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    2007 Australian Junior Championships

    The ACTJCL is proud to be hosting the 2007 Australian Junior Chess Championship. Contrary to some comment here, a bid was lodged for the junior event and awarded to ACTJCL. So whilst the grown-ups are still looking for a home we are already well into the planning for the juniors.

    I really enjoyed Brisbane 2006, and for some organisations, and in some circumstances, it may be most practical & preferred to run joint Senior and Junior events. However, as a junior organisation ourselves, we could not reasonably take on all events and have opted to bid for what we think we do best and can deliver - a fantastic event for junior players and their families, providing opportunities for excellence alongside rewards for effort & participation. We see Canberra 2007 as a great chance to promote & develop chess in our region as well as nationally and yet another way for Libby & Jenni to spruke what ACTJCL is all about.

    Our first meeting in 2006 will be in late February where we expect to formalise most of what was put into place in our initial bid documents and confirm our full committee. I will be updating information here (I am actually the Tournament Director ) and will respond to questions & concerns as they are raised. You may receive the occasional or and I may even toss the odd huff but I think I have to be prepared to accept what I dish out so there will be no going offline as far as this event is concerned.

    However, the event website will provide all official communication & information around the event.

    Some initial details -

    PROPOSAL
    Australian Junior Chess Championship
    13-25 January 2007


    please note that these dates were set with no knowledge of the planned timing of the Australian Open. We may, if venue & player needs can be met, bring our event forward 2-3 days to allow an earlier finish date as I am aware some school students return earlier than those in the ACT

    Venue:

    Karmel Room, ANU Student Union
    http://www.anuunion.com.au/displaypage.cfm?pageid=81

    The venue is large, air-conditioned and located within the Australian National University Campus. It is a short 5-10 minute walk from the Canberra CBD and has easy access to sports fields, shopping & tourist attractions.

    Players will have private access to the playing hall via the Union Administration entrance. Facilities for analysis will be available in adjacent ANU classrooms.

    150 boards (300 players) can be accommodated using individual, square tables.

    Format:

    The event will be conducted over 13 days. One round will be played each day for 11 days commencing at 1.30pm. The final day of play will commence at 9.30am to permit early departure. Presentations will take place at 1pm on 23 January, or no later than 30mins after the conclusion of any final round or playoff matches, whichever is the later.

    The rest days are tentatively scheduled for 17 & 23 January with the Australian Junior Rapid to be played on Wednesday 17 January and the Australian Junior Lightning to be played on Tuesday 23 January. ACTJCL will confirm the dates for the rest days no later than 1 June 2006.

    Entry Fees & Prizes:

    ACTJCL has set entry fees at a level to guarantee a break-even event.

    As an organisation, ACTJCL does not distribute cash prizes at events although we acknowledge this practice at Australian Junior Championships and more widely in chess.

    Although cash prizes are guaranteed in this bid, ACTJCL is aware that these are more modest than in recent times (approximately 75% of the level on offer in Brisbane). In the event of higher than anticipated entries, the prize pool will not be significantly increased. Rather ACTJCL intend to actively seek sponsorship of the event, and each section of the event, to permit additional non-cash prizes, lucky board prizes, individual player benefits, and services & activities for all participants.

    Guaranteed minimum cash prize pool of $4500 exclusive of Rapid & Lightning events.

    Trophies provided (exclusive of Rapid & Lightning events) up to a minimum value of $750.

    Provided a minimum of 30 entries are received in a section of the event (Aus Junior, Aus Jnr Girls, Aus Jnr U12 & Aus Girls U12), ACTJCL guarantees awards & prize money to –

    • 1st place through 5th place in each section &

    • 1st & 2nd in each age group – U16, U16G, U14, U14G, U10, U10G

    Where fewer than 30 entries are received in a section, prizes will be limited to 1st place through 3rd place in that section plus the appropriate age awards as specified above.

    Additionally, where no fewer than 10 entrants are eligible for an age prize in a section of the tournament, a 3rd place age award will be added. Awards (without titles or prize money) will be presented to the highest performing Under 8 competitor in each Under 12 section irrespective of the number of eligible entrants.

    The Rapid & Lightning events will be fully self-funded. After deductions for the trophies, catering, rating and other costs for these events all entry fees will be returned to participants as prize money.

    Provided a minimum of 50 entries are received in each of the Rapid & Lightning events, awards will be made as follows –

    • 1st place through 5th place overall;

    • Girls’ Champion and Runner-Up; &

    • 1st in each age group – U16, U16G, U14, U14G, U12, U12G, U10, U10G and best performing U8 & U8G

    In the event fewer than 50 entries are received for an event, prizes will be reduced to 1st through 3rd place overall plus the appropriate girls’ and age awards specified above.

    Information:

    A dedicated website provided by July 2006 incorporating tournament details, accommodation options, transport, tourist information and entry form.

    Colour Bulletins will be published online (overnight) & will remain available for participants to print themselves at the event or when they return home. Participants may request paper versions of the Bulletins when registering their entry & these will be provided for a small fee. Each state will be provided daily with games on CD-ROM (1 per state) with additional CDs available as required & for a small charge.

    Results will be updated at least twice each afternoon on the website, and all results (crosstable & next draw) published online no later than 2 hours following completion of the final game each day.

    Additionally, the ACTJCL committee undertake to investigate both the use of the DGT boards for transmission of live games, and the provision of online entry facilities. Both will be provided if it is within our capacity to do so.

    Accommodation & Transport:

    Accommodation is available onsite providing a range of different facilities & catering options http://accom.anu.edu.au/Accomm/Budget_accom.php. This can be booked directly with University Accommodation Services.

    Additionally, the playing hall is a short walk from the CBD and the majority of Canberra’s visitor accommodation. ACTJCL will investigate a number of low cost and self catering options for promotion on the event website.

    The venue is only a few minutes walk from the City bus interchange where regular services are available to all suburbs. Please see http://www.action.act.gov.au/ for full services.

    The Airliner bus service operates between Canberra City and Canberra Airport, Monday to Friday, approximately every hour. The fare is currently only $7 one-way. Details http://www.canberraairport.com.au/tr_bus.htm

    Ample parking is available onsite and will be free.

    Catering:

    Meals may be purchased onsite at the Asian bistro located within the same building however a huge array of choices are only a few minutes walk away to the city centre. The Canberra Centre shopping mall has a food court and all the usual fast food chains are only a short distance from the playing venue.

    The Canberra Centre & City Markets complex incorporates a large supermarket and specialty food stores.

    A sausage sizzle lunch will be included for all participants in the Rapid Play event. A pizza dinner provided for all participants in the Lightning event.
    Last edited by Libby; 31-01-2006 at 02:38 PM.

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    PS

    We have also given an undertaking to report to the ACF at each and every council meeting from now until the event concludes. This will be in the form of a written report and updated budget document so that the Council is aware of any & all changes/hiccups as they occur and so we are ourselves, on-track and accountable for the event.

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    What's on the avatar's face - a scold's bridle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenni
    What's on the avatar's face - a scold's bridle?
    never - trust you to pick it so quickly. Maybe your husband also pointed it out with some enthusiasm one day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libby
    never - trust you to pick it so quickly. Maybe your husband also pointed it out with some enthusiasm one day
    It reminds me of bergil's bondage avatar. Sexy.

    Welcome back Libby, good to see you posting again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libby
    never - trust you to pick it so quickly. :
    I know your sense of humour....

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    It is great to see the Australian Juniors being organised by someone who can be trusted to do a good job. I wish you, Libby and the rest of the organising all the best in organising this event.
    Scott

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    May I ask a stupid question? Can every kid play in the championship or there is a selection criterion? Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drug
    May I ask a stupid question? Can every kid play in the championship or there is a selection criterion? Thanks in advance.
    It is pretty much open to everyone - no selection criteria - and there will be an under 8 trophy.....

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    Girls, it reads as a great proposal, and I'm sure it'll culminate in a successful event. Some nice touches like the pizza dinner, non-cash prizes, and sensible entry fees.

    Congrats on the job so far and good luck for the journey ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libby
    The ACTJCL is proud to be hosting the 2007 Australian Junior Chess Championship.
    The chess mob in ACT have a reputation for running good events. I am sure this will be no different. And thanks for your efforts - you provide inspiration to many of us.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by jase
    Girls, it reads as a great proposal, and I'm sure it'll culminate in a successful event. Some nice touches like the pizza dinner, non-cash prizes, and sensible entry fees.

    Congrats on the job so far and good luck for the journey ahead.
    All credit to Libby, who is doing most of the work for this event.

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    Term Dates

    the 2007 Australian Junior Championship is set to finish on 25 January.

    This is in keeping with the past scheduling of the event, although different to Brisbane.

    We thought that gave people a nice opportunity to meander their way home (if they chose) over a long weekend and maybe even stay a little longer in Canberra.

    Perhaps even share that other "closet" passion by attending Australia 's premier yearly gaming convention - CanCon - held in Canberra over the Australia Day long weekend at EPIC. http://www.cgs.asn.au/cgs_framework.asp?type=about

    The only concern we had was pushing it too late for back-to-school purposes. Something we could only ever address by a 1-2 day adjustment anyway. We won't consider compressing the tournament and creating doubled up rounds.

    According to my trawling return to school dates are -

    ACT 2 Feb
    NSW 29 Jan
    Vic 29 Jan
    QLD 29 Jan
    SA 29 Jan
    WA 4 Feb
    NT 30 Jan
    Tas 16 Feb

    As we are about to change our venue booking for 13-25 Jan from pencil to pen, if anyone from the other states has insights to offer please do so. The last thing we want is to discourage entries by virtue of our timing.

    Our early forays into sponsorship arrangements are looking promising. Our total cash prize may not be as large as prizes in the past but we are very hopeful of offering a total package with a bit of something for everyone, and a genuinely fantastic & exciting prize pool.

    This may be quite a different event - off the boards - to what has been before.

    More soon.

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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by Libby
    the 2007 Australian Junior Championship is set to finish on 25 January.

    This is in keeping with the past scheduling of the event, although different to Brisbane.

    We thought that gave people a nice opportunity to meander their way home (if they chose) over a long weekend and maybe even stay a little longer in Canberra....

    good job, Libby, we know you will do a GREAT job - just like you always do.

    PS: I LOVE SMILIES!!!

    PPS: Boy... doesn't libby go on and on?? Hehe just joking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libby
    As we are about to change our venue booking for 13-25 Jan from pencil to pen, if anyone from the other states has insights to offer please do so. The last thing we want is to discourage entries by virtue of our timing.
    In our efforts to confirm our booking we ran into the small hurdle of the ANU Student Union wanting to use the room for something else (oops, sorry about that but have 1/3 of the space for the same price if you like ).

    We are canvassing other options at the moment. One will see us remain on campus (if they could ever get around to coming up with a final price ) at Burton & Garran Hall http://bandg.anu.edu.au/

    Another excellent proposal (venue & cost) has come from the Hotel Heritage http://www.domahotels.com.au/pages/page9.asp who cater regularly to school & sports groups so are well set up for a group like us (includes accommodation from as little as $24/night). It is not in the City but serviced by 3 bus routes (virtually to the door) taking about 20-30mins from the city. It's a much shorter drive than that. The venue is close to Manuka & Kingston, areas well known to Doeberl Cup visitors.

    A drawback with the Heritage proposal is they are unavailable on our starting date - 13 January. Rather than look to double-up rounds, or extend the final date of the competition (with school going back for many on the 29th) we are canvassing the possibility of starting the event with a registration day and the Lightning Championship. And holding that at an iconic Canberra attraction like the National Museum or Questacon.

    If anyone has any thoughts on that please let me know as we will be making our decisions, and putting them to the ACF, within the next couple of weeks.

    I'm also pleased to announce our first two sponsors -

    OOSW Consulting - http://www.oosw.com.au/

    Stratagem IT Personnel Specialists - http://www.stratagemcc.com.au/

    And we are close to securing - and announcing - a naming rights sponsor.

    Thanks

    Libby Smith
    Tournament Director
    Last edited by Libby; 12-03-2006 at 05:14 PM.

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