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Kevin Bonham
21-12-2015, 11:13 PM
This timetable put together by ACF Selections Director Tom Saltmarsh was already published in the Newsletter two months ago but posting it here as well. This is a locked thread; if anyone wishes to comment please start a new thread.

Note that the activity requirement of 30 games in the 12 months prior to the close of applications is unchanged. This includes normal rated games (not rapid/blitz) in the ACF system, FIDE system, or any system that can be readily converted to these. A game does not need to have been rated at the close of applications provided that it will be.

Olympiad Selections Schedule 2016
The following schedule for Olympiad selections for the 2016 Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan has been approved:

Early March 2016 Applications open (via notice in ACF Newsletter)
12 to 14 March 2016 Begonia Open
24 to 28 March 2016 Doeberl Cup
29 March 2016 Applications close
8 April 2016 Selection material sent to selectors
22 April 2016 Selectors to notify results
25 April 2016 Applicants advised of results
2 May 2016 End of 7 day appeal period
19 May 2016 120 day deadline for selectors votes under the By-law
1 September 2016 Commencement of Olympiad DATE CHANGED

Kevin Bonham
ACF Vice-President

(NB The listing of the Begonia and Doeberl in the above schedule does not imply they are compulsory events or have any specific role in the selection process. They are just listed so that players can easily see the timetabling of these tournaments relative to the schedule.)

Kevin Bonham
16-02-2016, 09:36 PM
Note that the Olympiad starting date has been brought forward to 1 September.

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2016, 08:36 PM

Applications are invited for the Australian Open and Women’s Olympiad Teams for the 42nd Chess Olympiad to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 1 to 14 September 2016*.

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. Although the organisers have yet to announce details, it is anticipated that players and captains will be entitled to full board from the host organisation in line with previous Olympiads. In addition, travel subsidies will be available from the ACF's Olympiad Appeal fundraising efforts.


Those wishing to be considered for selection as players must apply by 29 March 2016. 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 - e.g. 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 8 April 2016. Applicants will be advised of provisional selection results on or about 25 April 2016. The results will be finalised and made public on or about 16 May 2016 following the determination of any appeals.


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 2016. If you will not be contactable in the week after the selection deadline, please apply well in advance of the deadline.

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.

Activity Rule: An applicant shall not be eligible for selection unless the applicant has played at least 30 games in the 12 months immediately prior to the close of applications on 29 March 2016 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 30 games be rated or even submitted for rating by 29 March 2016, so long as they will be rated at some stage.


Expressions of interest are also now open for the following positions:

Non-playing Captain, Australian Open Team and

Non-playing Captain, Australian Women's Team

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 29 March 2016 with results to be announced on 16 May 2016. 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.

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 for captaincies 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


* Please note that FIDE recently changed the dates for the Olympiad as it was originally intended to take place from 17 to 30 September 2016.

Kevin Bonham
08-05-2016, 08:10 AM
There have been no appeals submitted against the provisional rankings and the selected team members are:


1. GM David Smerdon (Qld)
2. GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW)
3. IM Moulthun LY (Qld)
4. IM Anton Smirnov (NSW)
5. GM Max Illingworth (NSW)


1. WIM Heather Richards (Qld)
2. WFM Giang Nguyen (SA)
3. WIM Emma Guo (ACT)
4. WIM Biljana Dekic (NSW)
5. WIM Alexandra Jule (Qld)
Congratulations and good luck to both teams.

Kevin Bonham
ACF Vice-President