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    That's the saddest news all day, Bill. I know i speak for all the players here when i say that it was an honour and a treat to get to play you and Tassie chess will be much the poorer for your leaving. Speaking of chess history, I suppose it's a belated return to Melbourne - I remember once reading a story in Chess World from 1965 about a very talented young chap from Melbourne Grammar who, according to the writer, had done brilliantly at matriculation and who had subsequently travelled up to Sydney to beat Ralph Shaw 3-1 in a play-off and claim his second Australian Junior title - the first person to win successive titles. The article was headed: 'Bill Kerr's double.' - so i suppose it's a belated return. Thanks for playing, Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billkerr View Post
    Unfortunately, "things" didn't work out for me in Launceston. I'm now living in Melbourne. Thanks to the Hobart and Burnie players for their hospitality in the two events I did play in. Also to Nevile Ledger for sharing his history of Tasmanian chess with me.
    I wondered about that when I saw you had played in a Melbourne tournament. It was great to have you here, albeit briefly, and good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idledim View Post
    That's the saddest news all day, Bill. I know i speak for all the players here when i say that it was an honour and a treat to get to play you and Tassie chess will be much the poorer for your leaving. Speaking of chess history, I suppose it's a belated return to Melbourne - I remember once reading a story in Chess World from 1965 about a very talented young chap from Melbourne Grammar who, according to the writer, had done brilliantly at matriculation and who had subsequently travelled up to Sydney to beat Ralph Shaw 3-1 in a play-off and claim his second Australian Junior title - the first person to win successive titles. The article was headed: 'Bill Kerr's double.' - so i suppose it's a belated return. Thanks for playing, Bill.
    mmm... thanks Denis, I think I remember that Chess World article. There were some inaccuracies there, although I'm a great admirer of Cecil Purdy since he taught me how to play well, for those times (before we had any GMs in Australia) simply by following the meticulous advice in his magazine. One of his suggestions was to simply hide the moves of the GM game you were playing through and try to guess them. Such a simple idea and so hard to get it right. The bit about Ralph Shaw and the second title is correct. But I went to Box Hill Tech, not Melbourne Grammar and so I never did matriculation, except indirectly. That rubbed off in my teaching career later because I taught only in government schools and often in disadvantaged schools in low socio-economic areas at that. Lots of stories and thoughts from those times but sadly some of movers and shakers from then are no longer with us (the Koshnitsky's, the Purdy's, Max Fuller, Terrey Shaw and some other lesser well known names).
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    That rubbed off in my teaching career later because I taught only in government schools and often in disadvantaged schools in low socio-economic areas at that.
    Glad to hear it - being wrongly accused of going to Melbourne Grammar can't have been easy! I had a similar teaching career in the govt. system - and i blame it on having gone to Shore in Sydney. Anyhow Bill: - as they say - good luck in all your future endeavours.

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    Disappointing to see the entire Launceston chess scene move interstate but at least we had Bill play a couple of tournaments. Good luck with things on the mainland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    Disappointing to see the entire Launceston chess scene move interstate but at least we had Bill play a couple of tournaments. Good luck with things on the mainland.
    Any idea what Evan Gale is up to now as I know his a very strong player?
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    A fairly big shakeup with Bill Kerr moving to Victoria, Nigel Frame off for inactivity after being in the top ten continuously since 2009 and Peter Knight also off for inactivity. The new top ten is Small, Markovitz (who we think may have moved to NZ), Rout, Bonham, Donnelly, McMahon, Carter, Macfarlan, D Rolph and R Harvey. David Small was previously #1 in 2008-10.

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    I've discovered Joshua Loh should have been listed as Tasmanian - he's been here for 6 years and is now working here. This means he has actually been the top-rated Tasmanian since entering the list in December 2013. I've backdated my records of the top ten ratings accordingly.

    The current Tasmanian top ten is Loh, Small, Markovitz (who I think has moved to NZ), Rout, Bonham, Donnelly, McMahon, Carter, Macfarlan, D Rolph.

    Of the 28 players who appeared on the top ten list between April 99 and Dec 05 I am the only one currently still there, and only two of the others are still active within the state.

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    Current Tasmanian Top 20 (Quick)
    1. David Small 2290?
    2. Neil Markovitz 2189?
    3. Kevin Bonham 1998!!
    4. Ian Rout 1982!
    5. Charles Chadwick 1874?
    6. Denis McMahon 1869!!
    7. Felix Ellis 1854!!
    8. Mason Carter 1809
    9. Reg Harvey 1781!
    10. Peter Lucas 1740!!
    11. Nigel Lewis 1737!!
    12. David J Rolph 1712!
    13. James Peirce 1696!!
    14. Scott Cohen 1682!
    15. Neville Ledger 1681!
    16. David Hughes 1673!!
    17. Russell Horton 1669!!
    18. Davis Kim 1626?
    19. Milutin Ivkovic 1624!
    20.Dylan Kuzmic 1620!!
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    Alastair Dyer has returned to the active list after playing in the August Masters. He's listed as #1 in the state on the ACF list but that's only because Joshua Loh hasn't yet been transferred to Tas.

    The new TTT is Loh, Dyer, Small, Markovitz, Rout, Bonham, Donnelly, McMahon, Carter and Macfarlan. Colin Bemrose is listed as active and between Donnelly and McMahon but I believe has moved to another state.

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    Top 10 Tasmanian Quick Ratings
    1.David Small 2290?
    2.Neil Markovitz 2189?
    3.Kevin Bonham 1957!!
    4.Ian Rout 1919!!
    5.Denis McMahon 1878!!
    6.Charles Chadwick 1875?
    7.David J Rolph 1831!!
    8.Mason Carter 1810?
    9.Felix Ellis 1793!!
    10. James Peirce 1791!!
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    Comparing June and September Top 20 Quick Ratings(TAS)
    (June)
    1. David Small 2290?
    2. Neil Markovitz 2189?
    3. Kevin Bonham 1998!!
    4. Ian Rout 1982!
    5. Charles Chadwick 1874?
    6. Denis McMahon 1869!!
    7. Felix Ellis 1854!!
    8. Mason Carter 1809
    9. Reg Harvey 1781!
    10. Peter Lucas 1740!!
    11. Nigel Lewis 1737!!
    12. David J Rolph 1712!
    13. James Peirce 1696!!
    14. Scott Cohen 1682!
    15. Neville Ledger 1681!
    16. David Hughes 1673!!
    17. Russell Horton 1669!!
    18. Davis Kim 1626?
    19. Milutin Ivkovic 1624!
    20.Dylan Kuzmic 1620!!
    (September)
    1.David Small 2290?
    2.Neil Markovitz 2189?
    3.Kevin Bonham 1957!!
    4.Ian Rout 1919!!
    5.Denis McMahon 1878!!
    6.Charles Chadwick 1875?
    7.David J Rolph 1831!!
    8.Mason Carter 1810?
    9.Felix Ellis 1793!!
    10.James Peirce 1791!!
    11.Reg Harvey 1741!!
    12.Peter Lucas 1741!!
    13.Nigel Lewis 1728!!
    14.Charlie Rolph 1720!
    15.Dylan Kuzmic 1709!!
    16.Scott Cohen 1682!
    17.Neville Ledger 1681!
    18.Russell Horton 1665!!
    19.David Hughes 1658!!
    20.Davis Kim 1627?
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    Big movers in the September Quick Top 20(TAS)
    David Rolph up from 1712(position 12) to 1831(position 7)
    James Peirce up from 1696(position 13) to 1791(position 10)
    Dylan Kuzmic up from 1620(position 20) to 1709(position 15)
    Felix Ellis down from 1854(position 7) to 1793(position 9)
    Kevin Bonham down from 1998 to 1957(still position 3)
    Ian Rout down from 1982 to 1919(still position 4)
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Peirce View Post
    Big movers in the September Quick Top 20(TAS)
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    Ian Rout down from 1982 to 1919(still position 4)
    Yes, I did think that was a little harsh from a record of something like +11 =3 -1 (from memory - maybe it was an overly selective memory), but as my real rating went up more than I expected I'm not unhappy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    Yes, I did think that was a little harsh from a record of something like +11 =3 -1 (from memory - maybe it was an overly selective memory), but as my real rating went up more than I expected I'm not unhappy.
    That could be right as you played 15 rated Quick games(one was a draw vs Me rated 1696 at the time)
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