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    Haydn Barber KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 1986

    Born in the wheat belt town of Narrogin WA 192 kilometres south east of Perth in 1950, Haydn passed away on the 28th of October 2013.

    http://www.cawa.org.au/lifemembers.html#HaydnBarber

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    Robert Pilgrim KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 1991

    Bob was born in Fremantle on 25 January 1931. Sadly, Bob Pilgrim passed away peacefully on the 16th of May 2019.

    http://www.cawa.org.au/lifemembers.html#BobPilgrim

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    Robert Jamieson IM KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 1984


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    Gerrit Hartland KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 1985

    Gerrit Hartland at the Box Hill Chess Club, Melbourne 2004

    From-the-Box-Hill-Chess-Club-Archives


    Gerrit Hartland’s career as an Architect is usually associated with creativity and he has certainly provided that to all aspects of the development of the Box Hill Chess Club. As Club Captain he has been responsible for the design of the calendar of events and further he has been Director of Play for events that are notable for adherence to good playing standards and prompt up-to-date cross-tables.

    His contribution to chess administration involved a term as Australian Chess Federation President, for which he was awarded Honorary Life membership, and also as the organiser of the Australian Junior Championships. Gerrit is also an Honorary Life member of the Victorian Chess Association (which recently changed its name to CHESS Victoria). Further, he has performed the role of fund-raiser to assist juniors (who are Australian Titleholders) to travel to the World Junior Championships. These include Denis Bourmistrov, Michelle Lee, Ruperto Lugo, and Andjelija Zivanovic.

    Gerrit has encouraged the Box Hill Chess Club to open two nights each week, to have formal junior coaching, to have monthly junior tournaments on Sundays, and to advertise our facilities through schools.

    After his retirement from the architectural profession, Gerrit embarked on a learning curve to bring computerisation to the administration of our Club. Even with the advent of growth in membership to 160, and the sophistication of computer pairings, Gerrit has never wavered on the principle of recognizing the best performing players in all Divisions.

    Recently, Gerrit has applied much energy to the Whitehorse Junior Chess Inc. (WHJ) which has been formed to promote the development of junior chess in the Box Hill district. Due to Gerrit’s relationship with the Whitehorse Council and local retailers a significant amount of sponsorship money has been attracted to the chess community. The WHJCL has also taken over the coffee club roster for our major events. Gerrit has thus engaged parents to become involved in Club activities and to have a say in directing any coffee club profits to junior development.

    At a time when many other chess clubs are struggling to stay in existence Box Hill has enjoyed a golden period of growth. This is no doubt due to the voluntary contribution of people like Gerrit Hartland and his ability to motivate other volunteers to take on a vision of something new and see it through.

    http://www.boxhillchess.org.au/e2002/news0203.pdf

    http://www.gerrit-hartland.com/415033387

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    Phillip Viner KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 1983

    Phil was born Nov-10-1927 and died Dec-05-2018, 91 years of age.

    http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/201...1927-2018.html

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    Norman Greenwood KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 2004


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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop View Post
    Who is this guy? Are you sure he was the 2015 Kosnitsky medalist??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Who is this guy? Are you sure he was the 2015 Kosnitsky medalist??
    Leonid actually undersells himself in that bio when he writes "Appointed Vice-President of Australian Chess Federation 2013, 2015, 2017 & 2019". He was in fact elected - in one case even against opposition!
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    Jenni Oliver KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 2006

    From a post in Chess Chat by Denis Jessop 25-09-2008.

    “A NEW ERA FOR AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHESS

    Readers may be aware that recently an Australian junior chess league called AusJCL was formed. It is the culmination of an initiative by Jenni Oliver begun some while ago.
    The aim is for it to administer junior chess at the national level by performing most of the junior chess functions currently with the ACF.

    A short time ago the AusJCL applied to the ACF for recognition as an Associated Body representing junior chess at the national level and for authority to administer junior chess on behalf of the ACF.

    On 17 September 2008 the ACF Council decided, in an e-mail vote, to approve both those things with effect from 1 November 2008.”

    Jenni Oliver became the AusJCL Events Coordinator. Note that these achievements came after she won the Koshnitsky medal in 2006.


    Junior Chess organizers are a modest lot. Its all about the kids, evidently. Right at the bottom of the last page of:

    https://actjcl.org.au/actjcl/honour_roll.php


    there is a brief reference to Jenni and Tony Oliver being life members of the ACTJCL and a mention of the fact that Jenni won the Koshnitsky Medal in 2006. The archives of the NSWJCL are full
    of results of tournaments played but nothing about who organized and ran them. Jenni must have played a significant role in all that chess activity over many years.

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    Margaret Cuckson KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 1995

    From: https://www.nswjcl.org.au/News/news_archives_2002.htm

    “Schools Chess Challenge 2002

    The Schools Chess Challenge was held on Sunday 22nd of September. There were a record 198 teams and 603 participants spread over the two tournaments. The number of schools was divided as such: Secondary 37, Primary 75, Total 112. It is now officially the biggest tournament ever held in NSW!!”


    In one of the rare and possibly only mention of who actually ran a junior tournament described in the NSWJCL archives:

    “Thanks must be given to the people who helped so hard throughout the day, whether they were arbiters, organisers, cooks, canteen helpers. Without them such an event would not be possible. They include Richard Gastineau-Hills, Margaret Cuckson, Marge Lip, Michael Lip, Allan Richards, Yvonne Chong, Veronica Klimenko, Brett Tindall, Justin Yancey, John Cronan, Jenny Cronan, Robert Song, Sonia Song, Mira Rej, Eva Rej.”


    As with Jenni Oliver, I found it difficult to find information about Margaret, due to the completely inscrutable policy of junior chess organizers in putting information about the kids first and information about themselves approximately never. Clearly Margaret played a significant role in organizing the 2002 Schools Chess Challenge and many other junior chess activities.

    Anything that people can add about Margaret or Jenni’s chess activities would be helpful.

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    Bill Gletsos KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST 2005


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    That's a young looking Bill! But he was a worthy Koshnitsky Medal winner.
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    Information Needed!!

    Any information, anecdotes , photographs etc concerning any of the past Koshnitsky medal winners would be a great help
    in compiling this list.

    Once the list is complete, any errors will be corrected and contributions made in this forum will
    be included. The list can be re-ordered by the year of receipt of the medal and offered to the ACF or state chess associations
    as an archive.

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    William Anderson-Smith 2013 KOSHNITSKY MEDALLIST

    At Norwood

    Bill joined the Norwood Chess Club in 1970 and was Norwood Chess Club Secretary from 1971 – 1982 and delegate on SACA council for Norwood Chess Club 1971

    With the SA Chess Association.

    Bill was a member of SACA Tournament Committee from 1972 – 2017, SACA Secretary 1980 – 1982, President 1983 – 1984 and 2008 - 2009 and Tournament Secretary 1999 - 2017

    At the Modbury Chess Club

    Bill was Club President from 1986 – 1990 and Secretary 1991 – 2017. Bill has won the Club Championship on eight occasions. He is well-known in SA chess circles for his help
    in organising and running various SACA tournaments, including the City of Adelaide Open and the South Australian championships, as well as competing in interstate and local events between 1972 – 2018.

    He acted as Assistant Arbiter of national and international tournaments including:

    Australian Championships 1980 & 2004
    Australian Open 1987 & 1991
    World Junior & Girls 1988.

    It is not often that Australia hosts world chess championships. The World Junior took place in Adelaide with four players tying on nine points. Joel Lautier of France emerged victorious, slightly ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk, Grigory Yuryevich Serper and Boris Gelfand on tie-breaks. Zsuzsa Polgar competed. Alisa Galliamova of the Soviet Union won the under 20 Girls.

    Bill was appointed FIDE Organizer 2012 and National Arbiter 2013

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