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blackbishop
29-06-2021, 05:38 PM
Wikipedia suggests that the Australian Open Chess Championships began in 1971 yet there are many tournaments that billed themselves as the "Australian Open" before that year.
For example:

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954)
Mon 7 Jan 1952 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/204972137?searchTerm=chess%20Australian%20Open%20T ournament

Is there any basis for the Open beginning in 1971?

Bill Gletsos
29-06-2021, 11:01 PM
Wikipedia suggests that the Australian Open Chess Championships began in 1971 yet there are many tournaments that billed themselves as the "Australian Open" before that year.
For example:

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954)
Mon 7 Jan 1952 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/204972137?searchTerm=chess%20Australian%20Open%20T ournament

Is there any basis for the Open beginning in 1971?I suspect the Open in 1971 is considered the first “Australian Open” as it had international players.

The inaugural Australian Open was a 10 player round robin held in Dec 1947-Jan 1948 in Melbourne was the first of what was to be a biennial event and was won by CJS Purdy.
This tournament was actually a rename of a tournament that started out in 1925 called the Pietzcker.

blackbishop
30-06-2021, 07:16 PM
I suspect the Open in 1971 is considered the first “Australian Open” as it had international players.

The inaugural Australian Open was a 10 player round robin held in Dec 1947-Jan 1948 in Melbourne was the first of what was to be a biennial event and was won by CJS Purdy.
This tournament was actually a rename of a tournament that started out in 1925 called the Pietzcker.

Mr J A Pietzcker was a President of the Melbourne Chess Club and the Consul for Switzerland.
Johannes Alexander Pietzcker (Honorary Swiss Consul, Melbourne, 1932 – 1951)

During the second world war Johannes apparently acted to address problems experienced by German Nationals interned at the Tatura Internment camp, Victoria.

Around 1925 he suggested that an annual tournament be conducted in Melbourne to attract players from all over Australia and improve the quality of Australian Chess. He donated some prize money for the event. This became known as the Melbourne Christmas Tournament, the Pietzcker Christmas Tournament and, The Australian Open Tournament.

“One of the club's great benefactors was J.A.Pietzcker, who served his first term as president in 1925 and was a member for over 60 years. He flourished during the age of Gundersen. It is to Pietzcker we owe the Australian Open tournament, for that event was a revival of the Pietzcker tourney, endowed by him and held between 1925 and 1940. The Australian Open tournament was conducted by the club every 2 years from 1947 until 1953. Then the ACF took over, but did hold the first Australian Open championship until 1971: the Karlis Lidums International chess tournament.”

https://www.melbournechessclub.org/care-for-a-game by Bob Brooking, Melbourne Chess Club, History.

Winners of the Pietzcker Christmas tournaments:
1925/26 G Gundersen (5.5/6)
1926/27 G Gundersen (4/4)
1927/28 SH Woinarski (4.5/5)
1928/29 FM Crowl & CG Watson (4/5)
1929/30 BW Stenhouse (6/8)
1931 (April) FA Crowl (4/5)
1931/32 FA Crowl (4.5/5)
1932 (Oct/Nov) CJS Purdy (6/7)
1933/34 CG Watson (6/7)
1935/36 FA Crowl (7.5/10)
1936/37 L Steiner (5.5/6)
1937/38 M Green & CG Watson (5.5/6)
1940 (Mar/Apr) S Lazare (4/6)
1940 (Dec) S Lazare (5/5)

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1242924&kpage=2
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/243899057?searchTerm=Pietzcker%20Chess%20tournamen t

blackbishop
02-07-2021, 02:56 PM
Karlis Lidums Australian Open.

Winner was Lajos Portisch (Hungary). He won by half a point from Walter Browne, Florin Gheorghiu (Romania) and Lothar Schmidt (Germany).

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/51974293?searchTerm=chess Karlis Lidums
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110451504?searchTerm=chess Keres not coming
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110449741?searchTerm=chess 2nd
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110449998?searchTerm=chess 3rd
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110450622?searchTerm=chess 4th
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110450779?searchTerm=chess 5th
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110451287?searchTerm=chess 7th
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110451067?searchTerm=chess 7th
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110451559?searchTerm=chess 8th
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110451828?searchTerm=chess 9th
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110455054?searchTerm=chess

blackbishop
02-07-2021, 02:59 PM
2013 Australian Open Championships run by the North’s Chess Club, Cammeray, NSW.

Winner for 2013, was fifteen year old Bobby Cheng. Equal second were Max Illingworth, Zong-Yuan Zhao and Moulthon Ly.

https://sites.google.com/site/2013ozopenchess/results/open (Picassa Album link is broken)
https://en.chessbase.com/post/fabulous-fighting-che-at-the-australian-open (Jamie Kenmure)

Videos by Kerry Stead
Round 9 review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8cVrq5j1YQ
Round 10 review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EHAm-hp06w
Round 11 review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-5N7FH3al4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Cheng
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Kharisma_Sukandar

blackbishop
05-07-2021, 08:41 AM
I suspect the Open in 1971 is considered the first “Australian Open” as it had international players.

The inaugural Australian Open was a 10 player round robin held in Dec 1947-Jan 1948 in Melbourne was the first of what was to be a biennial event and was won by CJS Purdy.
This tournament was actually a rename of a tournament that started out in 1925 called the Pietzcker.

The First Pietzcker Christmas Tournament was held at the Melbourne Chess Club in 1925/1926. The group photo includes Gunnar Gunderson, twelve times Victorian Champion and “MCC Secretary, I Rosenblum”. Edward Rosenblum wrote, “Seventy Years of Victorian Chess” in 1926.

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blackbishop
09-07-2021, 08:25 AM
Australian Open December - January 1983 at the Hakoah Chess Club, Sydney

After two rounds. Photo of the eventual winner Darryl Johansen.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/116403762?searchTerm=Marion%20Mott%20chess
This article states that Max Fuller defeated the reigning open champion Bent Larsen. The reigning champion was Robert Jamieson.

Second last round.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/116442286?searchTerm=chess

Winners.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/116442742?searchTerm=chess

Terrey Shaw on the Ian Rogers, Lloyd Fell game.
https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1453683391/view?sectionId=nla.obj-1704519025&partId=nla.obj-1453768363#page/n82/mode/1up