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    Australian Junior Chess Thread

    Hello,

    This is the official thread for all matters concerning junior chess in Australia, including JETS applications and selections, and international selections. I will post upcoming international events as I find out details about them, but for all international junior selections, applications need to be made through the ACF Selections Director Tom Saltmarsh.

    Since the Australian Junior Chess League fell in January 2018, the australianjuniorchess.org.au website has only been used for JETS. Over time, I plan to reignite the website for information such as:

    • official tournament websites (ASTC, Australian Junior Championship etc)
    • information about how to apply for events, what is the process
    • information for Event Managers as to what they need to do
    • AusJCL selections
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    Urgent: Jets

    Applications for the Johns-Putra Junior Elite Training Squad are open. This squad is open for junior players who have shown a keen interest by playing and improving their chess. The 30 selected players will be invited to a five day training camp to be held in Adelaide in July 2019 with some of the best Australian players and coaches as well as often an overseas GM. The squad is mostly free for players, and billeting is usually able to be organised. Flights are not included.

    To be eligible for this, your child must be active and enthusiastic. Your child must have played in at least one of the below events to be eligible:

    • Lidums Young/Junior Master events (Adelaide, December)
    • Australian Open (Melbourne, December)
    • Oceania Junior Championship (Auckland NZ January)
    • Australian Junior Championships (Sydney, January)


    The deadline has been extended until 3 March due to a number of reasons. We apologise for this.

    The list of applications are below. If you have applied but your child's name is not on the list, or if you wish to apply, please do this http://australianjuniorchess.org.au/apply/. I will attempt to update this list below on a daily basis as I receive entries.

    Apologies if you have already applied. In future we are looking at only having entries via the website to avoid this confusion.

    Taifeng (Matt) Lyu
    Akshay Annamalai
    James Arthur
    Matthew Arthur
    Damaris Augustine
    Darline Augustine
    George Bartley
    Nikita Boldyrev
    James Boyd-Norman
    Sophie Cerny
    Issac Chai
    Joshua Cooper
    Ryley Dang
    Kundan Dharmapuri
    Sri Krishna Dharmapuri
    Tom Donaldson
    Erin Dullaway
    Michael Dullaway
    Oliver Fenton
    Anthony Fikh
    Gabriel Garber
    Sean Hawkins
    Toby Huey
    Chathula Kiripitige
    Vihaan Anup Kumar
    Aurora Lannon
    Oliver Li
    Dewmi Liyanage
    Jonathan Lo
    Jennifer Morrison
    Om O’Carroll
    Celine Ong
    Dhwani Patel
    Hamish Pattison
    Liam Thanh Phung
    Alistair Randall
    Sravan Renjith
    Noah Rose
    Aidan Seifert
    James Spencer
    Ryder Testolin
    Sulia Van Sebille
    Alaina Vincent
    Michael Wang
    Bridgette Watkins
    Rachel Jane Watkins
    Sebastian Wei
    Elizabeth Williams
    Jason Yan
    Iker Hernandez Mendez
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    To make it easier for me, the list of applicants is available here: http://australianjuniorchess.org.au/...lication-list/ and will be updated as often as I can.
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    List of players have been updated: http://australianjuniorchess.org.au/...lication-list/ .

    Remember the deadline for applications is tomorrow.
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    I put my son's name more than a week ago and also recently sent a message to Alana. His name is still not on the list. Thanks.
    Last edited by Vlad; 03-03-2019 at 04:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    I put my son's name more than a week ago and also recently sent a message to Alana. His name is still not on the list. Thanks.
    Sorry Vlad,

    The spreadsheet where the application forms are being submitted to wasn't showing up properly, turns out there are a lot of names missing. Thank you for this! I will update the list now.

    Alana
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    JETS Applications are now CLOSED and the list of applicants are now on the website.

    Please make sure your child's name is on the list and contact me as soon as possible if it is not the case.

    Selections will be released on 24 March 2019 or as close as possible.

    Thanks,
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    A quick update - JETS selections will be out by Wednesday 3 April. The selectors have until today to send me their selections - I have everyone but one who has confirmed he will send by tonight.

    Apologies for the delay!
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    Apologies for the wait! The 2019 JETS Squad is:

    Matthew Arthur VIC
    Damaris Augustine VIC
    George Bartley SA
    Nikita Boldyrev SA
    James Boyd-Norman SA
    Chao Xin Cheng VIC
    Kundan Dharmapuri WA
    Sri Krishna Kousel Dharmapuri WA
    Anthony Fikh NSW
    Oscar Gao WA
    Sean Hawkins VIC
    Toby Huey NSW
    Chelsea Huey NSW
    Chathula Kiripitige SA
    Jonathan Lo QLD
    Jennifer Morrison VIC
    Om O’Carroll VIC
    Dhwani Patel NSW
    Sravan Renjith QLD
    Athena-Malar Retnaraja SA
    Ethan Retnaraja SA
    James Spencer NSW
    Ryder Testolin VIC
    Aman Deepak Thadani ACT
    Sulia Van Sebille VIC
    Alaina Vincent NSW
    Bridgette Watkins QLD
    Jesse Zafirakos VIC

    Reserves are (in order):

    Aiden Wen
    Isaac Chai
    Darline Augustine
    Oliver Fenton

    I will send out an email to all applicants tonight or tomorrow night to let them know of these selections and outcomes.

    Thank you to the five selectors: GM Ian Rogers, GM Moulthun Ly, WGM Julia Ryjanova, FM Shaun Press and Fedja Zulfic for their help.
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    Congratulations to all those who have made the squad! Well done - and that also goes for the selectors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Congratulations to all those who have made the squad! Well done - and that also goes for the selectors.
    And well done to sponsors and organizers!
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    Before we start congratulating, maybe a special question for Michael. Whom would you choose for the program: 1) a 7-year old with a local rating of 647 or 2) a 14 year old with a local rating of 821.

    P.S. Just a remark, that at this level Anton in a good year could increase his local rating by up to 300 points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Before we start congratulating, maybe a special question for Michael. Whom would you choose for the program: 1) a 7-year old with a local rating of 647 or 2) a 14 year old with a local rating of 821.

    P.S. Just a remark, that at this level Anton in a good year could increase his local rating by up to 300 points.
    I got your point.
    Well, the answer to the question is rather obvious - a 7 yo. Furthermore, I would think that 14yo with a rating of 821 would not be applying for the squad because at MCC alone we have many younger kids rated much higher than that.

    P.S. My congratulations were directly linked to Adamsky's ''congratulations''
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    Selection can be trickier than you think. In 2019 there was a JETS applicant with an Australian rating of 120 and a FIDE rating of 1356, plus lots of other slightly less severe anomalies between ACF and FIDE ratings. To select in cases like this, you probably need to look at their games to judge their strength.

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    I was using NSWJCL ratings as an example. To get to ACF, one needs to multiply by 2. So my question more generally is as follows. You have a choice between a 7-9 year old, who is rated about 1100-1300 ACF and a 14-16 year old who is rated about 1500-1700 ACF. Which one do you choose?

    Looking at the outcome it seems a 14-16 year old wins pretty much all the time. But if we ask a question who is more likely to become a gm and represent Australia in one of the future Olympiads, the answer is also more or less obvious.

    From the organizers point of view, I understand that handling 14-16 year old kids is so much easier. But does this strategy deliver the best outcome to the Australian chess community? It is also very clear to me what choice would be made in Russia.

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