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    Olympiad 2010 - Selections Notices

    2010 OLYMPIAD: ACTIVITY REQUIREMENT AND APPLICATION DEADLINE

    The 2010 FIDE Olympiad will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 19 Sep to 4 Oct 2010.

    I am writing to advise strong players intending to apply for the Olympiad teams for Australia for 2010 of the expected date on which applications for selection will close. This will have a bearing on any intending applicants who are short of game practice and need to get rated games played by that deadline to meet the 20 games rule.

    The intended selection deadline is Wednesday 28 April. If any change to this is expected I will notify it to all sources where this notice has been published, but I do not expect it to change.

    The 20 games rule requires each applicant for the Olympiad to have played 20 rated games in the previous year by the selection deadline (ie 28 April 2009 - 28 April 2010). The definition of a rated game includes any game rated by the ACF and/or FIDE that is not a rapid play game. A game rated by another federation (eg BCF) will also count where requested, provided that an adequate formula for converting that federation's ratings to either ACF or FIDE ratings exists. Of course, any game can only be counted once.

    Prospective applicants are advised that some selectors believe applicants should play substantially more than 20 games in a year, and some selectors may rank applicants conservatively if they consider that the player has not played enough games to adequately demonstrate their current playing strength.

    I expect to declare applications open around the start of February.

    Kevin Bonham

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    OLYMPIAD SELECTIONS: 39th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

    Applications are now open for the Australian Open and Womens Olympiad Teams for the 39th Chess Olympiad to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from 19 Sep - 4 Oct 2010. Further information about event details (official website etc) will be posted on the Chesschat forum (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=10713) as it becomes known.

    An Open team and a Womens team, each consisting of five players and a non-playing captain, will be selected to represent Australia at this event. Exact details of player entitlements are not yet known but it is normal that players and captains are entitled to full board from the host organisation and travel subsidies from the ACF's Olympiad Appeal fundraising efforts.

    APPLYING FOR SELECTION

    Those wishing to be considered for selection as players must apply by email by 28 April 2010. Please refer to item 5 of the ACF Selection By-Laws before applying, and for details of material required in an application (item 5.4) and optional in an application (items 5.6 and 5.7). The full Selection By-Laws are available online in PDF form at http://www.auschess.org.au/constitut...uly%202008.pdf A text copy will be emailed on request.

    Please send all applications by email to Kevin Bonham <k_bonham@tassie.net.au> If an emailed application has not been acknowledged as received within seven days, please phone 0421 428 775.

    The names of known applicants will be released progressively, either on the Chesschat forum (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=10713) or on the Olympiad Appeal website as applications are received. Applicants' supporting statements and results summaries, and ratings and results information to be made available to the selectors, 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 then be submitted by 5 May 2010. Provisional selection results will be advised to all applicants and made public shortly after selections are finalised, on or about 19 May 2010.

    IMPORTANT NOTES FOR APPLICANTS:

    1. Please, if possible, send your application from an email address that you will check regularly (preferably at least weekly) from the time of your application until the end of June. If you will not be contactable in the week after the selection deadline, please apply well in advance of the deadline.

    2. 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, and no application more than a week late will be accepted for any reason.

    3. Activity Rule: All applicants must have completed 20 games that have been, or will be, rated by the ACF, FIDE or another approved organisation, in the time period 28 April 2009 - 28 April 2010 and at a normal (non-rapid) time limit. However, it is not required that all 20 games have been rated or even submitted for rating by 28 April, so long as they will be rated at some stage. If you have not yet reached your 20 games when you submit your application, please say so, and advise which events you intend to play in to reach 20 games by the deadline.

    CAPTAINCIES

    Applications for captaincies will be called for in April with a closing date a few days after selections are made public. Unsuccessful applicants for the teams are entitled to apply for a captaincy. Team captains will then be selected by the ACF Council, taking into account (but not necessarily bound by) the preferences and comments of team members. Exact dates and processes for captaincy applications will be announced closer to this stage.

    PROVISIONAL SELECTION SCHEDULE

    11 Feb Applications Open
    28 April Applications Close
    5 May Deadline for Corrections / Material to Selectors
    19 May Deadline for Selectors' Votes - provisional selection results advised ASAP to all applicants and published.

    This notice has also been sent to the ACF Selections Email List and submitted to the ACF Newsletter. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.

    - Kevin Bonham
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    GM David Smerdon has applied.

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    GM Zong-Yuan Zhao has applied.

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    GM Darryl Johansen has applied.

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    IM George Xie has applied.

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    IM Irina Berezina has applied for the Women's team.

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    WIM Biljana Dekic has applied for the Women's team.

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    WFM Emma Guo has applied for the Women's team.

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    The following message may interest prospective Olympiad applicants:

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    In the meantime prospective team members may be interested in a $1359 Sydney-Moscow fare ($1339 ex Melbourne) being offered by China Eastern Airlines, provided tickets are purchased by 30 June. Details here"

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    IM Gary Lane has applied.

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    IM Stephen Solomon has applied.

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    IM Alex Wohl has applied.

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    IM Igor Goldenberg has applied.

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    WIM Arianne Caoili has applied for the Women's team.

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