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    Pre-Games Chess event, Brisbane 1982 - Who won?

    This was held just before the Brisbane Commonwealth Games of 1992. Andrew Meldrum, a very small child at the time was inside the big Matilda float used as a mascot. He went on to win the Qld Juniors and the Qld adult Lightning Championship in 2000. I don't think Qld. had a chess magazine in 1982 so I am having difficulty finding out who won. It was played at Brisbane State High and Bill Elliott, the CAQ membership secretary, did most of the organising. The Qld. government of the time told us were not allowed to use the word commonwealth in the title. I have listed the people who played. The only record of this event appears to be in an old excercise book of mine in which i recorded the entries and payments. If you played, or have memories of this event, or any result sheets, please share.

    Green Viv
    Long Hong Stan
    Nakon Adrian
    O'Neil Peter
    Stokie William
    Overson Neil
    Purcell Andew
    Gaffney Cameron
    Wilkinson Leo
    Knight Lindsay
    Thomas Norbert
    Craven Mark
    Orme Greg
    Lovejoy David
    Holliday Bruce
    Guest John
    West John
    Edmonds Rob
    Terry Wendy
    Terry Andrea
    Clarry Steve
    Morris Colin
    Arendt Alf
    Robinson Mark
    Goodwin Robert
    Howe Merve
    Derbyshire Hugh
    Bowd W
    Cavanagh Peter
    Howard Bob
    Mackin John
    Law GW
    Foster Doug
    Norris Damian
    Cornish Nicholas
    Ross Mark
    Forsyth Graham
    Gaffne Damian
    Elliott William (Bill)
    McKean Murray
    Kuscelansky Michael
    Vicic Ray
    Myers John
    Jackson Ralph
    North Mal

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    Kuszelansky and Myers tied for first place n the Pre-Games Open on 6.5/7, with Morris and Thomas on 6.

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    Ian, thanks very much for that information. David Esmonde from AUNIX, the host of the CAQ Inc. website has now added a section called CAQ Wiki to the About us menu. When you click on this you get what appears to be a simple spreadsheet from Excel. It is in fact the history of the CAQ in spreadsheet form. I have been trolling through all of my old bits of paper, magazines etc. and inputting all that i find. I now have about 30 Qld Chess mags loaned by Tony Weller. These take about 40 mins each to extract and enter all the info. Then there are newspaper articles, Bulletin mag columns etc. Sometimes you find out who was Qld Lightning Champion in a certain year by the columnist saying that Fred regained his title from last year. I am only doing Queensland's history and hopefully someone from each state will do their own. The idea is to put all available knowledge onto one spreadsheet and lodge it with the state archivist each year. Also, making it read only, everyone can download it for their own computer, thus providing many more copies for historians to find. this idea that once something goes on the web, it is there forever is a dangerous one for historians. With the above mentioned Pre-Games event, I would think that i am probably the only person in the world with a list of those who played. I helped to organise it and I didn't know who won it. With GM Roger's memory, he probably had the winner's name in the back of his mind. On the newer version of CAQ Wiki I have tried to make the info. more clear. I am sending it to AUNIX today and it should go up within 24 hours. Below are the instuctions to get the full version of the file onto your home computer. Everything i have input is from the above mentioned sources. I have not relied on memory. It is my job to be the data input clerk. Historians can make assumptions if necessary.

    Open up Excel on your home computer
    1. Go to CAQ Inc. website
    2. Click on "About Us"
    3. Click on "CAQ Wiki"
    My computer only has 4 meg of ram so would not download the whole file at one time. 8 meg of ram seems to allow you to download the whole thing at once.
    4. Copy the "A" column. It gives you all the categories. Paste that into your Excel.
    5. Copy B through to DW and then paste that into your Excel.
    Note that at the bottom there is sheet1, sheet2 and sheet3. In the new version, these are given names such as Gran Prix, Membership etc.
    Once you have all the data from CAQ Wiki on your home computer, then add a split at cell number B2 and you will have catergories in the vertical left and years in the horizontal right.
    I know that this is a bit cumbersome at the moment but we will soon find a way to streamline it.
    The new version should be uploaded to the CAQ Inc. website within 24 hours
    Thanks once again to David Esmonde and AUNIX

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