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    National Open Schools Championships

    Held over the weekend of December 3 & 4, 2005
    At Bayview Conference Centre, Melbourne

    Eligibility is limited to 5 schools from Victoria (host state), 3 from NSW, QLD and TAS, 2 from ACT and SA, 1 from each of NT and WA.
    • The top team entered from each State receives FREE accommodation, food and coaching at the Finals (for 5 players and 1 adult supervisor).
    • Great prizes; everyone wins something.
    • Winners represent Australia at the Oceania Schools Championships
    • 4 free high-level chess coaching sessions with International Master players
    • All players receive free Private Tuition after their games with Master Coaches
    • Friendly social atmosphere; BBQ, transfer chess and movie on Saturday night.
    • All players get a National Chess Rating!
    • Can your school become involved? Find out how; contact Chess Kids on interschool@chesskids.com.au or (03) 9578 6203.
    • Held in 3 divisions; Open Secondary, Junior Secondary and Primary.

    Any school may apply to participate – a selection process will be employed to qualify the allowable number of teams from each state.

    Applications must be received by October 31 for a school to be considered. Schools will be notified of their qualification, or otherwise, after a selection process ending on November 8. All enquiries to David Cordover on 0411 877 833.

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    Not to be confused with the Australian Schools Teams Championships, being held in Sydney on December 10-11.
    http://www.nswjcl.org.au/AustralianS.../ASC_Index.htm

    The ASTC is the ACF endorsed national schools championship event.

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    I think there is room for both competitions. The ASTC will always be the "prestige" tournament that kids compete fiercely to get to. However I know a few years ago when my primary girls team just missed out on qualifying, we would have been happy to take them to something like this as a reward for their hard work and to get them extra experience.

    How succesful it will be, will depend on cost for the extra teams. Often you get one "professional" chessplayer who gathers a team around him.her and the others are not as committed.

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    I agree. Maybe some (dedicated) teams will even wish to combine both competitions into the one trip?

    It's very hard to judge unless you know the costs. I would assume that they might be considerable given that a conference centre is being hired.

    Does anyone know anything about the Oceania Schools Championships? Another CK venture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    I agree. Maybe some (dedicated) teams will even wish to combine both competitions into the one trip?
    Doesn't work so well when they are in different towns. Certainly a case for a team going to both, but consecutive weeks is a bit of an ask.

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    With travel being so cheap (can I advertise for VirginBlue here?) the opportunity for these events to be well attended becomes much greater. The hope is that while the State Junior League will send one team to the ACFASTC the Open event will attract 2 or 3 teams from each state.

    The added division of JUNIOR SECONDARY (Year 7-9 only) gives an opportunity for ease of transition from Primary to Secondary chess (with the hope of keeping more kids playing chess in the years we tend to lose 75% of primary numbers).

    Another incentive is that the top team from each state gets FREE everything. Guaranteeing that anyone who can find $59 each way can fly into Melbourne and play.

    The Maximum Cost that any team will be up for is $1000 - this will include 2 nights accommodation, all food, IM coaching, private coaching after games, entry fee, social activities (tennis, pool, table tennis, movies) and hopefully airport to venue transfers. A 'team' is defined as 5 kids and 1 supervising adult.

    Maximum cost of $200 p.p. for a 2 day weekend getaway, food included, coaching included, plus an adult free? Well...if you find a better offer anywhere else please let me know!

    I hope that this will be well supported and the start of a long-lasting and high-profile event. Details of the Oceania Schools Championships will be available shortly.

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