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Kevin Bonham
11-09-2009, 09:04 PM

The 2010 FIDE Olympiad will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 19 Sep to 4 Oct 2010.

I am writing to advise strong players intending to apply for the Olympiad teams for Australia for 2010 of the expected date on which applications for selection will close. This will have a bearing on any intending applicants who are short of game practice and need to get rated games played by that deadline to meet the 20 games rule.

The intended selection deadline is Wednesday 28 April. If any change to this is expected I will notify it to all sources where this notice has been published, but I do not expect it to change.

The 20 games rule requires each applicant for the Olympiad to have played 20 rated games in the previous year by the selection deadline (ie 28 April 2009 - 28 April 2010). The definition of a rated game includes any game rated by the ACF and/or FIDE that is not a rapid play game. A game rated by another federation (eg BCF) will also count where requested, provided that an adequate formula for converting that federation's ratings to either ACF or FIDE ratings exists. Of course, any game can only be counted once.

Prospective applicants are advised that some selectors believe applicants should play substantially more than 20 games in a year, and some selectors may rank applicants conservatively if they consider that the player has not played enough games to adequately demonstrate their current playing strength.

I expect to declare applications open around the start of February.

Kevin Bonham

ACF Selections Director

Kevin Bonham
11-02-2010, 04:17 PM
OLYMPIAD SELECTIONS: 39th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

Applications are now open for the Australian Open and Womens Olympiad Teams for the 39th Chess Olympiad to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from 19 Sep - 4 Oct 2010. Further information about event details (official website etc) will be posted on the Chesschat forum (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=10713) as it becomes known.

An Open team and a Womens team, each consisting of five players and a non-playing captain, will be selected to represent Australia at this event. Exact details of player entitlements are not yet known but it is normal that players and captains are entitled to full board from the host organisation and travel subsidies from the ACF's Olympiad Appeal fundraising efforts.


Those wishing to be considered for selection as players must apply by email by 28 April 2010. Please refer to item 5 of the ACF Selection By-Laws before applying, and for details of material required in an application (item 5.4) and optional in an application (items 5.6 and 5.7). The full Selection By-Laws are available online in PDF form at http://www.auschess.org.au/constitution/Selection%20Procedures%20after%2021%20July%202008. pdf A text copy will be emailed on request.

Please send all applications by email to Kevin Bonham <k_bonham@tassie.net.au> If an emailed application has not been acknowledged as received within seven days, please phone 0421 428 775.

The names of known applicants will be released progressively, either on the Chesschat forum (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=10713) or on the Olympiad Appeal website as applications are received. Applicants' supporting statements and results summaries, and ratings and results information to be made available to the selectors, will all be published online at an address to be announced, and available for public scrutiny, after applications close. Any corrections or additions to this material must then be submitted by 5 May 2010. Provisional selection results will be advised to all applicants and made public shortly after selections are finalised, on or about 19 May 2010.


1. Please, if possible, send your application from an email address that you will check regularly (preferably at least weekly) from the time of your application until the end of June. If you will not be contactable in the week after the selection deadline, please apply well in advance of the deadline.

2. All applicants should keep a copy of their application. Any claims for late application on the grounds of email transmission problems will not be accepted unless accompanied by a copy of the application and a letter from the sender's ISP confirming that the application was sent. Evidence may be required for other claims for late applications, and no application more than a week late will be accepted for any reason.

3. Activity Rule: All applicants must have completed 20 games that have been, or will be, rated by the ACF, FIDE or another approved organisation, in the time period 28 April 2009 - 28 April 2010 and at a normal (non-rapid) time limit. However, it is not required that all 20 games have been rated or even submitted for rating by 28 April, so long as they will be rated at some stage. If you have not yet reached your 20 games when you submit your application, please say so, and advise which events you intend to play in to reach 20 games by the deadline.


Applications for captaincies will be called for in April with a closing date a few days after selections are made public. Unsuccessful applicants for the teams are entitled to apply for a captaincy. Team captains will then be selected by the ACF Council, taking into account (but not necessarily bound by) the preferences and comments of team members. Exact dates and processes for captaincy applications will be announced closer to this stage.


11 Feb Applications Open
28 April Applications Close
5 May Deadline for Corrections / Material to Selectors
19 May Deadline for Selectors' Votes - provisional selection results advised ASAP to all applicants and published.

This notice has also been sent to the ACF Selections Email List and submitted to the ACF Newsletter. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.

- Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Director

Kevin Bonham
15-02-2010, 01:56 PM
GM David Smerdon has applied.

Kevin Bonham
15-02-2010, 10:15 PM
GM Zong-Yuan Zhao has applied.

Kevin Bonham
01-03-2010, 11:18 PM
GM Darryl Johansen has applied.

Kevin Bonham
04-03-2010, 03:12 PM
IM George Xie has applied.

Kevin Bonham
21-03-2010, 01:13 PM
IM Irina Berezina has applied for the Women's team.

Kevin Bonham
23-03-2010, 08:20 PM
WIM Biljana Dekic has applied for the Women's team.

Kevin Bonham
31-03-2010, 12:06 AM
WFM Emma Guo has applied for the Women's team.

Kevin Bonham
11-04-2010, 05:05 PM
The following message may interest prospective Olympiad applicants:

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Kevin Bonham
13-04-2010, 10:53 PM
IM Gary Lane has applied.

Kevin Bonham
14-04-2010, 11:25 PM
IM Stephen Solomon has applied.

Kevin Bonham
18-04-2010, 01:58 AM
IM Alex Wohl has applied.

Kevin Bonham
22-04-2010, 01:03 AM
IM Igor Goldenberg has applied.

Kevin Bonham
25-04-2010, 11:25 PM
WIM Arianne Caoili has applied for the Women's team.

Kevin Bonham
26-04-2010, 06:51 PM
Giang Nguyen has applied for the Women's team.

Kevin Bonham
28-04-2010, 02:27 PM
Sarah Anton has applied for the Women's team.

A reminder that applications close midnight tonight.

Kevin Bonham
28-04-2010, 03:58 PM
WFM Vaness Reid has applied for the Women's team.

Kevin Bonham
06-05-2010, 04:21 AM
Various files to be sent to the selectors are attached to this post.

They include:

* ACF ratings results for applicants over the last two years
* Results and statements supplied by applicants
* Results of recent tournaments not covered in ACF lists
* Results of players in FIDE-rated events outside Australia and not included elsewhere in the last 12 months.

These files are available for scrutiny and public comment concerning accuracy and omissions until 12 May.

Please send any corrections or additions to me at k_bonham@tassie.net.au or by PM here.

(edit: Ballarat Begonia added to recent results file)
(edit: Asian Championships and note about unrated players added to FIDE results file)

Note to applicants: to read the copies posted here you need to be logged in to this forum, however I will soon arrange for these to be posted on the Olympiad Appeal website and email a link.

Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Director

Kevin Bonham
10-05-2010, 10:51 PM
Note that files attached to the above post are being revised as necessary as corrections or additions are received. Any time this is done it will be noted in the post itself.

As files are not available on the Olympiad Appeal website yet I have emailed them directly to the applicants as attachments.

Kevin Bonham
11-05-2010, 01:43 PM

Expressions of interest are now open for the following positions:

* Non-playing Captain, Australian Open Team
* Non-playing Captain, Australian Women's Team

for the 39th Chess Olympiads to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 19 Sep to 4 Oct 2010

Applicants should apply immediately upon seeing this notice as the ACF reserves the right under Selection By-Law 13.5 to make a captaincy appointment at any time. However, unless the ACF decides to make an earlier appointment, applications will close on May 22 with results likely to be announced in early June. Applicants for playing positions may also apply for captaincies, on the understanding that they will be ineligible for a captaincy if they accept selection to a playing position, and vice versa.

Applicants for captaincies may be requested to assist the ACF with team registration matters, even before captaincy appointments have been confirmed. This is not a condition of application and will not affect an applicant's chances of being appointed in either direction, but the ACF is in need of assistance in this area in view of deadlines for registration and booking, the very late notice of such from the organisers, and the other commitments of some ACF officebearers.

Applicants may submit any supporting comments they wish to be passed on to either the selected players or the members of ACF Council, explaining why they think they should be selected as captains. The positions are filled by Council typically after taking into account the players' stated preferences (if any). Council has recently tended to follow the players' preferences in most cases, but is not obliged to do so. Applicants are also free to contact the applicants for playing positions and/or the Council regarding their applications as and whenever they wish. For more detail see item 13
of the ACF Selections procedures by-law at
http://www.auschess.org.au/constitut...b%202008.p df [PDF LINK]

Expressions of interest can be sent by email to ACF Selections Director Kevin Bonham at k_bonham@tassie.net.au and copied to ACF President Gary Wastell at gwastell@netspace.net.au . Please call 0421 428 775 if it is necessary to arrange another method, or if an email application has not been acknowledged within seven days. Please be aware that I (Kevin) will have intermittent email access from May 18-29 on account of interstate work commitments.

This message has been sent to the ACF Selections Info email list, the ACF Newsletter and the bulletin board chesschat.org. Please feel free to distribute it to anyone who may be interested.

- Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Director

19-05-2010, 10:52 PM
Since this has been made public by Ian Rout in the ACF newsletter, and Kevin has yet to post it on his closed thread, I thought I should put the (at this stage provisional, as subject to appeal) selections here:

Olympiad Teams

The following are the provisional results of selections for the Australian teams for the 2010 Olympiad:

Open Team:
1. GM Zong-Yuan Zhao
2. GM David Smerdon
3. IM George Xie
4. GM Darryl Johansen
5. IM Stephen Solomon
6. IM Alex Wohl
7. IM Igor Goldenberg
8. IM Gary Lane

Women's Team:
1. WIM Arianne Caoili
2. IM Irina Berezina
3. Giang Nguyen
4. WIM Biljana Dekic
5. WFM Emma Guo
6. WFM Vaness Reid
7. Sarah Anton

My thanks on behalf of the ACF to the selectors: IM Guy West, Ian Rout, FMs Tim Reilly and Geoff Saw, GM Ian Rogers (Open), Ingela Eriksson (Women's), for their many hours of work and careful thought on the selections.


These selections are provisional and subject to appeal for a period of seven days. Appeals can be made only on the basis of procedural error that has unfairly affected an applicant's chances, or rankings that are clearly unreasonable. (It is not enough that an applicant thinks they should have been selected, the ranking must be such that no selector could reasonably have given it on the basis of the information provided.) Appeals must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 which will be refunded if the appeal is successful. For more information on appeals see items 9-11 of the ACF Selection Procedures By-Laws at link.

Congratulations to those selected and commiserations to those who are not in the teams at this stage. My thanks on behalf of the ACF to all applicants for their willingness to put themselves forward for this very important event.

Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Director

Kevin Bonham
20-05-2010, 09:18 PM
Thanks very much to Adamski for posting the above; my internet access here is extremely limited as is my time to use it.

Kevin Bonham
21-05-2010, 09:14 PM
Unfortunately IM Irina Berezina has had to decline her offered board 2 place for family reasons. The result of this is that Giang Nguyen, WIM Biljana Dekic and WFM Emma Guo are all moved up one place and WFM Vaness Reid has been offered the now vacant fifth position while Sarah Anton becomes first reserve.

Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Director

Kevin Bonham
29-05-2010, 05:45 PM
No appeals have been received and the deadline for appeals has passed.