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MichaelBaron
05-10-2012, 08:02 PM
http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/6508-fide-announces-qualifiers-to-world-cities-team-championship-2012.html

Wonder who is going to play for us on such a short notice:hmm:

pax
05-10-2012, 11:16 PM
http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/6508-fide-announces-qualifiers-to-world-cities-team-championship-2012.html

Wonder who is going to play for us on such a short notice:hmm:
Gah, that's insane!

MichaelBaron
06-10-2012, 12:42 PM
So who is going?

Kevin Bonham
06-10-2012, 12:54 PM
Australia was more or less certain to qualify for this as we only had to top Oceania Zone to do so. As with a lot of these things, with the notice so short, if anyone can rustle up an eligible and even semi-decent team in time it's highly likely they'd be endorsed by the ACF. We've fielded teams in some of the Asian cities type events on a similar basis.

Max Illingworth
06-10-2012, 08:59 PM
At the time of writing myself, Giang, Emma and Arianne are interested in playing this tournament. Giang is the main person organising a possible team at the moment so if you are interested in representing Australia then it's probably best to express your interest to her. The deadline for registering Australia is October 31, and November 15 is the deadline for submitting the players.

My understanding of the tournament regulations is that the accommodation will be paid for by the organisers, but the team members will have to pay for their air fares. The minimum amount of money the team would receive is $2500 (if the team is eliminated in the round robin section, where Australia would play Germany, Cuba and Latvia).

Skulte
06-10-2012, 09:37 PM
Hi,

If needed I am living in London at the moment, so happy to fly over and play if you need an extra person, if I meet the minimum standard's. (from Sydney)

Name: Christopher Skulte
FIDE Rating: 1969
Playing in longer time controls before moving over here from Australia, I was starting to improve quite a bit, and getting a close scalp or 2. :D

Anyway happy regardless, goodluck to the team, but if you do need another, I would be very keen, contact me: chrisskulte@gmail.com

Thanks

Christopher Skulte

Kevin Bonham
06-10-2012, 09:56 PM
In the past there has usually been a requirement that all players be from the same city except for one permitted ring-in. I can't find that on the regulations this time around - making me suspect it may not exist for this event - but those interested in playing might want to check with the organisers. Or just register themselves as all from Alice Springs and see if anyone notices. :lol:

Skulte
07-10-2012, 08:43 PM
Just FYI for those interested that were going to contact Giang.
Flights from Australia return are looking to cost about $2,500 around that time. :wall:

Ian_Rogers
07-10-2012, 11:40 PM
That's simply not true. A 5 second check showed China Southern fares for about $1,700, and there may be cheaper options.

(BTW, shouldn't this thread be changed to World Cities Championship - it is not the World Teams Championship.)

Kevin Bonham
15-10-2012, 11:10 PM
There are some noises about possible applicants, such that there might be more people interested in going than the number of positions available.

On that basis I've sent an email around the Exec and SD to see if we need a competitive selections process; if one is deemed necessary I'll have details up here soon. This would most likely involve expressions of interest being required by late October (I suggested the 25th).

Kevin Bonham
17-10-2012, 12:35 AM
I've had it confirmed that there is no requirement that players be from the same city. Players just have to all be from the same federation and then the team is named after a city.

Kevin Bonham
23-10-2012, 03:49 AM
Players who are definitely interested and available to participate if selected are asked to send an email just stating their interest to all of the following:

ACF President Gary Wastell gwastell@netspace.net.au

ACF Selections Director Tom Saltmarsh catowi@internode.on.net

ACF FIDE Delegate Kevin Bonham k_bonham@tassie.net.au

advising of their interest by Thursday 25 October. Players who are not more or less certain they will be available are requested not to apply in view of the short time span. Players applying are required to check their email regularly (every few days at least) up until at least mid-November and reply promptly to any requests sent to them.

Kevin Bonham
11-11-2012, 11:55 AM
Selection results:

Chris Wallis (FM) - 2273 (FIDE) + 2307 (ACF) = 2290 (Average)
Vladimir Feldman (IM) - 2230 (FIDE) + 2246 (ACF) = 2238 (Average)
Eugene Schon - 2169 (FIDE) + 2223 (ACF) = 2196 (Average)
Karl Zelesco - 2108 (FIDE) + 2187 (ACF) = 2147.5 (Average)
Irina Berezina - 2190 (FIDE) + 2086 (ACF) = 2138 (Average)
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Reserves:
Chris Skulte - 1969 (FIDE) + 1913 (ACF) = 1941 (Average)
Sarah Anton - 1807 (FIDE) + 1692 (ACF) = 1749.5 (Average)
Shanon Vuglar - 1778 (FIDE) + 1615 (ACF) = 1696.5 (Average)

Adamski
11-11-2012, 03:35 PM
Best wishes to the selected team.

peter_parr
24-12-2012, 12:46 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 24th December 2012.

Canberra were outclassed losing 0-4 against Lviv, Ukraine in the first round of the World Cities Championship in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The results in board order were :- GM A.Moiseenko (2710) 1 v FM C. Wallis (2283) 0, GM Y.Kryvoruchko (2671) 1 v IM V.Feldman (2230) 0, GM S.Fedorchuk (2661) 1 v E.Schon (2175) 0, GM M.Kravtsiv (2593) 1 v K.Zelesco (2154) 0. Paris, the top seeds, beat Teheran 3-1.

STOP PRESS: Canberra /8 games

Kevin Bonham
24-12-2012, 05:26 PM
Yes, Australia managed to avoid getting wiped 4-0 by Riga, Latvia team with IM Vladimir Feldman drawing with GM Arturs Neiskans (2534).

Our final opponent is Athens, Greece (three GMs and an IM) who defeated our first-round opponents Lviv 3-1 in an upset (outrated, though not by much, on every board). I believe we will be eliminated whatever the result but it is great to have been able to be represented and to give our younger players some more experience against these formidable opponents.

Kevin Bonham
25-12-2012, 07:55 PM
Greece decided to field their 2288-rated reserve and Karl Zelesco defeated him to score Australia's only win and cost Greece top place in the group (they finished second). Overall we scored 1.5/12 which given how outclassed we were is not surprising.

Adamski
25-12-2012, 11:17 PM
Greece decided to field their 2288-rated reserve and Karl Zelesco defeated him to score Australia's only win and cost Greece top place in the group (they finished second). Overall we scored 1.5/12 which given how outclassed we were is not surprising.Well done young Karl!:clap: Also congrats to Vladimir for drawing with a high rated GM.:clap:

MichaelBaron
28-12-2012, 12:56 AM
Well done young Karl!:clap: Also congrats to Vladimir for drawing with a high rated GM.:clap:

And congrats to the entire Auzzie team for scoring half point more than Uganda overall :clap:

Kevin Bonham
28-12-2012, 11:33 PM
It's Hoogeveen vs Baku in the final.

Hoogeveen NED - Baku AZE
1 Giri Anish : Safarli Eltaj
2 Sokolov Ivan : Mamedov Rauf
3 Tiviakov Sergei : Mamedov Nidjat
4 Smeets Jan : Durarbayli Vasif

For 3rd and 4th

Novi Sad SRB - Tashkent UZB
1 Ivanisevic Ivan : Dzhumaev Marat
2 Markus Robert : Kvon Andrey
3 Perunovic Milos : Barsov Alexei
4 Sedlak Nikola : Iuldachev Saidali

Kevin Bonham
28-12-2012, 11:41 PM
Note that some of the Australians are playing in the Classic (when players are eliminated from the WCC they get to carry their score over).

Wallis is on 4/8 but has not beaten anyone rated higher than 2126 apart from a forfeit.

Schon is on 3 and has beaten IM Li Wengliang (China, 2424).

Zelesco is on 3 but has not beaten anyone over 2000 since the win against Greece.

Presently Schon and Wallis are on for slight rating gains and Zelesco for a slight loss (he lost to a 1900s player.)

Kevin Bonham
30-12-2012, 02:13 AM
Hoogeveen won and Novi Sad came third.

Not much joy for the Australians in the final round of the Classic with Karl drawing with a lower rated player and the other two losing, so all three will have a slight loss of ratings points from the event.