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Kevin Bonham
12-03-2007, 09:46 PM
Much of the information in this post comes from Neville Ledger's two-volume work "Chess: Tasmanian Records" (2001). My copies are practically falling apart from overuse!

Tasmanian Championships aka Tasmanian Closed Championships

Commenced 1924, then held annually except for 1939-47, in which time there was a match in 1943 and two in 1944.

Format: Round robin until 1937 (except for a match in 1926), then matches until 1948. Mostly round robins of 3-8 players 1948-1965. Open swisses from 1966-9 then split into two divisions from 1970-1983 with eight player round robins in the top division, except top division was a swiss in 1978 and an open swiss was used in 1981. Open swisses every year from 1984 on except for 1989 which was a round robin because of small field size. Swisses have normally been six or seven rounds except for 1994 (five) and 2001 (eight). In 2004 the TCA set the event as seven rounds for titles from 2005 onwards but agreed to vary this for 2006 (six rounds).

Playoffs: Last playoff was held in 1956; ties in 1974, 83 (three-way), 89, 93, 2007, 09 (three-way), 2015, 2016 (three-way), 2018, 2019 (three-way), 2021 (two-way) have stood without playoffs.

Largest field: 32, Hobart, 2007

Most frequent winners: Otto Weber (13 between 1953 and 1968), Kevin Bonham (7 including 3 shared, 2001-21), Tony Dowden (6 including 2 shared, 2006-12), , Edwin Ingledew (5, 1924-30), Oscar Henry Vince (5,1936-49), Ian Rout (5 including 4 shared, 2015-21), Arthur Melville Tregear (4, 1928-34), S James Henri (4, 1975-1979), Adrian Flitney (4 including 1 shared, 1981-87)

Most wins in a row: Otto Weber (6, 1953-58)

Youngest winner: Will Rumley (12, 2019, shared title)

Youngest outright winner of title: Ben-Fearnley-Sander (17, 1990 - tied for first in tournament with ineligible player)

Oldest winner: Frank Phillips (72, 1974 - shared title)

Picket fences (excluding matches): Edwin Ingledew (1924, 1930), A M Tregear (1928, 1934), T D Fillan (1933), Ludwig Bokay (1951), Otto Weber (1953,54,55,60,66,67), Tadeusz Grocki (1963), Alija Premilovac (1995), Pavel Sakov (1999), Kevin Bonham (2002).

Winning tournament for title outright despite losing a game: Edwin Ingledew 1927, A.M. Tregear 1929 and 1932, O.H. Vince 1936, Otto Weber 1968, Adrian Flitney 1981, Mike Stubbs 1998, Kevin Bonham 2001

Biggest winning margin: Colin Cloudsdale 1972 6.5/7 won a round robin by 2.5 points

Ineligible players have tied for first four times with the title going to the player they tied with. The only ineligible players to come outright first were:
* FM Lim Yee Weng (2004, Charles Chadwick thus claiming the title by finishing outright second)
* FM Vladimir Smirnov (2009, three-way tie for second determined title)
* Martin Friebe (2016, three-way tie for second initially determined title. Following the tournament the TCA agreed to award Friebe a share of the title.)
* GM David Smerdon (2019, three-way tie for second determined title)
* Miles Patterson (2021, two-way tie for second determined title)

Title won on first eligible attempt: Edwin Ingledew 1924, Frank Phillips 1943 (match), Alan Willison 1944 (match), Ludwig Bokay 1951, Otto Weber 1953, John Welsh 1988, Pavel Sakov 1996, Tim Anderson 1997 (had previously tied for first as an ineligible player), Tony Dowden 2006, Ian Rout 2015 (shared), Karl Manzer 2016 (see above), Toby Straton 2018 (shared). Martin Friebe who was ineligible at the time of the tournament in 2016 was subsequently awarded a share of the title from that tournament retrospectively, as part of a decision to change the eligibility criteria which it was felt had been too strict.

Most attempts before winning title: Nigel Frame 2004 won on his 12th attempt

Most starts: Neville Ledger (37)

Tasmanian Open

Event initially named "Tasmanian Open Championship". Renamed "Tasmanian Open" in 2003 to avert confusion with Closed Championship. Held as a once-off in 1933 then abandoned and "inaugurated in 1975." 1989 event deferred until January 1990 so there were two Tasmanian Opens held that year. 1996 event described as "combined Championship/Open Tournament" and called "Tasmanian Open Chess Championship", meaning that Pavel Sakov won both titles by sharing first place in this event (Tim Anderson who tied with him was only eligible for the Open).

Format: Open Swiss. In recent years typically six rounds, except for 2016 (seven rounds). The 2020 event used a short time control of 60/10 because no long weekend was available.

Largest field: 40, 1976, Launceston

Smallest field: 8, 1990, Burnie

In the early days of this tournament it was common for winners to come from interstate. From about 1990 onwards the event has normally clashed with major mainland tournaments and hence interstate entries have been rarer and the event has been similar in character to the Championships.

Most wins: Kevin Bonham 12 (seven shared), Simon Browne 4 (one shared), Darryl Johansen 3, Nigel Frame 3 (all shared)

Picket fence: Darryl Johansen (1985), Graham Lee (1987), Pavel Sakov (1998), Michael Hornung (2000), Phil Donnelly (2013)

Most wins in a row: Kevin Bonham 5 (2005-9, four shared)

Youngest winner: Vincent Horton (2008 - shared title) age 12

Youngest outright winner: Oscar Breslin (16), 2021

Most starts: Kevin Bonham (30)

Tasmanian Seniors Championship

Inaugurated 2007.
2007-8 Glen Gibbs
2009 Reg Harvey
2010 Glen Gibbs
2011 Reg Harvey
2012 Not awarded
2013 Neil Markovitz (also Tasmanian Champion in same year)
2014 Not awarded
2015 Alex Nagy
2016 Reg Harvey
2017 Noel O'Mara
2018-21 Ian Rout (also joint Tasmanian Champion in 2018-9 and 2021)

Tasmanian Women's Championship (formerly Tasmanian Ladies' Chess Championship)

Inaugurated 1961 as a separate tournament. Held intermittently until 1986 (not held seven times during this period). A private event claimed to be this tournament was held during 1987 but the TCA had abolished the title. The title was reinstated in 1995 but it took until 2006 for plans to be made to actually award the title again. The title is now awarded to the top scoring eligible female in the Tasmanian Championships provided at least two females (including female juniors) compete. The 2007 Womens Champion was Janice Martin (who was also clearly the strongest active female player in the state for the previous c.11 years).
2008-9 Nina Horton
2010-20 Not awarded
2021 Udani Amarasekera

Most contestants: 8 players, 1970, Launceston

Most wins: A.N. Walker, seven in a row (one shared)

Tasmanian Lightning Championships

Inaugurated 1974. Not held 1986-88, 1991-4, 2002. An event held early 1995 in Launceston with the aim of reviving the Lightning Champs concept was a private tournament not endorsed by the TCA and the TCA held its own Lightning Champs later that year.

Held as Swiss or Round Robin depending on entries

Largest field: 25, Burnie, 2007

Most wins: Nigel Frame, 6 (one shared)

Biggest winning margin: Nigel Frame (2003) and Tony Dowden (2007), each 2.5 points

Youngest winner: Will Rumley (2018), age 11.

Championship - Open double

S. J. Henri 1976 (tied for Open), Adrian Flitney 1983 (tied for both), Simon Browne 1993 (tied for open), Tony Dowden 2007 (tied for both), Alastair Dyer 2009 (tied for both) and 2010 (tied for Open), Ian Rout 2015 (tied for Champs) and 2017, Kevin Bonham 2016 (tied for both) and 2020, Martin Friebe (2016, tied for Open, awarded share of Champs retrospectively after winning tournament outright).

Ian Rout 2017 and Kevin Bonham 2020 are the only players to win both events outright in the same calendar year.

Championship - Lightning double

S. J. Henri 1975 (tied for Lightning), 76, 79, Adrian Flitney 1981, Peter Wagg 1983 (tied for Champs), Tony Dowden 2006, 2007 (tied for Champs), 2008, 2009 (tied for Champs), Alastair Dyer 2010, Tony Dowden 2012 (tied for Lightning), Martin Friebe 2016 (won both tournaments outright while ineligible and awarded share of both titles retrospectively), Will Rumley 2019 (tied for Champs), Kevin Bonham 2021 (tied for Champs)

Championship-Open-Lightning treble

(ties as noted above)

S.J. Henri 1976, Tony Dowden 2007, Alastair Dyer 2010, Martin Friebe 2016

Rapid - Lightning double

Alastair Dyer 2020

Tasmanian Rapid

First held 2014. A Tasmanian Rapid title was first created around 1990 but the event to be held in Campbell Town was cancelled due to insufficient entries. However a similar event called Tasmanian Quickplay Championship was held once in 1990 and the state final was won by Carl Smith.

Largest field: 33, Ranelagh, 2020

2014-7 Kevin Bonham
2018 Ian Rout
2019 Kevin Bonham
2020 Alastair Dyer
2021 Will Rumley

Kevin Bonham
12-06-2007, 07:37 PM
Records updated and slightly expanded. Open to requests.

ER
12-06-2007, 08:56 PM
Kevin
Is it possible to present a Honour Board with all Tasmanian Champions in chronological order?
If not, is there a website link with this information?
Cheers and good luck

Kevin Bonham
12-06-2007, 09:16 PM
Easy, again thanks mostly to Ledger:

TASMANIAN CHAMPIONS

1924 Edwin Ingledew
1925 Edwin Ingledew
1926 Edwin Ingledew (match)
1927 Edwin Ingledew
1928 Arthur Melville Tregear
1929 Arthur Melville Tregear
1930 Edwin Ingledew
1931 T. D. Fillan
1932 Arthur Melville Tregear
1933 T. D. Fillan
1934 Arthur Melville Tregear
1935 T. D. Fillan
1936 Oscar Henry Vince
1937 Oscar Henry Vince
1938 Oscar Henry Vince
1943 Frank Phillips (match)*
1944 Frank Phillips (match)
1944 Alan Willison (match)
1948 Oscar Henry Vince
1949 Oscar Henry Vince
1950 Karlis Reintals
1951 Ludwig Bokay
1952 Karlis Reintals
1953 Otto Weber
1954 Otto Weber
1955 Otto Weber
1956 Otto Weber
1957 Otto Weber
1958 Otto Weber
1959 Laurence Barry Holmes
1960 Otto Weber
1961 Otto Weber
1962 Otto Weber
1963 Tadeusz Grocki (subsequently changed name to Ted Grodski)
1964 Otto Weber
1965 Richard Neville Ledger
1966 Otto Weber
1967 Otto Weber
1968 Otto Weber
1969 Robert D. Atkinson
1970 Robert D. Atkinson
1971 John Dickens
1972 Colin Cloudsdale
1973 Colin Cloudsdale
1974 Frank Phillips and Stephen C Swift
1975 S. James Henri
1976 S. James Henri
1977 S. James Henri
1978 Stephen C. Swift
1979 S. James Henri
1980 Peter Foong
1981 Adrian Flitney
1982 Adrian Flitney
1983 Adrian Flitney, Peter Wagg, Roy Markovic
1984 Richard J. B. Hills
1985 Richard J. B. Hills
1986 Peter Wagg
1987 Adrian Flitney
1988 John Welsh
1989 Simon C Browne and Michael Lucht
1990 Ben Fearnley-Sander
1991 Marcel Rothlisberger
1992 Julian Steward
1993 Bradley Stansfield and Simon C Browne
1994 Fredrik Sandegard
1995 Alija Premilovac
1996 Pavel Sakov
1997 Tim Anderson
1998 Michael Stubbs
1999 Pavel Sakov
2000 Pavel Sakov
2001 Kevin Bonham
2002 Kevin Bonham
2003 Peter Knight
2004 Charles Chadwick
2005 Nigel Frame
2006 Tony Dowden
2007 Tony Dowden and Peter Knight
2008 Tony Dowden
2009 Tony Dowden, Alastair Dyer and Neil Markovitz
2010 Alastair Dyer
2011 Tony Dowden
2012 Tony Dowden
2013 Neil Markovitz
2014 Kevin Bonham
2015 Kevin Bonham, Ian Rout
2016 Kevin Bonham, Ian Little, Karl Manzer, Martin Friebe (see post 1)
2017: Ian Rout
2018: Ian Rout, Toby Straton
2019: Ian Rout, Tan Thanh Nguyen, Will Rumley
2020: Kevin Bonham
2021 Kevin Bonham, Ian Rout

* Neville Ledger notes that Phillips claimed to have played a second match for the title against the same opponent in the same year, also winning it.

Open Winners list added to this post later:

TASMANIAN OPEN WINNERS

(All Tas unless otherwise indicated)

1933 A.M. Tregear
Following this the tournament was not held again until 1975
1975 Steve Cassettari (NSW)
1976 Haydn Barber (ACT), Colin Cloudsdale (SA), S James Henri
1977 Paul Dozsa (NSW)
1978 P.J. Brown (NSW)
1979 John Mack (NSW)
1980 R. Farrell (ACT)
1981 Daryl Johansen (Vic)
1982 Daryl Johansen (Vic)
1983 Stephen Solomon (Vic), Adrian Flitney
1984 Mal O'Donoghue (NSW)
1985 Daryl Johansen (Vic)
1986 Michael Rolph
1987 Graham Lee (UK)
1988 Dmitri Gedevanishvile (NSW) (later Gedevani)
1990 (Jan) Carl Smith, Marcel Rothlisberger, Michael Rolph, Julian Steward
1990 (Dec) Adrian Flitney
1991 Bill Collins (Vic)
1992 J O'Carroll (Vic), O. Fraatz (SA), R. Neville Ledger
1993 Simon Browne
1994 Simon Browne
1995 Fredrik Sandegard
1996 Pavel Sakov, Tim Anderson (see note above)
1997 Kevin Bonham
1998 Pavel Sakov
1999 Simon Browne (Vic), Nigel Frame
2000 Michael Hornung
2001 Simon Browne (Vic)
2002 Pavel Sakov
2003 Kevin Bonham
2004 Lim Yee Weng (Malaysia), Lee Jones (NSW)
2005 Kevin Bonham, Nigel Frame
2006 Kevin Bonham
2007 Kevin Bonham, Tony Dowden
2008 Kevin Bonham, David Small, Neil Markovitz, Vincent Horton
2009 Kevin Bonham, Alastair Dyer
2010 Alastair Dyer, Tony Dowden
2011 Kevin Bonham, Denis McMahon
2012 Kevin Bonham, Denis McMahon, Russell Horton, Nigel Frame
2013 Phil Donnelly
2014 David Small, Bill Kerr
2015: Ian Rout
2016: Kevin Bonham, Martin Friebe
2017: Ian Rout
2018: Kevin Bonham
2019: Yang Liu
2020: Kevin Bonham
2021: Oscar Breslin

Note: This list formally had academic titles included but I've removed them because of the egalitarian tradition that in chess circles your title is your chess title. But for the record, from the winners above:

Drs: Phillips, Mack, Holmes, Bonham (wins from 2004), Dowden (wins from 2007)
Professor: Small

ER
13-06-2007, 05:41 PM
Thanks for presenting all this excellent information.
It seems that you began the Millenium with tremendous results Kevin.
I am very impressed also with Otto Weber's career that spanned 15 whole years at the top of Tasmanian Chess.
Of course I understand that you know about an ex Tasmanian Champion, Marcel Rothlisberger (1991) who now lives in Melbourne and often plays in Box Hill Chess Club's tournaments.
Cheers and good luck!

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2007, 08:22 PM
Thanks for presenting all this excellent information.
It seems that you began the Millenium with tremendous results Kevin.

2002 was an extremely strong year for me, in which at one stage I won 38 consecutive rated games! 2001 was not an especially strong year but just happened to be the year I won my first Tasmanian Championship.


I am very impressed also with Otto Weber's career that spanned 15 whole years at the top of Tasmanian Chess.

Weber was born in Poland, moved to Austria and migrated to Tasmania some time after WWII. He played in sixteen Tasmanian championships winning thirteen of them (the sole wins by Holmes, Grocki and Ledger are the other three). He was probably about 2300 strength and seriously threatened to win the 1962-3 Aus Champs starting with 6/7 before the exhaustion of two long draws caused him to lose his next four in a row! He died as incumbent Champion.


Of course I understand that you know about an ex Tasmanian Champion, Marcel Rothlisberger (1991) who now lives in Melbourne and often plays in Box Hill Chess Club's tournaments.

I keep tabs on the whereabouts of former state champions as much as I can! This is what I know at present -

Holmes, Weber, Atkinson, Phillips, Markovic, Henri - all no longer with us. Phillips got 3/6 in a Tasmanian Open at the age of 95.
Not sure if Grodski's still alive but hasn't played since maybe the mid-80s.
Cloudsdale - playing in SA and won that state's championship in 2008.
Swift - playing in Qld
Flitney - still active (SA I think [EDIT: Melbourne, see below]) and beat Johansen in mid-2000s
Wagg - active on a casual blitz and rapid tournament basis at HICC
Welsh - left the state
Browne - in Melbourne I think, used to come out of retirement every two years to play Tas Opens in Burnie but hasn't played since early 2000s.
Fearnley-Sander - overseas working I believe. Was in Burnie for a while and got 9/9 playing one half of their club champs. Briefly returned to Tas for Rusty Barbarian tournament in 2014 (and swindled me!)
Rothlisberger, Anderson - active in Melbourne. Anderson seems to have become even stronger than when he was here [Edit: 2008 - Anderson no longer on active rating list. 2020 - Anderson active again]
Steward - briefly resurfaced successfully in HICC events but has now retired again in favour of table tennis
Stansfield - chief of staff for Premier Will Hodgman until 2018. Once rated Tasmania's most powerful non-politician! Played a tournament in mid-2000s
Lucht - moved overseas for work for unknown period
Sandegard - returned to Sweden
Premilovac - works in town. Hasn't played competitively since 2001
Stubbs - Active in correspondence for Tasmania, not sure if still in the state
Sakov - hasn't played competitively since 2003
Knight - was sporadically active but has been inactive OTB for several years, lately active in other gaming circles, sometimes plays online
Dowden - moved to Queensland
Markovitz - moved to New Zealand
Frame - now inactive, was coaching until mid-2010s
Chadwick - now inactive, was active in club-level rapids until mid-2010s
Friebe - not active in rated tournaments but still playing, recently played Kasparov in a simul
Dyer - sporadically active
Manzer - gone overseas
Ledger - finally after a very long career no longer active for health reasons as of late 2010s
Bonham, Rout, Little, Straton, Nguyen, Rumley active

Oepty
14-06-2007, 06:38 PM
Kevin. I think Flitney may now live in Melbourne, someone said that to me a while back.
Scott

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2007, 08:55 PM
Kevin. I think Flitney may now live in Melbourne, someone said that to me a while back.
Scott

Yes, I was not sure if it was Vic or SA now. He is still listed on the ratings list as SA but seems to appear more often in Vic tournaments so I suspect you are right.

Wonderfully entertaining player!

Igor_Goldenberg
14-06-2007, 08:59 PM
Kevin. I think Flitney may now live in Melbourne, someone said that to me a while back.
Scott

That's correct

pax
15-06-2007, 10:39 AM
I am very impressed also with Otto Weber's career that spanned 15 whole years at the top of Tasmanian Chess.

I think Weber held the record for the most state titles until recently surpassed by Haydn Barber's 14 WA titles over 37(!) years.

Igor_Goldenberg
15-06-2007, 11:51 AM
I think Weber held the record for the most state titles until recently surpassed by Haydn Barber's 14 WA titles over 37(!) years.
Johansen must be pretty close. Unfortunately old web site is scrapped and the new one does not list past state champions, but he definetely has more then 10 titles. I know for sure about nine (1992, 1996, 1998-2001 and 2003-2005). There must be more during late 70-s and 80-s

ER
15-06-2007, 05:46 PM
I think Weber held the record for the most state titles until recently surpassed by Haydn Barber's 14 WA titles over 37(!) years.

thanks for the info Pax!
Cheers and good luck!

Bereaved
19-06-2007, 07:43 PM
Darryl has eleven titles; 1978, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998-2001, 2003-2005

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Jesse Jager
23-06-2007, 06:58 PM
Darryl has eleven titles; 1978, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998-2001, 2003-2005



:eek:

That must be miles ahead of everyone else.

ER
24-06-2007, 11:47 AM
:eek:

That must be miles ahead of everyone else.

Alipasha, hi! :)
I think you are wrong in that assessment! Scroll up and have a look at Pax's post (15.06.07) :)
Cheers and good luck!

Kevin Bonham
24-06-2007, 04:16 PM
Alipasha, hi! :)
I think you are wrong in that assessment! Scroll up and have a look at Pax's post (15.06.07) :)

I assumed alipasha was saying Darryl must be way ahead in terms of Victorian titles.

Oepty
24-06-2007, 05:09 PM
Yes, I was not sure if it was Vic or SA now. He is still listed on the ratings list as SA but seems to appear more often in Vic tournaments so I suspect you are right.

Wonderfully entertaining player!

Kevin. He did live in SA for quite awhile even though he mostly played in Victoria. I think he only plays the FIDE time control tournaments.
Scott

Denis_Jessop
25-06-2007, 03:39 PM
Kevin. He did live in SA for quite awhile even though he mostly played in Victoria. I think he only plays the FIDE time control tournaments.
Scott

Adrian Flitney has been playing in the Doeberl Cup for quite some time and he also played in the two Australian Opens here in 2001 and this year, I think. I always assumed he was from South Australia until quite recently when he became a Victorian but that may be wrong. I know that he was a member of the ACTCA, paying his sub. at the Doeberl Cup each year but I'm not sure what the story was behind that.

DJ

Oepty
27-06-2007, 06:21 PM
Adrian Flitney has been playing in the Doeberl Cup for quite some time and he also played in the two Australian Opens here in 2001 and this year, I think. I always assumed he was from South Australia until quite recently when he became a Victorian but that may be wrong. I know that he was a member of the ACTCA, paying his sub. at the Doeberl Cup each year but I'm not sure what the story was behind that.

DJ

Denis. I think even though he lived in SA he would not have been a member of SACA, which costs $1 taken out of the first entry fee payed for the year. He didn't play games here so he wouldn't have been a member. It proves his honesty I guess. He might have been a member in 2004, but I am not sure whether playing the Australian Champion Reserves made him a member. Too complicated.
Scott

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2008, 07:58 PM
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u275/therealsleepycat/champstrophy.jpg

This is the current Tas Champs perpetual trophy. It is usually held by the titleholder between titles (though in the last year having joint champions in different cities messed this up a bit and in the end - although there was intended to be a mid-year transfer - it spent the whole year slumming it in the HICC cupboard.)

This one goes back to 1974 and will be full in about 2030.

According to Neville Ledger's book the known precursors of it are:

* The "Silver King" was purchased by the HCC in 1927 and was to become the permanent property of the first person to win the state title three times from that point. AM Tregear did so in 1932.

* The "Silver Rook" was its replacement starting 1934 and won by Vince in 1938.

* The "Neuberger Cup" was donated to the TCA by a Dr Neuberger prior to the 1953 event, to be retained by anyone winning the title three times in a row. Alas for the cup's longevity, this happened immediately.

* A perpetual trophy eventually containing the names of winners from 1948-1973 (the precursor of the current model) was donated to the TCA by Dr Barry Holmes in the mid-50s. I am unaware of its current whereabouts.

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2008, 01:30 AM
Records updated.

Tony Dowden
15-06-2008, 05:48 PM
Easy, again thanks mostly to Ledger:

TASMANIAN CHAMPIONS

1924 Edwin Ingledew
1925 Edwin Ingledew
1926 Edwin Ingledew (match)
1927 Edwin Ingledew
1928 Arthur Melville Tregear
1929 Arthur Melville Tregear
1930 Edwin Ingledew
1931 T. D. Fillan
1932 Arthur Melville Tregear
1933 T. D. Fillan
1934 Arthur Melville Tregear
1935 T. D. Fillan
1936 Oscar Henry Vince
1937 Oscar Henry Vince
1938 Oscar Henry Vince
1943 Dr Frank Phillips (match)*
1944 Dr Frank Phillips (match)
1944 Alan Willison (match)
1948 Oscar Henry Vince
1949 Oscar Henry Vince
1950 Karlis Reintals
1951 Ludwig Bokay
1952 Karlis Reintals
1953 Otto Weber
1954 Otto Weber
1955 Otto Weber
1956 Otto Weber
1957 Otto Weber
1958 Otto Weber
1959 Dr Laurence Barry Holmes
1960 Otto Weber
1961 Otto Weber
1962 Otto Weber
1963 Tadeusz Grocki (subsequently changed name to Ted Grodski)
1964 Otto Weber
1965 Richard Neville Ledger
1966 Otto Weber
1967 Otto Weber
1968 Otto Weber
1969 Robert D. Atkinson
1970 Robert D. Atkinson
1971 John Dickens
1972 Colin Cloudsdale
1973 Colin Cloudsdale
1974 Dr Frank Phillips and Stephen C Swift
1975 S. James Henri
1976 S. James Henri
1977 S. James Henri
1978 Stephen C. Swift
1979 S. James Henri
1980 Peter Foong
1981 Adrian Flitney
1982 Adrian Flitney
1983 Adrian Flitney, Peter Wagg, Roy Markovic
1984 Richard J. B. Hills
1985 Richard J. B. Hills
1986 Peter Wagg
1987 Adrian Flitney
1988 John Welsh
1989 Simon C Browne and Michael Lucht
1990 Ben Fearnley-Sander
1991 Marcel Rothlisberger
1992 Julian Steward
1993 Bradley Stansfield and Simon C Browne
1994 Fredrik Sandegard
1995 Alija Premilovac
1996 Pavel Sakov
1997 Tim Anderson
1998 Michael Stubbs
1999 Pavel Sakov
2000 Pavel Sakov
2001 Kevin Bonham
2002 Kevin Bonham
2003 Peter Knight
2004 Charles Chadwick
2005 Nigel Frame
2006 Tony Dowden
2007 Tony Dowden and Peter Knight
2008 Tony Dowden

* Neville Ledger notes that Phillips claimed to have played a second match for the title against the same opponent in the same year, also winning it.

Dr KB, Since there are other Dr's in your list: I am 'Dr' in 2007 and 2008. How about you? Cheers Dr TD :)

ER
15-06-2008, 07:58 PM
Incredible Otto!

1953 Otto Weber
1954 Otto Weber
1955 Otto Weber
1956 Otto Weber
1957 Otto Weber
1958 Otto Weber

Six years in a row! Is this an all Australian record for a state championship?
Cheers and good luck!

Kevin Bonham
15-06-2008, 09:33 PM
Dr KB, Since there are other Dr's in your list: I am 'Dr' in 2007 and 2008. How about you? Cheers Dr TD :)

Fixed in Tas Champs list.

I was not yet thus qualified in 2001 or 2002 (finally dawdled across the line in 2003), though I could go through adding qualifications to some of our other records sometime!

Info on the doctoral status of any other state champs at the time of their title would be appreciated. Dr Holmes was a dentist; I am unsure what Dr Phillips was a doctor of as his study years are indicated in his chess resume simply as "Inactive regarding chess". :eek:

george
16-06-2008, 11:56 AM
Hi All,

Just a quick point Colin Cloudsdale who won Tas Championship in 1972 and 1973 is the current South Australian Chess Champion.

kindest regards

Kevin Bonham
09-03-2009, 11:15 PM
Records updated.

ER
15-03-2009, 12:35 PM
A statistical question, how many times a non -Tasmanian has won the Tourmament?

Kevin Bonham
15-03-2009, 09:09 PM
A statistical question, how many times a non -Tasmanian has won the Tourmament?

For the Tas Champs there have been six cases where an ineligible player has won the title - four of those =1st and two outright first. But one of those players was an ex-Tasmanian and another was a Tasmanian who had not been in the state long enough:

1978 Colin Cloudsdale tied with Stephen Swift but despite being a twice-previous State Champion, Cloudsdale "lacked the residential requirements" (Ledger). I do not know what the rules were then but I presume that as now, a player had to be living in Tasmania to win.

1990 Sven Zeidler (from Wales and briefly visiting the state) tied with Ben Fearnley-Sander.

1996 Tim Anderson tied with Pavel Sakov but was ineligible for the State Champion title as he had too recently moved here. Anderson remained in the state for a few years and won at his first eligible attempt in 1997.

2003 Ian Rout (ACT and visiting the state briefly) tied with Peter Knight.

2004 FM Lim Yee Weng (Malaysia) won tournament outright. Yee Weng was in the state for more than a year, studying law, but because he was not a resident he was not eligible for TCA titles.

2009 FM Vladimir Smirnov (NSW and visiting the state for the tournament) won tournament outright.

For the Tasmanian Open there have been numerous interstate and overseas winners. I have now added a full list of Open winners to post 5.

ER
15-03-2009, 09:33 PM
Thanks Kev, I really appreciate your answering my question!

Oepty
26-07-2009, 01:15 AM
Kevin. You have Bradley Stansfield recognised as the youngest winner of the Tas Champs at 16 in 1989 in the first post, but he is not listed as Tas Champ in 1989 in the list in the 4th post. Browne and Lucht are, while Stansfield is listed as winning in 1993 with Browne.
Scott

P.S. I was looking at the list having confused Peter Knight with Peter Lucas mentioned junior rapid tournament results, to see when Lucas had won the title.

Kevin Bonham
26-07-2009, 01:27 AM
Kevin. You have Bradley Stansfield recognised as the youngest winner of the Tas Champs at 16 in 1989 in the first post, but he is not listed as Tas Champ in 1989 in the list in the 4th post. Browne and Lucht are, while Stansfield is listed as winning in 1993 with Browne.
Scott

Thanks very much for spotting that. 1993 is correct and I have fixed the first post.

Oepty
26-07-2009, 07:18 PM
Thanks very much for spotting that. 1993 is correct and I have fixed the first post.

How old was Alistair Dyer when he won this year?
Scott

Kevin Bonham
26-07-2009, 08:43 PM
How old was Alistair Dyer when he won this year?
Scott

He turned 17 a few weeks before winning the Championships. May have been erroneously reported as 16 in some media.

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2010, 01:20 PM
Records updated. Alastair Dyer is the youngest ever repeat winner of the Tas Champs and the youngest to win the Tas Champs tournament outright (but not quite the youngest to win the title outright.)

Adamski
08-03-2010, 08:27 PM
Records updated. Alastair Dyer is the youngest ever repeat winner of the Tas Champs and the youngest to win the Tas Champs tournament outright (but not quite the youngest to win the title outright.)Tht is definitely worthy of congratulations. Well done, Alastair!:clap: :clap:

pwa
15-12-2010, 06:53 PM
"Info on the doctoral status of any other state champs at the time of their title would be appreciated. Dr Holmes was a dentist; I am unsure what Dr Phillips was a doctor of as his study years are indicated in his chess resume simply as "Inactive regarding chess". "

Dr. Frank Phillips was an opthamologist. He was born in Adelaide in 1900 - maybe 1902 (from memory - I've got it written down somewhere) and trained and worked in England until the start of WWII (he played at county level there). I remember him saying that when he arrived in Tasmania he was the only eye surgeon here so had little time for chess. He had retired by the time I started playing (early 70s). At least in his latter years he always opened 1.d4 and always replied to 1.e4 with 1...e5 and with 1...d5 to 1.d4. Barry Holmes once told me that Frank was henpecked so kept playing chess in his retirement and he was still a very strong player into his 80s.

ER
15-12-2010, 07:57 PM
...
Dr. Frank Phillips was an opthamologist. He was born in Adelaide in 1900 - maybe 1902 (from memory - I've got it written down somewhere) and trained and worked in England until the start of WWII (he played at county level there). I remember him saying that when he arrived in Tasmania he was the only eye surgeon here so had little time for chess. He had retired by the time I started playing (early 70s). At least in his latter years he always opened 1.d4 and always replied to 1.e4 with 1...e5 and with 1...d5 to 1.d4. Barry Holmes once told me that Frank was henpecked so kept playing chess in his retirement and he was still a very strong player into his 80s.

As a result of pwa's extremely interesting note on Dr Frank Phillips, I researched a bit further on the Doctor's opthalmological work in Tassie and found this piece of information which might be of assistance to the future historian.

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Vp3Ri6u8Ow4J:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC510790/pdf/brjopthal00643-0055.pdf+Dr+Frank+Phillips+Tasmania&hl=en&gl=au&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgZXt-5MZgPfPbsG8Rqh57imCttxBj1CjBeDiJOyGA_Kcs-C1-SgCEblLo-f2CI04-Zt5ePYYLf3sKMTXwAvJFsqCBimWL_o4sbk1j-dS2PObvuqx56pLlmaOQl3Y8FSLEorTUA&sig=AHIEtbSTXH6GnXDd3W1Jyqex1-7Bgu8oBA

antichrist
17-12-2010, 01:22 AM
"Info on the doctoral status of any other state champs at the time of their title would be appreciated. Dr Holmes was a dentist; I am unsure what Dr Phillips was a doctor of as his study years are indicated in his chess resume simply as "Inactive regarding chess". "

Dr. Frank Phillips was an opthamologist. He was born in Adelaide in 1900 - maybe 1902 (from memory - I've got it written down somewhere) and trained and worked in England until the start of WWII (he played at county level there). I remember him saying that when he arrived in Tasmania he was the only eye surgeon here so had little time for chess. He had retired by the time I started playing (early 70s). At least in his latter years he always opened 1.d4 and always replied to 1.e4 with 1...e5 and with 1...d5 to 1.d4. Barry Holmes once told me that Frank was henpecked so kept playing chess in his retirement and he was still a very strong player into his 80s.

An interesting reason to continue playing chess.

Tony Dowden
17-12-2010, 08:19 AM
An interesting reason to continue playing chess.

Why? I'd still play if I was very strong into my 80's :whistle:

But I'm not sure how 'strong' in my 50's will translate into 'very strong' in another 30-odd years ;)

Kevin Bonham
21-06-2012, 11:52 PM
TASMANIAN LIGHTNING CHAMPIONS

Format has variously been a swiss, a round robin or a double round robin. Usually nine rounds if played as a Swiss. 5/0 was used up til 2016 with 3/2 adopted in 2017.

1974 Robert D. Atkinson
1975 G. Lambert, S. James Henri
1976 S. James Henri
1977 Andrew Foong, Peter Foong, Fleming W Hansen
1978 Peter Wagg, Richard Neville Ledger
1979 S. James Henri
1980 K. Cornish
1981 Adrian Flitney
1982 Richard J. B. Hills
1983 Peter Wagg
1984 Peter Wagg
1985 Michael Roberts
1986-8 Event not held
1989 Michael Rolph
1990 Carl Smith, Julian Steward
1991-4 Event not held
1995 Peter Wagg
1996 Nigel Frame
1997 Nigel Frame
1998 Nigel Frame
1999 Nigel Frame
2000 Alija Premilovac
2001 Andrew Todd
2002 Event not held - Andrew Todd retained title
2003 Nigel Frame
2004 Nigel Frame, Kevin Bonham
2005 Milutin Ivkovic
2006 Tony Dowden
2007 Tony Dowden
2008 Tony Dowden
2009 Tony Dowden
2010 Alastair Dyer
2011 Kevin Bonham, Denis McMahon
2012 Kevin Bonham, Tony Dowden
2013 Kevin Bonham
2014 David Small
2015 Denis McMahon
2016 Denis McMahon, Martin Friebe
2017 Tan Thanh Nguyen
2018 Will Rumley
2019 Will Rumley
2020 Alastair Dyer
2021 Kevin Bonham

I do not recall anything about why the event was not held 1986-8. 1991-4 was a period of little organised chess in the state generally.

In 2002 there was a booking mixup which resulted in it being discovered at very short notice that the venue for the Open and Lightning had been booked for the weekend after the one on which the tournament was scheduled. The incumbent Lightning Champion was one of the surprisingly few entrants unable to attend the following weekend and it was agreed that the offical Lightning should be cancelled for the year and he should retain the title. A non-title Lightning event was held instead.

There have been some cases of ineligible players winning the Lightning tournament and the title going to the first eligible Tasmanian player(s). This applies at least to 2004 (Lee Jones) and 2016 (Martin Friebe) but there may be others. In 2016 Martin Friebe was ineligible at the time of the tournament but retrospectively awarded a share of the title.

Kevin Bonham
25-07-2013, 09:53 PM
Posting a clarification here regarding the status of the Tasmanian Open as there's been another instance (http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/1566341/donnelly-stays-unbeaten-to-win-tasmanian-chess-championship/) of apparent confusion between it and the Tas Champs (as happens frequently, though not as often as it used to).

The event title is Tasmanian Open with no "Championships". It is not a Championship title and the winner is not the, or even a, Tasmanian Champion. The winner is simply the, or a, Tasmanian Open title winner in that year.

Because of persistent confusion between the Open and the Closed Championships, which are understood as the real state title, the TCA passed the following motion on 10 March 2003:


MOVED Bonham that:
(i) The event known as the Tasmanian Open Championships be renamed as the Tasmanian Open.
(ii) The TCA affirms that the Open is to be regarded as the most prestigious event on the state calendar excluding the Tasmanian Closed Championships
(iii) The event is not considered a state title for the purposes of TCA Constitution section 4(c)(ii). CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

The current Tasmanian Champion is Neil Markovitz.

Kevin Bonham
Secretary, TCA.

antichrist
31-07-2013, 08:04 PM
Why? I'd still play if I was very strong into my 80's :whistle:

But I'm not sure how 'strong' in my 50's will translate into 'very strong' in another 30-odd years ;)
Lloyd Fell was still okay at 80. Not highly rated maybe but still definitely loving it.

Tony Dowden
01-08-2013, 09:20 PM
Lloyd Fell was still okay at 80. Not highly rated maybe but still definitely loving it.

Sounds like there might be hope for me then AC. I'll aim for OK at 80 ;)

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2014, 06:41 PM
Thread updated. The TCA has given in-principle approval to creating a Tasmanian Rapid Championship, possibly to be held in Devonport later this year.

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2014, 10:01 PM
Records updated. Note that all academic title information has now been removed from the main lists and consolidated at the foot of post 4.

James Peirce
30-06-2014, 09:54 AM
The Tasmanian Rapid Championships are being held on the 26th and 27th July (weekend of first week back from school holidays) at the Adult Education Centre Devonport
Time Control 25mins+10 seconds
3 rounds Saturday 4 rounds Sunday
Lightning Saturday night
Cash Entry, Book Prizes all funds going to TCA

Chocolate Winterfest chess tournament at Latrobe is on again this year 10th August Lightning 2pm start
(Will get more details on both tournaments as soon as possible)

Kevin Bonham
21-07-2014, 09:42 PM
The Tasmanian Rapid Championships is an inaugural title. A previous attempt to organise an Allegro Championships in the late 80s did not get off the ground.

Tony Dowden
10-10-2014, 11:38 PM
So what happened?

Kevin Bonham
11-10-2014, 06:57 AM
So what happened?

There is a thread on it here:

http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?15397-Tasmanian-Rapid-Play-Championship-Devonport-July-26-27

MichaelBaron
28-10-2014, 07:42 PM
I saw the following passage in one of the chess articles:

"Charles Frederick L’Oste (1828-1935). Died at age 106. When he was 101 and still playing chess in Tasmania in 1930. "
Sounds truly impressive! Any records of his chess activity in Tassie?

billkerr
31-10-2014, 09:59 AM
"Charles Frederick L’Oste (1828-1935). Died at age 106. When he was 101 and still playing chess in Tasmania in 1930. "
Sounds truly impressive! Any records of his chess activity in Tassie?

I've forwarded your query to Neville Ledger, who has written an 8 volume history of Tasmanian chess

pwa
26-11-2014, 06:04 PM
Re Charles Frederick L'Oste: his son, J. B. L'Oste, composed some problems published in The Australasian in the 1880s but C. F. L'Oste doesn't seem to have been a club player in Tasmania. The Reverend L'Oste's parishes were well away from chess centres and in 1930 he was living at St Helens which didn't have a chess club. An article on his 100th birthday attributed his long life to being a bachelor and smoking a pipe! It referred to his still completing crossword puzzles but said nothing about chess.

MichaelBaron
27-11-2014, 05:00 PM
Re Charles Frederick L'Oste: his son, J. B. L'Oste, composed some problems published in The Australasian in the 1880s but C. F. L'Oste doesn't seem to have been a club player in Tasmania. The Reverend L'Oste's parishes were well away from chess centres and in 1930 he was living at St Helens which didn't have a chess club. An article on his 100th birthday attributed his long life to being a bachelor and smoking a pipe! It referred to his still completing crossword puzzles but said nothing about chess.

Well may be the chess article got it wrong..and confused his chess activities..with his son's :)

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2015, 12:02 PM
Records updated.

antichrist
28-07-2015, 05:31 AM
Is there another title to add yet?

Kevin Bonham
28-07-2015, 11:46 AM
Is there another title to add yet?

Way ahead of you on that one. See bottom of #1 (though I just had to reformat it).

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2016, 09:11 PM
Records updated. As I have a habit of tying for first in the Open having now done so seven times I thought I would check how many of those I would have won on the standard countback we use here (M Buch/Buch/Prog):

1997: Won outright
2003: Won outright
2005: Yes
2006: Won outright
2007: No, Tony Dowden was ahead on countback
2008: No, Neil Markovitz was ahead on countback
2009: Yes
2011: Yes
2012: No, Russell Horton was ahead on countback
2016: Yes
2018: Won outright
2020: Won outright

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2016, 06:54 PM
Records updated.

In a sure sign that the last days are upon us the TCA has approved the creation of a Tasmanian Transfer Championship, to be held for the first time later this year. In so doing the TCA has agreed explicitly that this is not a "chess championship" and the winners are not to be called "state chess champions".

idledim
14-06-2016, 07:17 PM
I didn't think we had the power to confer the title of Tasmanian Transfer Chess Champion, given the following: (from the TCA Constitution)

The powers and duties of the TCA shall be:

(a) to arrange, regulate and control all tournaments and/or matches required in order to award the title of Tasmanian Chess Champion in Classical, Rapid, and Blitz time controls.

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2016, 07:24 PM
I didn't think we had the power to confer the title of Tasmanian Transfer Chess Champion, given the following: (from the TCA Constitution)

The powers and duties of the TCA shall be:

(a) to arrange, regulate and control all tournaments and/or matches required in order to award the title of Tasmanian Chess Champion in Classical, Rapid, and Blitz time controls.

I'd consider it to be a "such other things thought necessary or desirable to the interests of the game of chess within Tasmania." (2e - transfer is not chess but allegedly increases interest in chess) though I would personally lose no sleep whatsoever if the thing was disallowed.

idledim
14-06-2016, 07:42 PM
I'd consider it to be a "such other things thought necessary or desirable to the interests of the game of chess within Tasmania."

Agreed - just so long as they don't go transferring the titles like they transfer each other's bits ...

Kevin Bonham
26-06-2016, 08:00 PM
Records updated to reflect retrospective award of a share of both the 2016 Champs and Lightning titles to Martin Friebe.

In making this decision the TCA confirmed the validity of all past awards of the title including 2016, and the validity of its previous (now changed) eligibility rule and declared that its decision on these matters is final.

The previous eligibility rule required current residency in the state including at least 12 months lifetime residency (not necessarily consecutive).

Everyone eligible under the old rule remains eligible under the new one but currently resident players are also eligible if they are:

- in the state for a course of study of 12+ months duration
- in the state for permanent employment or a contract of 12 months+ duration
- enrolled to vote in the state, or their parent or guardian is enrolled to vote in the state.

Kevin Bonham
23-01-2017, 12:48 AM
If anyone can fill in the ?s (eg by checking the Tasmanian news section in old Chess In Australia or similar mags) that would be appreciated:


DRAFT LIST OF TASMANIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONS (UNDER 18 CHAMPIONS)


1959 (inaugural title) David Robbie

1960-1961 ?

1962 - 1972 (Event not held)

1973 Grant Lambert

1974 Robert Budzul

1975 Rodney Williamson

1976 Peter Foong

1977 Andrew Foong and Derek Roebuck

1978 Adrian Flitney

1979 Daryl Williams and Bill Sargent

1980 Daryl Williams and Astrid Ketelaar

1981 John Spooner

1982 Nigel Lewis and John Spooner

1983 Michael Roberts

1984 Shane Harvey and Michael Rolph

1985 Michael Rolph

1986 Julian Steward

1987 ?

1988 Alastair Morgan

1989 Ben Fearnley-Sander

1990 Tom Baxter

1991 Christian van Niewenhuysen

1992 No U18 title held, U16 won by Bradley Stansfield

1993 Huw Lockwood (? - see post 82)

1994 Huw Lockwood

1995 No U18 title held, U16 won by Bradley Wagg

1996 Pablo Oriol

1997 Pablo Oriol

1998 Maciej Samborski

1999 Allan Richards

2000 Ben Hey

2001 (Event not held)

2002 Nick Cuff

2003 Myong-Sub Park

2004 ?

2005 Thomas Hendrey

2006 Alastair Dyer

2007 Alastair Dyer

2008 Alastair Dyer

2009 Alastair Dyer

2010 Alastair Dyer

2011 Mason Carter

2012 Davis Kim

2013 Jonathan Popiel

2014 Davis Kim

2015 James Peirce

2016 Andrew Smith

2017 Andrew Smith

2018 Oliver Pridmore, Weihang Tang

2019 Will Rumley

2020 John Patrick, Oscar Breslin

Prior to 2004 the event was at least notionally held in separate divisions: U18, U16, U14 etc. But in practice through the 1990s U18 and U16 at least were often combined. From 2005 (or maybe 2006) onwards the event was held as a U18 tournament and a U12 tournament with the other divisions awarded from within these. A culture of regarding the U18 winner as the "Tasmanian Junior Champion" has certainly existed since 2005 and at earlier times, eg in the mid-1970s, but it may not have existed all along.

In 1992 and 1995 no under 18 tournament was held. There may have been undisputed U18 Champions in these years (possibly Pablo Oriol 1995) but I am not sure of this.

In 2011 Mason Carter was the unopposed champion as he was the sole U18 entrant.

From 2013 the title was awarded to the highest-finishing individual player in the ChessKids Interschool Tasmanian State Final. In 2020 this event was held online.

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2017, 11:03 PM
Records updated.

James Peirce
14-03-2017, 08:39 AM
Out of curiosity, how many of the Under 18 champions were picket fences?

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2017, 09:14 AM
Out of curiosity, how many of the Under 18 champions were picket fences?

At least eight: Flitney 1978, Rolph 1985, Baxter 1990, Samborski 1998, Dyer 2008 and 2009, Kim 2014, Peirce 2015.

I do not have the scores for outright winners in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007. Oriol (1996-7 champion) was extremely strong and I am pretty sure he picket-fenced at least one of those years if not both.

James Peirce
14-03-2017, 12:32 PM
At least eight: Flitney 1978, Rolph 1985, Baxter 1990, Samborski 1998, Dyer 2008 and 2009, Kim 2014, Peirce 2015.

I do not have the scores for outright winners in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007. Oriol (1996-7 champion) was extremely strong and I am pretty sure he picket-fenced at least one of those years if not both.

At least i can probably claim being the oldest winner of the Under 18 title considering i was 17 years and 350 days old :D
EDIT: Depends on whether the definition of under 18 is at beginning of calendar year, date of tournament or end of calendar year.

Rincewind
14-03-2017, 01:36 PM
At least i can probably claim being the oldest winner of the Under 18 title considering i was 17 years and 350 days old :D
EDIT: Depends on whether the definition of under 18 is at beginning of calendar year, date of tournament or end of calendar year.

If you claim is based on clearing the bar by 15 days and on a definition of "probably" as "p > 0.5" then you might be mistaken. I would think you would only need around 17 other (17-year-old) champions before p > 0.5 that someone cleared the bar by less than 15 days and since (as near as I can tell from post #63) the title has been held for almost 50 instances (?) and has had at least 30 champions or joint-champions then your claim is on shaky ground. :) (BTW For 29 other champions your p-value is around 0.3 but not all of those champions may have been 17 when they won).

Edit: Darn, just realised I was assuming champions was always 17. That is probably wrong but perhaps there have been 17 or more champions who were age 17 at the time of winning... So I guess we need more information to assess your claim accurately. :D

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2017, 07:31 PM
EDIT: Depends on whether the definition of under 18 is at beginning of calendar year, date of tournament or end of calendar year.

It is defined from the beginning of the calendar year, thus someone is under 18 if they have not yet turned 18 as of 1 January.


Edit: Darn, just realised I was assuming champions was always 17. That is probably wrong but perhaps there have been 17 or more champions who were age 17 at the time of winning... So I guess we need more information to assess your claim accurately.

Prior to 2005 a champion would nearly always be 16 or 17 on 1 Jan of the year they won, since those who were 15 or younger would normally have played in and won a lower division. Playing in a higher division was allowed but not common (trivia question: which Chesschat poster came second to Oriol in the U18 in 1997 at the age of ten?)

From 2005 on any player who was 12 or over on 1 Jan of the year they won could only play in the U18. Hence the five Alastair Dyer wins in a row.

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2017, 07:49 PM
Actually, perhaps the definition has varied over time. I turned 18 a few days into 1990 (first year uni) so if the definition allowed for me playing in the U18 that year, it's surprising that I did not even consider doing so, and yet I certainly don't remember being aware of any option of playing.

Kevin Bonham
15-03-2017, 07:39 PM
After playing another weekend of mostly bad chess where I somehow managed not to lose a game I thought I'd compile some statistics on undefeated players in the Tasmanian Championships.

Counting only years when there has been a tournament rather than a match, there have been 15 years with no undefeated players, 50 years with one, 18 years with two and three with three. The three with three were 1984, 1991 and 2007.

Six of the cases with no undefeated players happened in the early years of the event (1925-1936). There have only been six such cases since the early 1950s - 1968, 1978, 1981, 1990, 1996, 2018. It's likely that the Swiss system makes such events less common than the round robin systems used before.

There are five cases of a player being undefeated without being at least equal second - 1984 (Derek Roebuck =3rd-4th), 1991 (Kevin Bonham =4th-5th), 2007 (Nigel Frame 3rd), 2008 (Kevin Bonham =4th-10th), 2010 (David Small =4th-7th).

There are only two cases where there was an undefeated player but the winner was defeated - 1998 (Kevin Bonham +4=3 but Mike Stubbs +6-1) and 2001 (Marcel Rothlisberger +3=5 but Kevin Bonham +6=1-1).

Two players were undefeated while winning only one game - Neville Ledger (=2nd 1975) and Kevin Bonham (=4th 1991). Bonham's sole win in his debut appearance was on forfeit after five consecutive draws.

46 players have gone undefeated of whom 39 were Tasmanian Champions at some stage of their life if not necessarily at that specific tournament. Of the rest four have never been eligible for the title and three have never (yet) held it. Geoffrey Parr 1956 was undefeated in winning the tournament but lost the playoff; the other two are Roebuck and Small.

The most frequently undefeated players have been Otto Weber 12 times, Kevin Bonham 9 times, James Henri, Simon Browne and Tony Dowden each 5 times. 11 of Weber's 12 cases were wins (all outright) with eight of those being picket fences, compared to Bonham who won in only 5 of those 8 cases (one of those tied) and only one was a picket fence.

Of the 15 players who have at some time gone undefeated without winning the title in that year, only Kevin Bonham 4 times, Simon Browne 3 times (in a row!) and Neville Ledger twice have done so more than once.

(updated to 2021)

Tony Dowden
23-05-2017, 09:18 PM
Records updated.

In a sure sign that the last days are upon us the TCA has approved the creation of a Tasmanian Transfer Championship, to be held for the first time later this year. In so doing the TCA has agreed explicitly that this is not a "chess championship" and the winners are not to be called "state chess champions".

Let me know when the TCA decides to do tiddlywinks: I might de-emigrate so I can tell my grandchildren I once competed in the Tasmanian Tiddlywinks Championship!

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2020, 10:27 AM
Records updated. I have now joined Tony Dowden in second place for most Tasmanian Championships titles but it is illustrative of the yawning gap between us that his six came from seven attempts while mine have come from 28. I first played in 1991 and since then missed only 1993 (too broke to travel) and 1994 (one round clashed with an exam and event was only five rounds that year so I chose to be an arbiter instead of playing.)

Kevin Bonham
25-03-2020, 07:12 PM
[image snipped]

This is the current Tas Champs perpetual trophy. It is usually held by the titleholder between titles (though in the last year having joint champions in different cities messed this up a bit and in the end - although there was intended to be a mid-year transfer - it spent the whole year slumming it in the HICC cupboard.)

This one goes back to 1974 and will be full in about 2030.

Make that 2021. Too many ties!

blackbishop
30-03-2020, 03:26 PM
The link below suggests that Mr Moodie was a Tasmanian Champion at some time prior to 1938.
He is not listed. North versus South matches seem to have been a regular feature of Tasmanian Chess for many years.
Would they be relevant to your thread?


https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/52235661?searchTerm=North%20versus%20South%20Tasma nian%20Chess&searchLimits=

blackbishop
30-03-2020, 03:46 PM
It seems that G Moodie was a Tasmanian Draughts Champion and in 1939 played the Tasmanian Chess Champion Mr Vince for
the Draughts Championship of Tasmania. Mr Moodie was not Tasmanian Chess Champion.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/25595284?searchTerm=G%20Moodie%20Tasmanian%20Chess %20Champion&searchLimits=

blackbishop
31-03-2020, 06:40 AM
The link below suggests that Mr Moodie was a Tasmanian Champion at some time prior to 1938.
He is not listed. North versus South matches seem to have been a regular feature of Tasmanian Chess for many years.
Would they be relevant to your thread?


https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/52235661?searchTerm=North%20versus%20South%20Tasma nian%20Chess&searchLimits=

The article listed is about Draughts not Chess. It happens to mention a Tasmanian Chess Champion who was also a leading Draughts player. My bad.

Kevin Bonham
31-03-2020, 10:50 AM
Still interesting as information about Vince also being a leading Draughts player. I am not aware of the history of organised draughts in the state and when it ceased to exist, there was never a club in my experience (mid-80s onwards).

North-South matches are covered in Neville Ledger's Chess: Tasmanian Records series, a total of 42 of them being held intermittently from 1889 to 1989 by various means including telegraph, over the board and telephone (with some boards often played OTB on the latter case). Their status as concerns official Tasmanian titles is unclear to me especially as the earlier ones predate the existence of the TCA.

The TCA held a State Interclub title that ran from 1997-2000. Initially this was a four-team four-board event with Burnie, Launceston and two Hobart teams (Sandy Bay and Hobart International) but later it became a three-team event with just one Hobart team. I devised a system for this in which instead of team A playing team B while team C had the bye, in a given round half of each team would play half of each other team, thereby increasing the number of games per player from two to three. Each board 1 would play both the other team's board 1s and one of the other team's board 2s. The event was eventually replaced by a weekender because of difficulty assembling full teams. In one year of the four-team event Hobart International won despite being one board short - each of their three members scored 2.5/3 and their net score of 7.5/12 was not beaten by the other teams.

James Peirce
12-11-2020, 10:14 PM
Tasmania 2020 Junior State Champion is John Patrick by the way :)

idledim
13-11-2020, 08:50 AM
Tasmania 2020 Junior State Champion is John Patrick by the way :)

https://tasmanianchessassociation.squarespace.com/state-junior-championship-honour-board

James Peirce
13-11-2020, 09:36 AM
I was referring to the list in Post 63 :)
EDIT: Which has it now

Kevin Bonham
14-11-2020, 06:05 PM
With thanks to Bill Gletsos I have added the names of the 1973, 1974 and 1975 Tasmanian Junior winners to post 63. Information on 1992 and 1995 when the junior titles were held but with no U18 tournament has also been added. I am unsure whether there were unopposed U18 champions in either year or simply no U18 entries.

Huw Lockwood was listed as the 1993 U18 winner on the TCA site. He was reported as the winner in 1994 in Australian Chess Magazine April/May edition, and while this might in theory have been a late report from 1993, there is evidence that it was 1994. (eg two of the Midson brothers are listed as both U10s in that report, then one U12 and one U10 in the 1995 report). Possibly he won both years.

idledim
14-11-2020, 09:29 PM
Thanks to Bill & Kevin for their detective work. I've added the '73-'75 winners to the TCA Honour Board, and included Huw Lockwood as the 1994 winner. I've kept the 1992 and 1995 as 'unknown,' pending further info. Also: the TCA Board has winners posted for 1976, with 1977 unknown. The Chesschat post has the TCA's 1976 winners as winning in 1977, with the 1976 winners unknown. The reason for this discrepancy is also unknown!

Kevin Bonham
14-11-2020, 09:47 PM
Thanks to Bill & Kevin for their detective work. I've added the '73-'75 winners to the TCA Honour Board, and included Huw Lockwood as the 1994 winner. I've kept the 1992 and 1995 as 'unknown,' pending further info. Also: the TCA Board has winners posted for 1976, with 1977 unknown. The Chesschat post has the TCA's 1976 winners as winning in 1977, with the 1976 winners unknown. The reason for this discrepancy is also unknown!

Mistake by me in the original list. Tasmanian Chess Magazine gives Foong and Roebuck as 1977 winners in the Oct 1977 issue but does not record the 1976 winner(s), though it does record that the event was held and of a very high standard.

idledim
14-11-2020, 10:29 PM
Mistake by me in the original list. Tasmanian Chess Magazine gives Foong and Roebuck as 1977 winners in the Oct 1977 issue but does not record the 1976 winner(s), though it does record that the event was held and of a very high standard.

Thanks - amended.

Bill Gletsos
14-11-2020, 11:08 PM
According to the September 1976 issue of Chess in Australia the U18 Junior Champion was Peter Foong.

Kevin Bonham
15-11-2020, 12:20 AM
Thanks Bill. Another one found.

We're still missing 1987 (where I was playing in the U16s in the same room but can't remember who won the U18, sigh), possibly 1993 (when I was arbiter for the Under 12s but can't remember who won the U18, sigh) and 2004 (when I was arbiter for one of the other divisions but can't remember who won the U18 and can't find a record of it even though it's recent enough for me to still have the emails if there were any, sigh).

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2021, 03:28 PM
I added some info about the 1990 Tasmanian Quickplay Championship to the opening post. This event had qualifiers followed by a state final. I am not sure how many of the qualifiers were played but at least one was as I played in it scoring 1.5/6, and still have my games from this event. I think the conditions for the final were in the end relaxed to increase the number of players in it. Not to be confused with the original cancelled Tasmanian Rapid Championship intended to be started around the same time.

blackbishop
07-02-2021, 11:46 AM
A guide to the contents of Neville Ledger's "Tasmanian Records."

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thendrey
11-05-2021, 02:07 PM
If anyone can fill in the ?s (eg by checking the Tasmanian news section in old Chess In Australia or similar mags) that would be appreciated:


DRAFT LIST OF TASMANIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONS (UNDER 18 CHAMPIONS)


1959 (inaugural title) David Robbie

1960-1961 ?

1962 - 1972 (Event not held)

1973 Grant Lambert

1974 Robert Budzul

1975 Rodney Williamson

1976 Peter Foong

1977 Andrew Foong and Derek Roebuck

1978 Adrian Flitney

1979 Daryl Williams and Bill Sargent

1980 Daryl Williams and Astrid Ketelaar

1981 John Spooner

1982 Nigel Lewis and John Spooner

1983 Michael Roberts

1984 Shane Harvey and Michael Rolph

1985 Michael Rolph

1986 Julian Steward

1987 ?

1988 Alastair Morgan

1989 Ben Fearnley-Sander

1990 Tom Baxter

1991 Christian van Niewenhuysen

1992 No U18 title held, U16 won by Bradley Stansfield

1993 Huw Lockwood (? - see post 82)

1994 Huw Lockwood

1995 No U18 title held, U16 won by Bradley Wagg

1996 Pablo Oriol

1997 Pablo Oriol

1998 Maciej Samborski

1999 Allan Richards

2000 Ben Hey

2001 (Event not held)

2002 Nick Cuff

2003 Myong-Sub Park

2004 ?

2005 Thomas Hendrey

2006 Alastair Dyer

2007 Alastair Dyer

2008 Alastair Dyer

2009 Alastair Dyer

2010 Alastair Dyer

2011 Mason Carter

2012 Davis Kim

2013 Jonathan Popiel

2014 Davis Kim

2015 James Peirce

2016 Andrew Smith

2017 Andrew Smith

2018 Oliver Pridmore, Weihang Tang

2019 Will Rumley

2020 John Patrick, Oscar Breslin

Prior to 2004 the event was at least notionally held in separate divisions: U18, U16, U14 etc. But in practice through the 1990s U18 and U16 at least were often combined. From 2005 (or maybe 2006) onwards the event was held as a U18 tournament and a U12 tournament with the other divisions awarded from within these. A culture of regarding the U18 winner as the "Tasmanian Junior Champion" has certainly existed since 2005 and at earlier times, eg in the mid-1970s, but it may not have existed all along.

In 1992 and 1995 no under 18 tournament was held. There may have been undisputed U18 Champions in these years (possibly Pablo Oriol 1995) but I am not sure of this.

In 2011 Mason Carter was the unopposed champion as he was the sole U18 entrant.

From 2013 the title was awarded to the highest-finishing individual player in the ChessKids Interschool Tasmanian State Final. In 2020 this event was held online.

I played in the 2004 tournament and Myong Sub-Park won the title (I'd forgotten his name but I'm confident he was the previous year's winner). As with later years this was held as two divisions U18 and U12. iirc the U12 field was large and as a swiss with a double-digit number of rounds and was won by Alastair Dyer in his first ever tournament (that much I'm certain of) ahead of future tournament regulars including at least Kevin Hendrey though I think also Mason Carter, some Briants and a Horton or two. The U18 division had 6-8 players and was played as a round robin which I won with a picket fence but was awarded the U16 prize since players were required to nominate the prize they were competing for ahead of time, and being rightly warned on the day that Myong Sub-Park was a dangerous player wrongly thought I'd prefer the higher chance of getting a title to the chance at the U18 title with a higher chance of getting nothing. In 2005 this policy was no longer in effect, so I was able to play for the U18 title while still having a chance at the U16 title had I failed to win.