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Kevin Bonham
03-04-2011, 10:41 PM
The Australian Chess Federation seeks applications from players interested in being the official Australian nominees to the 2011 Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships to be held in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa from 25 June to 3 July 2011. For tournament details download the Tournament Information files under "Useful links" at the official website http://www.chessa.co.za/tournament_websites/CWCC2011/index.html. For any enquiries about the event other than Australian selections contact the organisers via Mrs Judy Marie Steenkamp <events@chessa.co.za>

Australia is entitled to one male and one female official entrant in the Championship section only. Official entrants are exempt from paying entry fees. Official entrants (as well as players with GM, WGM, IM or WIM titles) may apply to the organisers by May 1 for further conditions including accommodation or a contribution to travel expenses. All requests for conditions will be assessed by the organisers on a case by case basis, and will be subject to available tournament funding.

Any Australian player, adult or junior, wishing to apply for selection as one of Australia's nominated representatives should email me (k_bonham@tassie.net.au) stating clearly that they wish to apply for selection. The firm deadline for applications is midnight Wednesday 20 April. In view of the tight timeframe, please only apply for this event if you are serious about playing and able to confirm your availability within a few days if selected.

This is an open age selection. Junior players who have previously applied for this event via the AusJCL website and wish to be considered for one of the two representative positions need to apply for this selection. Note that players who are under 12 and below who play in the championship section will forego the opportunity to win Commonwealth Medals and titles for their age group.

Players who have not applied to represent Australia in an adult event before must supply the following details:

5.4.1 Full Name

5.4.2 Address

5.4.3 Email address

5.4.4 Fax (if applicable)

5.4.5 Phone number

5.4.6 Nationality

5.4.7 Date of Birth

5.4.8 FIDE Rating

5.4.9 ACF Rating

5.4.10 FIDE Titles held

5.4.11 Current ACF Titles held

Players who have applied before do not need to supply these details but must ensure that they advise of any recent change of details, especially of address, email address and phone number.

Selections will be conducted by the quick selection method of average of ACF and FIDE rating. March 2011 ratings will be used for both systems.

Applicants are required to retain a copy of their email expressing an interest in selection. If an email has not been acknowledged within seven days please call 0421 428 775.

Kevin Bonham
Australian Chess Federation (ACF) Selections Director

Carl Gorka
03-04-2011, 11:11 PM
Hi Kevin, this reminded me of an email I received from chesscube the other day. Apparently, they have an online tournament scheduled with a first prize of free entry in to the Commonwealth Ch. (I can't remember if the prize included flights/accomodation etc)

I don't use chesscube any more, but thought some on this site might be interested, especially if they're planning to go anyway. :)

Kevin Bonham
03-04-2011, 11:26 PM
From what I've seen on that three players win flights, accommodation and entry fees. Couldn't find it immediately on Chesscube site so if anyone has more details please post here.

lost
04-04-2011, 03:00 AM
From what I've seen on that three players win flights, accommodation and entry fees. Couldn't find it immediately on Chesscube site so if anyone has more details please post here.

The finals are currently on right now so too late to enter the tournament.

lost

lost
05-04-2011, 12:39 AM
Has anyone applied for this event at all?

lost

Kevin Bonham
05-04-2011, 01:05 AM
Some junior applications that have already been made may be passed on to me if the applicants are happy to have them treated as applications at open-age level. Apart from that not yet, but it's only been a bit over 24 hours!!

lost
05-04-2011, 01:15 AM
Some junior applications that have already been made may be passed on to me if the applicants are happy to have them treated as applications at open-age level. Apart from that not yet, but it's only been a bit over 24 hours!!

This is fantastic news. I hope there are some adults that apply to. I am just a little confused actually. Is it just an open section or an open section as well as a junior section?

lost

Kevin Bonham
05-04-2011, 01:23 AM
The Commonwealth Champs is often confusing and seems to find new ways to be confusing each year.

This year there's an Open section and a B section. The medals for U20, U18, U16 and U14 are awarded from the Open section which anyone may enter, so that is an open section doubling as an older junior section. The medals for U12, U10 and U8 are awarded from the B section which is restricted to players who are U12 or younger, or rated below 1800 (FIDE or national).

lost
05-04-2011, 01:25 AM
The Commonwealth Champs is often confusing and seems to find new ways to be confusing each year.

This year there's an Open section and a B section. The medals for U20, U18, U16 and U14 are awarded from the Open section which anyone may enter, so that is an open section doubling as an older junior section. The medals for U12, U10 and U8 are awarded from the B section which is restricted to players who are U12 or younger, or rated below 1800 (FIDE or national).

Thanks for the clarification Kevin.

lost

Kevin Bonham
24-04-2011, 07:40 PM
The selected official entrants are GM David Smerdon and Miranda Webb-Liddle, both subject to availability. Thomas Feng is the reserve selection for the male official entrant position in the event that David is unavailable.

Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Director

siow, weng nian
24-06-2011, 09:20 AM
The Commonwealth & South African Open 2011 (http://www.chessa.co.za/tournament_websites/CWCC2011/index.html) starts today with registration and GM lecture by GM Nigel Short as well as GM simultaneous exhibition. There are two parallel tournaments, the Championship section and the B-section.

Round 1 begins tomorrow after the Opening Ceremony. There is also a SA Blitz Championships in the evening. The full Schedule is here (http://www.chessa.co.za/tournament_websites/CWCC2011/schedule.html). There are 11 rounds. The games are 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one for both Championship and B-Section.

The Player Lists are found here (http://www.chessa.co.za/tournament_websites/CWCC2011/index.html) and here (http://www.chessa.co.za/tournament_websites/CWCC2011/playersa_fed.aspx). We have Victorian junior Thomas Feng playing in the Championship section and NSW brothers, Rowan and Kevin Willathgamuwa, playing in the B-section.

We also have GM David Smerdon and Tristan Stevens representing Australia in the Championship section as well a Redeer Omer (?).

Here is wishing them all the best.

Oepty
24-06-2011, 12:28 PM
Thanks for letting us know that it starting. Hopefully all the Aussie have great tournaments and really enjoy it.
Scott

Watto
25-06-2011, 09:08 AM
I'm so envious ... wish we were there (I grew up there) but I'm in the middle of study right now so not possible. What a huge field... ! 447 listed in the Championship and 352 in the B Section.

Good luck to all the Aussies! Hope you smash 'em! :D (I grew up there but learned chess here so loyalties in chess are clear; rugby would be a different matter ;))

ER
25-06-2011, 12:04 PM
... :D (I grew up there but learned chess here so loyalties in chess are clear; rugby would be a different matter ;))

Watto, I didn't know you played rugby too! :doh: :lol:

Kevin Bonham
27-06-2011, 10:07 PM
Thomas Feng has beaten a Zimbabwean player rated 2166 and is on 3/3.

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr52089.aspx?art=2&rd=4&lan=1&fed=AUS

Oepty
27-06-2011, 11:37 PM
David Smerdon also on 3/3 with Tristan Stevens on 2.5 after drawing with a 10/11 year old FM Daniel Barrish rated 1678 in the third round.
Scott

Oepty
28-06-2011, 12:48 AM
Now Smerdon 4/4, Feng 3/4 and Stevens 2.5/4

Oepty
28-06-2011, 12:51 AM
In B section Kevin Willathgamuwa 3.5/4 and Rowan Willathgamuwa 3/4
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr52148.aspx?art=2&rd=5&lan=1

Kevin Bonham
28-06-2011, 09:14 PM
Unfortunately Smerdon got beaten by a local FM in round 5. Feng impressed again drawing with a 2100+ rated CM from Botswana. Stevens won and joined Feng on 3.5/5.

B section - Rowan won in round 5 and went to 4/5, Kevin stays on 3.5.

Oepty
29-06-2011, 09:10 AM
Wins for Smerdon 5/6, Stevens and Feng 4.5/6. While the first two beat lower rated players Feng beat a player rated 2222, almost 400 points above his rating.
Gawain Jones is now leading the event.

In the B Section Rowan drew and Kevin won so they are both on 4.5/6.

A very good day for the Aussie group.
Scott

Kevin Bonham
29-06-2011, 01:20 PM
Feng's TPR for his first six games is an astonishing 2292.

Kevin Bonham
29-06-2011, 11:09 PM
Good Smerdon interview on official site's blog:

http://commonwealthchess.blogspot.com/2011/06/day-3-of-commonwealth-dave-smerdon.html :


MER:- Any chess related book projects for you?
DS:- Possibly a book on the Portuguese variation of the Scandinavian (1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4)
I'm the strongest player in the world who plays it, not really because I am that strong but because no other grandmasters this strength would touch it. Its going to be the first honest opening book ever written, basically stating upfront that the variation is opening is rubbish, but you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun, and will conclude the game in 30 moves either way.

Adamski
29-06-2011, 11:17 PM
Wins for Smerdon 5/6, Stevens and Feng 4.5/6. While the first two beat lower rated players Feng beat a player rated 2222, almost 400 points above his rating.
Gawain Jones is now leading the event.

In the B Section Rowan drew and Kevin won so they are both on 4.5/6.

A very good day for the Aussie group.
Scott
Great performances so far. Pleasing to see the young Willathgamuwa's doing so well. Makes my SIC draw with (under 10 and short like his brother) Kevin not look so bad after all.

Vlad
29-06-2011, 11:27 PM
Good Smerdon interview on official site's blog:

http://commonwealthchess.blogspot.com/2011/06/day-3-of-commonwealth-dave-smerdon.html :

Odessky has a couple of books where he states upfront exactly this statement that the variations are for people to have fun. So David would not be the first.:)

Kevin Bonham
29-06-2011, 11:35 PM
Odessky has a couple of books where he states upfront exactly this statement that the variations are for people to have fun. So David would not be the first.:)

Yes, I can think of some others where the authors are honest that a given opening gives white no advantage (for example).

Max Illingworth
29-06-2011, 11:40 PM
Generally speaking the best opening books are honest. Even the highly acclaimed Grandmaster Repertoire series doesn't claim an advantage for White or equality for Black in every single line.

Kevin Bonham
30-06-2011, 02:36 AM
Exciting game much enjoyed by shoutboxers tonight after Smerdon's game viewer snuffed it on move 15:

Short - Gupte

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.0-0 Bc5 10.Be3 Qb8 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Bb6 13.a4 a5 14.c4 0-0 15.c5 Bxc5 16.Nxc6 Bxc6 17.Bxc5 Re8 18.f4 Qc8 19.Ra3 Qf5 20.g4 Qd7 21.Bd4 Bxa4 22.Rf2 Rac8 [22...Bb5 and it may be harder for white to generate compensation] 23.f5 c5 24.e6! fxe6 25.Bxg7 Qxg7 26.f6 Qf7 [26...Bxc2 27.Qxc2 Qf7 28.Qc3 c4 29.Qxa5=] 27.Rxa4 e5 28.Rxa5 e4 29.g5 [29.Ra7 Qxa7 30.f7+ Kg7 31.fxe8Q Rxe8 32.Qxd5 Qe7=] 29...e3 30.Rg2 Re5 31.h4 e2 32.Rxe2 Qh5 33.Re1 Qxh4 34.Rxe5 Qg3+ 35.Kh1 Qh3+ 36.Kg1 Qg3+ 37.Kh1 draw

Kevin Bonham
30-06-2011, 04:18 AM
Rowan and Kevin both won to go to 5.5/7. Unfortunately the file for the Open section just posted seems to have only been the round 6 file so cannot see what happened in the top division yet.

Fenguin
30-06-2011, 04:32 AM
Hey everyone,
It's Thomas Feng here, I'm currently enjoying a very good tournament with good results against some tough opposition - I'm now sitting on 5/7 after drawing to another Botswanian CM! Anyway, all of the aussies are doing very well in the tournament, it's definitely been quite enjoyable, the venue is 5 star, the people are so nice and the field is absolutely huge! :)

Oepty
30-06-2011, 10:22 AM
Hey everyone,
It's Thomas Feng here, I'm currently enjoying a very good tournament with good results against some tough opposition - I'm now sitting on 5/7 after drawing to another Botswanian CM! Anyway, all of the aussies are doing very well in the tournament, it's definitely been quite enjoyable, the venue is 5 star, the people are so nice and the field is absolutely huge! :)

Well done, we are following your progress and that of all of the Aussies. Things seem to be going very well for all of you. Good luck to you and the others in the last couple of rounds.
Scott

Oepty
30-06-2011, 10:26 AM
A properly updated file is now on chess-results and it shows wins to Stevens and Smerdon. Gawain Jones is still the outright leader on 6.5, but there are 15 players on 6 points including Smerdon. Jones is black against Short so it is going to be tought for him to keep the lead.
Two days in a row without an Aussie loss!!!!
Scott

Fenguin
01-07-2011, 04:45 AM
played my worst game of the tournament, for probably my worst result of the tournament today... now on 5/8 which doesn't look that great anymore... really quite disappointed... oh well, 3 more games to make up for it...

Oepty
01-07-2011, 10:12 AM
Unfortunately Fenguin was joined by Smerdon, Stevens and Rowan Willathgamuwa on the losing side. Kevin Willathgamuwa keep his winning and moved to 6.5/8 in the B section and is =6th with 7 others.
Scott

Oepty
02-07-2011, 10:34 AM
Round 9 saw the Aussie return to their unbeaten ways with Smerdon, Stevens, Feng winning their games in the Open. Smerdon is on 7/9, Stevens 6.5/9 and Feng 6/9. With 2 rounds to go 2/2 would give Smerdon a slim chance of getting equal first but it would require some to bea leader Nicholas van der Nat who is on 8/9. He won an exciting game against Sahaj Grover last night.

In the B section Rowan Willathgamuwa won his game and Kevin Willathgamuwa drew his game. Kevin is on 7/9 and Rowan is on 6.5/9.
Scott

Adamski
02-07-2011, 10:41 AM
Really good performances by the Aussies. keep going Smerf, Fenguin, Kevin and Rowan W et al.

Kevin Bonham
02-07-2011, 11:48 AM
van der Nat - Grover. A wild and woolly Winawer where white seems to have missed a couple of wins along the way but black did not manage to find the draws (or didn't want them) and his eventual fate was tragic: forced to resign queen for rook up having checked the opposing king all the way up the board into the safety of a nest of passed pawns.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 cxd4 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 Qc7 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Bd7 12.Qd3 dxc3 13.Qxc3 0-0-0 14.Rb1 Kb8 15.Rg1 d4 16.Qd3 Nd5 [According to chessbase 16...Nf5 is most commonly played here] 17.g4 f6 18.exf6 e5 [18...Nxf6 19.g5 Nd5 20.Bg2 and white is better] 19.g5 e4 20.Qxe4 Nc3 [20...Nxf6!?] 21.Nxc3! Three pawns up (and very dangerous pawns too) white can afford to lose his queen for a rook and knight 21...Rge8 22.Kf2 Rxe4 23.Nxe4 Bf5? [23...Ne5! 24.Rb2 Ng4+ 25.Kg3 Bf5] 24.Bd3? [24.Nc5 seems easily winning] 24...Qh7 25.Nc5 b6 [25...Qxh2+ 26.Rg2 Qh4+ 27.Kg1 Bh3 leads to various violent draws] 26.Bxf5 Qxf5 27.Nd3 Rh8 28.Rg2 Ne5 29.Nxe5 [29.Rb3] 29...Qxc2+ 30.Bd2 Qxd2+? [30...Qxb1 and it doesn't seem white can do better than draw] 31.Kg3 Qe3+ 32.Nf3 d3 33.Re1 [33.Rf1] 33...Rh3+! 34.Kxh3 Qxf3+ 35.Kh4 Qxf4+? [35...Qxg2! 36.f7 Qf2+ 37.Kg4 Qc5 seems to hold] 36.Kh5 Qf3+ 37.Kg6 Qxg2 38.f7 Qc6+ 39.Kh7 Qc7 40.Kg8 Qc4 41.g6 Kc7 42.Rd1! Only this. 42...Kd7 43.h4 black resigns 1-0

Kevin Bonham
02-07-2011, 02:44 PM
Stevens has a very strong opponent tonight - IM Tania Sachdev, who I think has beaten Smerdon twice. Perhaps fortunately for him she is having a terrible tournament so far.

Kevin Bonham
03-07-2011, 07:57 PM
Round 10 got not much attention here because the TFDs weren't working.

The leader van der Nat lost leaving Lafuente, Short and Jones tied on 8.5/10. Smerdon is among the pack on 8.

Stevens drew with IM Sachdev (:clap: ) to go to 7 and Feng drew with a 2182-rated CM to go to 6.5.

In the B section both Willathgamuwas drew and Kevin is on 7.5/10 and Rowan 7.

Kevin Bonham
04-07-2011, 01:34 AM
Smerdon won his final game - it was a drawish looking position with R+P for B+N and I wonder if the opponent blundered or fell for a trap. Gawain Jones and Nigel Short tied for first on 9.5/11 with Smerdon, Kunte and Huschenbeth equal third on 9.

Stevens finished on 7, losing to a 2405-rated IM in the final round. Feng drew with 2075-rated Patrick Foley to also finish on 7 with a TPR of 2167, over 300 points above his rating, an outstanding performance over so many rounds. :clap:

B-section results are not up yet.

Kevin Bonham
04-07-2011, 02:25 AM
It appears that GM Gawain Jones is Commonwealth Champion over Nigel Short on tiebreak.

In the B-section Rowan Willathgamuwa won and finished on 8/11. Kevin Willathgamuwa lost in the last round and finished on 7.5. I have not been able to find a list of participants to see if either did well enough to win an age group medal.

Adamski
04-07-2011, 08:05 AM
Congrats to Gawain and Nigel. Also all place getters. Particular reference must be made to Fenguin, a super performance. Also well done Rowan and Kevin W.:clap:

Oepty
04-07-2011, 11:55 AM
Smerdon on his very entertaining blog, www.davidsmerdon.com has commented that Watu Kobese was beating him serverely in the last round and the heading says, in part, "Smerdon cheats justice".
A very good result for David Smerdon even if he did not play as well as he can.
Also a good result for Fenguin performing so far above his rating.
Scott

Fenguin
04-07-2011, 05:48 PM
Hey everyone!

Overall it was an amazing tournament by all the aussies! Smerdon ended up on 3rd place! Tristan Stevens scored 7/11, however unfortunately came up empty in the prizes! And finally myself who won a gold medal for Australia in the U16's section!

In the B section the 2 brother's performed extremely well! A gold and bronze medal for Kevin & Rowan in their age groups

All in all, it was an amazing tournament with successful results for all the aussies!

Oepty
04-07-2011, 07:56 PM
Hey everyone!

Overall it was an amazing tournament by all the aussies! Smerdon ended up on 3rd place! Tristan Stevens scored 7/11, however unfortunately came up empty in the prizes! And finally myself who won a gold medal for Australia in the U16's section!

In the B section the 2 brother's performed extremely well! A gold and bronze medal for Kevin & Rowan in their age groups

All in all, it was an amazing tournament with successful results for all the aussies!

Brilliant work winning the gold medal. Well done. I must admit I was not really looking at things like that, but you have done excellently.
Also well done to Kevin and Rowan for picking up the gold and bronze medals in their age groups.
A fantastic haul from the group!!!!!!!!!!!
Scott

Adamski
05-07-2011, 12:53 AM
Brilliant work winning the gold medal. Well done. I must admit I was not really looking at things like that, but you have done excellently.
Also well done to Kevin and Rowan for picking up the gold and bronze medals in their age groups.
A fantastic haul from the group!!!!!!!!!!!
Scott
I can only reiterate what he said. Great work guys!:clap:

Garrett
05-07-2011, 11:05 AM
yes well done !!