: Ye Seul Ok (SA)

The Junior Championships always present a problem for our very top juniors who have just competed in the Australian Championships (Seniors).  Are they too strong to play in the Juniors and do they have anything to gain by playing?  Fortunately for the other players this year both Anton Smirnov and Karl Zelesco decided to play in both tournaments and try to win the Australian Junior title.

At the Australian Championships Anton played for the title in the last round but lost, thus allowing Karl to finish higher.  How would they go against each other in the Junior?  Clearly their game would decide the title.  This time Anton prevailed with some nice tactics.  See if you can pick his moves from the diagram below.

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Last Saturday I popped into the Hungarian Club in Knox to watch the Victorian Team Rapid Play Championships. The big attraction was that this event had a very strong field with 7 teams of 4 players and so there was going to be some good chess.

The event ended in a tie between the Noble Park Knights and The Melbourne Kings on 22 points. The leading four players, all scoring 6.5/7, were Guy West, Ari Dale, Karl Zelesco and Dom Dragicevic.

James vs Bobby

My main interest was the top board clashes and I was fortunate enough to recorded the big game between IM James Morris and FM Bobby Cheng, two of Australia’s top young players. It started off with a boring opening but then James won a couple of pawns on the Kingside. Bobby however did not panic as he had a majority of pieces on the queenside where he was counter-attacking. He played a couple of nice tactics to regain the two pawns then, with time trouble approaching, James dropped a piece and soon resigned. I thought the game was a good example of how piece play and co-ordinating your pieces is perhaps the most important skill in chess.

Here is the game for you to enjoy.

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282 chess games were played over the weekend and 228 of them were broadcast LIVE for all the world to see!  No cables, no difficult technology… just a few iPads and all the games were instantly available online.

If you want to see some of the games – here they are:

Full tournament results

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If I had to choose one chess website as being my favourite it would have to be http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/ “Chess Notes” by Edward Winter.

Winter must be the best chess historian in the world and his “notes,” which run into the thousands, are a treasury of chess history, memorabilia, anecdotes, famous games and quirky incidents.   Currently I’m reading a book of some of Winter’s better “notes” which I pinched from the pile of old chess books sitting around here at Chess Kids.  (Don’t tell the Guru!).

To whet your appetite here is a quirky position apparently either from a lightning game between Capablanca and Lasker in 1914, or composed by them following the game.  Warning: You’ll really need to exercise your imagination to solve this one – both Capablanca and Lasker were world champions.

[fen caption=”White to Play”]1R1K4/k1n5/Np6/1P1n4/8/8/8/8 w – – 0 1[/fen]

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The seventh RJ Shield tournament for 2009 was held on 27th September at the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL and attracted a field of 67 players.

This was a special event as both Chess Kids Superstars, IM James Morris & FM Bobby Cheng played in the tournament which was also a fund-raiser for Bobby’s forthcoming trip to Turkey for the World Under 12 Championships. We raised $551.30 towards his trip so thanks to all those players and parents who contributed.  James beat Bobby in their individual game and thus won the tournament with 7/7 followed by Bobby on 6.

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The sixth RJ Shield tournament for 2009 was held on 30th August at the Oakleigh RSL and attracted a field of 51 players.

Vinay receives his trophy from IM Robert Jamieson

Vinay receives his trophy from IM Robert Jamieson

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I remember how it all started. Mum took me to an RJ Shield chess tournament one Sunday afternoon when I was 8 years old. I scored only 2 points! Look how far I’ve progressed…

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April 7-9, 1999

The first ever National Junior Open was played in Canberra at the Burns Club in Kambah. This tournament was the brainchild of ACT Junior Chess guru, Geoff Butler. It follows very well the philosophy I was discussing earlier about trying to encourage junior players to continue playing chess when they reach the ripe old teenage years . To assist this the tournament was open to anyone 20 years young or younger.

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Louise Dana – Kacey Rowe
Interschool – Outer East Zone

A very important rule: Always move your pieces off the back rank ! This is called “developing”.