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    Australian Open

    Wikipedia suggests that the Australian Open Chess Championships began in 1971 yet there are many tournaments that billed themselves as the "Australian Open" before that year.
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    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954)
    Mon 7 Jan 1952 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...n%20Tournament

    Is there any basis for the Open beginning in 1971?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop View Post
    Wikipedia suggests that the Australian Open Chess Championships began in 1971 yet there are many tournaments that billed themselves as the "Australian Open" before that year.
    For example:

    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954)
    Mon 7 Jan 1952 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...n%20Tournament

    Is there any basis for the Open beginning in 1971?
    I suspect the Open in 1971 is considered the first “Australian Open” as it had international players.

    The inaugural Australian Open was a 10 player round robin held in Dec 1947-Jan 1948 in Melbourne was the first of what was to be a biennial event and was won by CJS Purdy.
    This tournament was actually a rename of a tournament that started out in 1925 called the Pietzcker.
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    J.A.Pietzcker. The Christmas Tournament

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos View Post
    I suspect the Open in 1971 is considered the first “Australian Open” as it had international players.

    The inaugural Australian Open was a 10 player round robin held in Dec 1947-Jan 1948 in Melbourne was the first of what was to be a biennial event and was won by CJS Purdy.
    This tournament was actually a rename of a tournament that started out in 1925 called the Pietzcker.
    Mr J A Pietzcker was a President of the Melbourne Chess Club and the Consul for Switzerland.
    Johannes Alexander Pietzcker (Honorary Swiss Consul, Melbourne, 1932 – 1951)

    During the second world war Johannes apparently acted to address problems experienced by German Nationals interned at the Tatura Internment camp, Victoria.

    Around 1925 he suggested that an annual tournament be conducted in Melbourne to attract players from all over Australia and improve the quality of Australian Chess. He donated some prize money for the event. This became known as the Melbourne Christmas Tournament, the Pietzcker Christmas Tournament and, The Australian Open Tournament.

    “One of the club's great benefactors was J.A.Pietzcker, who served his first term as president in 1925 and was a member for over 60 years. He flourished during the age of Gundersen. It is to Pietzcker we owe the Australian Open tournament, for that event was a revival of the Pietzcker tourney, endowed by him and held between 1925 and 1940. The Australian Open tournament was conducted by the club every 2 years from 1947 until 1953. Then the ACF took over, but did hold the first Australian Open championship until 1971: the Karlis Lidums International chess tournament.”

    https://www.melbournechessclub.org/care-for-a-game by Bob Brooking, Melbourne Chess Club, History.

    Winners of the Pietzcker Christmas tournaments:
    1925/26 G Gundersen (5.5/6)
    1926/27 G Gundersen (4/4)
    1927/28 SH Woinarski (4.5/5)
    1928/29 FM Crowl & CG Watson (4/5)
    1929/30 BW Stenhouse (6/8)
    1931 (April) FA Crowl (4/5)
    1931/32 FA Crowl (4.5/5)
    1932 (Oct/Nov) CJS Purdy (6/7)
    1933/34 CG Watson (6/7)
    1935/36 FA Crowl (7.5/10)
    1936/37 L Steiner (5.5/6)
    1937/38 M Green & CG Watson (5.5/6)
    1940 (Mar/Apr) S Lazare (4/6)
    1940 (Dec) S Lazare (5/5)

    https://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...242924&kpage=2
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...s%20tournament
    Last edited by blackbishop; 30-06-2021 at 07:18 PM.

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    2013 Australian Open

    2013 Australian Open Championships run by the North’s Chess Club, Cammeray, NSW.

    Winner for 2013, was fifteen year old Bobby Cheng. Equal second were Max Illingworth, Zong-Yuan Zhao and Moulthon Ly.

    https://sites.google.com/site/2013oz...s/results/open (Picassa Album link is broken)
    https://en.chessbase.com/post/fabulo...ustralian-open (Jamie Kenmure)

    Videos by Kerry Stead
    Round 9 review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8cVrq5j1YQ
    Round 10 review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EHAm-hp06w
    Round 11 review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-5N7FH3al4

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Cheng
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Kharisma_Sukandar

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop View Post


    Mr J A Pietzcker was a President of the Melbourne Chess Club and the Consul for Switzerland.
    Johannes Alexander Pietzcker (Honorary Swiss Consul, Melbourne, 1932 – 1951)

    During the second world war Johannes apparently acted to address problems experienced by German Nationals interned at the Tatura Internment camp, Victoria.

    Around 1925 he suggested that an annual tournament be conducted in Melbourne to attract players from all over Australia and improve the quality of Australian Chess. He donated some prize money for the event. This became known as the Melbourne Christmas Tournament, the Pietzcker Christmas Tournament and, The Australian Open Tournament.

    “One of the club's great benefactors was J.A.Pietzcker, who served his first term as president in 1925 and was a member for over 60 years. He flourished during the age of Gundersen. It is to Pietzcker we owe the Australian Open tournament, for that event was a revival of the Pietzcker tourney, endowed by him and held between 1925 and 1940. The Australian Open tournament was conducted by the club every 2 years from 1947 until 1953. Then the ACF took over, but did hold the first Australian Open championship until 1971: the Karlis Lidums International chess tournament.”

    https://www.melbournechessclub.org/care-for-a-game by Bob Brooking, Melbourne Chess Club, History.

    Winners of the Pietzcker Christmas tournaments:
    1925/26 G Gundersen (5.5/6)
    1926/27 G Gundersen (4/4)
    1927/28 SH Woinarski (4.5/5)
    1928/29 FM Crowl & CG Watson (4/5)
    1929/30 BW Stenhouse (6/8)
    1931 (April) FA Crowl (4/5)
    1931/32 FA Crowl (4.5/5)
    1932 (Oct/Nov) CJS Purdy (6/7)
    1933/34 CG Watson (6/7)
    1935/36 FA Crowl (7.5/10)
    1936/37 L Steiner (5.5/6)
    1937/38 M Green & CG Watson (5.5/6)
    1940 (Mar/Apr) S Lazare (4/6)
    1940 (Dec) S Lazare (5/5)

    https://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...242924&kpage=2
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...s%20tournament
    Is there a missing word here "not"? When the ACF took over were there or not Open tournaments from 1953 to 1971?
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    You must be correct about the "not". Perhaps I should have inserted the "not" in brackets into the quote. I was reluctant to mess with Bob Brooking's stuff.
    Last edited by blackbishop; 14-01-2022 at 07:17 AM.

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    GM Rogers would probably comment that the ACF has stayed true to firm. Why they go to sleep? Not sufficient interest?
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    The Pietzcker

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos View Post
    I suspect the Open in 1971 is considered the first “Australian Open” as it had international players.

    The inaugural Australian Open was a 10 player round robin held in Dec 1947-Jan 1948 in Melbourne was the first of what was to be a biennial event and was won by CJS Purdy.
    This tournament was actually a rename of a tournament that started out in 1925 called the Pietzcker.


    The First Pietzcker Christmas Tournament was held at the Melbourne Chess Club in 1925/1926. The group photo includes Gunnar Gunderson, twelve times Victorian Champion and “MCC Secretary, I Rosenblum”. Edward Rosenblum wrote, “Seventy Years of Victorian Chess” in 1926.

    FirstPietzcker.pdf

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    Australian Open 1983

    Australian Open December - January 1983 at the Hakoah Chess Club, Sydney

    After two rounds. Photo of the eventual winner Darryl Johansen.
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...20Mott%20chess
    This article states that Max Fuller defeated the reigning open champion Bent Larsen. The reigning champion was Robert Jamieson.

    Second last round.
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...archTerm=chess

    Winners.
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...archTerm=chess

    Terrey Shaw on the Ian Rogers, Lloyd Fell game.
    https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-145368339...e/n82/mode/1up

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    Australian Open 2011.

    Peter Parr’s day by day account of the Australian Open 2011 at Norths, Cammeray, Sydney.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170217....au/bulletins/

    You will need to find the first ACF Bulletin for 2011 (January 18) from the list.

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    Thanks for the links, blackbishop. A trip down memory lane as I was one of the organisers for the Australian Open at norths in 2011.
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