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    Tasmanian Chess Titles

    Much of the information in this post comes from Neville Ledger's two-volume work "Chess: Tasmanian Records" (2001). My copies are practically falling apart from overuse!

    Tasmanian Championships aka Tasmanian Closed Championships

    Commenced 1924, then held annually except for 1939-47, in which time there was a match in 1943 and two in 1944.

    Format: Round robin until 1937 (except for a match in 1926), then matches until 1948. Mostly round robins of 3-8 players 1948-1965. Open swisses from 1966-9 then split into two divisions from 1970-1983 with eight player round robins in the top division, except top division was a swiss in 1978 and an open swiss was used in 1981. Open swisses every year from 1984 on except for 1989 which was a round robin because of small field size. Swisses have normally been six or seven rounds except for 1994 (five) and 2001 (eight). In 2004 the TCA set the event as seven rounds for titles from 2005 onwards but agreed to vary this for 2006 (six rounds).

    Playoffs: Last playoff was held in 1956; ties in 1974, 83 (three-way), 89, 93, 2007, 09 (three-way), 2015, 2016 (three-way), 2018, 2019 (three-way) have stood without playoffs.

    Largest field: 32, Hobart, 2007

    Most frequent winners: Otto Weber (13 between 1953 and 1968), Tony Dowden (6 including 2 shared, 2006-12), Edwin Ingledew (5, 1924-30), Oscar Henry Vince (5,1936-49), Kevin Bonham (5 including 2 shared, 2002-16), Arthur Melville Tregear (4, 1928-34), S James Henri (4, 1975-1979), Adrian Flitney (4 including 1 shared, 1981-87), Ian Rout (4 including 3 shared, 2015-19)

    Most wins in a row: Otto Weber (6, 1953-58)

    Youngest winner: Will Rumley (12, 2019, shared title)

    Youngest outright winner of title: Ben-Fearnley-Sander (17, 1990 - tied for first in tournament with ineligible player)

    Oldest winner: Frank Phillips (72, 1974 - shared title)

    Picket fences (excluding matches): Edwin Ingledew (1924, 1930), A M Tregear (1928, 1934), T D Fillan (1933), Ludwig Bokay (1951), Otto Weber (1953,54,55,60,66,67), Tadeusz Grocki (1963), Alija Premilovac (1995), Pavel Sakov (1999), Kevin Bonham (2002).

    Winning tournament for title outright despite losing a game: Edwin Ingledew 1927, A.M. Tregear 1929 and 1932, O.H. Vince 1936, Otto Weber 1968, Adrian Flitney 1981, Mike Stubbs 1998, Kevin Bonham 2001

    Biggest winning margin: Colin Cloudsdale 1972 6.5/7 won a round robin by 2.5 points

    Ineligible players have tied for first four times with the title going to the player they tied with. The only ineligible players to come outright first were:
    * FM Lim Yee Weng (2004, Charles Chadwick thus claiming the title by finishing outright second)
    * FM Vladimir Smirnov (2009, three-way tie for second determined title)
    * Martin Friebe (2016, three-way tie for second initially determined title. Following the tournament the TCA agreed to award Friebe a share of the title.)
    * GM David Smerdon (2019, three-way tie for second determined title)

    Title won on first eligible attempt: Edwin Ingledew 1924, Frank Phillips 1943 (match), Alan Willison 1944 (match), Ludwig Bokay 1951, Otto Weber 1953, John Welsh 1988, Pavel Sakov 1996, Tim Anderson 1997 (had previously tied for first as an ineligible player), Tony Dowden 2006, Ian Rout 2015 (shared), Karl Manzer 2016 (see above), Toby Straton 2018 (shared). Martin Friebe who was ineligible at the time of the tournament in 2016 was subsequently awarded a share of the title from that tournament retrospectively, as part of a decision to change the eligibility criteria which it was felt had been too strict.

    Most attempts before winning title: Nigel Frame 2004 won on his 12th attempt

    Most starts: Neville Ledger (37)

    Tasmanian Open

    Event initially named "Tasmanian Open Championship". Renamed "Tasmanian Open" in 2003 to avert confusion with Closed Championship. Held as a once-off in 1933 then abandoned and "inaugurated in 1975." 1989 event deferred until January 1990 so there were two Tasmanian Opens held that year. 1996 event described as "combined Championship/Open Tournament" and called "Tasmanian Open Chess Championship", meaning that Pavel Sakov won both titles by sharing first place in this event (Tim Anderson who tied with him was only eligible for the Open).

    Format: Open Swiss. In recent years typically six rounds, except for 2016 (seven rounds)

    Largest field: 40, 1976, Launceston

    Smallest field: 8, 1990, Burnie

    In the early days of this tournament it was common for winners to come from interstate. From about 1990 onwards the event has normally clashed with major mainland tournaments and hence interstate entries have been rarer and the event has been similar in character to the Championships.

    Most wins: Kevin Bonham 11 (seven shared), Simon Browne 4 (one shared) Darryl Johansen 3

    Picket fence: Darryl Johansen (1985), Graham Lee (1987), Pavel Sakov (1998), Michael Hornung (2000), Phil Donnelly (2013)

    Most wins in a row: Kevin Bonham 5 (2005-9, four shared)

    Youngest winner: Vincent Horton (2008 - shared title) age 12

    Most starts: Kevin Bonham (28)

    Tasmanian Seniors Championship

    Inaugurated 2007.
    2007-8 Glen Gibbs
    2009 Reg Harvey
    2010 Glen Gibbs
    2011 Reg Harvey
    2012 Not awarded
    2013 Neil Markovitz (also Tasmanian Champion in same year)
    2014 Not awarded
    2015 Alex Nagy
    2016 Reg Harvey
    2017 Noel O'Mara
    2018-9 Ian Rout (also joint Tasmanian Champion in same years)

    Tasmanian Women's Championship (formerly Tasmanian Ladies' Chess Championship)

    Inaugurated 1961 as a separate tournament. Held intermittently until 1986 (not held seven times during this period). A private event claimed to be this tournament was held during 1987 but the TCA had abolished the title. The title was reinstated in 1995 but it took until 2006 for plans to be made to actually award the title again. The title is now awarded to the top scoring eligible female in the Tasmanian Championships provided at least two females (including female juniors) compete. The 2007 Womens Champion was Janice Martin (who was also clearly the strongest active female player in the state for the previous c.11 years).
    2008-9 Nina Horton
    2010-19 Not awarded

    Most contestants: 8 players, 1970, Launceston

    Most wins: A.N. Walker, seven in a row (one shared)

    Tasmanian Lightning Championships

    Inaugurated 1974. Not held 1986-88, 1991-4, 2002. An event held early 1995 in Launceston with the aim of reviving the Lightning Champs concept was a private tournament not endorsed by the TCA and the TCA held its own Lightning Champs later that year.

    Held as Swiss or Round Robin depending on entries

    Largest field: 25, Burnie, 2007

    Most wins: Nigel Frame, 6 (one shared)

    Biggest winning margin: Nigel Frame (2003) and Tony Dowden (2007), each 2.5 points

    Youngest winner: Will Rumley (2018), age 11.

    Championship - Open double

    S. J. Henri 1976 (tied for Open), Adrian Flitney 1983 (tied for both), Simon Browne 1993 (tied for open), Tony Dowden 2007 (tied for both), Alastair Dyer 2009 (tied for both) and 2010 (tied for Open), Ian Rout 2015 (tied for Champs), Kevin Bonham 2016 (tied for both), Martin Friebe (tied for Open, awarded share of Champs retrospectively after winning tournament outright), Ian Rout 2017.

    Ian Rout 2017 is the only player to win both events outright in the same calendar year.

    Championship - Lightning double

    S. J. Henri 1975 (tied for Lightning), 76, 79, Adrian Flitney 1981, Peter Wagg 1983 (tied for Champs), Tony Dowden 2006, 2007 (tied for Champs), 2008, 2009 (tied for Champs), Alastair Dyer 2010, Tony Dowden 2012 (tied for Lightning), Martin Friebe 2016 (won both tournaments outright while ineligible and awarded share of both titles retrospectively), Will Rumley 2019 (tied for Champs)

    Championship-Open-Lightning treble

    (ties as noted above)

    S.J. Henri 1976, Tony Dowden 2007, Alastair Dyer 2010, Martin Friebe 2016

    Tasmanian Rapid

    First held 2014. A Tasmanian Rapid title was first created around 1990 but the event to be held in Campbell Town was cancelled due to insufficient entries.

    2014-7 Kevin Bonham
    2018 Ian Rout
    2019 Kevin Bonham
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 19-08-2019 at 05:11 PM.

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    Records updated and slightly expanded. Open to requests.

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    Honour Board?

    Kevin
    Is it possible to present a Honour Board with all Tasmanian Champions in chronological order?
    If not, is there a website link with this information?
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    Easy, again thanks mostly to Ledger:

    TASMANIAN CHAMPIONS

    1924 Edwin Ingledew
    1925 Edwin Ingledew
    1926 Edwin Ingledew (match)
    1927 Edwin Ingledew
    1928 Arthur Melville Tregear
    1929 Arthur Melville Tregear
    1930 Edwin Ingledew
    1931 T. D. Fillan
    1932 Arthur Melville Tregear
    1933 T. D. Fillan
    1934 Arthur Melville Tregear
    1935 T. D. Fillan
    1936 Oscar Henry Vince
    1937 Oscar Henry Vince
    1938 Oscar Henry Vince
    1943 Frank Phillips (match)*
    1944 Frank Phillips (match)
    1944 Alan Willison (match)
    1948 Oscar Henry Vince
    1949 Oscar Henry Vince
    1950 Karlis Reintals
    1951 Ludwig Bokay
    1952 Karlis Reintals
    1953 Otto Weber
    1954 Otto Weber
    1955 Otto Weber
    1956 Otto Weber
    1957 Otto Weber
    1958 Otto Weber
    1959 Laurence Barry Holmes
    1960 Otto Weber
    1961 Otto Weber
    1962 Otto Weber
    1963 Tadeusz Grocki (subsequently changed name to Ted Grodski)
    1964 Otto Weber
    1965 Richard Neville Ledger
    1966 Otto Weber
    1967 Otto Weber
    1968 Otto Weber
    1969 Robert D. Atkinson
    1970 Robert D. Atkinson
    1971 John Dickens
    1972 Colin Cloudsdale
    1973 Colin Cloudsdale
    1974 Frank Phillips and Stephen C Swift
    1975 S. James Henri
    1976 S. James Henri
    1977 S. James Henri
    1978 Stephen C. Swift
    1979 S. James Henri
    1980 Peter Foong
    1981 Adrian Flitney
    1982 Adrian Flitney
    1983 Adrian Flitney, Peter Wagg, Roy Markovic
    1984 Richard J. B. Hills
    1985 Richard J. B. Hills
    1986 Peter Wagg
    1987 Adrian Flitney
    1988 John Welsh
    1989 Simon C Browne and Michael Lucht
    1990 Ben Fearnley-Sander
    1991 Marcel Rothlisberger
    1992 Julian Steward
    1993 Bradley Stansfield and Simon C Browne
    1994 Fredrik Sandegard
    1995 Alija Premilovac
    1996 Pavel Sakov
    1997 Tim Anderson
    1998 Michael Stubbs
    1999 Pavel Sakov
    2000 Pavel Sakov
    2001 Kevin Bonham
    2002 Kevin Bonham
    2003 Peter Knight
    2004 Charles Chadwick
    2005 Nigel Frame
    2006 Tony Dowden
    2007 Tony Dowden and Peter Knight
    2008 Tony Dowden
    2009 Tony Dowden, Alastair Dyer and Neil Markovitz
    2010 Alastair Dyer
    2011 Tony Dowden
    2012 Tony Dowden
    2013 Neil Markovitz
    2014 Kevin Bonham
    2015 Kevin Bonham, Ian Rout
    2016 Kevin Bonham, Ian Little, Karl Manzer, Martin Friebe (see post 1)
    2017: Ian Rout
    2018: Ian Rout, Toby Straton

    * Neville Ledger notes that Phillips claimed to have played a second match for the title against the same opponent in the same year, also winning it.

    Open Winners list added to this post later:

    TASMANIAN OPEN WINNERS

    (All Tas unless otherwise indicated)

    1933 A.M. Tregear
    Following this the tournament was not held again until 1975
    1975 Steve Cassettari (NSW)
    1976 Haydn Barber (ACT), Colin Cloudsdale (SA), S James Henri
    1977 Paul Dozsa (NSW)
    1978 P.J. Brown (NSW)
    1979 John Mack (NSW)
    1980 R. Farrell (ACT)
    1981 Daryl Johansen (Vic)
    1982 Daryl Johansen (Vic)
    1983 Stephen Solomon (Vic), Adrian Flitney
    1984 Mal O'Donoghue (NSW)
    1985 Daryl Johansen (Vic)
    1986 Michael Rolph
    1987 Graham Lee (UK)
    1988 Dmitri Gedevanishvile (NSW) (later Gedevani)
    1990 (Jan) Carl Smith, Marcel Rothlisberger, Michael Rolph, Julian Steward
    1990 (Dec) Adrian Flitney
    1991 Bill Collins (Vic)
    1992 J O'Carroll (Vic), O. Fraatz (SA), R. Neville Ledger
    1993 Simon Browne
    1994 Simon Browne
    1995 Fredrik Sandegard
    1996 Pavel Sakov, Tim Anderson (see note above)
    1997 Kevin Bonham
    1998 Pavel Sakov
    1999 Simon Browne (Vic), Nigel Frame
    2000 Michael Hornung
    2001 Simon Browne (Vic)
    2002 Pavel Sakov
    2003 Kevin Bonham
    2004 Lim Yee Weng (Malaysia), Lee Jones (NSW)
    2005 Kevin Bonham, Nigel Frame
    2006 Kevin Bonham
    2007 Kevin Bonham, Tony Dowden
    2008 Kevin Bonham, David Small, Neil Markovitz, Vincent Horton
    2009 Kevin Bonham, Alastair Dyer
    2010 Alastair Dyer, Tony Dowden
    2011 Kevin Bonham, Denis McMahon
    2012 Kevin Bonham, Denis McMahon, Russell Horton, Nigel Frame
    2013 Phil Donnelly
    2014 David Small, Bill Kerr
    2015: Ian Rout
    2016: Kevin Bonham, Martin Friebe
    2017: Ian Rout
    2018: Kevin Bonham
    2019: Yang Liu

    Note: This list formally had academic titles included but I've removed them because of the egalitarian tradition that in chess circles your title is your chess title. But for the record, from the winners above:

    Drs: Phillips, Mack, Holmes, Bonham (wins from 2004), Dowden (wins from 2007)
    Professor: Small
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    impressive!

    Thanks for presenting all this excellent information.
    It seems that you began the Millenium with tremendous results Kevin.
    I am very impressed also with Otto Weber's career that spanned 15 whole years at the top of Tasmanian Chess.
    Of course I understand that you know about an ex Tasmanian Champion, Marcel Rothlisberger (1991) who now lives in Melbourne and often plays in Box Hill Chess Club's tournaments.
    Cheers and good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by heaviestknight
    Thanks for presenting all this excellent information.
    It seems that you began the Millenium with tremendous results Kevin.
    2002 was an extremely strong year for me, in which at one stage I won 38 consecutive rated games! 2001 was not an especially strong year but just happened to be the year I won my first Tasmanian Championship.

    I am very impressed also with Otto Weber's career that spanned 15 whole years at the top of Tasmanian Chess.
    Weber was born in Poland, moved to Austria and migrated to Tasmania some time after WWII. He played in sixteen Tasmanian championships winning thirteen of them (the sole wins by Holmes, Grocki and Ledger are the other three). He was probably about 2300 strength and seriously threatened to win the 1962-3 Aus Champs starting with 6/7 before the exhaustion of two long draws caused him to lose his next four in a row! He died as incumbent Champion.

    Of course I understand that you know about an ex Tasmanian Champion, Marcel Rothlisberger (1991) who now lives in Melbourne and often plays in Box Hill Chess Club's tournaments.
    I keep tabs on the whereabouts of former state champions as much as I can! This is what I know at present -

    Holmes, Weber, Atkinson, Phillips, Markovic, Henri - all no longer with us. Phillips got 3/6 in a Tasmanian Open at the age of 95.
    Not sure if Grodski's still alive but hasn't played since maybe the mid-80s.
    Cloudsdale - playing in SA and won that state's championship in 2008.
    Swift - playing in Qld
    Flitney - still active (SA I think [EDIT: Melbourne, see below]) and beat Johansen in mid-2000s
    Wagg - active on a casual blitz and rapid tournament basis at HICC
    Welsh - left the state
    Browne - in Melbourne I think, used to come out of retirement every two years to play Tas Opens in Burnie but hasn't played since early 2000s.
    Fearnley-Sander - overseas working I believe. Was in Burnie for a while and got 9/9 playing one half of their club champs. Briefly returned to Tas for Rusty Barbarian tournament in 2014 (and swindled me!)
    Rothlisberger, Anderson - active in Melbourne. Anderson seems to have become even stronger than when he was here [Edit: 2008 - Anderson no longer on active rating list]
    Steward - briefly resurfaced successfully in HICC events but has now retired again in favour of table tennis
    Stansfield - chief of staff for Premier Will Hodgman until 2018. Once rated Tasmania's most powerful non-politician! Played a tournament in mid-2000s
    Lucht - moved overseas for work for unknown period
    Sandegard - returned to Sweden
    Premilovac - works in town. Hasn't played competitively since 2001
    Stubbs - Active in correspondence for Tasmania, not sure if still in the state
    Sakov - hasn't played competitively since 2003
    Knight - sporadically active in Tas chess every few years or so, lately active in other gaming circles
    Dowden - moved to Queensland
    Markovitz - moved to New Zealand
    Frame - now inactive, was coaching until mid-2010s
    Chadwick - rarely active, mainly in club-level rapids
    Bonham, Dyer, Ledger, Rout, Little, Friebe, Straton, Nguyen, Rumley active
    Manzer gone overseas
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 19-08-2019 at 05:13 PM.

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    Kevin. I think Flitney may now live in Melbourne, someone said that to me a while back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Sertez
    Kevin. I think Flitney may now live in Melbourne, someone said that to me a while back.
    Scott
    Yes, I was not sure if it was Vic or SA now. He is still listed on the ratings list as SA but seems to appear more often in Vic tournaments so I suspect you are right.

    Wonderfully entertaining player!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Sertez
    Kevin. I think Flitney may now live in Melbourne, someone said that to me a while back.
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    That's correct
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    Quote Originally Posted by heaviestknight
    I am very impressed also with Otto Weber's career that spanned 15 whole years at the top of Tasmanian Chess.
    I think Weber held the record for the most state titles until recently surpassed by Haydn Barber's 14 WA titles over 37(!) years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    I think Weber held the record for the most state titles until recently surpassed by Haydn Barber's 14 WA titles over 37(!) years.
    Johansen must be pretty close. Unfortunately old web site is scrapped and the new one does not list past state champions, but he definetely has more then 10 titles. I know for sure about nine (1992, 1996, 1998-2001 and 2003-2005). There must be more during late 70-s and 80-s
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    ty

    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    I think Weber held the record for the most state titles until recently surpassed by Haydn Barber's 14 WA titles over 37(!) years.
    thanks for the info Pax!
    Cheers and good luck!
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    Darryl has eleven titles; 1978, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998-2001, 2003-2005

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    Quote Originally Posted by macavity
    Darryl has eleven titles; 1978, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998-2001, 2003-2005


    That must be miles ahead of everyone else.

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    records

    Quote Originally Posted by alipasha


    That must be miles ahead of everyone else.
    Alipasha, hi!
    I think you are wrong in that assessment! Scroll up and have a look at Pax's post (15.06.07)
    Cheers and good luck!
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