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Kevin Bonham
16-11-2011, 09:20 PM
Australian Olympiad Selections: 20 Game Rule Deadline for Turkey Olympiad

Prospective applicants for Olympiad selection to represent Australia in either the Open or Womens team at the 40th FIDE Olympiad are advised that the ACF Council has ruled that the deadline for each applicant to have played at least 20 games in the previous year will be March 31, 2012. An applicant must have played at least 20 standard games (not rapid or blitz) that are rated by the ACF, FIDE or a national organisation for which rating formula conversion details are known and the playing of the games can be verified. Players who have not played at least 20 such games will be ruled ineligible for selection.

The Olympiad will be held in Istanbul, Turkey and is scheduled for August 27 - Sep 10 2012. Detailed information is not yet available. A call for applications for selections will be issued by the ACF in due course.

Kevin Bonham
ACF Vice-President

Kevin Bonham
02-03-2012, 07:06 PM
Posting copies of the notices from the most recent ACF Newsletter:

OLYMPIAD SELECTIONS - 40th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Istanbul, Turkey

Applications are invited for the Australian Open and Women’s Olympiad Teams for the 40th Chess Olympiad to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27 August to 10 September 2012.

An Open team and a Women’s 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 players and captains normally 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 31 March 2012. At a minimum, applications must contain the information specified in item 5.4 of the ACF’s Selection Procedures By-Law. In addition, applicants may provide:

· a list or summary of their game or tournament results over the previous two years (as per item 5.6); and/or

· up to 400 words of comments in support of their application (as per item 5.7).

A text copy of the By-Law will be emailed on request.

Applications must be sent by email to Tom Saltmarsh catowi@internode.on.net. If an application has not been acknowledged as received within seven days, please phone (03) 6223 5518.

Applicants' names, as well as all material provided to selectors – eg ratings file; applicant lists or summary of game or tournament results; and applicant comments - 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 be submitted by 7 April 2012. Applicants will be advised of provisional selection results on or about 21 April 2012. The results will be finalised and made public on or about 28 April 2012 following the expiration of the appeal period.


1. Please send any application from an email address that you will check regularly (preferably at least weekly) from the time of your application until the end of May 2012. 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.

3. Activity Rule: An applicant shall not be eligible for selection unless the applicant has played at least 20 games in the 12 month period immediately prior to 31 March 2012 and at a normal (non‑rapid) time limit. The games must be rated by the ACF, FIDE or a national organisation for which rating formula conversion details are known and the playing of the games can be verified. It is not required that all 20 games be rated or even submitted for rating by 31 March 2012, 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 advise in which events you intend to play to reach 20 games by the deadline.


Applications for captaincies will be called for in April 2012 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 later.


Early March 2012
Applications open

31 March 2012
Applications close

7 April 2012
Corrections to applications finalised
Applications sent to Selectors

21 April 2012
Applicants notified of provisional selection result

28 April 2012
Selection results finalised and published

Tom Saltmarsh

ACF Selections Director


The ACF Executive is very pleased to report the following recent appointments:

Selections Director

Mr Tom Saltmarsh, a member of the Hobart International Chess Club and a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, has accepted appointment as ACF Selections Director. Tom will oversee the appointment of selectors and the process of selecting Australia’s representatives for a variety of international events, including the forthcoming Olympiad in Istanbul.

Olympiad Appeal Coordinator

The Executive is also very pleased to confirm that responsibility for coordinating the biennial appeal for funds to assist members of the Olympiad teams will again be taken by well-known Chess Association of Queensland administrator, Ian Murray, who has filled this role with distinction through several previous appeals. Ian will shortly announce arrangements for this year’s appeal and will again be depending on the generosity of the Australian chess community to ensure its success.

Gary Wastell, ACF President

Kevin Bonham
25-03-2012, 06:59 PM
Tom Saltmarsh has advised me that the following have thus far applied:


GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (subject to availability)
GM David Smerdon
GM Darryl Johansen
IM Moulthun Ly
IM Gary Lane


WFM Shannon Oliver.

Note that applications close 31 March 2012 (ie Saturday)

Kevin Bonham
27-03-2012, 03:36 PM
IM Irina Berezina has applied.

Kevin Bonham
27-03-2012, 11:24 PM
FM Max Illingworth has applied.

Kevin Bonham
28-03-2012, 07:15 PM
IM Stephen Solomon and WIM Arianne Caoili have applied.

Kevin Bonham
30-03-2012, 11:33 AM
Sally Yu and Alana Chibnall have applied.

The deadline for applications is tomorrow.

Kevin Bonham
31-03-2012, 10:35 AM
WIM Biljana Dekic has applied.

Kevin Bonham
01-04-2012, 12:38 AM
FM Bobby Cheng has applied.

I'm not sure yet whether there were any other last-day applications or not.

Also note (not referring to any applicant particularly) that I am just posting who has applied, not whether their application was accepted as valid - I'm not in a position to confirm eligibility for all players under the 20 game rule especially.

Kevin Bonham
01-04-2012, 11:31 AM
+ IM Alex Wohl
+ FM Junta Ikeda
+ Giang Nguyen
+ WFM Vaness Reid
+ WFM Megan Setiabudi
+ Sarah Anton

There was also one slightly late application (so far) for the Women's Team who I'll name if/when the application is accepted (it's currently pending provision of more information).

So in all Open (10): Zhao, Smerdon, Johansen, Ly, Lane, Solomon, Illingworth, Wohl, Ikeda, Cheng
Womens (10): Oliver, Berezina, Caoili, Yu, Chibnall, Nguyen, Reid, Dekic, Setiabudi, Anton

Kevin Bonham
01-04-2012, 06:16 PM
That's all for now as the possible late application was withdrawn.

Kevin Bonham
01-04-2012, 07:01 PM
Sarah Anton added - applied in time but accidentally omitted from the list sent to me earlier today. So there are now ten for each event - which I think is quite a healthy number of applicants.

Kevin Bonham
02-04-2012, 08:07 PM
Sarah Anton added - applied in time but accidentally omitted from the list sent to me earlier today.

Ditto WIM Emma Guo and WIM Alex Jule so there are now 12 applicants for the Women's team.

A few applicants are still being checked for compliance with the 20-game rule.

Kevin Bonham
21-04-2012, 04:01 PM
Provisional Selections - Open Team

1. Zong-Yuan Zhao (application withdrawn due to not being able to obtain leave from university studies)

2. David Smerdon
3. Darryl Johansen
4. Moulthun Ly
5. Aleksandar Wohl
6. Stephen Solomon
7. Max Illingworth
8. Junta Ikeda
9. Bobby Cheng
10. Gary Lane

Provisional Selections - Women's Team

1. Arianne Caoili
2. Irina Berezina ------withdrawn May 14
3. Emma Guo
4. Sally Yu
5. Giang Nguyen
6. Biljana Novakovic-Dekic
7. Shannon Oliver
8. Alana Chibnall
9. Alexandra Jule
10. Vaness Reid
11. Megan Setiabudi
12. Sarah Anton

The ACF Selections Director Tom Saltmarsh has asked me to pass on thanks to the selectors who were:

Open Team - Charles Zworestine, Ian Rogers, Guy West, Tim Reilly and Brett Tindall
Women's Team - Ingela Eriksson, Ian Rogers, Guy West, Tim Reilly and Brett Tindall

Selections always involve considerable time and effort and the large number of applications made the selection of both teams a difficult task.

Under clause 9 of the Selection Procedures By-Laws, applicants may appeal selection results within seven days of having been informed of them. A $200 appeal fee applies which is refundable in the event that the appeal is successful. The By-Law provides that there are two grounds for appeal:

* That there was a material error or omission in the selection process that would disadvantage the applicant; and

* That the applicant was clearly ranked such that no selector could have reasonably given the applicant that ranking based on the information supplied to selectors.

Any player wishing to appeal should contact Tom at catowi@internode.on.net .

Kevin Bonham
24-04-2012, 06:41 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 40th Chess Olympiad to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27*August to 10*September*2012.

Applicants should apply immediately 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 5 May 2012 with results to be announced on 12 May 2012. 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 may require assistance in this area when the organisers advise deadlines for registration and booking.

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’s Selection Procedures By-Law.

Expressions of interest should be sent Tom Saltmarsh catowi@internode.on.net and copied to ACF President Gary Wastell at gwastell@netspace.net.au . Please call (03) 6223 5518 if it is necessary to arrange another method, or if an email application has not been acknowledged within seven days.

Tom Saltmarsh
ACF Selections Director

Kevin Bonham
09-05-2012, 08:50 PM

40th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Istanbul, Turkey

Following the completion of the ACF’s selection and appeal processes, the following players will be invited to represent the ACF as members of the Australian teams at the 40th FIDE Chess Olympiad to be played in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27 August to 10 September 2012:

Open Team
GM David Smerdon (ACT)
GM Darryl Johansen (Vic) (withdrawn)
IM Moulthun Ly (Qld)
IM Aleksandar Wohl (Qld)
IM Stephen Solomon (Qld)
FM Max Illingworth (NSW)

Women’s Team
WIM Arianne Caoili (ACT)
IM Irina Berezina (NSW)
WIM Emma Guo (ACT)
Sally Yu (Vic)
Giang Nguyen (SA)

Details of the ACF’s Olympiad Appeal to provide financial assistance for team members, including progress reports, alternative ways of donating and acknowledgements of contributions, are at http://www.acfappeal.aunz.org/

Tom Saltmarsh
ACF Selections Director

Kevin Bonham
14-05-2012, 09:37 PM
IM Irina Berezina has withdrawn and WIM Biljana Dekic has accepted the vacant position.

The Women's team is now:

WIM Arianne Caoili (ACT)
WIM Emma Guo (ACT)
Sally Yu (Vic)
Giang Nguyen (SA)
WIM Biljana Dekic (NSW)

Kevin Bonham
01-06-2012, 09:04 PM
GM Darryl Johansen has withdrawn from the Open team and FM Max Illingworth has accepted the vacancy.

The Australian Open team is now:

GM David Smerdon (ACT)
IM Moulthun Ly (Qld)
IM Aleksandar Wohl (Qld)
IM Stephen Solomon (Qld)
FM Max Illingworth (NSW)

Kevin Bonham
06-06-2012, 09:51 PM

The ACF has appointed Manuel Weeks and Ian Rogers as captains of the Open and Women's teams respectively.