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    Commonwealth Champs + South African Open

    The Australian Chess Federation seeks applications from players interested in being the official Australian nominees to the 2011 Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships to be held in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa from 25 June to 3 July 2011. For tournament details download the Tournament Information files under "Useful links" at the official website http://www.chessa.co.za/tournament_w...011/index.html. For any enquiries about the event other than Australian selections contact the organisers via Mrs Judy Marie Steenkamp <events@chessa.co.za>

    Australia is entitled to one male and one female official entrant in the Championship section only. Official entrants are exempt from paying entry fees. Official entrants (as well as players with GM, WGM, IM or WIM titles) may apply to the organisers by May 1 for further conditions including accommodation or a contribution to travel expenses. All requests for conditions will be assessed by the organisers on a case by case basis, and will be subject to available tournament funding.

    Any Australian player, adult or junior, wishing to apply for selection as one of Australia's nominated representatives should email me (k_bonham@tassie.net.au) stating clearly that they wish to apply for selection. The firm deadline for applications is midnight Wednesday 20 April. In view of the tight timeframe, please only apply for this event if you are serious about playing and able to confirm your availability within a few days if selected.

    This is an open age selection. Junior players who have previously applied for this event via the AusJCL website and wish to be considered for one of the two representative positions need to apply for this selection. Note that players who are under 12 and below who play in the championship section will forego the opportunity to win Commonwealth Medals and titles for their age group.

    Players who have not applied to represent Australia in an adult event before must supply the following details:

    5.4.1 Full Name

    5.4.2 Address

    5.4.3 Email address

    5.4.4 Fax (if applicable)

    5.4.5 Phone number

    5.4.6 Nationality

    5.4.7 Date of Birth

    5.4.8 FIDE Rating

    5.4.9 ACF Rating

    5.4.10 FIDE Titles held

    5.4.11 Current ACF Titles held

    Players who have applied before do not need to supply these details but must ensure that they advise of any recent change of details, especially of address, email address and phone number.

    Selections will be conducted by the quick selection method of average of ACF and FIDE rating. March 2011 ratings will be used for both systems.

    Applicants are required to retain a copy of their email expressing an interest in selection. If an email has not been acknowledged within seven days please call 0421 428 775.

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    Hi Kevin, this reminded me of an email I received from chesscube the other day. Apparently, they have an online tournament scheduled with a first prize of free entry in to the Commonwealth Ch. (I can't remember if the prize included flights/accomodation etc)

    I don't use chesscube any more, but thought some on this site might be interested, especially if they're planning to go anyway.
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    From what I've seen on that three players win flights, accommodation and entry fees. Couldn't find it immediately on Chesscube site so if anyone has more details please post here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    From what I've seen on that three players win flights, accommodation and entry fees. Couldn't find it immediately on Chesscube site so if anyone has more details please post here.
    The finals are currently on right now so too late to enter the tournament.

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    Has anyone applied for this event at all?

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    Some junior applications that have already been made may be passed on to me if the applicants are happy to have them treated as applications at open-age level. Apart from that not yet, but it's only been a bit over 24 hours!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Some junior applications that have already been made may be passed on to me if the applicants are happy to have them treated as applications at open-age level. Apart from that not yet, but it's only been a bit over 24 hours!!
    This is fantastic news. I hope there are some adults that apply to. I am just a little confused actually. Is it just an open section or an open section as well as a junior section?

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    The Commonwealth Champs is often confusing and seems to find new ways to be confusing each year.

    This year there's an Open section and a B section. The medals for U20, U18, U16 and U14 are awarded from the Open section which anyone may enter, so that is an open section doubling as an older junior section. The medals for U12, U10 and U8 are awarded from the B section which is restricted to players who are U12 or younger, or rated below 1800 (FIDE or national).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    The Commonwealth Champs is often confusing and seems to find new ways to be confusing each year.

    This year there's an Open section and a B section. The medals for U20, U18, U16 and U14 are awarded from the Open section which anyone may enter, so that is an open section doubling as an older junior section. The medals for U12, U10 and U8 are awarded from the B section which is restricted to players who are U12 or younger, or rated below 1800 (FIDE or national).
    Thanks for the clarification Kevin.

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    The selected official entrants are GM David Smerdon and Miranda Webb-Liddle, both subject to availability. Thomas Feng is the reserve selection for the male official entrant position in the event that David is unavailable.

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    Commonwealth & South African Open 2011

    The Commonwealth & South African Open 2011 starts today with registration and GM lecture by GM Nigel Short as well as GM simultaneous exhibition. There are two parallel tournaments, the Championship section and the B-section.

    Round 1 begins tomorrow after the Opening Ceremony. There is also a SA Blitz Championships in the evening. The full Schedule is here. There are 11 rounds. The games are 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one for both Championship and B-Section.

    The Player Lists are found here and here. We have Victorian junior Thomas Feng playing in the Championship section and NSW brothers, Rowan and Kevin Willathgamuwa, playing in the B-section.

    We also have GM David Smerdon and Tristan Stevens representing Australia in the Championship section as well a Redeer Omer (?).

    Here is wishing them all the best.
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    Thanks for letting us know that it starting. Hopefully all the Aussie have great tournaments and really enjoy it.
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    I'm so envious ... wish we were there (I grew up there) but I'm in the middle of study right now so not possible. What a huge field... ! 447 listed in the Championship and 352 in the B Section.

    Good luck to all the Aussies! Hope you smash 'em! (I grew up there but learned chess here so loyalties in chess are clear; rugby would be a different matter )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watto
    ... (I grew up there but learned chess here so loyalties in chess are clear; rugby would be a different matter )
    Watto, I didn't know you played rugby too!
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    Thomas Feng has beaten a Zimbabwean player rated 2166 and is on 3/3.

    http://www.chess-results.com/tnr5208...&lan=1&fed=AUS
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